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August 26, 2016 Discussion 2

This post was originally 3000 words long. I may have had a bit of a rant and just let the words flow! You will be thankful that I then went back and edited and there are now a lot less words (and hopefully a lot less ranting!) but something important that I wanted to discuss.

My dad owns his own business and a few weeks ago someone wrote a negative review on the website. But it was more than just a negative review. It made accusations, false accusations, it used scary words. The kind of words that can really damage a businesses reputation

The person who wrote this review probably forgot about the whole thing a few days later. But those negative and untrue words will stick on that website and with that business for a very long time.

And it’s totally the same with books. We read a book, write the review, post it and then move onto the next book. I probably couldn’t even tell you what my last 5 reviews are.

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Review: “Unboxed” – Non Pratt

August 25, 2016 Book Review 0

 Review: “Unboxed” – Non PrattUnboxed by Non Pratt
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Published on: August 15th 2016
Published by: Barrington Stoke
Pages: 140
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.

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My Thoughts

It was short and sweet and everything I love about Non Pratt. I’m not one for short books, I like chunky books full of words about worlds and battles and love, but this was none of that and yet I really really liked it.

“I know why we all fell apart, that’s just what happens. But things that fall apart can be put back together, right? Even if there’s a piece missing.”

The whole book is from one POV, Alix’s, although it focus’ on the entire group of Alix, Ben, Dean and Zara. (Zara’s boyfriend Ash is also there, but he is a douche bag so I will be ignoring his presence!). I was only with these characters for 139 pages but I feel like I got to know them all so well even in such a short space of time.

Non is amazing at capturing the voices of teenagers and making them real and believable. She is not patronising or stupid and cheesy. She speaks about all the idiotic and the totally raw and honest things that teenagers are about. She makes them relate-able and she makes us think back to when we where teenagers and find our younger selves in the characters.

I really liked the idea of the time capsule, I’ve always wished that I had done one with my friends at school. In this case of this one it becomes the opportunity to bring these four characters back together again and gives them a night to reminisce about an amazing summer they experience and to grieve together for their friend.

“I never really believed it would come to this. Death was someething that happened in other people’s stories. Not mine. Not Millie’s.”

 

I also wanted to mention at this point that my copy of this book is dyslexic friendly. WHat does that mean, you ask? That was my question when I bought it, because in my naivity I thought that dyslexia was all about seeing letters wrong, so how could you make a dyslexic friendly book?

It’s on thicker (and slightly yellow) paper which helps to make a better contrast between the age and the letters and also stops “ghosting” (the words on the other side of the page showing through. It is also printed with a specific type face which apparently the most easy for dyslexic people to read.

Sure, it looks slightly different from my other paperback books, but I couldn’t help but find the whole thing fascinating. And who cares if the book looks a little different if it means that more people get to enjoy it?

“But the thing about knowing you’re about to die is that you spend a lot of time thinking about being alive. Way more than you do if you’re actually going to live – living takes up so much brain space that it squished out the other stuff. The important things. Like when you feel like the best version of yourself. Who was there when you did. Whether you’ve been chasing that version of yourself ever since and never found her.

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Final Thoughts

It’s an excellent mix of funny, sweet and emotional and this tiny book will take you on a massive rollercoaster of emotions. Definitely worth the read!

Re-Readability: Yeah, at some point.

I would recommend this book to: Non Pratt, YA contemporary, stories about friendships, stories about loss, stories about secrets

Rating Really Liked.5

Other books you should check out by Non Pratt:
Trouble . Remix

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Have you read any Non Pratt books?

What was the last short story you read?

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Broc’s Bookcase List of Shame (aka. the books that are still on my TBR 3 years later!)

August 23, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 23

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I just got back to work from the best 4 day weekend and urgh is today hard! My weekend included a trip to the zoo with the boyf, my cousins hen party and my mums birthday. I’m feeling a little tired and slightly delicate from the amount of wine I drank this weekend, but I’m also feeling so chill and happy from such an awesome weekend.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about the books that have been on our TBR the longest. All of the ones I have listed today have been on my list since 2013 (when I first started it) and I still have not read! So basically it’s my list of shame!

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Just One Day (Gayle Forman) – I have read so many of her books since I started my TBR but still haven’t made it round to this one! I keep seeing amazing reviews for it everywhere and really really do want to read it, I don’t know whats taking me so long!

The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare) – I loved the Mortal Instruments series and decided that I would wait until I had finished them before starting another of Clare’s series. Still haven’t picked this one up though, but I heard it’s incredible.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han) – The really stupid thing with this one is that as well as it being on my TBR for so long, I have both this book and it’s sequel sat on my bookshelf at home, untouched.

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Cruel Beauty (Rosamund Hodge) – I was desperate for this book when it was first released and was really angry when the UK date was later than the US date. When the book finally arrived I put it proudly on my bookshelf and haven’t touched it since! I hear such good things about it, I really do need to read it.

All Our Yesterdays (Cristin Terrill) – I love the premise of this one, and bought it on my kindle. But I think I got distracted a few pages in because I’ve never gone back to it but am still really really intrigued but he story!

Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) – I decided that after being on my TBR for so long that I was definitely going to read this one before the film came out at the cinema and that I wouldn’t see the film until I had read it. Still haven’t read it, still haven’t watched it. Oops!

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Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein) – I rarely read historical fiction, but have heard such amazing things about this book that I have really wanted to read it for a while now. Other books just keep getting in the way though, I’ll get to it eventually.

You Against Me (Jenny Downham) – I’ve read one of her books before and LOVED it, and then I saw this one in a charity shop so bought myself a copy and added it to my TBR. Still sat on the bookshelf!

War Horse (Michael Mortargo) – I watched a stage production of War Horse and it was incredible. I have been meaning to read the books veer since, but still haven’t gotten round to it!

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The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon) – This one has been on my kindle for a while and on my TBR even longer. I keep seeing it and promising myself that I’ll read it next but still haven’t. Then I saw Samantha Shannon at YALC this year and heard her talk at a panel about her series and now I am desperate to read it!

