Review: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Challenge prompt: A book on a subject you know nothing about

Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the blog tour run by the publisher. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.

“Even as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face… even before a fortune-teller told me so.”

Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a “room salon,” an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood.

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Review: I Made a Mistake by Jane Corry

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Disclaimer: I read this book as part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

IT STARTED WITH A KISS

AND ENDED IN MURDER…

The darkly addictive new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I Looked Away, Blood Sisters and My Husband’s Wife.

In Poppy Page’s mind, there are two types of women in this world: those who are faithful to their husbands, and those who are not. Until now, Poppy has never questioned which she was.

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Review: Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Challenge prompt: A book with a great first line.

Disclaimer: I read this book as part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin Ireland. This has in no way impacted my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

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Review: All the Rage by Cara Hunter

Challenge prompt: A book with a map.

Disclaimer: I read this book as part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

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Review: The Call by Peadar O Guilín

Challenge criteria: A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of the review.)

Blurb:

What if you only had 3 minutes to save your own life and the clock is already counting down…

Three minutes.
Nessa, Megan and Anto know that any day now they wake up alone in a horrible land and realise they’ve been Called.
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