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Unbreakable - Ruth Buchanan

Title: Unbreakable (Collapsible #3)
Author: Ruth Buchanan
Genre: Christian fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 228
Date read: February, 2020

With her leg finally back at full strength and her emotional life taking on a whole new shape, Rachel Cooper feels fit to handle the confluence of four major events: the end of another school year, the beginning of a new relationship, the stress of helping to plan a wedding, and Coach's insistence that Rachel overcome a mental block and master the flying teep kick.

Meanwhile, Rachel draws the focus of some strong male attention. While she isn't sure what it all means, she's determined not to write an alternate story in her head by pitting herself as the main character in yet another imagined thriller. But in her determination not to make the same mistake a third time, Rachel ignores danger signs. Will Rachel manage to separate fact from fiction before it's too late?

A lovely ending to the trilogy :-) Book two remains my favourite, but I really liked how everything was tied together for a very satisfying ending. I got really, really frustrated with Rachel at one point (as my running status updates will have shown), but she redeemed herself nicely, and I appreciated the way everything got resolved. Ruth writes extremely relateable characters... even if I do perhaps relate more to Lynn than to Rachel ;-)

I LOVED Ian's idea of "stealth-dating"... yeah, that's never going to work out as you expect!
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The Last Single Girl - Bria Quinlan

Title: The Last Single Girl
Author: Bria Quinlan
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 150
Date read: February, 2020

One month.

That's all Sarah has to find a date for the Big Night or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins hoping that - just like the perfect purse - the internet and online dating can help her find the perfect man.

The problem is, love isn't always where you think you'll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.

A short and sweet coffee-shop romance. I really enjoyed it, and it is a really quick read - took me little over than an hour. Perhaps not very realistic but very charming and satisfying to read. I loved Sarah, John and Jane and even though I did guess the ending within the first few chapters that didn't matter at all - this clearly meant to entertain, not surprise.

It works quite well as a stand-alone book, so I don't know if I'll check out more books in the series - probably depends if they turn up on Kindle daily deals like this one did ;-)
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Leoniderne - Nanna Foss

Title: Leoniderne (Spektrum #1)
Author: Nanna Foss
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 3/5
# pages: Audiobook ~14hrs
Date read: February 2020

When did it start?
When the old lady accused us to bring about the end of the world?
When I dreamt of the glowing hands?
When the compass burned out hands?
Or long before?

15-year-old Emilie draws a boy with turquoise eyes and a mysterious necklace. The next day that boy turns up in her class.
Before she knows what's going on, Emilie has triangle scars in her palms and her classmates have weird abilities... or is she just imagining it all? The lines between dream and reality are fluid, and Emilie is desperately trying to stay out of the chaos.

... I can't quite make up my mind what I thought of this. I liked the beginning and the end, but the middle was a drag. It was very obviously a set-up to the rest of the series - to the point that it felt like the main plot didn't start until we were 75% of the way through the book. Which meant that I was still considering just giving up on it until very late in the book... which suddenly everything happened at once, and now I'm slightly curious as to what will happen in the next book after all! Might just find a detailed synopsis instead.

I liked Emilie and Alban, but felt the other main characters were too 2-dimensional. They might be fleshed out more in the sequels though. I was less than impressed by the huge amount of swearing that went on, but have a feeling that might have been more blatant because I heard it as an audiobook, whereas I would have been more inclined to just skim by it and not really notice it, if I had read it myself.
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Flexible - Ruth Buchanan

Title: Flexible (Collapsible #2)
Author: Ruth Buchanan
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 143
Date read: February, 2020

Summer's over, and Rachel Cooper is back! Limping staunchly into the fray, she's determined to develop flexibility in more than just her stiff ankle. With Lynn and Ann at her side, she tackles the challenges of the new school year with her own unique blend of panicked bravado. With new students, new classes, and--could it be?--the possibility of new love in her life, she's already got plenty to keep her flailing. But there's more. While fulfilling her role as director of the school's fall play, she begins to suspect that not all the drama is playing out onstage. Uncovering a series of unsettling clues, she works to solve the backstage mystery before the final curtain falls.

Honestly? I think I liked this even more than the first book in the series. I loved the acting, I loved the English classes (and got a small thrill out of the fact that I, myself have taken a class on that very Shakespeare play, given by the author herself!), I loved the kids, I liked that Rachel's relationships with Sharon, Lee and Ian was explored further. All meaning that I finished the book and turned right on to the next book in the series!
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I Temporarily Do - Ellie Cahill

Title: I Temporarily Do
Author: Ellie Cahill
Genre: Chick-lit, NA
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 220
Date read: January, 2020

Days before she's set to move across the country and start a prestigious graduate program, a con artist leaves Emmy with no where to live and less than zero dollars in her bank account. But her day doesn't seem quite so bad compared to Beckett's--his fiancée called off their wedding just days before they tie the knot. Now he's single and ineligible for his place in married student housing.

So what are a girl without a home and a guy without a wife supposed to do? A quickie wedding in Vegas will solve both their problems. It's a business arrangement, and no one even needs to know. They'll just get an annulment in a few months. What could go wrong?