Shatter Me (Tahera Mafi) – I think this was the first book I ever added to my TBR and i still haven’t read it. Not really a great start, but this series sounds incredible and I am determined to get round to it!

These Broken Stars (Aime Kaufman) – Another one that have actually bought, but is still sat on my shelf untouched. I have read so many great reviews for this book, I don’t know why I still haven’t read it!

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Have you read any of these books? Which books are you ashamed are still on your TBR list

What’s on your list this week?

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Review: “Beautiful Funeral” – Jamie McGuire

August 17, 2016 Book Review 0

 Review: “Beautiful Funeral” – Jamie McGuireA Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire
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Published on: August 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 234
Series: Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5
Genre: NA Contemporary
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Beautiful/Maddox Brothers Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1)
Beautiful Redemption (Maddox Brothers #2)
Beautiful Sacrifice (Maddox Brothers #3)
Beautiful Burn (Maddox Brothers #4)
Beautiful Funeral (Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

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My Thoughts

I have loved this series right from the start. Even when there was all the controversy about Travis and bad boys not making good boyfriends etc etc. I loved it then. And I have stuck with it ever since and have loved all the books, but then this one…I can’t deny I am totally conflicted.

“Sometimes it felt like the whole world was dying.”

The title really excited me, who was going to die? I’ve spent months changing my mind of who it could be and why, and even when I started reading the book with a surety of who it would be I found myself getting nervous anytime any one did anything even remotely dangerous or said goodbye to a loved one in a way that seemed like a forever goodbye.

But I liked that McGuire was brave enough to go there. So many authors are so scared of hurting their characters or upsetting the fans that they refuse to go anywhere near death. But McGuire did and I massively admired her for that.

“I wondered what new heartbreak the next day would bring and hoe much more our family could take.”

The storyline itself was great, I was really interested to see how everyone was going to react to the Thomas/Travis FBI secret. Sure, the beginning 40% felt like it took an eternity to read as I waited to my favourite Maddox’s to reunite, but once they were together I was excited for some awesome Maddox times.

What I got was a whole lot of angry and sad Maddox’s. And ok, I know that with a title like ‘Beautiful Funeral’ we know there are going to be some sad times. But any bad news they received during this book just seemed to pull everyone further apart, and those beautiful brotherly bonds that I have loved in the previous 6 books just kind of fell apart.

“Lying was the hardest habit to break. Especially when we believed we were protecting those we loved.”

I have really enjoyed reading each book in this series and I have swooned for each couple and loved them all equally. But putting them all together in one place just seemed to be an absolute disaster. The girls got bitchy, like really mean and I found my opinions of some of them changing.

There didn’t seem to be any light moments in this book for a bit of playful brotherly banter or a sweet romantic moment. The whole thing just felt very very heavy and at times a bit of a downer as I watched everything going wrong over and over for these character we love so much.

“I don’t care if he deserves it. If you hit my husband, I will slap you into next week.

McGuire wrote this book from everyone’s POV, that is 11 POVs, and then there were even more people present in the scenes too. This is one of the things that had me conflicted, becuase I loved being able to see from each person and catch up with them, but boy did it make for a whole lot of confusing moments.

I kept forgetting whose POV I was reading from and having to go back to the chapter title page and check. I ended up making a list of everyone and a brief description of their story because I just couldn’t remember it all. I guess that is the issue with having a big family like this, you’ve got to be able to fit them all in but without it feeling cramped.

“It’s hard to see the light in circumstances like this, even if you’re the one holding the candle.”

This book left me feeling very conflicted. A really really great story, but the characters just didn’t live up to my love for them. I found myself hating them when I didn’t want to and I desperately wanted some lighter moments in amongst all the heavy and at times depressing moments.

“From the moment you become aware of a secret, the inevitable question arises: what price will you pay to keep it?

 

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Final Thoughts

Not my favourite book in the series but McGuire gave herself a lot of work to do in this book. It was good and I’d definitely recommend it, just not as much as the individual stories in this series.

Re-Readability: Yeah, at some point.

I would recommend this book to: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, bad boys with big hearts, big families, family reunions

Rating Liked.5

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Have you read any of the Beautiful/Maddox series?

Which is your favourite Maddox brother?

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Blog Tour: “Ravage” – Tillie Cole

August 16, 2016 Book Review 2

 Blog Tour: “Ravage” – Tillie ColeRavage by Tillie Cole
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Published on: August 16th 2016
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336
Series: Scarred Souls #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Scarred Souls Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:

Raze (Scarred Souls #1)
Reap (Scarred Souls #2)
Ravage (Scarred Souls #3)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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My Thoughts

Like with every Tillie Cole review I write, I really struggled with this one. It’s so hard to put into words just how amazing a book is, how much of an affect it had on you. Tillie’s books always reach the deepest places and make me feel emotions that I never knew it was possible to feel from a book.

Tillie Cole has always had a talent for writing non typical characters and making us feel the opposite of what we think we should feel for them. Only a few weeks ago she made me feel sympathy for a character that she had spent the 3 previous books making me hate for all the bad things he had done. In this book she gives us 194, a killer and a torturer and she shows us very clearly in black and white just how evil he can be. But at no point did I feel anything but understanding and sympathy for him. Does that make me crazy? No, it just makes Tillie extremely talented.

“My God, I thought; he looked like a monster.”

Luka’s story as Raze broke my heart, Zaal’s story as 212 ripped my heart to pieces. 194, well he obliterated the whole damn thing. Unlike the previous two books we get 194 aka. Valentin’s story right from the beginning, starting with him and his younger sister being taken as children and boy was it sad.

“As the years passed, I became a ghost in the night. I became the deliverer of death. I was torture. I was pain. I was the fucking nightmare none one ever saw coming… until it was too late”

Fast forward fifteen years later and we have a very large and scary looking 194 who is forced to wear a collar that injects him with an obedience drug to keep him under the control of his mistress, who uses him for her own pleasure and revenge. No stranger to inflicting pain or having it inflicted upon him 194 is in utter darkness, the only thing keeping him going is the need to save his little sister who is also under the control of the mistress.

