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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

 The High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks
"Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life—until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny."
I probably would've enjoyed this so much more if I wasn't cramming in like ten minutes worth of reading around trying to get all my coursework done. Once that was all over and I was able to sit down for a decent length of time to read it was so much better and interesting. There were a few moments that were confusing, and some that flipped between characters viewpoints too quickly for you to realise, but overall it was a good read. Action packed with magical fight scenes and chases. Looking forward to the second book.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
"Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself."
I was so looking forward to this book, mainly because the cover was lovely and it was about paris and books, what could go wrong? Well a fair bit really, the main character Jean Perdu is a 50 year old book barge owner who was going through a mid life crisis, basically he just discovered the real reason why his lady left him 21 years ago which sent him crazy. He was jet setting out of Paris by the third chapter so pretty much the book isn't really about paris and a bookshop at all. Either way I wasn't hugely impressed, mainly because it was hard to read. If it were written differently and easier to read it probably would've been a better read. Don't regret reading it but wouldn't read it again.

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
"Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer...everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun."
I really enjoyed this book, after reading The Little Paris Bookshop and it's hard to read insides this book was just as easy to read as a kids book. Loved the writing and while the story was a bit predictable, it was still really enjoyable. In the beginning when Jane began at her internship with scary boss Fiona I thought this was just a similar retelling of The Devil Wears Prada, but it was not it's far from it. It's your usual 'smaller town girl moves to the big city and becomes a celeb' story but it's interesting and engaging, told mainly from Jane's point of view however there are chapters from her friends, boss, and producer as well. Totally keen to read the other two in the series now!

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