Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

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Belle Époque

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How did I get it?:
A present from my sister!

Synopsis:

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

Thoughts:

I have been waiting to read this book for a while now, so I’m so glad I finally got around to picking it up. I’ve been impressed with Hot Key Books releases recently and Belle Époque is another little gem for them. It started off incredibly well and very engaging. It’s fast-paced and easy to read but unfortunately for me the pacing slowed down after halfway through and I didn’t find it as exciting. However, I still think it’s interesting book that’s well worth picking up to learn more about this Parisian time period.

Belle Époque focuses on our main character Maude Pichon. She’s run away to Paris, desperate for work and has found herself answering a very unusual advertisement. The agency is looking for ugly people to make beautiful people instantly more attractive! (Harsh!)  Countess Dubern needs a companion for her daughter Isabelle and Maude is the perfect (plain looking) fit. Isabelle has no idea that Maude has been hired for her. As the girls begin to develop a deeper friendship, Maude realises she has a lot to lose.

I was instantly gripped for the first 100 pages of Belle Époque. I thought it was so easy to read and I found it to be absolutely fascinating. I really liked Maude and Isabelle and wished that their friendship had been more genuine. I was gutted for them both when (inevitably, so not much of a spoiler…) Maude was found out. You’ll have to read it to see what happens after Isabelle finds out the truth though…

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An interesting historical fiction read for Young Adults and beyond. The Parisian era that it focuses on is fascinating!

WWW Wednesday #85

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just about to start The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which I’m very excited to start. When I bought it the bookseller was incredibly positive about it, so I’m hoping for good things!

What did you recently finish?

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Last night I finished Belle Époque by Elizabeth Ross, which was an interesting young adult historical fiction set in Paris. I enjoyed this book and would rate it 3.5 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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I’m so excited that The Rosie Project has a sequel… The Rosie Effect is next up for me!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or answer the questions in the comment section below. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #51

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared! As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page! This is the last Stacking The Shelves post of 2013. This year has flown by. I’m celebrating my blogoversary tomorrow! Chrissi Reads has been around for a whole year! Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

Christmas presents:

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I’m loving this selection of books. My sister got me Dead Girls Don’t Lie, Belle Époque and After Eden! I received Wanderlove and Anna And The French Kiss from my Secret Santa. I’m so excited to own these books!

Have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite?

Feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul!