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The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters #4) by Lucinda Riley


Rating: 4****

Published: October 31st 2017 by Macmillan

Synopsis: CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.
In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realizes has a secret to hide…

*Spoiler free review*

Love the cover!
I picked up the book from library and planned to wait until Sunday to read it, however, I couldn’t wait and started on Friday evening, page by page till 4:40am and finished the rest on the morning. 688 pages in less than 24 hours.

This is the series of Seven Sisters 4th book which focuses on CeCe’s story finding way to her roots and discovering she is capable of way more than she has always thought about herself and as a reader I have learned about her, from her sisters perspectives in the past books. CeCe does surprise. She wasn’t my favorite before and I got to know her better via The Pearl Sister’s book.

The book is taking reader to Thailand and Australia, learning more about Aborigine culture and art, historical fiction tension between these two groups. It tells more about pearl farms and slavery, Christian community and absurd small town behaviours, high class and richness. The story as always is written in the past – 1900’s and the present nowadays. The writing is smooth and interesting, engaging with the other books in the series. In The Pearl Sister the reader learns more about Seven Sister concept more than in any other books in the series. Still, the mystery is at the same level – my questions aren’t answered yet, and I have no idea do my conspiratorial thoughts are somewhat possible.

As this is about CeCe, the one who has always played the loud girl and persuasiveness has been her strength over sister Star, to hide her dyslexia and nightmares she have every other night. She goes to Thailand to find peace and strength to travel to Australia, the country which she has avoided all her life. In Thailand she is still recognized from the time when she worked there with Star and thus, she gets a place to sleep somewhere for few days. But most of the time she spends at the beach and her thoughts. Until she meets Ace who is mysterious and as much lonely as she is and they find “a team”…

The story in the past is telling us about Kitty, a character born in over religious family and being well-educated she starts to see, that her father isn’t the same person whose role he is playing, she also reads a lot and books her parents would be shocked, she is fond of Australia and dreams of working and support her own living. But all her parents are thinking is how to marry her off after her 18’s birthday. Typical for that time… as the safer comes an opportunity to travel to Australia as Lady’s helper for nine months, which she takes and without her own knowledge, that’s where she will find new opportunities, heartbreak, and love.

Plot development from Kitty’s time to CeCe is complicated and follows an idea of old believes. It shows both storyline character developments, issues and how important one’s word is.

I would suggest to read in the right sequenced order to understand other sister interactions and not to spoil those books by what you read in this one. Overall, I am looking forward to read The Moon Sister #5 this Fall.

Four star rating because there were points that was not told in detail to give a proper explanation.

Because You Love to Hate me – Edited by Ameriie

img_20180315_114825710692237.jpgRating: 2**

Published: July 24th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel)

This is 13 short stories not anthologies by 13 various writers and 13 BookYoutubers – in one book.
I chose to read as I saw it being picked up by many reviewers and gaining various reviews and it was highly marketed read. I was interested to read the short stories and see how the co-operation took place – not because those were created by well known BookTubers, but because, i was genuinely interested to read some short stories and read the writing.

I don’t have an exact explanation – I got stuck by the first few stories as they were slow and I felt bored and I have been dragging the reading for a month. There are some good stories inside and as these 13 are all written by various writers I am sorry to admit – enjoyed only 4 of them, less than a half, not counting the BookTubers tales:
*The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh;
*Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani;
*Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith;
*Sera by Nicola Yoon;

Having read the stories I am interested to find more books written by Andrew Smith and Soman Chainani – these are new to me.

I am surprised to like the story by Nicola Yoon as her other novels I didn’t enjoy and would have probably not picked up next book, well, now I am not so sure, which is great!

Renee Ahdieh – I started but didn’t finish one of the last series written by her, but not because I wasn’t interested but because I could not extend my library loan 😀

Have you read this book? Give a try to read the stories yourself, you may like them! Tell me which stories you enjoyed the most?

Kasey & Ivy by Alison Huges

img_20180111_1829521473004262.jpgRating: 5*****

Release:  March 20th 2018 by Orca Book Publishers

Received an e-arc from Orca Book Publishers, for an honest review, thank you!

This is the first book I read on 2018 and my new favorite, this is a middle grade oriented book, but I truly enjoyed it! Enjoy the cover as it is artistry and intriguing.

Kasey & Ivy is about a 12-year-old girl Kasey who gets hospitalized for more than a month because of her bruise on the leg, which turns out to be infected very badly and the situation is serious. She is placed in hospital where every other patient is an elderly and none of the other patients are kids or anyone her age.