“He’d never been wanted. Only this time he was, and he didn’t know how to deal with it.”

I was most excited to meet Zoya after her brief appearance at the end of Reap after we had spent the entire book thinking she was dead. Zoya goes through one hell of an emotional journey in this book when she is captured by 194 shortly after discovering her brother is alive and endures a whole lot of pain by his hands. She is probably the strongest female character in this entire series and her ability to feel sympathy for the man who is torturing her as she realises that he has gone through the exact same thing as her brothers was a heartbreaking but beautiful thing to read.

I knew his life had been as impossible as mine. Knew he wasn’t truly as evil as he seemed. He was just like my Anri and Zaal. Like me. Broken.

Once again Tillie uses multiple POV to tell the story, and it was always something I liked in the previous books, but in this book it felt more necessary. At times reading from 194’s POV means you get to see the vulnerable human side of him, the thoughts he has when he is not under the control of the drug and the real emotions he feels when he sees the pain and hurt he is inflicting.

She was somehow seeing the forgotten me living underneath the beast’s scars.

The love story in this book is breathtaking and I loved Zoya and Valentin just as much as our previous two scarred couples. There is nothing that makes my heart melt more than a very tough but also very vulnerable man who has never been loved realising that someone actually cares for him. Seeing the sacrifices that the two of them made for each other just made their relationship all the more stronger and the feels it gave me all the more powerful.

“I feel alive.” I stilled at these heartbreaking words; then he added, “I feel like yours.”

I also have to mention how much I loved that we got the POV of Luka again, and therefore we got to see more of both him and Zaal. It’s sad to see that they both still struggle, Zaal especially, to adapt to their lives in the outside world and Zaal’s pain is only intensified by the fact that he can barely remember his family. But I really liked the brotherly bond that they have developed and how the two of them really support and understand each other.

I also really like the sense of family in this series. You think a book about the mafia would be all darkness and murder, but there is love in the family ties that join our characters in this story, and also in the bond between brothers, blood related or not.

We are different. Me weak and you strong. Me a Georgian and you Russian, but our broken hearts are tired and old. Our spirits are low, though not broken. But our souls, though thoroughly tested and hardened through pain, are resilient. They are the same.

Tillie Cole has done it again and even when I found out that our MC was going to be a torturer and the description basically told us that he was going to end up hurting our other MC I was not worried in the slightest. Tillie has proved her ability to take even the worst kind of character and make them redeemable and I knew before even reading this book that I had nothing to worry about. This book is definitely the darkest of the series so far, but it is just as emotional and powerful and that’s why is deserves every bit of attention it gets.

“All I could think of was my brothers. How I hadn’t been able to save them. How they may have been forced to do something like this man was being forced with me. And because of that something inside of me called me to save him. Save him like I couldn’t save my brothers.”

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Final Thoughts

This book blew me away and was an incredible continuation of the Scarred Souls series. Never before Tillie Cole would I have thought I could connect to such dark, damaged characters. But she writes them in such a beautiful way that it’s impossible not to fall in love with them.

Re-Readability: HELLS YEA!

I would recommend this book to: Tillie Cole fans, fans of dark romance, fans of guys who fight a lot, fans of bad but also vulnerable boys, fans of a totally intense read.

Rating Beyond Loved

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The Author

Tillie Cole Author Photo

Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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Other books by Tillie Cole you should check out:
Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me BabeHeart RecapturedSouls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
A Thousand Boy Kisses

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Have you read any of the Scarred Souls series?

Have you ever read a book which features a mob/mafia before?

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My Favourite Books Set in College

August 16, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 14

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I had such a lovely chilled out weekend last week. I got a whole lot of sorting done on Saturday and now have a gigantic pile of clothes to sell/take to the charity shop. And then I spent Sunday at the beach with the bf and my doggy, who I finally got to go in the water! (The dog, not the bf, I just pushed him in instead!) Hoping that everyone had a great week and got some sunshine too!

This week I decided to make my list all about my favourite books set in college which always seems to be my go-to NA book. There are some absolutely amazing books below and I highly recommend all of them to anyone looking for a good NA read!

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Sweet HomeSweet Fall

Both books are set at the University of Alabama and contain the same group of friends that I adore. If you are after a healing romance with some slightly damaged characters all set in college, then these are the books for you!

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Beautiful DisasterStupid Girl

A fan of the rough and tatted bad boy who is sleeping his way through college and the beautiful and smart girl who gets under his skin. Then you need one of these two!

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EmergeEmbrace

One of my favourite friendship groups of all time, following these guys through college was so much fun and featured some really cute romances (and a whole lot of drama!)

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The Year We Fell DownThe Understatement of the Year

If you are a fan of college sports teams then these two books (and the whole series in fact) are for you. Plus if you are up for a romance that is not your typical girl/boy then TYWFD features a girl in a wheelchair and a guy on crutches, and TUOTY is the story of the relationship between 2 guys who play on the same ice hockey team.

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Anna & French KissIsla and the Happily Ever After

So technically it’s not college, but it’s international school so shhhh! I loved the setting of both these books at the School of America  in Paris and the romances are so super swoony. Everyone needs to read this trilogy at some point!

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What do you think of my choice of topic this week? Have you read any of these books? What’s your favourite book set in college?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Totes (because you can never have enough!)

August 14, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Is everyone else totally loving the olympics right now? I can’t stop watching it! I’m rubbish at any physical activity which requires more energy than lifting a book, but I have loved watching (and judging!) all the athletes this past week. I never watch any kind of sports and so have no idea what is going on most of the time but a few days of watching the diving and I was all about the amount of splash and the over rotation, and after a few days of watching the gymnastics I found myself really concentrating on all the little things like how pointed their toes were! I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this new found knowledge for the next 4 years once the Rio olympics are over!

