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The Girl in Times Square

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The Girl in Times Square By Paullina SimonsIn the past, I have read a few books written by Paullina Simons and have always enjoyed them, and always been impressed by how diverse in nature and content they have been from one another. However, I had not read any of her books for a few years when I came across ‘The Girl in Times Square‘. The back cover blurb intrigued me and it did seem well acclaimed by the critics. In fact, one quote from Company Magazine said ‘Read it and weep – literally!’ Now this did have me a little concerned – firstly because there are many books which literally do have me weeping and I have to be very careful where I read them (It’s a bit embarrassing to be seen sobbing into your book during a train journey surrounded by strangers!) and secondly, that was a huge expectation for the book to live up to and there was a danger of being left disappointed. This was really not the case though as this book definitely delivered on all fronts.

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Shiver

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Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterWhat a beautiful looking cover, it’s black, with leafy vines crawling around the sides, some dotted with red and the title in sketchy “shivery” writing in the middle. Although I (somewhat neurotically!) have my books stacked in the order in which I received or bought them and then that dictates what order I read them, my eye kept wandering to this book and eventually I decided that this one was far too tempting to let sit there gathering dust!

Shiver” tells the story of a sixteen year old girl called Grace who falls in love with a wolf. I’ve read a review that calls this book “Twilight , the Jacob version” and I have to agree that this is an extremely accurate way of summing up this book. Like Twilight, it falls into the teen romance category but this is not something I realised when I got this book as the cover seems much more sophisticated and almost has a horror/thriller feel to it.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is the story of Henry, a librarian, and Clare, an artist. They have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 30, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry was 30. At this time Henry had known Clare for two years, but Clare has known Henry for most of her life.
Confused yet?

This scenario sounds impossible, but has come about because Henry is the first person in the World to be diagnosed with a genetic condition called Chrono-Displacement Disorder. In other words, he is a time traveller. Time travel is a premise that has been used before in countless books, usually with the protagonist travelling through large chunks of time, back into the past or into the distant future, through some magical or technological means.

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