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Review: Genuine Fraud

I received a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart

What’s it about? The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

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Review: False Hearts

 

Title: False Hearts

Author: Laura Lam

Series: None

Who’s it for? Adults. Not that I think that teens wouldn’t enjoy it, but it does involve sex, drugs and violence…so personal preference I guess

 

What’s it about? One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She’s then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila’s identity and gather information to bring down the drug syndicate. The police may then let her sister live. However, Taema’s investigation raises ghosts from the twins’ past.

The sisters were raised by a cult, which banned modern medicine – yet as conjoined twins, they needed life-saving surgery to replace their failing heart. And with help from co-conspirators, they escaped. Taema now discovers that Tila had found links between the cult and the city’s criminal underworld. The twins were once unable to keep secrets, but will learn the true cost of lies.

[Blurb taken from the book]

 

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My not-so-secret love for Gail Carriger’s books

 

I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger’s books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them.

Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart.

All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there’s the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they’re just so much fun.

And yes, I realise that I’ve now said the word fun three times.

 

How many books are there?

At present, there’s three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it’s the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series.

Chronologically it goes:
1) The Finishing School series (four books)
2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story)
3) The Custard Protocol series (one book – so far!)

 

Who are they for?

Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all.

As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.

 

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Review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

[Blurb taken from the book]

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