Monthly Wrap Up | March 2015

March has been a very busy month! It’s been the month of assignments and end of placement stress, so I was surprised to find that I actually read six books last month!  Here’s the lowdown on the books that I read in the month of March! As always, click the picture to read my review.

What I’ve Read

Make Me Up by Avery Flynn
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Currently Reading

The Hooker and the Hermit by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Death Wish by Megan Tayte
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
I know, I know. Girl Online‘s been sitting under the currently reading banner since December, and it’s getting embarrassing. I’m halfway through The Hooker and the Hermit and I’m enjoying it, I’ve highlighted so many funny passages, and you never know, one or two may find themselves in the review.
April looks to be a calmer month, so hopefully lots of reading will take place!
What books did you read during March? Let me know in the comments!

Make Me Up by Avery Flynn | Review

Description from Goodreads:

Former special ops turned private investigator Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. He’s all charm and sex appeal, and who can blame him for putting it to good use? Besides, it works damn well on the stunning and tough-as-nails makeup artist Drea Sanford. Only this time, Cam may be in over his head…

Drea is trying to keep her naughty affair with Cam a secret. After all, he’s Harbour City’s version of a Casanova… if Casanova had a motorcycle. When Cam makes their hot little liaison known to the public, however, Drea vows never to have sex with him again. Then one of her clients turns up dead. Now Drea is suspect number one – and she needs Cam’s help. But sleeping with him is one thing…trusting him is quite another.

Make Me Up was featured in last week’s First Impression Friday post which you can read here.
To begin with I wanted a little more time before everything went down, but I quickly regrouped and carried on reading. And I’m glad I did. The more you read Make Me Up the more you get to know the characters and the more you like them.
Drea is a confident, independent woman who takes care of herself. And I really like that about, I can’t stand female characters that are really weak and dependent on men. Avery Flynn definitely moved away from that mold when creating Drea. It’s the simple things about Drea that I liked, she wanted the relationship private and ended it when she didn’t like where things were going, she worked hard to make herself the most popular makeup artist in Harbour City. Drea isn’t just a makeup artist, oh no, the girl’s passionate! Which obviously means there were some quote worthy moments!
“But then I realised makeup’s real power. I could highlight someone’s features and it would turn on a light inside them. I wasn’t helping them hide or conform to some bullshit beauty standard or whatever. I was giving them a way to express their inner personality. When a woman feels confident, it changes how she interacts with the world.”
Got to love that quote.
Drea wasn’t the only character in Make Me Up though, Cam was a dreamboat if ever there was one. He’s the ultimate playboy bad-boy with a dark past, he rides a motorbike, he’s over six feet, he’s gorgeous and blonde. He does absolutely everything he can to protect Drea, because he slowly starts to realise that he loves her. And I loved seeing that happen.
The police are not the only ones after Cam and Drea in Make Me Up, Avery Flynn added a little extra action in the form of the City’s crime lord. This definitely spiced things up a little bit and made the novel stand out from its counterparts.
Make Me Up was a really enjoyable book, I’m really glad that I bought it! Have you read Make Me Up? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
Make Me Up’ by Avery Flynn
4 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | February 2015

Considering I’ve had a bit of a reading lull recently and have been finding it hard to finish books, I’m really chuffed with how many books I got through this month! The February half term definitely came in handy as I slowed through quite a few books! I’ve definitely got my reading mojo back and I couldn’t be happier! So here are the books that I read in February. As always, click the picture to read my review.

What I’ve Read

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond

By Referral Only by Lyla Payne

Texas Secrets by Jean Brashear

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

Currently Reading

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Make Me Up by Avery Flynn

So, Girl Online is still sat their on my currently reading list. I will finish it. It may take a while but I will get through that book! I’m really liking Make Me Up so far, in fact why don’t you check out my First Impression Friday review of it (shameless plug).

Since starting back after Christmas I’ve been enjoying the life of a trainee teacher. It’s been non-stop since January and I adored every single second in my class and am honestly gutted that I had to leave and re-join the world of uni students. So I’m adding my placement as my non-book favourite for the month.

So that’s February and all of the books that kept me company. Let me know in the comments which books you’ve been reading, I’d love to know!

First Impression Friday | Make Me Up by Avery Flynn

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 whole 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 link, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

Make Me Up by Avery Flynn
I’m around about the 40% mark with this book, and already I’ve experienced some minor ups and downs. 
I’ll start off by saying that so far I really like Cam and Drea. Drea loves makeup so she’s got that going for her, but she’s also fiery and stubborn, qualities I like in a female lead. Cam’s the bad-boy heartthrob with a troubled past. Actually, they’ve both got troubled pasts, so I can see some serious bonding coming along over that. 
I like the characters, which is a serious must if I’m going to enjoy the book. My issue came when immediately someone was dead and Drea was a suspect. I have no problems with mystery or crime books. Hell, I devoured Steig Larson’s Millennium trilogy, all I wanted was a little more time before it all went down. 
I’m not letting that stop me though, I’m going to carry on reading and I have a feeling that Make Me Up is going to be a book that I really enjoy. I’ve already got my whodunit theories, so it looks like it’s set to be a goodun. 
What are you currently reading? Leave your link below!