So, Sunday Funday! This week I wanted to show you some really cool bookish tote bags which I love (and will probably end up spending next months pay on!) that are made by a really great company called Out of Print. They make tons of bookish stuff, from t-shirts to coasters, and for every product sold, donate a book to Books For Africa, as well as supporting other bookish causes and authors around the world.

Miss Peregrine Tote Bag Mrs Peregrine Tote Bag

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Out of Print have just done a whole range of Miss Peregrines stuff just in time for the release of the movie in September and it is all awesome. But the tote bag is definitely my favourite!

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The Little Prince Tote Bag  The Little Prince Tote Bag

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I love the simplicity of this one, it is super cute, and I would be proud to show off my bookish love to the world with this tote!

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Pride and Prejudice Tote Bag Pride and Prejudice Tote Bag

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They do this tote in a few different colours, but the blue has got to be my favourite. I love the contrast and the feathers just look amazing on this bag.

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Alice in Wonderland Tote Bag Alice in Wonderland Tote Bag

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Everyone loves Alice in Wonderland and so who wouldn’t love this tote bag. I love that it stretches the mad hatters tea party all the way round the bag, so no matter which way you wear it everyone will know just how much you love this book!

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Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 11.22.58 Hungry Caterpillar Tote Bag

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Throwback to my favourite childhood book, The Hungry Caterpillar, and this super cool tote bag which I desperately want!

Do you have a bookish tote bag? What do you think of  these ones?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Books I Wish I Could Read for the First Time Again!

August 9, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 8

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I’ve just about recovered from my disastrous journey to London on Saturday and I’m now back in work doing absolutely nothing! The best thing about working in a university is that there is nothing to do in the summer holidays, so I’m having a great time watching the Olympics and checking up on my favourite blogs!

This week is rewind week and I decided to redo a topic I originally did WAY back in 2014. Some of my choices are still the same, but sadly some others got bumped off the list for some new favourites of mine which I had to include!

Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling

This one was obviously going to stay on the list! I am always so jealous of people who haven’t read it yet (I also think these people are totally crazy, because HOW haven’t they read Harry Potter yet?!!!) and I actually told my dad a few weeks ago that if I ever loose my memory then the first thing he should do is put a Harry Potter book in my hands! (hopefully I will still remember how to read!)

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The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini

I don’t feel like I appreciated this amazing series enough the first time and would very much like a do over. The world-building was just incredible and I would love to experience and discover it again for the first time!

Eragon . Eldest . Brisingr . Inheritance

Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

This book took me on a complete emotional roller coaster and left me a complete wreck. I would love to experience all of that emotion again and the journey of Sephy and Callum for the first time.

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Noughts and Crosses A Thousand Boy Kisses Cover

A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

This book emotionally wrecked me. I would like for that to happen again please.

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The Winner’s Trilogy – Marie Rutkoski

I was so in awe of how clever this series was and I would love to experience all the twists and turns and the amazing world for the first time again.

Winners Curse . Winners Crime . Winners Kiss

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It Ends With Us – Coleen Hoover

The newest book on this list, it’s hard to describe the impact this book had on me. and even in my review I wrote that you need to go into this book expecting nothing because that is exactly what it is like for the main character. I would love to experience that again.

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The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

I was really really late to this series, but it was great because it meant that I could read them all in one go with no break in between books. The world was amazing, the retelling of the fairy tales and all the various twists and turns were amazing and I really really wish I could read them all for the first time again!

Cinder . Scarlet . Cress . Winter . Stars Above

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Deep Redemption – Tillie Cole

So let me give you a bit of backstory to this one. This is the 4th book in a series and in the previous 3 books Tillie made us massively hate a certain character. Then she writes this book, which is all about that certain characters redemption, and a lot of her fans (myself included) were very worried about this book and couldn’t see how she would make us feel anything but hate for this character. But she did, and it was incredible. And I would very much like to experience it for the first time again!

Deep Redemption

November 9 – Colleen Hoover

This twist in this book is something that will never be as powerful as that first unexpected time that you read it! I want to be that naive reader, not expecting it and to be wowed again for the first time!

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What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor

This was the first book I ever reviewed on my blog and it left me with the biggest book hangover ever! It was full of love and heartbreak and was just such a beautiful story and I would love to be able to read it for the first time again.

What I Didn’t Say

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What do you think of my choice of topic this week? Have you read any of these books? What book do you wish you could read for the first time again?

What’s on your list this week?

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Review “It Ends With Us” – Colleen Hoover

August 8, 2016 Book Review 2

Review “It Ends With Us” – Colleen HooverIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 384
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 

My Thoughts

Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.

I don’t think I have cried so much at a book, or had such a massive bookish hangover since I read Noughts and Crosses when I was 12 years old. This book was so different to what I expected it to be but so much more than I had hoped it would be and it has taken me 2 whole days to recover before I could even begin to attempt to write a review for this book.

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Keyrings

August 7, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I spent over 8 hours travelling to and from London yesterday (in which everything that could have gone wrong went wrong) but it was all worth it to see Romeo and Juliet on stage. Sadly, Richard Maddon has been pulled from the play (due to injury) but Lily James played an excellent Juliet, and even though I knew how it was going to end I still ended up in tears!

So, I was look at my keys this week and thinking about how utterly boring they are. One house key, one car key, my tesco clubcard and a little beaded chain that I got in China. But nothing bookish! Nothing to show the world just how much I love books! So I set about trying to find myself a bookish keyring, and found hundreds that I liked!

 

I love the vintage look of both of these and think they would look perfect alongside my keys! Both of these are available from the HazyDayCharms store on Etsy along with tons more of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Alice in Wonderland key rings to name a few.

How cute is this Once Upon a Time keyring from the FairyMountainGifts store? I love it’s simplicity and it would definitely show the world my bookish love! You can buy it from here.

 

I love bookish quotes, and what a perfect way to show your love! This one from Peter Pan is one of my all time favourites, and no book lover could deny a Shakespeare quote attached to their keys! These two can both be found on the FragileEliteDesign store along with some more simply beautiful bookish things!

