(Very Late!) January Wrap-Up!

Happy Valentines day book-babies!
I know this post is very late, but I wanted to post my first wrap-up, and didn't want to wait until March to do one, so here it is!! 

Synopsis - She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.
Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump.
Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living .
Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she's made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life. But is that all that's happening… ?
This was probably my favourite read of last month, I read it in less than a day because I just HAD to know what was going to happen with the characters! 
My friend Frances bought me this for Christmas, it had a nice dust jacket on it which was bright blue with gold lovebirds on it, but I prefer hardback books without their dust jackets on for whatever reason, I always have! I just think books look amazing when they're the old-school covers without the dust jacket :) 
Anyway, this book was a lovely, fluffy read, it was nothing extremely taxing, just one of those typical Cecelia Ahern books that makes you wish real life was as magical! 
I'll be doing a full review on this book anyway so I'll quit blabbing :)
Rating - 5/5

Synopsis - "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
I'll be doing separate reviews on all of these books, but I will say (and nobody shoot me, because I realise I'm in the minority) I didn't enjoy this book half as much as I thought I would.
I found the characters to be unbelievable at times, the things that they would say is totally not the kind of things the teenagers I know would say!
The story had so much potential to be heart-breaking, but the delivery just wasn't there for me, feel free to call me soulless! 
Rating - 3/5

Synopsis - Get ready to meet Angela Clark as she flees the world’s worst wedding for a new life…
It's official. Angela Clarke is in love – with the most

fabulous city in the world.

Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane, destination - NYC.
Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBFJenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it in her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it's one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it's another figuring them out for yourself …
Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?
This runs a close second to How To Fall In Love for the spot of my favourite book of last month! Again, a very fluffy read but I really really loved it, and not just because the lead character was called Angela and is a Libran, just like me! 
I loved how descriptive the writing was, I felt like I could really visualise what was going on and, most importantly, what everyone was wearing!
Rating - 5/5

Synopsis - If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?
Lou Suffern wishes he could be in two places at once. His constant battle with the clock is a sensitive issue with his wife and family.
Gabe wishes he was somewhere warm. When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure…
This was a lovely Christmassy tale that I read over the festive period and into the New Year, it was a bit of a trippy one, you really have to suspend your beliefs and just go with it but I really enjoyed it! 
I both felt sympathy and anger towards the lead character Lou, he isn't the nicest of men at the start of the book, let's put it that way! 
Rating - 4/5

Synopsis - France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe whilst her adored husband Edouard fights at the front. When she is ordered to serve the German officers who descend on her hotel each evening, her home becomes riven by fierce tensions. And from the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born, which will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision.
Almost a century later, and Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before he died. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and its troubled history. A history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down all over again . . .
In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for what they love most - whatever the cost.
This was a super-interesting book! A really unique story and Jojo's usual great writing made this a very enjoyable read.
A lot of the reviews I've read said they enjoyed Sophie Lefevre's story more than Liv Halston's, but I really liked both of the points of view equally, but the Sophie Lefevre arc was more unique than Liv Halston's, I will admit that!
Rating - 4/5

Synopsis - When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
When I first read this about a year ago I couldn't get into it at all! But then I picked it up again last month and I couldn't put it down haha weird how your tastes sometimes alter isn't it?!
I love a dystopian novel, and this one had a strong lead character who I could empathise with, which I think is always key for me to get into this type of book.
Rating - 4/5

Hope you enjoyed my first wrap-up post!! This was fun, same time next month yeah?!
Toodles! x

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