ARC of The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor ~Review~

★★★★★ stars

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Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Published: June 2016

“Presenting a dazzling new historical novel … The Girl From The Savoy is as sparkling as champagne and as thrilling as the era itself.

Sometimes life gives you cotton stockings. Sometimes it gives you a Chanel gown …

Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.

When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz, and rebellion. Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth and glamor—she must remain invisible and unimportant.

But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter’s advertisement for a ‘muse’ and finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. Loretta and Perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something.

Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes, between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. A brighter future is tantalizingly close—but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?” – GoodReads 

I requested this book from the publisher and they amazingly wrote me back and let me read an eARC of it, as it came out yesterday on June 7. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2016 and is currently one of my favourite things that I have read this year! I can’t believe that I am so lucky to have read two five star books in a row!I will literally read anything Hazel Gaynor has written since she is my favourite historical fiction author!

The main characters in this book are Loretta, Dolly, and Teddy. One of the reasons I love Hazel’s writing is because it is so slow and beautifully lyrical. This book was told from the perspectives of all three characters, which is really hard to write well, but Hazel does it perfectly. The character development in this book is unreal! Hazel Gaynor is my favourite Historical Fiction author ever!

The reason I rated this book as five stars is because there were just so many story lines and plot twists and just so many amazing things that happened and they were all written in the best way possible. All the things that happened, especially to Dolly, were incredibly jaw – dropping and I loved the ending of this book more than life.

Dolly is a docile, but outgoing character that has so much drive and perseverance it is almost unreal. She is such a strong character who has been through so much but still finds the best in the world and still has hopes and dreams. She is the character that has the most growth and her ending was so amazing. She was definitely my favourite character!

Loretta is the other female main character in this book. She is such a great character and has so much spunk. She also has another, sadder side to her that is incredibly stark in contrast. The author could show the two sides of Loretta, but still made them seem one in the same. I love the aspect that Loretta’s theatre shows added to this book! They were so much fun to read!

Teddy is not in a lot of the book, but he still counts as one of the main characters because some of the chapters are told in his perspective. While most of the parts are told in 1924, Teddy’s parts are told in 1919. They were very mysterious until almost the very end when we finally found out something that made the whole story very clear and a lot more intriguing if that is even possible. Teddy is a romantic interest in this novel.

The characters get ★★★★★ stars!

The plot was so amazing and had really beautiful imagery and just some of her comparisons were the most gorgeous things on earth. The characters were wonderful and flawed and sad and just absolutely amazing. Some things that had happened to Dolly made me super sad, but at the same time, she just had so much hope. Hazel just has a way of writing that is so real even though the things that happened take place in the past. My favourite scene was probably ones with Dolly and Loretta’s brother, Peregrine, when they went to a party or even one of the scenes at The Savoy or probably my favourite scene was the whole book. The plot gets ★★★★★ stars as well!

Happy Reading!

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Winter by Marissa Meyer ~ Review ~

★★★★★ stars

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Length: 824 pages

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: November 2015

“Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?”

I picked this book up from the library since it had been on my TBR for over a year. It took me fourteen days to read ( I know, quite slow. For me, at least) because I was also reading a some e – books that were sent to me by authors and publishers. Although it took me so long to read, I loved this book and it is the best thing I have read this year!

The main characters in this book are Winter and Jacin. This book was very well written, but I feel like it could’ve been split into two separate books because SO MANY things happened. It was told in the third person which is really refreshing to see in YA. Each book in this series a fairy tale retelling and this one is made to follow the story of Snow White. The scenes were very beautifully written and all the characters had very neat and nice conclusions that fitted their personalities perfectly.

The reason this book five stars is mostly because all the couples were SO CUTE! There were moments with Jacin and Winter & Cress and Thorne where I was squealing out loud and fangirling so much! Ah! It was so cute! I loved it so much.

Winter was a very interesting, quirky character. She is super cute and persistent and wonderful. And I just love her so much! She is my second favourite character in the series, the first being Cress. She is modelled after the character Snow White which was done quite well.

