First Impression Friday | The Consequence of Loving Colton

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature hosted here at Alexandra Florence books. I’ve been finding that what I think about books changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in then all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday post in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

I recently requested The Consequence of Loving Colton on NetGalley, my request was accepted and I started reading. Straight away I really liked it, Milo is funny, especially in her conversations with her best friend Max. She’s been harbouring a secret love for Colton, her older brother’s best friend, and her own childhood playmate. Naturally when she sees him for the first time in years she’s a hot mess, but seriously who could blame the woman? He’s all hot and toned and pressing his jean clad nether regions against the window of her car. She has a right to be flustered.
From the initial first impressions I thought I was on to a winner, but then things have just gotten more and more confusing, to the point where I keep rereading passages to try and piece together what the hell just happened. One minute they’re sat around the table having dinner, the next Jason (Milo’s brother) has a black eye. I wouldn’t say there’s a whole lot of flow to The Consequence of Loving Colton from what I’ve read so far.
Another thing, the plot is absolutely ridiculous. Half the time I’m internally cringing at the absurdity of it all. The more I read the more absurd it becomes, and honestly the craziness is getting annoying. The language is also questionable. Some of the things that are being said I’ve never heard uttered from a human mouth before. It all seems very surreal and amateur, cobbled together in a hurry. 
I’m at the point where I just want to finish so I can be done with it. I don’t know if I’m even bothered about what happens to everyone. I know there’s a sequel, but at the moment it’s not looking like I’ll be reading it.
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First Impression Friday | Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature hosted here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday post in the linky, grab the picture and make sure you link back to me!


I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Published 18th May 2015

All I seem to be reading at the moment are contemporary New Adult books, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist fits right in with the other New Adult books I’ve been enjoying. Skye is like the heroines of the other books I’ve been reading, she’s not experienced in the bedroom. This had the potential to be corny and cliche, but so far that’s not been the case. In fact, I’m really enjoying it.
Skye is shy and socially awkward, but then aren’t we all? She lives with her more outgoing best friend, and then her best friend’s brother moves in with them too. Ollie (the brother) and Skye have history, Skye keeps alluding to it but I don’t know what happened between them just yet. I’m thinking that it’s romantic, and from what I’ve read Skye has definitely still got feelings, and there are clues that Ollie has too.
I really like Skye, she genuinely seems like an ordinary girl, so far Kay Marie has done a good job of creating a realistic and likeable character, very important for me in contemporary NA. I really like Bridget too, although I haven’t really seen that much of her yet.
Now onto Ollie, he sounds gorgeous, as all male love interests seem to, and he’s a chef. Bonus points to Kay Marie for that one, is there anything more attractive than a hot guy cooking? No, I don’t think there is. (Well, maybe Tom Hiddleston cooking, but that’s beside the point!) Bridget and Skye have been best friends for a long time, so that means Ollie has known Skye for forever too. This results in Ollie and Skye being very familiar with each other, and understanding each other’s actions. Skye can predict exactly what Ollie is going to do, I’m not saying she’s got crazy psychic abilities, she can read his body language and cues that someone who’s only known him for a short period of time would not be able to pick up on. I really appreciate this knowledge that they have of each other, it shows that they are close and clearly pay a lot of attention to each other.
I’m liking where the book is going, but I have to say that I’ve been finding that Ollie is a bit immature. It’s not something that’s going to make me put down the book, and maybe that side of his personality will grow on me, but for now it’s a slight annoyance. 
To end on a positive, I laughed out loud on the bus when I was reading Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, so that’s a very good sign!
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First Impression Friday | Love, Rosie

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature hosted here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday post in the linky, grab the picture and make sure you link back to me!

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Well, isn’t this just the cutest thing going! Love, Rosie is told through a series of letters (and emails when they become teens) between Rosie and Alex, lifelong friends. The novel begins with Alex and Rosie passing notes in primary school around the age of 5. I started reading this book on the bus, and honestly it probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. The notes were brilliant, they really echo the writing of children of a similar age and they made me laugh! Hence why it was awkward reading this book on the bus, I think the woman I was sat next to thought I was going crazy.

Alex and Rosie are really close friends, they’re actually each other’s only super close friends. Through their written communication you can really tell that they’re close, and yet again I’m going to mention the humour. Turns out Cecilia Ahern is really hilarious.

I think I’ve fallen for Rosie, I really love her, I think she’s brilliant and I want everything to work out for her. I like Alex too don’t get me wrong, it’s just that so far he hasn’t made as much of an impression as Rosie.

I don’t really know the storyline of Love, Rosie, I purposely avoided reading up about it when the film was released. I want to be surprised by whatever happens. I do know from the blurb that there’s a bit of romance between Alex and Rosie, and I think Rosie’s initial jealousy at Alex getting a girlfriend was a good early indicator. But can we all just agree right now that they need to both buck up and tell each other! At the moment they’re avoiding telling each other how they really feel, and it’s just silly. They’re clearly made for each other, and I’m saying that when I’ve only got a third into the book!

The questionable communication issues aside, I can tell that it’s going to work well in the plot and that Love, Rosie is going to be a firm favourite of mine.