The book starts with Kasey’s first letter to her best friend Nina, the book represents only letters from Kasey’s side, although it is well understood Nina writes back to her too. Kasey in her letters tells absolutely everything – her fears, her viewpoints to hospital inhabitants and employees, daily routine and how lonely she feels all alone in her room, which slowly gets filled with some items from home, but loneliness is something that a hospital patent has to deal alone at nights when she has insomnia, even when her parents/family visits her during the day she would rather hear anything else from “outside world” than chatting about her leg, but that’s all her parents are talking about… This book gives an inner view about dementia and what it makes people turn, how hospitals and old people are not so scary, and how an unexpected relationships may turn up.

There’s Ivy, there’s an interesting episode how she comes in the story, but I won’t spoil it for you!

It also touches vaguely a topic that she is not very close to her mum, because being the eldest of 5 children, the youngest she keeps on calling as “baby”. This book involves a very good storytelling, humor episodes, and main character growth.

February Stats

Hey, Readers!

How are you and your reading plans? It’s nearly mid-March and here I am to have a look what I read in February, I had a list of  6 February TO-BE-READ books I made it to read 4 of those and moved the rest two for March reading list.

I read 5 books in February, genres: children picture book, ya, romance, and crime fiction.

5 *Star Ratings:

4 *Star Rating:

  • The Girl in the Woods (Fjällbacka #10) by Camilla Läckberg The new release (The end of Feb) of the series with Patrick H, and Erika. Enjoying the crime fiction, can be read separate, but would advice to read in sequence, although each book has it’s own crime investigation, the story goes on for the main and side characters.

2 *Star Rating:

  • Miles Away From You – A.B. Rutledge a new release for March 22! It covers “demi” gender issues, bisexuality from male youth point of view and a sad/ healing/ recovery when your girlfriend tried to make suicide.

I am overall very happy with my February reading month, nearly all of the books received high ratings and I enjoyed each of them. So far, fingers crossed, I have read 11 books off the plan.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my review of February stats. Are you now considering to read any of these? Let me know in the comments below which of the books would you suggest me to read – something similar to these? Looking for your suggestions! Ta.

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

MoreThanWeCanTellRating: 5*****

Release Date: March 8th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Synopsis: *While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*
Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.
When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bound instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

Thanks a million to Bloomsbury Publishing for an arc in order to give an honest review!

“More Than We Can Tell” is about to surprise you how well written and emotionally loaded the book is, it deals with many topics and most importantly – how much is not said but assumed either by the look of someone, either by their activities, be this someone from your family or complete stranger. The story cover emotional distress by someone online, someone from the past, and present, it tells a realistic truth about adoption and foster care situations and how system is right and wrong, it tells about family and how much one means, how much human relationships matter to take a right decision and how much they influence of who we grow to be. It was heartbreaking story but a good one, the one where all the main characters face a difficulty and grows through a journey…it tells about best friends and it tells about being a teenager and dealing with so much on one plate…not being understood by own parent…being more than they assume you are…

I loved the way it give an insight of stereotypes we all know, but we don’t pay attention to change them – how one looks, wear clothes,  how baggy clothing not always means they are “weird” and “not a friend material” may prove wrong – character Rev in the book is. In real life stereotyped that there are awesome people who finds communicating awkward…

I loved Emma’s character, she deals with nerve wrecking situation where’s her mum just won’t understand her at all whenever Emma says, assuming she is just wasting her time with gaming…but it is not at all what it seems. Emma did code her entire own game and it’s popular and people are actually playing it, it’s real, but – how difficult is to find a moment to share the news with parents…there never seems to even have a normal conversation…and life is annoying if you ask anyone…thankfully there’s some good players on the game…

…and Emma meets Rev more than once by pure accident and it turns out they find what to chat about…

Declan is busy with his girlfriend and seems they are really getting well together, he is still very attentive to Rev and reads his mind instantly, knowing his best friend by heart. He also deals with his past and faces someone he has been angry for ages and this is something that sets him free…he is Rev’s best friend, he is someone who finds easy to talk to people unlike it is for Rev… When Matt comes in Rev’s family it is him who builds the bridge…

Will there be more? Please! Thank you once again for this awesome read, a new favorite!

The Backup Bunny by Abigail Rayner, Greg Stones

BackupBunnyRating: 3***
Release: 6/03/2018

This is a lovely story from perspective of a Bunny who’s “backup” saver for Max mother, if a little boy looses his favorite toy. One day it really happens…The story tells how the bunny feels living in the drawer where he is kept, how he is longing to be hugged as much as the “real” one and waits on his opportunity…

This story book was my backup plan for unexpected situations with my niece, the illustrations are lovely, spreading cuteness from each page.

A young reader will learn about Max personality and him changing and how fun is to have various toys with little details.