One Perfect Lie – Lisa Scottoline | Spoiler Free Review

Title: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottolineone perfect lie
Pages: 384
Genre: Crime/ Mystery
Publisher: St. Martins Press


On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin’s baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

My Review

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Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling | Spoiler Free Book Review.

DH.jpgTitle: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 
Author: J.K Rowling


Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfill the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?



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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (SPOILER FREE Review)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo six of crows cover.jpg

Young Adult Fantasy

465 Pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Lick by Kylie Scott| SPOILER FREE Mini Review

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Genre: New Adult Romance 


Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

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Mini Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (SPOILER FREE)


Title: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Rating: 4 / 4.5 Stars


Tally can’t wait to turn sixteen and become pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks, Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend, Shay, isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world – and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – SPOILER FREE REVIEW


Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By: J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Genre: Play – YA, MAGICAL


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

My Thoughts

If you’ve followed my blog for a little while you will know how excited I have been for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I pre-ordered it and anxiously awaited its arrival and since reading it I have been excited to share my thoughts with you.

Firstly this book has been receiving a mixture of good and bad reviews lately and I feel like some of the bad reviews stem from the fact that this is very different from the other Harry Potter books, of course because it’s a play. You have to think of it in a whole different light because it takes on a different form. The marketing campaign has been saying ‘Harry Potter book 8’ but for me I try to push it away from the original series in my head because whilst you do need to have read the other books to have all the background context, you also need to think of it almost separate because it doesn’t take on the same form and style as the other books. You also need to be use your imagination to bring some of the scenes to life for example because this is a play it doesn’t have the extensive description and scene setting therefore you have the stage directions instead or your own imagination to bring together a setting.

I personally really enjoyed Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, at first I had mixed feelings but having taken a few days to process my thoughts I definitely love it. My mixed feelings came from some of the characters; for example Snape is mentioned and he is talking in a jokey manner and Dumbledore is mentioned in a heartfelt scene which features him crying. For me I was thinking of the books and movies so felt like it really didn’t go and wasn’t in their character type but having once taken a few days to process the play in its own right I feel like it was added more for the play’s form/purpose than the actual story itself because it is meant to be performed on stage the emotions as well as everything else is usually heightened, the comedy and sadness will be another way to get the audience emotionally connected to the characters or scene because you almost have a limited amount of time whereas in a book you can fully explore something into detail.

The play is also filled with a lot of cross cutting so certain points in the play can seem somewhat abrupt although again if you remember to look at it from a play perspective and not a novel perspective then it definitely flows. Something I really enjoyed about this play was how it incorporated so much of the original stories of Harry Potter, so whilst you do need to push the thoughts of the books out of your brain in order to immerse yourself into this new form it also allows you to re-experience some of your favourite stories such as The Goblet of Fire and The Philosophers Stone.


Another thing I really enjoyed about the play was being able to experience my favourite characters in a new light, I liked seeing how they ended up and I liked how they developed as parents, it’s very rare to be able to return to your beloved childhood characters and see how they grow up. It’s an amazing experience to be able to do so and J.K Rowling’s decision to not make them perfect or living a perfect happily ever after offers a realistic element to a magical world, for example Harry has his own problems with parenting. The boy who lived who survived so much struggling to be a father? Who knew?

Whilst we do see some of our old favourite characters there is of course some we don’t see and I have to mention that I wish there was some real Luna and Neville scenes… Darn I miss the whole gang together. 

Additionally to our old favourites we also get to experience a whole host of new characters and it adds even more to the magic. I loved Albus and Scorpius and what they represent, of course I want this to be spoiler free but the house they are put into really makes the play stand out a little more for me because it shows a different house experience and also it makes me look at it in a whole new light.


The plot is very shocking, I never read the blurb when I first pre-ordered the book and I tried to keep far away from spoilers or anything linked to it but the plot was something I really wasn’t expecting. There is definitely a lot going on in this play and a lot to keep you interested, the ending also transports you to where it all started and it’s definitely made me want to go back and read the books all over again…even though I still haven’t read Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows… Eek! I’m going to start Philosophers Stone again though then maybe if I binge read them all again I will finally finish them all!

I liked the back and forth of it all, how it very much incorporated the stories of Goblet of Fire and how it all began and even introduced us to new shocking characters so it was different.

Overall I would rate this play 5 stars and that’s an easy rating for me to give because I found myself easily immersed back into the magical world and I was emotionally engaged not only with my old favourite characters but the new characters as well as the entire plot. The play was also very shocking in places and it incorporated some elements which never would of entered my mind. I think if you can definitely separate your mind from the books and think of this as a whole new medium to experience this world then you can go into reading it with a little less expectation. J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany are each fabulous in their own right and I am grateful for having the opportunity to be back in this world.

I also can’t wait for the release of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so we can see even more detail into this whole magical world, I have the book on my side and I’ve never picked it up yet so let me know if you think I should following my reread or shall we say restart of the actual book series.

5 star


Thank you for reading I hope that was as spoiler free as possible, I think I didn’t really drop anything in there so it’s probably super cryptic. If you have read the play then you will get any little references, let me know in the comments:

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

What did you think or are you waiting to read it?

Who’s your favourite character?

A Court Of Mist and Fury – Sarah J.Maas (SPOILER FREE REVIEW)

Title: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maasa court of mist and fury1.jpg

Genre: YA Fantasy – Romance

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 624 pages


Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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