 

Finally, how cute are these charm key rings. The DorsetCreations store does one for each Hogwarts house, as well as other HP themed key rings (and Doctor Who!). I love these and would definitely be showing off my keys with pride if either of these were attached to them!

Do you have a bookish keyring? What do you think of  these ones?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Monthly Review – July

August 5, 2016 Montly Review 0

Image of the Month

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This month my mum graduated from university and I was so unbelievably proud of her, so lots of love to her this month, and of course she makes my image of the month!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Mum & Dad Went on Holiday – I had 10 whole days to myself whilst my mum and dad were on holiday. Usually this a really stressful time for me because it means that I have to look after the house, the dog, my dads brewery and bar and work full time. Last year I ended up feeling so rubbish by the end of their holiday so this year I took some time off work and had a totally relaxed 10 days, and managed to keep everything together!

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YALC 2016

August 4, 2016 Bookish Events 2

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This weekend was the 3rd annual Young Adult Literature Convention in London, and my 3rd year of attending and I have to say…it was the best one yet! Every May us non US-ers watch our twitter/facebook feeds in awe as BEA takes over, so YALC is our smaller version and our chance to make everyone else jealous too!

I decided to try and read a bunch of the YALC books for authors attending about a month ago and I am happy to say that I managed 10 in the end and discovered a bunch of new authors who I LOVE and so was super excited to meet.

The Authors

I carried a ton of books all the way to YALC this year, which really hurt my back, but was totally worth it because I got to get all of my books signed, and a few more which I bought whist I was there!

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Books I’d Buy if Money Wasn’t An Issue

August 2, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 10

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I’m am back in work this week after a great 4 day weekend in London at YALC. It’s always so nice to be surrounded by other people who appreciate and are passionate about books and authrs in the same way as I am. Sure, I speak to them a lot over the internet, but it’s always great to actually meet people in person at these bookish events too.

This week is all about the books that we would buy if money was no option. And I’ve actually found that a lot of the books I have listed this week are books that I already have but I want them in a different addition/different format (ebook to paperback) or series that I just think will look beautiful on my shelves!

I would buy the new UK childrens edition of the Harry Potter books.

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I already have the Harry Potter series in the original UK childrens covers and so whilst I’m kind of poor I can’t really justify buying them again just because I like the new covers. But if I had the money, I totally would!

I would buy ALL of the Penguin Clothbound Classics

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So I’ve tried many times to read the classics like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations, but I’ve never been able to finish them. That being said, I love the clothbound books and think they would look gorgeous on my bookshelf!
You can buy them from here.

I would buy all of Tillie Cole books in paperback

I have them all as ebooks and ARCs but I’ve never had the money to spare to buy them all as physical books. But I really would love to! And they would look so pretty on my bookshelf.

I would buy this new edition of The Hunger Games

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I like pretty covers ok. And I fell in love with these ones at YALC this weekend. So they make the list!

I would buy all of Cassandra Clare’s books!

I haven’t read the Infernal Devices, the Shadow Hunter Academy or the Magnus Bane books. I want them ALL in physical form, stacked up on my shelf looking beautiful alongside my Mortal Instruments series.

I would buy the remainder of the GONE series

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I started it, read the first three books but then never finished it. I really really love these covers and think they would look beautiful all together on my shelf. Also, it might help me finish the series quicker if I actually owned all of the books!

I would buy the remainer of the Percy Jackson series

Basically for the same reason as the Gone series! I keep hearing such fabulous things about these books and I really really need to finish them!

I would buy Outrun the Moon

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I’m not massively into historical fiction, but something about this one just really interests me and I have been fascinated to read it ever since I heard about it, I just don’t have the money for it right now!

I would buy The Glittering Court

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I have wanted to start this series ever since I first saw it on goodreads, but for some reason other books always come first. If money weren’t an option this would be one of the first books I would buy!

I would buy Illuminae

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Have heard such amazing things about this one, I very nearly bought it at YALC this weekend but then decided that I needed the money for food more than books!

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What do you think of my choices this week? Have you read any of these books?

What’s on your list this week?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 1, 2016 Book Review, Potty for Potter 4

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock this weekend you will be aware that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script for the play of the same name, was released this weekend.

Firstly I have to say that I loved that the release was set for 31st July, Harry’s birthday, although a bet a lot of delivery men/women were probably not massively happy that they had to work on a Sunday to keep all up Potter fans happy! I happened to be in London yesterday and so didn’t actually get my book in my hands until 8.30pm, and which point I was not letting go of it until I finished it!

A prior warning, this review contains no spoilers. I have not included any information about the plot and mostly talk about how our characters and the wizarding world has changed int eh 19 years since the previous book. The only characters that I have made reference to are those that we, the public, have already been informed are in the play. I have included some quotes from the book, but have removed the character names from those that I think knowing who has said it would spoil it for you.

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The Story

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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My Thoughts

So, first question. How do I write a review without telling you the things that make this book amazing. The answer… with difficulty!

“Hogwarts is a big place.”
“Big. Wonderful. Full of food. I’d give anything to be going back.”

We begin this story where the last book ended with Harry, Ron and Hermione waving off their children at platform 9 and 3/4. Going back to Hogwarts was simply magical and saw the return of some of our favourite characters of the series, including The Sorting Hat (with new songs!!!). Hogwarts is the same but different, still full of magic but seen through the eyes of a child who doesn’t find the same joy in it that Harry did.

HARRY: Do you want a hand? Packing. I always loved packing. It meant I was leaving Privet Drive and going back to Hogwarts. Which was . . . well, I know you don’t love it but . . .
ALBUS: For you, it’s the greatest place on earth. I know.

The book focus’ a lot on the father/son relationship of Harry and Albus, which at times was a strained one. The pressures of being Harry Potter’s son and living up the legacy he had been born into was a hard one for Albus to deal with and we could do nothing but read on as it ship away at their relationship more and more. The two give us some very raw and emotional scenes and I am sure that those of us who are lucky enough to see the play on stage will be feeling a whole lot of emotion during them.