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First Impression Friday | The Jewel by Amy Ewing

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Huge apologies for the lack of a First Impression Friday post last week, as I mentioned briefly in the Cursed By Fire blog tour last week was crazy. Friday was the deadline for a particularly difficult and confusing assignment, so the latter half of the week was spent concentrating on that. I’m in the post assignment chill, which will hopefully last a while as my next and final assignment of the year isn’t due until the end of May. Safe to say everyone is loving this turn of events. 
Anyway, back to the book. The Jewel, you’re probably wondering how I managed to do any reading with all that going on. Well, The Jewel was originally scheduled to be last week’s featured First Impression Friday book so I actually started this book during the Easter break. 
I love YA dystopian books, I genuinely adore them, like I might have a problem. So The Jewel was a no brainer.
I’m really enjoying The Jewel, it’s a take on the dystopian genre that I haven’t seen before. Violet is a surrogate so she’s been sold to a rich and powerful woman who’s baby she will carry. Being forced to carry another woman’s child is not something I would want to endure, and it’s not something Violet wants either. As in she’s genuinely terrified. This makes her even more appealing, got to love a girl who goes against the system!
Know what I really like about The Jewel? So far there is no love interest for Violet, I’m pretty certain someone will emerge later on in the book, but for now there’s no one. I really like that Amy Ewing’s given Violet the chance to develop as a character without a boy hanging around.
The woman Violet’s been sold to seems a little cuckoo, it will be interesting to see how she gets out of her control.
So far, so good. I’m really glad I picked up The Jewel in Waterstones, I’m really enjoying reading an actual book for a change!
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

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First Impression Friday | Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot

From the very beginning you know that something bad has happened to Ellen and that she’s struggling to keep it all together. She has to deal with her little sister, who just so happens to be planning her wedding. They’ve taken a trip to the island of Corfu, where Lacey, the little sister, plans on having the big day. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have your own life falling apart around you, while your sister appears to have it all together with the perfect happily ever after ending. 

Ellen is going through some seriously bad stuff, but I’m not finding that she’s moaning on and on, so that’s a good thing. In fact, she’s going out of her way to please her little sister. But her work keep phoning her and she’s ignoring it, which just seems stupid. Answer the goddam phone!
Another thing that I just can’t seem to wrap my head around is that her ex, the one who proposed but she turned down, stole all the money that her mother left to her. That’s right, took all the money out of her account. And she didn’t report it. Didn’t report it! How stupid! It was then, when I read that little piece of information that I had to take a moment and regroup. Ellen is, clearly, a wet lettuce. I don’t know how I’m going to end up feeling about her, but at the moment it’s not looking good.
Yan works at the hotel Ellen and Lacey are staying at, and he too is fighting back a terrible past. I know more about Ellen than Yan, but there is a split narrative, which I’m finding is really working so far. All I do know about Yan is that he’s from Bulgaria (cue lots of stilted English, which surprisingly works well) and he has the head of the Bulgarian mafia after him. So, you know, pretty bad.

I like the different narratives of Yan and Ellen, it gives an insight into both characters, and it’s really built a good character of Ellen through both her POV and Yan’s descriptions and observations.

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for Truly, Madly, Greekly so far, I want to like this book, partly because of the title, and also because it just sounds so fun and appealing. Hopefully I get along with Ellen’s character better in the rest of the book. Expect a review soon!

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First Impression Friday | The Hooker and the Hermit

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in  all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

The Hooker and the Hermit by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid
The Hooker and the Hermit is really funny, I’ve been making use of the highlight function on my Kindle as I make note of all the passages and one liners that grab my attention.
Annie takes shy to a whole new level, she mainly works from home, only going into the office two days a week, and finds it extremely hard to make eye contact. Being shy is definitely something I can understand and relate to, and it makes the whole potential relationship with a famous Rugby player very intimidating. 
Ronan is Irish, so you know, I love him. 
I should probably elaborate. I adore the Irish accent, seriously adore it. If I’m watching TV and an Irish (male) starts talking then I’m all ears and everyone else in the room better quit talking ASAP. 
So, yeah. I like that Ronan’s Irish. But you know what I really like? That there’s no ridiculous Irish jargon littered throughout, that everyone with a brain knows Irish people actually don’t say. So kudos to L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid for forgoing all that.
I like Annie and Ronan’s developing relationship, that Ronan is pushing Annie out of her comfort zone, which, let’s face it, is pretty damn tiny. But that’s only in the real world. Online, Annie is completely different. She’s adopted an online persona for her blog, which is very popular. In the online world Annie is completely different, and it’s really nice to see the other side to Annie’s personality that she keeps hidden.
Ronan keeps dropping lots of little hints. Basically, Ronan is a dominant, don’t get me wrong I have absolutely no issues with BDSM, I just was not expecting it in this book. I’ll power through regardless, so expect a review soon!
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

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First Impression Friday | Wattpad and the Fanfiction Life

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!


This week’s First Impression Friday is a little different than normal. I’m not actually reading anything at the moment, I had an assignment in on Tuesday, and I was working till the wire to finish it. So since then I’ve been relaxing and recuperating, knowing that I’ll be starting a book tomorrow, I have broken up for Easter after all!

You may be wondering how I’m going to do a First Impression Friday post when I haven’t been reading a book, well, I have still been reading.
Last weekend I made the glorious discovery of Wattpad, a world full of fanfiction. I’ve bene reading a few different stories, and thought I’d share my first impressions on Wattpad!
I’m about to get real honest with you.
My sister and I ship Ricta. That’s right, we watch The Voice UK and swoon every time Ricky and Rita communicate in any way. When he put his hand on her waist when they were performing? Small meltdown.
So my sister was casually browsing Instagram and found a fan account for them, and there was a picture of a fanfiction. Naturally, I downloaded Wattpad straight away, a few days later and I’m eagerly anticipating the next instalment.
I’m really enjoying reading the fanfiction, now they’re not all breaking literary boundaries, but it’s super enjoyable! Some of them have some issues that would, in a published piece of fiction, be ironed out. But they don’t bother me all that much.
Have you read anything on Wattpad? Got any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

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