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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Thanks to Rachel at ConfessionsofaBookGeek for my copy of this book. I won it as a celebratory giveaway for her blogerversary. I have taken quite a bit of time to getting around to reading it, but finally I did. Here are my thoughts.


Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

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My Thoughts:

I was lucky to receive a lovely hardback copy of this book, which made it very pleasant to read. The story is a young adult love story. It is written over 24 hours mainly about the two characters Hadley and Oliver. The story is about how Hadley is going to London to her father’s wedding and is dreading it. She misses her flight by 4 minutes and meets Oliver. Their story continues from there.

I found the story a little bit bland actually, it was a little too slow for me. I guess the fact it was written over a time scale of 24 hours meant that you could imagine in real time as things were happening, but it was just too slow paced for me with not enough excitement.

I think one of my main problems with the book is that I couldn’t identify with the characters. Hadley’s Dad divorced her Mum and moved to another country to be with another woman! To me, that is pretty awful. If I were Hadley, I wouldn’t want to go to the Wedding either. I think what her Dad did was fundamentally wrong, his daughter should always come first. If it were my Dad, I couldn’t forgive him. But hey maybe that’s just me!? It made uncomfortable reading for me. I think it was saved only by Oliver being rather sweet and cutesy to Hadley. I liked the way he spoke to her, took her mind of her problems and was so incredibly sweet to her. We even learn a few factual things, as Oliver tells Hadley that “cumulus clouds” are the best kind of clouds. If you read it, look out for his reasoning, its very sweet.  

The Author is great with her descriptive words as the novel painted great pictures in my imagination,  See the way she describes Hadley’s thoughts:

“It’s like licking a camp fire”

Says Hadley about her first taste of whisky, I could just imagine this taste in my mouth for the goodness and the badness. The burn of the whisky and the comfort of the camp fire.

There was also another lovely quote about love:

Hadley’s very understanding Mom says:

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world”, The Author speaks the truth through Hadley’s Mom here for sure!

My concluding thoughts are that this was a well written book, with great descriptions and some lovely quotes. For me however, it was just a bit to slow paced.

Have you read this book, or any other books by this Author? What did you think? 

Do you believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT??????


Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Tremor by Ryan Mark AND Giveaway!

Book Review: Tremor by Ryan Mark AND Giveaway!

Thank you very much to Author Ryan Mark for my signed copy of his new book. I don’t read many books of this genre (dystopian fiction). It is also Young Adult, which I haven’t read that many of, in my adult life either. But after conversing with Ryan over email and Twitter and reading the book description, I was intrigued and excited by the book description.

Ryan Mark has also been kind enough to offer my readers a signed copy of his book, which after reading my review of it, I’m sure you will ALL want to enter!! 😉

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The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall’s intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?

When someone close to William disappears, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would you go to save it?



My Thoughts:

This book is about William who has found his world shattered and taken over by a group called Terrafall. Its a world where it no longer feels like Earth, barely any food, barely any green land, and the feeling of not being able to trust anyone or feel safe, even in his own house!

William and his friend Althea (what a great name) decide to do something about this after both losing people they love, the story follows from here…The book is aimed at young adult, dystopian genre. Although aimed at young adult, I’m not (that) young and still loved it.

Ryan Mark is a very talented and imaginative Author, he has come up with a story that is an exciting page turner. It gripped me as a reader from the first chapter, wanting to know who are the bad guys, what will they do next and how will William ever feel safe again.

The characters are great, I was taken by William and Althea straight away. William has a journal of his fathers, and while reading it at school, someone says this to him:

“Poor William and his unnatural love of books”

Ooh, now that is a sure way to make us booklovers really not like the bad guys in this story!! 

The Author managed to keep a good balance between being young heros and still being children in his writing. He writes the innocence of a child, when talking about about death as in ‘gone to paradise‘ Ori asks ‘can we go there too?‘ I think its important in young adult books to keep in mind that the characters are children despite being in adventurous situations, and Ryan Mark did this very well.

The Authors description work really puts a picture in your head, I love the way he writes, so heartfelt and engaged.

“Giving up is like sitting in a puddle while its raining. Pointless and painful”

As we get further on in the book, we see Terrafall get darker and scarier. I won’t tell you what they did and their cultish ideas, but I feel the way the Author dealt with these storylines was very clever. I thought that the way the main characters William and Althea spoke of these things was intelligent and moral. It reminded me of how easily people can be influenced by people who seem powerful. I really commend the Author for this part of the book. 

“ didn’t take long for the people who manage Terrafall to go along with Erisia, so what’s to stop others believing?”

The book is full of good morals and although these morals and doing the right thing is not a blatant part of the storyline, its just the bits that stuck out for me, as in the underlying thoughts when I was enjoying the story.

“Fight for what’s right. That’s what everyone should do.”

There are some great quotes that really stuck out for me, and while I was reading the book, I stopped and thought about the things the characters were saying, for the story, but also for me too. I think Ryan Mark is very talented and his ability to write great stories, great characters and make me think about myself too. I really am looking forward to reading more of his work. 

“Stuff you can’t see hurts the most, like love”

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite Authors, I love her Shopaholic series. Becky and Luke Brandon are the perfect literary couple. I have also read Kinsella’s other chick lit books, like Twenties Girl, The Undomesticated Goddess, and lots more. I love Kinsella’s writing style, she always makes me laugh.

