Hello everyone, it’s Alice and I have some serious news to share with you… I read 12 books when I was away! Most of them I will admit are quite short novellas but my digital TBR is way more out of control than my physical TBR so I decided to get through some books on my iBooks library for the ten days I was travelling and it paid off! I’ve split my reviews up into three groups of four books each so today will be the first four, tomorrow the next four and finally Wednesday with the last four. As always, my reviews are spoiler-free and I hope you enjoy them. I would like to credit Instafreebie for the free book deals they run all the time resulting in a lot of choice with what to read, so let’s go!
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The Crystal Cage
2.5 out of 5 stars
This is a book that came up on an Instafreebie deal, set in the present day and 1851, the story follows the quest to track down missing designs from an architect who worked at the Great Exhibition in London in the process, unlocking secrets and a love affair shattered. I loved the Historical element of the story set in 1851, however I didn’t enjoy reading the present day perspective as much. Grace the main character I found to be quite unenjoyable at times since she preferred to date other guys rather than see her estranged sister. Overall, I was left feeling disappointed.
3 out of 5 stars
This is a prequel to the series called the Alora Chronicles about a girl called Ash whose mum passes away and is left to come to terms with the loss. The events that take place in this prequel are meeting a guy named Bentley, he is a bit of a bad boy but Ash has a deep secret that could either signal a further downfall or bring happiness. Her choice will change everything for her and for Bentley. This was a really quick read, it took around 15 minutes to read the prequel from start to finish. I feel events did move quite quickly throughout so my advice would be not to throw everything at the reader in one go. Other than that, this did interest me enough to get hold of the 1st book in the series with a review to follow in due course.
4 out of 5 stars
Words cannot describe how much this book touched me, on so many levels. I’m a Christian and always am on the lookout for good Christian Fiction and in particular Romance. The story follows a woman called Summer who finishes her course at College but has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Her Aunt contacts her about looking after the flower shop that she runs and Summer agrees to do it. Arriving in Sweet Grove, Summer is hoping by having her aunt’s shop to run, her answers to finding her goals in life are easy to come. In Sweet Grove lives a man called Ben, his family has been torn apart after his brother ends his own life, the Dad walking out on them and the Mum struggling with alcohol addiction. Ben decides he wants to take his own life until a mix-up of delivery from Summer with a bunch of flowers changes everything.
Even though this is the 1st book in a series, I do believe all the books have an ending which isn’t a cliffhanger and can be read in any order. The story plot wasn’t predictable, there were moments that broke my heart including Ben and Summer helping Ben’s Mum into rehab to help her with her alcohol addiction. I really needed this since I am having a rough patch at the moment, it isn’t a preachy book, it’s a story that will stick with you. Thanks to an Instafreebie deal for offering this book for free, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will definitely read Melissa’s other books!
2 out of 5 stars
This was from an Instafreebie deal a few months ago and because I was in a mood for space books (I love books that are set in space!) I decided to give this a try. It’s a very short novella about a ship called Pax that is sent off to the Virgo Cluster to make some form of contact. On board the ship are engineers that are well equipped and can deal with just about anything until something bad happens and the Captain Jack and his crew seven days to reach the Virgo Cluster. Sadly, this story was not for me. It ended on a cliffhanger, the length was extremely short for what it was and there was a lot of dialogue throughout. I don’t mind dialogue but it started to get too distracting for me. I will not be continuing on with the series.
That’s all for part 1 in my reviews round-up! Come back tomorrow for part 2! As always, thanks for reading and have a good day/night. Alice x