Thursday, 14 December 2017

Review - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Title:  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Pages: 299
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 18th May 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley*

Eleanor Oliphant follows a routine that results in her leading a lonely life. She lives on the outside, her personality often making her the butt or her colleagues' jokes.  
One evening Eleanor sees the man that she knows is the One. She embarks on a mission to improve her clothes and appearance, intent on making a good impression.
Eleanor's life begins to change, but is it for the better?

Eleanor Oliphant was a bit of an oddball but I liked how unique she was. The way she spoke was very proper and her reactions to certain things were funny.
The plot was interesting and held my attention. I did partly guess the secret of Eleanor's past, but there was one thing that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed reading as Eleanor went out of her comfort zone and interacted with new people in new situations.
The writing style was engaging and easy to follow.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2) by Erica Cameron

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Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2) by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Know your enemy if you want to survive…

The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.

Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.


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 The sight of him against the stone sparks a memory that makes my hands still. I laugh. “You know, it’s several moon cycles late, but we’re finally exactly where the entire city thought we were when we kept sneaking off.”

“I’m glad they’re finally right.” He runs his free hand up my bare thigh, his touch and his voice shaky, but it’s the wide-eyed disbelief on his face that makes my heart skip a beat. “I hoped, but I wasn’t sure it’d ever happen.”

I sit up straighter, flattening my palm against the center of his chest and watching him. “The way you’re looking at me, it seems like you’re still not sure it’s happening.”

“The good moments have been rare recently.” His hand slides over my hip and presses against the center of my lower back, drawing me down until his lips brush against mine before he whispers, “And this is unbelievably good.”


About the Author

Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.

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