ALBUS: Really scared you?
HARRY: Yes.
ALBUS: I thought Harry Potter wasn’t afraid of anything?
HARRY: Is that how I make you feel?

The adult Harry that we get in this book is very different from the younger version we are used to. I felt like younger Harry (whose life was in peril the majority of the time) was less troubled than grown up Harry, who struggles with the general adult stresses of work and family life. I worry that the young and new Harry Potter generation wont be able to connect with this Harry in the way that us, now adults, who have have grown up with him can whilst being able to identify with his adult challenges.

“It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?”

I really liked where our trio were at in this book though. Hermione still showing how bad ass female and muggle born witches can be, and still very much taking control of any situation her and the boys seem to get themselves into. Ron, even more full of jokes and with the biggest heart. And Harry still taking the responsibility of the fate of the wizarding world on his shoulders and allowing himself to feel guilt for any consequence of Voldemorts life and actions.

“Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger.”

Draco and his son Scorpius were also very prominent characters in this book and their development as both individual characters but also as a father/son relationship was just as interesting to read about as Albus and Harry’s. Seeing how fiercely Draco loved his son made my heart crack, if but a little bit, for him and I feel that some opinions of Draco may change through this book.

DRACO: . . . it is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.

I really had no idea where this story was going to go. I had no clue who the “cursed child” was going to end up being and found myself changing my mind every two minutes. The plot of the book allows us and the characters the chance to relive moments and memories of the previous books, and I loved reminising but also seeing the emotion that it brought out in our now adult characters looking back on their child including some of the more emotional as well as some of the more emotional and I was very happy to say that I felt every once of this emotion, even though I was reading it as a script.

Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne
Published on: 31st July 2016
Pages: 352
Series: Harry Potter #8
Genre: Fantasy
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Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? If not, are you hoping to? Are you managing to avoid spoilers? Does anyone have tickets to see the play?

NO SPOILERS PLEASE!

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Sunday Funday: Harry Potter Lanterns

July 31, 2016 Potty for Potter, Sunday Funday 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I’m writing this from London where I have been spending the weekend because it’s YALC weekend! (Basically the UK’s attempt at BEA!) I always love YALC because I can be at nerdy as I want to be and no one judges, in fact everyone else is being the exact same! I have met some really nice new people who I definitely plan to keep in touch with and found LOTS of new books to add to my TBR!

More importantly, today is Harry Potter’s Birthday! AND the release of The Cursed Child Script, which I cannot wait to read. I was thinking about it this morning and I really should have taken tomorrow off work in order to read it. Oh well! To celebrate the boy wizard that we all love so much I am sharing with you a bookish buy that any Harry Potter fan will want in their life.

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How cool are these HP inspired lanterns?! One for each house it features the crest, house quote and house item. I couldn’t think of a better way to light the room when you are escaping into a Harry Potter book and I definitely see myself buy every single one of these in the future (although maybe not all at once!)

You can buy them from the Storybook Craft Club on Etsy, and links for each individual lantern can be found below:

Gryffindor . Hufflepuff . Slytherin . Ravenclaw

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What do you of these lanterns?

Are you doing anything bookish to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review “Rebel of the Sands” – Alwyn Hamilton

July 28, 2016 Book Review 1

Review “Rebel of the Sands” – Alwyn HamiltonRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
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Published on: March 8th 2016
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 320
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route.

But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

 

My Thoughts

This book was incredible, and I am so so glad that Hamilton is attending YALC 2016 or I probably never would have found it and what a tragedy that would have been!!! This book kept me up until 3am because I just could not put it down. I love finding new authors and I especially love finding new fantasy trilogies and this one is already one of my favourites of the year!

As you are probably well aware of by now I am a MASSIVE fan of fantasy worlds and Hamilton does an incredible job of building hers. The history, the creatures, the myths, the magic, the places; it is all so beautifully woven into this incredible and totally believable world. The last book I read that was set in the middle of the desert was quite frankly terrible, but Hamilton brought life to this lifeless setting and fed all my craving for more of this wonderful world right up until the last page.

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Things That Books Have Made Me Wish I Could Do or Learn

July 26, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 16

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

We had a big family party for my cousins 30th this weekend and it was so great to get to see everyone. I’ve started to realise how grown up we are all getting though, there were kids everywhere and all of my cousins seem to all either be married or parents. It’s scary being a grown up!

This weeks TTT is all about the things that books have made us want to do or learn. And for me it was very hard to keep this list under just ten!

TTT Skills 1Because of: Hades Hangmen Series, Thunder Road series
I have become a very big fan of MC (motorcycle club) books and I always think that it must be so cool to drive around and feel the wind on your face (well, helmet) but you get what I mean! I have always wanted to ride on a motorbike but the opportunity has never presented itself. I was talking to my uncle this weekend and he offered to take me out on his bike next time I come to visit. So I will definitely be taking him up on that!

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Blog Tour: “We’ve Come to Take You Home” – Susan Gander

July 25, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour: “We’ve Come to Take You Home” – Susan Gander

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Published on: March 28th 2016
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ARC

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.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. One lives in the twentieth century, the other in the twenty-first century

April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown’s father is about to be one of those men. A year later, he is still alive but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives – her father has been killed in action.

Four generations later, Sam Foster’s father is admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father’s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible.

As Sam’s father’s condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent – and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else’s living nightmare…

 

My Thoughts

I’m not a massive fan of historical fiction and I very rarely read anything that is set before I was born. However this book really intrigued me and I loved the idea of this story taking place with these two girls who happen to be living in different times. And I am very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the slightest and I am so glad I took a chance on this book.

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Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss Stirling

July 22, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss StirlingSummer Shadows by Joss Stirling
Published on: July 7th 2016
Published by: Oxford University Press
Pages: 320
Series: Benedicts #6
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Misty Falls (Benedict Boys #4)
Angel Dares (Benedict Boys #5)
Summer Shadows (Benedict Boys #6)

 

The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future.

A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth.

Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer.

They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

 

My Thoughts

This book was the perfect continuation of the series and I really wish that I had had the time to reread the previous books before this one.

