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The Book Wrap Up : July

As another month ends, it's time for another book wrap up. July is over and we are officially only just over four months away from Christmas (sorry to scare you!). July was a big month, so let's get going!

July was, surprisingly, a big month for reading for me. It was also a crazy busy month, so I don't really know how it happened (except that I managed to read five books on our week long honeymoon). I read a total of 10 books and honestly pretty much loved them all (I won't be talking about the one that I didn't enjoy). You might want to get a cuppa or snack before getting into this post. It's going to be a longer one.

Her Pretty Face : Robyn Harding

Frances is alone. She has her husband and her son, but after an incident with her troubled son, the community of Forrester Academy exclude her. That is, until Kate comes along. The beautiful, confident Kate who wins over Frances and the whole family. But everything is not quite as it seems. One of them is Amber Kunik, a murderer.

A well written thriller, that keeps you on your toes throughout, constantly guessing what is coming next. Both ladies seem to have secrets hidden, but whose secret is the darkest?

Written from the perspective of Frances, Daisy (Kate’s daughter) and the past DJ (brother of murdered Courtney Carey). It is a fantastic book, absolutely loved it.

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How to Disappear : Sharon Huss Roat

Vicky has perfected the art of being invisible. She knows how to stay out of the way, stay quiet and not draw any attention to herself. She gets even better at it when her best friend, Jenna, moves away. But as their friendship drifts, Vicky starts to feel more and more alone. Then comes Vicurious. When her Instagram takes the world by storm, will she be able to stay invisible forever?

A wonderfully written book that takes a look at high school with an interesting perspective. We all want to disappear during high school. There were times when we all wanted to be invisible. It addresses challenging issues of bullying, love, friendship and anxiety with care and honesty. 

Very well written! Would definitely recommend!

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All the Rage : Courtney Summers

After an incident with the sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, Romy is branded a liar. The group of friends she once had now bullies her relentlessly. She’s alone and ostracised at school. Her only refuge is at the cafe she works at just out of town. But when a girl goes missing, with connections to Romy and the Turner’s, things get even worse.

A story of loneliness, depression and bullying. It shows the challenge that young people face by speaking out. Romy doesn’t remember so many things that happened the night the girl disappears, but people are pointing the finger at her. What is the connection that Romy has with this story? And is it as sinister as it all seems?

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Bring Me Back : B.A Paris

Ok! This book is amazing.

When Layla disappears suddenly one not on a trip back from Paris, fingers all point at Finn, her boyfriend. After telling the truth that he pulled in to go to the toilet, then came back and she was gone, he is let off. But that wasn’t the whole truth.

Finn has since moved with Ellen, Layla’s sister. Ellen is the polar opposite of Layla, which seems like what Finn needs. They are set to get married and all seems well.

But, as little Russian dolls start appearing everywhere, it seems like maybe that night didn’t end quite as everyone imagined. Is Layla still around? Is she closer then Finn expects?

Such a great read that will keep you on your toes right until the end. I love thrillers that have a bit of a plot twist at the end and this gives you exactly that!

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Violent Ends : by 17 different young adult authors

Call me a psycho, but for some reason I love reading books about massacres/shootings. There is just something fascinating about unpacking the mind of someone who’s life is at the point where that is the only answer. So, naturally, when I got given this book (thanks Sam!!) I was very excited to read it.

The book revolves around Kirby, who shows up to school one day with a gun, killing seven people, including himself. However, it’s not told like most school shootings. 17 different authors have teamed up to tell the story through 17 different perspectives. As you read each story you learn something new about Kirby and the roles that other people had in the inevitable shooting. It gives an interesting take on the incident and while part of me wanted to know more about each person that was sharing, I loved how the picture that it created of Kirby - that maybe he wasn’t a monster.

The book deals with intense issues, but I think it was done in such a beautiful and delicate way. Absolutely loved it!

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Dating You / Hating You : Christina Lauren

The realities of dating a coworker that is in the same position as you, times 1000! Carter and Evie get set up at their mutual friends party and after a night of whirlwind romance, they both gain strong feelings for each other. What they don’t expect? To wake up the next morning fighting for the same position at work. What follows is a series of angry and juvenile “pranks” to try and sabotage each other. But will love prevail?

A lighthearted and fun novel that keeps you constantly hoping it will work out for Evie and Carter. An easy read that is just so beautiful. I love a good sappy romance and this ticks all my boxes πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

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Providence : Caroline Kepnes 

All is good and well until Jon mysteriously disappears one day on his way to school. No one knows where he went and they cannot find him, but life goes on. One day, Jon appears again with no recollection of the four years he was away for. However, things are different, he is different. As people around him start to get hurt, Jon runs, leaving those he loves behind. Chloe keeps looking for him. Eggs thinks there’s a serial killer at work and begins his hunt. Can Jon find the answers he needs to live a normal life?

Not what I expected from Caroline Kepnes! I have loved her precious works (especially You) and was expecting something along a similar line with this one, but was quite surprised by the Sci Fi type undertone to it. I was, however, very intrigued and had to find the answers. The ending left me hanging (and in hope of a sequel), but was a great read. Not my favourite Kepnes book, but a good one nonetheless!

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Having some #SelfCareSaturday today! Mostly because I’m super excited about my new @sageandclare bath mat, that I just don’t want to leave it! .. Today’s bath consisted of @zoellabeauty new Drench Bubble Bath Soak (which smells sooo good!). I decided to do a bit of a pamper and scrub with @clinique_oz Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, followed by the @cosmedix_ Detox Activated Charcoal mask to kick my skin into gear. This weeks candle of choice is the Vanilla Praline from @marygracestore (which is heaven. So vanillary and delicious). Then of course I have my next book of choice - The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke, which I have just started reading. Oh and I ordered a McFlurry from @mcdonaldsau via @ubereats_aus because you gotta do what your heart desires. I didn’t get around to doing my empties today, but will do it live tomorrow if you’re interested!! .. How is your Saturday going? πŸ’• {part gifted} _________________________________________________ #bloggerstyle #beauty #beautyblog #bloggersunder10k #zoellabeauty #zoella #beautyphjuly1 #beautybloggerau #clinique #bloggersunder100k #blogger #beautyblogger #bloggersunitedau #discoverunder10k #makeupaddiction #beautyjunkie
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The Tall Man : Phoebe Locke

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

The Tall Man lives in the woods. He sees everything. But no one sees him. Three girls grow up knowing that he can make you special, but that he can also take away the bad people. Children disappear and others see them with this man in their dreams. Sadie is haunted by this man and so she leaves, in the hope that she can protect her daughter from the same horrors.

Is the tall man real or is he a figment of a manipulative and demented imagination?

A creepy and chilling novel. So well written and kept me constantly wanting to know what happened at the end (I don't think I have ever been so tempted to flick to the end of the book and find the ending). Definitely one that will keep you on your toes and constantly wanting to read more.

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Teacher: One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching : Gabbie Stroud

 If you are a teacher, work with kids or have kids, I would highly recommend this book.

Gabbie Stroud writes about her experiences as a primary school teacher, both here in Australia and overseas. The challenges, the magical gems and the days she was ready to quit. She is open and honest about all of it. It is relatable and eye opening. With all the standardisation in teaching guidelines, does the heart of teaching get lost? How hard is it to teach in Australia today? This book tells you about all of it and I cannot recommend it enough!

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So there it is, probably the biggest month of reading so far this year. 9 amazing books and 1 sub par (in my opinion anyway). What books did you read this month? I am always on the hunt for new books to read! 

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