Review: UnEnchanted

UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
◆ Read September 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her newfound fame brings misfortune as an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and stop these deadly events, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.❞
I wanted to like this book so badly, mainly because I love the Grimm fairytales a lot and the concept sounded very original. Unfortunately, I did not like it nearly as much as I hoped I would. 

September Book Haul

Living as a student is anything but cheap. However, there was a discount at an online shop I usually  buy my books from that allowed me to buy 3 for the price of 2. Here are my three new purchases!


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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling

◆ The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
◆ Read August 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
It must be noted that this review was written solely about the plot, characters and writing of this book, regardless of the fact that this was written by the one and only J.K. Rowling. Yes, I bought the book BECAUSE it was written by Rowling (I plead guilty!) but my opinion is not become biased because of it.

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