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review 2017-09-18 18:22
In a Cottage In a Wood: The gripping new... In a Cottage In a Wood: The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Woman Next Door - Cass Green

With thanks to Netgalley and Harpercollins for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I enjoyed Cass Green's first book The Woman Next Door so I was look forward to reading In a Cottage in a Wood.

 

I was drawn into this book from the first page.  It is very easy reading with short snappy chapters.  Neve wakes up in the middle of the night in a strangers bed.  It was her works chrismas do where she met whatisface.  Neve recently split up with her boyfriend Daniel and is living with her sister Lou, her husband Steve and daughter Lottie.  Her BF Mira is pregnant and did not attend the party, drunk and bored Neve had a one night stand.

 

After escaping Whatisface she starts to walk home over Waterloo Bridge where she meets Isabelle.  Isabelle looks distressed and is wearing only a vintage gown.  Neve asks her if she is all right and offers her the fare for a bus ride home.  Isabelle thanks Neve and tells her is a good person and then jumps into the Thames.  The following day Isabelle's body is found washed up.

 

A few weeks later Neve finds out that Isabelle Shawcross bequeathed her Petty Wynn Cottage in her will.  Surprised Neve intends to sell the property but when she believes she is about to made redundant she walks out of her job, packs a bag and goes straight to her cottage to clear her head.

 

The cottage is in the middle nowwhere with little public transport and no shops nearby.  After travelling hours Neve arrives in the cottage and finds the property has been wrecked and finds a dead magpie in the sink.  Hours later the electricity goes off increasing her desolation.  In the morning she discovers all the windows have bars but why?  Strange things continue to happen in the cottage, another dead magpie, doors unlocked and the radio switched on all day.  Neve makes friends with neighbours Sally and Will Gardiner who tell that isabelle was scared and thought she was in danger.  Scared Neve decides to find out what happened to Isabelle.

 

Neve finds out that Isabelle was a prison visitor, she was close friends to ex policeman Bob Dyer.  When Neve visits Bob he refuses to speak to her.

 

This was a scary book with plenty of red herrings, you could definitely feel the terror Neve felt alone in the cottage.  Unfortunately I did not feel sorry for Neve, her recklessness annoyed me.  I liked Lou, Neve's long suffering sensible big sister and Mira who sounded funny and down to earth.  I wishes Mira could of played a bigger part in the story.  I did not guess the who the culprit was but I did have a fair idea of the reason why it was happening.  There was a revelation in this book I did not see coming in a million years.  I have deducted a start for the far fetched conclusion but I did enjoy it none the less.  I look forward to the next book.

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review 2017-05-31 09:52
The One - Kiera Cass

The One is the third book in the Selection Series and I believed the finale in the love story of Maxon and America because the next book is a spin-off for another character. And from what the title suggests, in this book Prince Maxon’s future wife will be revealed (which was pretty obvious who the chosen one was).

 

I gave this book 3.9/5 star rating, higher than its two predecessors, mainly because the romance level between Prince Maxon and America struck my romantic standards. Despite how annoyed I was with this couple, they managed to win me over in the end.  For the epilogue alone, I would rate it a perfect 5/5 star rating because it was simply perfect in my opinion. 

 

I had a love/hate relationship with this series. If you happen to read my previous reviews of its two predecessors, you would know the reasons why. If not for the epilogue, I would have given this book a lower rating because America and Prince Maxon annoyed me into frustration.

 

I’m not sure when will I proceed with the next book though; the interest is not in me. All in all it was a nice read (the epilogue saved this book for me). Knowing what the fuss is all about with this series makes me smug.

 

 

 

#bookcovergasm

 

#I liked the Selection series’ book trailers too

 

#just to be clear I don’t have any problems with Kiera Cass’ writing

 

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review 2017-05-24 03:04
"Happily Ever After" by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series - Kiera Cass

I liked this collection of short stories, but I was kind of underwhelmed. There's a lot of repetition (i.e. a scene that we've already read in the series, but from a different character's perspective, so the dialogue is the same, though the thoughts are different.) It was interesting and gave some more insight into the characters, and I did really enjoy the illustrations, but I'm not as eager to own this one as I am the rest of the series.

Unfortunately, I can't rate each individual story because it's been too long since I read it, but I remember that I preferred the stories about the more minor characters to the stories about Maxon and Aspen (because of the aforementioned repetition). I liked learning more about Amberly, Celeste, and America's maids.

 

On the other hand, I want to know more about Clarkson after reading Amberly's story. He was decent and relatively charming in Happily Ever After. It's so hard to imagine him turning into the man in The Selection, who cheats on his wife and beats his son.

(spoiler show)
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review 2017-05-22 14:00
The Wrong Woman by Cass Lennox - My Thoughts
The Wrong Woman - Cass Lennox

I am totally the wrong person for this book.  I read it as a Riptide Advance Read and didn't realise that it was SO New Adult.  I was hoping for a good lesbian romance but that's not what I felt I got.  

 

I did not like either of the main characters, I thought they were totally self-absorbed, arrogant, and completely clued out about how to go about having any kind of relationship.  And the inner dialogue.  It was constant.  CONSTANT.  And irritating.  I wish I had a dollar for every time one or the other thought "UGH".  I could have a good shop for books, let me tell you.  

 

I don't know, if I hadn't been reading it for Riptide, I would have DNFed it by the end of the 3rd chapter.  

 

But that being said... I'm fairly sure the fault lies mainly with me and not the book itself.  Maybe the young people out there will like it?  I really hope they're not all like the ones in the book - even the secondary and tertiary characters.  I honestly didn't find anything romancey about it (I still don't know why the MCs are together other than that they're hot) at all and as for the mystery at the centre of the plot, well, it was more an afterthought than anything else, it seemed to me. Sadly. 

 

This just re-affirmed that New Adult romances are not for me one little bit.

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review 2017-05-13 17:17
The Elite - Kiera Cass

In The Selection, the girls fighting for Prince Maxon’s heart started with thirty-five girls. In this book, it’s only down to six girls called the “Elite”, hence the book title “The Elite.”

 

I had mixed emotions reading this sequel but the one that stood out was annoyance. Yup. America got on my nerves. Well, Prince Maxon too. Both of them were annoying they almost made me pull my hair out. Almost. But don’t get me wrong, I still liked America, which was given (because I have an unavoidable sense of loyalty to the protagonist in every book I read). Her love and the way she cared for her father, little sister, Marlee, her maids and a few other girls in the competition were genuine and admirable in my opinion. My only problem with her was the way she dealt with her feelings to both Prince Maxon and Aspen. In some way I understood her but I couldn’t help but get annoyed to both of America and Prince Maxon. They were the most annoying couple I’ve ever read, so far.

 

What I liked about this book was the tasks/challenges given to the girls to prove their worth in becoming the future wife of Prince Maxon. Of course, I rooted for America every time and she never disappoints. She rose to the occasion despite being an underdog and the only girl left in a low caste.

 

This book was fast-paced, still addicting despite being annoying most of the times. Good thing I had enough patience because if not, I would have given up on this with all the I-need-more-time-to-decide-if-I-love-you that America was trying to pull throughout the book.

 

 

#really, I hate love triangle too much

 

#still loved the book cover though

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