Only Beckett forgot to mention his new apartment is a one-bedroom. And neither of them counted on their new friends at Middlesex University thinking they're a great couple.

The platonic newlywed game might be harder to play than Emmy thought. Especially when it starts to feel less than platonic.

Recommended to me by the same person who recommended "The Unhoneymooners" and "The Flatshare" - both two of my favourite books of 2019. So I was already inclined to love this as well, and fortunately it mostly lived up to my expectations. It wasn't quite as good as the two others, but I think that's mostly because it seemed aimed at a slightly younger audience. I really loved both Emma and Beckett, and though the ending was utterly predictable, enjoyed following the twists and turns it took them to get there.
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Crumbled Love Notes - Jen A. Durand

Title: Crumbled Love Notes
Author: Jen A. Durand
Genre: Chicklit
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages:
Date read: January, 2020

What do you do when your world has been turned upside down?

Connor Ainsley was at the top of his career and engaged to the love of his life, when the discovery of his daughter threatens to tear down everything he's built.

Zoe Noel has the perfect life... Her fiancè was a star athlete chasing his dreams. She was well on her way to becoming the doctor she had always wanted to be and it seemed like they had finally figured out how to be together without hurting each other. Now as the world watches as she learns that the man she loves has a child she did not give birth to.

Will she walk out the door or will they face this new reality together?

I've read several books by Jen A. Durand by now, so thought I knew what to expect, but this blew me off my feet and is by far my favourite of everything I've read by her. It is sweet and charming, and the novella format works really well for this plot. I absolutely adored it, and read it in one sitting.

I really liked how neither Connor nor Zoe rushed through making decisions or jumped to conclusions, but that they actually sat down and talked things through - acknowledging that it was a tricky situation, but thinking of the long term, rather than the here and now. Made for a delightful read and was just plain cute.
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Under overfladen - Claus Lohman

Title: Under overfladen (Below the Surface)
Author: Claus Lohman
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 340
Date read: January, 2020

Da to dykkere dør under mystiske omstændigheder i New York, befinder virolog Martin Henderson sig pludselig i et kapløb mod tiden. Alt peger i retningen af en 100 år gammel dræbersygdom. Men hvor stammer udbruddet fra? Og kan han nå at udvinde en vaccine?

Efter et mislykket kidnapningsforsøg møder han den arkæologistuderende freelancejournalist Emma Fitzgerald, der besidder vigtige informationer i opklaringsarbejdet.
Sammen bevæger de sig tættere på sandheden. Men det viser sig hurtigt at intet er som det ser ud. Hvem kan de stole på? Og har Martins fortid noget med hændelserne at gøre?

Exciting thriller that kept me well entertained, and I ended up finishing it in less than 24 hours. It was ridiculously readable, and very difficult to put down. The story was told from several different viewpoints, which can be tricky to do well, but I think it really worked here. Unfortunately the ending required a tad more suspension of disbelief than I usually prefer in my novels, but it (mostly) worked within its own universe, so I'll allow it ;-) I definitely want to read more from this author now.
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Heartsong - T.J. Klune

Title: Heartsong (Green Creek #3)
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 4/5
# pages: Audiobook ~18hrs
Date read: January 2020

All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine.

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed?

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.

I finished this more than a few days ago, but it has taken me awhile to sit down and write the review. I loved everything about it... except the ending. Not so much the fact that it was an open ending - that's fine if it's done right, which was definitely the case here - but more that the openness turned it into a sad ending. I fully expect everything to be resolved in the next book (which I think T.J. Klune said would be the last?), but for the time being, I can't love the book as much as I had hoped to.

Apart from that, I really enjoyed it, and listened to it at any chance I got (as evidenced by the fact that I got through 18 hours in less than 10 days!). I definitely liked it more than book 2, and absolutely love Robbie. I find it incredibly fascinating that T.J. Klune can write books as DIFFERENT as e.g. the Green Creek series and the Verania series. There's not just a huge difference in plot, but in style as well.
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Shadowblack - Sebastien de Castell

Title: Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 352
Date read: January 2020

It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret that's all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help - but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold - and Kellen can't help but suspect his own people may even be behind it.

Not quite as good as the first book, but still fully lived up to my expectations. It seemed transient somehow - as if it was more focused on setting the scene for the next book, which doesn't quite make sense, as it did have quite a complete plot in its own right. But I've really grown fond of Kellen and will definitely continue on with the next book.
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Six Years - Harlan Coben

Title: Six Years
Author: Harlan Coben
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 301
Date read: January 2020

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life -- a time he has never gotten over -- is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.

Not quite as good as "Missing You", but still well worth reading. My biggest problem with it, is that it's somewhat less believable. In "Missing You" the main character was at least a cop, so it made sense that she'd pursue the case. Here the main character was a university professor and it just seemed contrived.

But once I got past that, the plot itself was very interesting and I had no idea where things were heading for most of the book. Fortunately the end tied up all the threads very nicely and answered all my questions, so I wasn't left hanging.