When I heard a new Young Adult book was coming out, I was surprised and also very excited. I was even more excited to get it BEFORE its been published!!! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s

This is my review of Finding Audrey.

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Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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My Thoughts:

I love this book!

The cover of this book is made more relevant when you read the first few chapters and find that Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, she has been through some hard times with bullies in school and since then has been absent from school, in therapy and unable to leave the house. (except to see her therapist Sarah). Audrey has a severe anxiety disorder.

I found in this book that Kinsella wrote the anxiety descriptions extremely well. I’m not saying that I have ever felt like Audrey felt, but the way Kinsella described Audrey, I can imagine the way she felt. I think this book will be a great and helpful read to any teenagers who struggle with anxiety, I think Kinsella did so well to empathise and put herself into a 14 year school girls head! Talented writing as always!

“My chest is starting to rise in panic. Tears have already started to my eyes. My throat feels frozen. I need to escape…”

The characters in this book were great, we heard about all the members of Audrey’s family and as a lot of the book takes place in Audrey’s house, we see what family life is like for her and her two brothers. I found it quite amusing when we hear about Audrey’s Mum believing everything that The Daily Mail tells her, which is where her problem with Audrey’s brother Frank comes in. He is a total gamer and loves his computer game Land of Conquerers (LOC). Audrey’s Mum thinks this is awful and we see many amusing ways that she tries to make Frank understand that computers are bad!!! 

The best point about Frank’s computer obsession is Linus. Linus is Frank’s gaming buddy, and it is Linus that helps Audrey. As we see Audrey and Linus’s relationship develop, it is so sweet and gentle. Kinsella wrote about teenage love so well, and to add in an extreme anxiety disorder into this pool too, it worked brilliantly.

“I wish I was at home right now, ….I do not wish I was at home. I’m out with Linus!”

For a book which is primarily about anxiety disorders and mental health, Kinsella did a fabulous job of making me laugh along the way. The book makes you feel sad for Audrey and her family, but this is in no way a doom and gloom book. I heard an interview with Kinsella, whereby she said “I can’t help writing comedy..”, and that is certainly the case for this book.

I wanted to keep reading this book to find out what happens next with Audrey and Linus, what funny things her Mum says and does, how Frank wangles his way to play games again, and eventually how these experiences end up affecting Audrey’s whole family. It really is a brilliant read. I always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books, from the very first one I read. This is no exception. A brilliant book, that I totally recommend. I look forward to Kinsella’s next book even before this one is released!!

Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(first published June 4th 2015)

Have you read this? Are you going to read it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Happy Reading.

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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Books


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Release day: 12 Hours, by Hannah Harvey.

Release day: 12 Hours, by Hannah Harvey.

I’m very happy to be sharing with you the release of brand new book by author Hannah Harvey:


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The Description:

This novella is Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Two months ago, Riley was heartbroken when her boyfriend of almost a year, James, broke up with her on her graduation day, and then left town without saying goodbye.

She hasn’t heard from him since that day. Until now.

Now it’s two months on. It’s midnight, and she’s just received a message from him.

I’m outside. I need you.

Three little words she’s never been able to resist from him. Over the next twelve hours, follow Riley on an emotional journey, as she tries to work out why he’s back. If he’s staying and what she wants now that he’s back in her life again.

My review of this fabulous new book will be featured on my blog next week. So, look out for it!

The Authors Details:


Twitter: @BookTowerBlog


And where you can buy or add to your wish list: 



A brilliant new book, let me know if you’re going to read it or if you’ve read any of Hannah’s other books. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Reading!


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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Books


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Childhood Bookish Memories ( part 3).

Image  Francine Pascal`s books Sweet Valley High, were the books I read next. A slightly older me moved on from Enid Blyton to the Wakefield twins. Jessica and Elizabeth. Beautiful blonde popular girls from a Californian school. Jessica was the sexy extroverted one. She got into all the trouble and adventures. I liked her best, she was fun and ruthless. 

Elizabeth was the sensible more reserved sister. She did have her share of adventures later on in the series, but was most definitely calmer than her twin. Elizabeth had an on / off boyfriend called Todd. He was the high school literacy hunk. I heard a terrible rumour that some modern books were made where Jessica marries Todd????? ( I haven’t read these……yet). The twins were typical (from YA book terms) twins, they were identical, beautiful and knew when the other was in trouble. However, Jessica was usually the one in trouble and Elizabeth the one who helped out, even if it meant Elizabeth had to suffer the consequences. (Todd breaking up with her, getting into trouble at school or home). Elizabeth was loyal  to a fault, but Jessica knew this and often took advantage.

A quote from All Night Long, Francine Pascal.

The problem was that no matter how much Elizabeth protested, Jessica knew her sister would always end up helping her out. And she unhesitatingly took advantage of that whenever she thought she could”.

Some sister eh! But they were twins and loved each other. Elizabeth`s friend was Enid. She was similar to Elizabeth in the sensible, conservative way. Jessica`s friend Lila was extroverted, loud and rich. I didn’t like Lila much, she was bad for Jess.

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These stories eventually got made into an American tv series. I loved these too. If you didn’t see it or did and want a trip down memory lane, have a look on YouTube. I was surprised to find full episodes there.


These books were amazing. I think this concludes my childhood bookish memories. After this I became more diverse, read a selection of genres. But my love for books continues.

Until next time, I’m off to read my book.   😉


Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Books


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