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For the first time in over four years, of only reading books in English, I went through my bookshelf and picked up a book I read a couple of years ago. The main character is a bit of a cluts who flirts with the wrong people, knocks over a glass of champagne on the dj:s equipment and in open toe shoes, rides her bike to Fashion Week, in February. But she's also the kind of person who knows what she wants, follows her dreams and isn't afraid to see them through. If you're curious as to what Elsa Supergirl's pro and con list looks like, give it a read!

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by B.A. Paris

"If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?"

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside. The woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind, what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she had stopped.

But since then, she's been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby.

The only thing she can't forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging quilt.

Or the silent calls she's receiving, or the feeling that someone's watching her.


I think I might've found my new favorite thriller. I simply could not put it down and I devoured the whole book in no time. I love little twist and turns and when you think you've figured everything out, you realize how wrong you were. If you're on the hunt for a really good psychological thriller, this could be the one. If not, I'm currently reading Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson. I'm almost at the end and so far I'm really enjoying it. If you've read any of them, please let me know your thoughts.

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I thought I'd make another entry about books. I love books, they're one of my favorite things. My latest discovery I happened to stumble upon in a bookshop a couple of days ago. They had a "four for three" offer so I grabbed a bunch I thought I'd find interesting and one of them was The Murder Road by Stephen Booth. And, I fell in love. I've never read any of his books before but after sinking my teeth into The Murder Road I simply could not resist and I've already moved on to the Corpse Bridge, by the same author. When I picked up this gem of a book, at first, I did not realize it was a series. I think there are a total of fifteen books, but in my personal opinion, reading them in what ever order works just as well. I'll probably end up reading them backwards, starting with number fifteen. Following Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper and Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, this series takes place in England. And we all know by now, that gloomy, rainy old England and halloween happens to be right up street.

The Murder Road

For the tiny Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its residents are accoustomed of being cut of from the world by snow or floods. But when a lorry delivering animal feed is found jammed in the narrow lane, with no sign of the driver except for a blood-stained cab, it's the beginning of something much more sinister. Detective Inspector Ben Cooper must attempt to unravel the history of secrets, lies and loyalties that will lead to the truth behind the missing lorry driver. But the residents of Shawhead are not used to having stranger in their midst and, while getting to grips with staff changes in E Division, Ben's way forward is far from clear. Will he turn to Detective Sergeant Diane Fry, now working at Special Operations in Nottingham's Major Crimes Unit, for help when the case takes a dramatic turn?

The Corpse Bridge

The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work? Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, DS Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could everything, and everyone, at risk.

Has anyone read any of his books before? If so, what did you think? ♥

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

"Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of of Senshield technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it."

The Song Rising is the third book in the Bone Season series. I've already read the Bone Season and the Mime Order and I recently read the Pale Dreamer which is a novel in the same series. The Bone Season is one of my favorite dystopian science fiction book series so I'm really excited about this one.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

"For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and deepest secrets, proving that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it's like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it's about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they're not alone."

I've always known of Lily Collins, but I don't know much about her. Last year I read Drew Barrymore's book Wildflower, which I loved. I'm hoping this book will be along the same lines. From what I've gathered so far she tells the story of dealing with body image, self-confidence and relationships. Both of these books come out on 7th March and I'm most excited to read them.

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by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

"It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears and bruises bloom."

"The accident season has been part of seventeen year old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch of electrical items. But injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?"

I'm going to be completely honest and say that it was the book title that drew me in. No matter how horrible it sounds, the Accident Season sounded really intriguing to me. It's different, but at the same time it's not. I really loved it and found it very hard to put down. And as a lover of all thing autumnal, it may or may not have had something to do with the fact that the story takes place in October. I hope I can find more books like this one. Let me know if you happen to have any suggestions!

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"Little victories are everything in a world where worst-case scenarious are on an endless loop in your head."

"Here's the thing about anxiety: it's not rational, but it's still real, and it's still scary, and that's ok."

As you may have picked up by scrolling through my book recommendation posts, I'm a hugh fan of fantasy books like Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, the Bone Season and psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and In a Dark Dark Wood. But every now and then I like to throw in a story that's set in modern time, where things that "could actually happen" happens (I say this as I hope the things happening in psychological thrillers won't actually happen in real life). I'm currently reading A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard. The story is about 16 year old Steffi who used to be a selective mute. She suffers from social anxiety and finds it difficult to speak around other people. Sign language is her way to communicate and when she meets Rhys, who is deaf, they form a friendship. I stumbled upon this book the other night when I went on iTunes in the hopes of finding new books to sink my teeth into. This is honestly such a good read. As I suffer from anxiety myself I can relate a lot to what the main character is feeling and I think the author explains everything really well. I'm about half way through the book so I can't comment on the ending or on what's to come. But so far I'm really enjoying it and I would definitely recommend it.

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"How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity."

"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother, or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

I've read so many mixed reviews on these books. But in my honest opinion I really liked it. From the very first page, to the very last one, I enjoyed reading it. There may have been a few times where I thought "Yes, there could've been a different ending". The author could've taken it to another level. It may not have been perfect. But for ones I've decided not to pick everything apart and analyze it down to the very last sentence. I mean, all in all I loved it and I'm going to leave it at that.

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Category: Fantasy


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The year is 2059. Nineteen year old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dream walker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion she commits treason simply by breathing. It's raining the day her life changes forever, Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is signed to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige want to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated bu his grisly aunt Petunia, uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and makes him sleep in the cupboard under the staris. Then on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The nation of Panem, formed from a post apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by twelve poorer districts. Early in it's history, rebellion led by a thirteenth district resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district mush yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The tributes are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. When sixteen year old Katniss's younger sister, Prim, is selected as District twelves female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta Mellark, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lifes, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. Welcome to the world's deadliest television games.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is a world decided by blood - red or silver. The reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen year old girl from the poverty stricken stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. here surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential , the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help her Red Guard, a militant resisters group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance, Reds agains Silver, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

The Mortal Instruments; City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen year old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium club in New York city, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body vanishes into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when he mother disapperas and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. but why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

These are all series of three books or more. Some of whom are my favorite ones! If anyone decides to read any of them, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!

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Åhléns magazine arrived in the mail this morning. Filled with lots of autumnal reading and inspiration both interior and clothing wise. The best kind.

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It by Alexa Chung is one book I thought I'd never read. All because the hardback cover art did not appeal to me. However, after some digging around on the internet I stumbled upon the paperback version. Bought it, read it, loved it! It's only about 197 pages long (including quite a few pictures) with just enough topic changes to keep things interesting and I finished the whole thing within the span of an hour. The only downside to this wonderful book is that I wish there were more of it!

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