You Dont Have To Say You Love Me – Sara Manning

8471815Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?

Like other Sara Manning books this one was slow to start off with, but don’t let the leisurely start put you off.  It’s funny when you get in to it and you can’t help warming to the lead character; Neve.  Neve has food issues that I can relate to.  She’s lost an immense amount of weight in a hope that being a size 10 will make other people view her differently and her happy.  She’s in love with a guy who she was at Uni with, he hasn’t seen her for three years but he’s due back in a few months.  The story is about how Neve feels that she needs to have dating and relationship experience so that when William comes back from the States she wouldn’t make any mistakes.  That really does sum up Neve’s low self esteem, she’s been bullied all her life about her weight, burying her nose in a book to escape real life.  Neve meets Max and they embark on quite a hilarious pancake relationship, but Max has his own issues.  I’m rating this as a must read.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.”

Now you’ll have to bear with me somewhat as I’ve got a new laptop (MacBook) and I’m not used to Macs.  The quote section doesn’t seem to be working above for the blurb, so I’ve put it in speech marks and left a bit of a gap so hopefully you can see the difference.

Back to the book…

I’ve really enjoyed reading this book.  Like I said in my last post I wanted to venture a little outside my comfort zone.  With this book you’re transported into the real world 200 years ago where everyone has the same paranormal ability it’s just not everyone are aware enough to learn their skills.  I have to say that I did get a little confused (doesn’t take much!) with the chapters skipping around from year to year and also location to location.  When you’re reading it take note of the location and year – it helps trying to keep up with whats happening.  It is quite a complicated book, not one you could absently mindly read which I’m more used to.  I think  its the kind of book which you read once, and then again to sweep up the bits you’ve missed.

It is written really well.  I like Erin Morgenstern’s style and also the story is original which is refreshing in a world where we have to wade through the copy cat fan fiction to find the decent books.  I love the hidden messages; how you can achieve anything if you work at it.  But as usual I’m not too pleased with the ending.  I think my problem is I get so wrapped up in a book I don’t want it to finish.  So when it does I’m either left feeling cheated or wanting more.  For me I’m wanting more from this book, the ending isn’t how I imagined it whilst I was reading the book (no spoilers here) However I was left with a number of questions.  I suppose this just leaves it open for a sequel?  Will there be?  Doing a bit of internet stalking on Erin, says perhaps no 😦  But never mind.

I totally enjoyed this book…although it could be the mind control making me love it! lol (poor joke)  For me I don’t think it’s BOTM material (Book of the Month if you’re wondering) But I’ll place it as a Very Much Must Read.  So why dont you join me on my journey of stepping outside of my comfort zone?  Tell me what you thought of the book.

Next book is The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

What to read next – HELP!

Here I am sat on the sofa in my PJs using my dressing gown as a blanket trying to decide what to read next.

 

So, my question to you guys what should I read now?  I’ve downloaded six books to my iPhone which are:

Freya North: Rumours

Alexandra Potter: Do You Come Here Often

Stef Penney: The Invisible Ones

Neil Gaiman: Neverhere

Sarah Addison Allen: Sugar Queen

Erin Morgenstern: Night Circus

 

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