We’ve met Summer before in previous books, but we’ve never properly gotten to know her and she is such a great character. She’s got a pretty difficult family situation but is such a strong character who sacrifices so much to keep her family together.

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When I Realised That I Read A LOT of Books Set in the US!

July 19, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 6

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Summer is finally here! And now I wish it would go away! Haha, only joking. But seriously, it is WAY hotter then any English person could cope with right now! Plus, the warm weather seems to be totally screwing up my blood glucose readings which is not very helpful and I’m a bit all over the place with them at the moment. I guess these things are sent to try us!

So, I think my problem is that I read a lot of Fantasy. So although it looks like I read nothing but books set in the US, I don’t, but if the book is not set in the US then chances are that the place doesn’t actually exist in the real world!

FRANCE

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Anna and the French KissIsla and the Happily Ever After

I loved both of the books, they were perect swoony romance books with characters you could help but route for. Plus, set in the backdrop of Paris, the most romantic place ever!

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I’m So Excited! And I Just Can’t Hide It!

July 18, 2016 Bookish Events 0

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There is only 2 more weeks until YALC 2016 and I am so excited! This will be my third year and this time I will be down in London for 4 whole days with my book buddy Sam, who I haven’t seen in months.

I’ve booked my train tickets, got my books all ready to sign and planned out exactly which authors and panels I want to attend!

The Authors

Malorie Blackman has been at YALC for the past 3 years, and I remember the first year I queued for 2 hours to meet her and get my Noughts and Crosses book signed. She has a new book out this year ‘Chasing the Stars‘ so I will probably be in the queue again for another few hours to get that one signed! (Totally worth it though!)

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Sunday Funday: Harry Potter Tattoos!

July 17, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So my family all arrived home from their various holidays this week and it was great for about 24 hours. And then my dad took over the TV, my sister kept robbing my clothes and every time I sat down to read a book my mum kept talking to me! Think it’s going to take some time to get used to there being other humans in the house again! But at least the dog is happy, and he is not bugging me as much now there are 3 more people in the house!

I have been feeling very Harry Potterish lately. I watched all of the films whilst I had the house (and TV!) to myself and I really want to re-buy myself the set of books (with the fabulous new covers). I got chatting to another blogger about her bookish tattoos this week and was telling her that I really really wanted to get a HP tattoo at some point, which then led to me doing some research, which then led to this weeks post, because I couldn’t not show you how fabulous some of these tattoos are…

The Simple Ones

hogwarts outline tattoo

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Review: This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

July 14, 2016 Book Review 0

 

Review: This Savage Song – Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Published on: July 5th 2016
Pages: 464
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eBook

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The Story
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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

 

My Thoughts

I wasn’t sure about This Savage Song when I first saw it, I’m not into monster stories so I really didn’t think I was going to like it. But I had seen some very positive reviews for the book and heard amazing things about Victoria Schwab and so thought I would take the chance. Well I am glad I did because this book was amazing!

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The Broc Behind the Bookcase

July 12, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 12

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Second week of my parents being away on holiday and I am absolutely knackered! I really haven’t been sleeping very well at all, and I don;t think it’s because I’m scared or being alone in the house, but more that I am very aware that I am alone in the house and must be waking up at every little noise. I am normally a very deap sleeper and once I’m asleep I don;t wake up again until the morning, so all this interrupted sleep is making me super sleepy!

This week’s TTT is “Top Ten Facts about ME!” I don’t think I’ve ever done a post all about me before, I don’t have a problem talking about myself online, I just never think I have anything interesting to say! So I’ve decided to do a mix of Me facts and Bookish facts too.

The ‘Broc’ of Bookscase

People are always asking me why Broc? Someone even asked me if I was a Pokémon fan (erm, no). The asnwer is quite simple really, Broc was my nickname in high school and college due to my surname and it just sort of stuck. So when I was looking for a name for my blog it was the first thing that came to mind.

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Harry Potter will ALWAYS and FOREVER be my favourite

I know people always say that they are the ultimate HP fan, but they are wrong. I AM THE ULTIMATE HP FAN! I have always been super jealous at J.K.Rowling’s ability to make such an incredible world and like writers everywhere I have BIG plans to be the J.K once I have finally finished writing my book! But seriously, I just love how much happiness the series has brought to so many people, I love the way the words make me feel when I read them and how much I sobbed when I reached the end of the series. No book is ever going to top that for me.

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Family Life

My family owns a brewery and a bar, which is pretty darn cool. Sadly it wasn’t until I was in uni that the business’s started, otherwise I’m sure I would have been a lot more popular in high school. Lot’s of upsides to this of course, however we also have to suffer with the garden being FULL of empty and broken casks and when my parents go on holiday guess who gets the responsibility of looking after it all! (whilst also working my full time job too!)

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The Way it all began

The first YA book I ever read was Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. I picked it from the library in high school and used to read it during our library lessons. When I reached the end of it I was in tears and the book actually got taken off me by the teacher because she was worried about having “upsetting books” in the library. But I fought for it and it got put back on the shelves for other people to read. I do love a good book that makes me cry!

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Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m an addict…

I have a VERY addictive personality. Seriously, if I ever got hooked onto anything bad then I would be totally screwed. Once I start a book I can not put it down, same with a TV series. I don’t sleep, barely eat and I have had to call into work ill multiple times in the past because I haven’t finished my book/series. If I find something I like eating, then I will be eating that same meal everyday for the next month. And don’t even get me started on Sims…

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Apparently I’m obsessively organised (but also really untidy)

I get told this quite a lot. You would think that it is a good thing, but at times it’s not. For example, I spend a ridiculous amount of time updating my blog. I just went back through ALL of my old reviews and changed the layout/graphics on them because I couldn’t have them not match the new ones. I spend a lot of time organising things, and then reorganising them again like a week later. I waste so much time, but I can’t stop myself. Everything HAS to match!

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I cry, a lot.

