[8] coffee & conversations

The Café with Five Faces

by Chaelli

The key clicks in the lock, and the door swings open into my world..
Welcome to my cafe. My five-roomed empire. Each room named after a place I hold close to my heart. 
One café, five rooms, five groups of people, all with their own stories to share and opinions to express. This is England, a country living through a period of rapid change and intense political conflict, in other words, now. People of all ages, races and backgrounds gather within these walls to share their thoughts on everything from travel to humour, romance to politics, art to human interest. 

6 reasons to read this book

*story takes place in a cafe
*5 rooms, 5 groups of people, 5 different stories
*will make you feel like wow i need to travel, for all the wanderlust!
*ALL THE FOOD CHOICES!! might be a bit hungry after reading
*friends banter about politics, romance, art, travelling, dating, football, all sorts of silly everyday talk
*feels like a sunday afternoon read

Rating:  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Netgalley, Chaelli and Troubador Publishing Limited for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

When I read the summary to this I almost expected to go from conversation to conversation and not feel anything. And maybe I found myself nodding to so many of those conversations specially the bits about politics, football and brexit because I’ve been living in the UK since 2015 (give or take a few months back home). Those are the kind of conversations I have (and have had) with my friends, co-workers, housemates and such whenever we get together go to a pub or wherever.
The story felt honest, just the silly, everyday conversations people have when they get together with their friends to catch up, talk about your life, politics, football and such topics. It made feel part voyeur as if I was sitting there in the corner of those rooms, listening in to these people’s conversations, this strange sense of nostalgia because I want to have a preferred coffee shop too where I can just pop down to, sit, relax for a few hours discussing whatever topic comes to mind. And more importantly, it made me feel the need to find a coffee place with that menu, I’m seriously jealous of all those food choices.

[2]: The Vanishing Girl

by Laura Thalassa

6 Reasons to read this book:

*secret missions
*new adult sci-fi
*government conspiracy plot
*superpowers/teleportation powers, genetic manipulation
*insta-love/fated pairs
*adventure with a lot of romance in it

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

I have to first admit I loved Pestilence so I thought Laura Thalassa’s would be as good as that. Now, that said, as soon as I read the summary it intrigued me, reminded me of that film with Hayden Christensen (Ilovehim) that I really can’t remember very well apart from that he jumped to places and things happened? Either way, I was interested , I was intrigued. But unfortunately I finished this book and I felt like there were too many issues with it for me to geniunely like it. The spacing, the characters and the insta-love were some of the main issues I had. Ember wasn’t what I expected as a main character she was likeable enough at times but other times it felt too much like the ~super special super original~ MC you’re supposed to like. I was mostly intrigued on wanting to know more about the superpowers and about this new corporation/military facility she’s now stuck in. The book of course leaves you with a cliffhanger because there’s two more (I think?) to come and I’m honestly still debating whether to continue or to leave it there.

More spoiler-y review under this read more 🙂

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