Jacin is the other main character who is loosely based on the huntsman from Snow White. He is super like “Must protect Winter at all costs.” and he was a very good character that I enjoyed a lot. We have seen him in a previous book, although I forgot that we had seen him before because I read the last book in January 2014 so I only remembered a small section of the plot.

The characters get ★★★★★ stars!

The plot was absolutely amazing! I have no idea how she can follow that many characters without the plot getting all muddled. She is absolutely a genius and her editor must be as well! It had so many twists and turns, but still seemed to follow the over – arching plot of Snow White. My favourite scene was probably in the last third of the book and it had the characters Cress and Thorne in it. I was literally making high – pitched noises of excitement throughout the whole scene and I had to put the book down at one point so that I could freak out over how good the book/scene was. ★★★★★ stars! Would recommend for every single human on earth!

Happy Reading!

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Transition by Paige Walker ~ Blog Tour ~

Transition
by: Paige Walker
College Boy Publishing LLC

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Nichole Roberts is a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her. It is her eighteenth birthday, and she cannot wait to celebrate it at what will soon to be known as the party of the year. With her family and best friend by her side, everything seems perfect, that is, until that night. A romantic evening with her handsome and mysterious boyfriend turns tragic, and Nichole’s life takes a turn for the worse. Confused about what has happened to her, Nichole wakes up to find everything that she holds dear has been taken from her in a way she never knew existed. Will she ever come to terms with what she has become? Or, will she seek revenge against the one person that has wronged her?

Playlist created by Paige Walker:

The author included picked these songs to reflect Nichole. I really enjoyed all of them!

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift – I felt like this song was for Nathan and Aiden in this book and I really loved this song!

Pray You Catch Me by Beyoncé – This song I felt was sort of during her sad times and like how she hoped someone would figure out she was a vampire without her having to tell them.

Alive by Sia – I feel like this was when she finally excepted that she was a vampire and embraced it.

Dark Times by The Weeknd – This was sort of when she was warning Aiden away from her because she knew she as dangerous.

Unstoppable by Sia – This was towards the end when she decided to go after Nathan and hunt him down.

My favourite song from the playlist was Dark Times!

EXCERPT:
The sun descends and the moon rises, giving the only light that illuminates the darkness. The wind blows silently as if it is trying to tell me a secret. Our steps are quiet, we move like the wind walking along the forest floor, as we make our way to the hole I crawled out of just a few months ago.

We whip past the trees, rocks, and grass like we are floating in the air. The animals in the forest are neither seen nor heard. They are hiding, but I know they are out there. I can hear the steady pace of their hearts and the blood flowing in their veins.

We make it to our destination. No words spoken, no sentiments given. There are only quiet contemplation and preparation churning in our minds. I look at Jade and she nods. She quickly turns and climbs the tall tree, near me, looking like a spider silently climbing up a wall.

I turn my attention away from Jade. She is now invisible to me. I will neither give away nor tell her whereabouts. She is a secret, one that I will pretend not to know.

I look around through the darkness of night, taking my place, waiting for this game to begin. My stance is confident. My mind is calm. I survey my surroundings, like a predator who feels threatened, bracing for an attack. My eyes land on remnants of the trash bag that once held me inside. I laugh, Nate will have to do better this time if he wants to get rid of me.

Nate is going to come into the forest confident and cocky. He doesn’t realize that the girl he is coming to kill isn’t the same one he had attempted to kill before.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paige N. Walker first found a love for writing in reading poetry. She began writing poetry when she was only in elementary school and has continued to write ever since. In 2008, she published her first book, a poetry book, entitled Emotions. Paige then went on to college and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in Biology. Though she loved science, she has always had a passion for books, reading, and writing. Having come from a family of individuals in the medical field, including her father who is a dentist, her parents encouraged her to pursue her writing and publishing dreams. She began writing her first novel Transition in 2014 and is currently publishing it with College Boy Publishing. She continues her passion of reading and writing to this day.

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