I mean, obviously I cry when I’m sad. But I also cry when I laugh or smile too much. I cry when I see something highly emotional. I cry when I’m angry or frustrated, I cry when I’m tired. Basically my tear ducts SUCK and cannot hold water for longer then about 30 seconds, because seriously that it how often I cry. It’s all a bit strange really and when I first started dating my now boyfriend he was always worried that he had done something to upset me! But everyone is pretty much used to me living life with red eyes now, and at least it saves money on mascara since I can’t wear any! (don’t care what they say, waterproof mascara is a LIE!)

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The worst bookish thing to ever happen to me…

My dog ate my copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Yes, I know. Devastating. It’s all my mums fault, she left it in a pile at the bottom of the stairs for me to take up to my room. But the dog sniffed it out before I got to it and now there is a HUGE bite out of the corner of the book. I cried…A LOT. I also may have ignored my dog for a solid week because I was so annoyed at me. It has been replaced now, but I still have the original as I can’t bare to put a HP book in the bin, even if I can’t read it anymore!

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My Pancreas Died

Ok, bit dramatic. I’m Type 1 Diabetic and have been now for 4 whole years. It was a massive shock at first, and it totally sucked that I was diagnosed just before my final year at uni (no more jaegerbombs for me!) but I think for the most part it’s actually made me a better healthier person. I still have my low moments when I moan about the world and rant about not being able to eat haribo anymore, but my diabetes team and my family/friends are all really supportive and things have definitely gotten better over the past few years. I now have an insulin pump and CGM (basically I have machines that do all the blood tests and injections for me!) and my friends have taken to call me the bionic woman. It’s not the best thing, but the way I see it there are a lot of people in the world who are a lot worse off, so what have I got to complain about?!

So that’s me! Do any of these facts apply to you too?

What’s on your list this week?

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Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie Cole

July 11, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie Cole

Blog Tour “Deep Redemption” – Tillie ColeDeep Redemption by Tillie Cole
Published on: July 12th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 524
Series: Hades Hangmen #4
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Hades Hangmen Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
It Ain’t Me Babe (Hades Hangmen #1)
Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen #2)
Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3)
Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen #4)
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Only through blood can the deepest redemption be found…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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My Thoughts
I was scared about reading this book, very very scared. Worried that for the first time that I might not actually like a Tillie Cole book. A book about the most hated character in the entire series, about a character who betrayed us, who hurt the characters we loved, who allowed terrible things to happen. How could I ever feel anything but hatred for a character like that. As I said, I was so very worried…

…but I had no need to be.

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Sunday Funday: Condensing Books

July 10, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This week has been such a laaaaaaazy week. My parents have been away on holiday and because of the amount of stress I ended up this time last year when they were away (due to having to look after the dog, the house and my dads 2 businesses) I decided  to take some leave from work this year. It’s been great only working half days and being able to come home and have time to get everything done but still have time to chill out too. I have read 3 whole books this week, which I think for me is some kind of record because I haven’t read that many in such a long time, I really miss it.

Anyways, I found an article about a nifty little app for reader, when you don;t have tons of time, and thought it was totally appropriate and decided to share it with you and hopefully get your views on it.

The app is called Joosr and basically it condenses books (non-fiction) into summaries that can be read in just 20 minutes.

I know what you are thinking, what is this madness?!!! I was dubious at first, but then I looked into it a little further and I’m slowly coming round to the idea.

Take, for example, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. A big, dense book about all things physics which for some of us is just a little too much. I wan’t to know what he is chatting about without having to struggle with the entire book.

That’s where Joosr comes in, it turns the book in to summaries, capturing the most important information from the book and giving it to you in bite size pieces. And don’t worry, it doesn’t dumb it down, you still get the same information written in the same intelligent way. You just don’t get as much of it.

For me, it seems like a really good alternative, for some people, to big chunky non fiction books and I can definitely see myself checking out some of the denser books that I have been too scared to read in the past. However I can only hope that they don;t try this with fiction, because how can you capture an authors voice and the emotion of the story when it’s only 20 pages long?!

Have you heard of Joosr? Have you ever read a condensed version of a book? What do you think of the concept?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review “Saving Liberty” – Helena Newbury

July 7, 2016 Book Review 0

Saving LibertySaving Liberty – Helena Newbury
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Publication Date: May 31st 2016
Publisher: Foster and Black
Pages: 387
Genre: Romance
Format/Source: Bought eBook
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Emily is the President’s daughter. Gorgeous but innocent…not the kind of woman who should get involved with me, an ex-Marine with a bad boy rep. But when a sniper opens fire, the need to protect her is stronger than anything I’ve ever felt. Suddenly, we’re on the ground, my body covering hers. I save her life then walk away, sure that I’ll never see her again.

But when a shaken Emily asks me to become her bodyguard, I can’t turn her down. Now I have to wear a suit and call her ma’am when all I want to do is slam her up against the wall and tear her clothes off. Neither of us can resist…but I can’t let her get close, not with what’s lurking in my past. And the danger is far from over. The White House is under threat…and I’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman I’ve fallen for.

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My Thoughts

I was looking for a book that was easy to read, required no thinking and that I could finish in an evening so when I saw someone chatting about this on twitter I grabbed it, and ended up getting more than I had expected!

So, why do I like this book?

1) I was a good easy read but not boring or bland in any way. The story just flowed so well, everything made sense (even the politics bits!) and it had my attention from page one. I am a massive fan of forbidden romances, so the whole President’s daughter and the Bodyguard romance had me immediately interested, and it definitely lived up to expectations. And the action! There was just so much action and it was awesome!

I’m fucking crazy for you. Every inch of you. Every scrap of you. Every atom of you. I’m not going to let anyone hurt you but right now I’m going to make you mine.

2) I liked how real these characters where. They weren’t just an ‘innocent girl’ and a ‘bad boy’, there was so much more to them. Kian, with his scars from war and the sacrifices he has had to make throughout his life, and Emily who is suffering from PTSD from her recent traumatic experience of being shot at. I also really liked Emily’s dad, the President. He was a firm but supportive father and was willing to do whatever necessary to make her feel safe again, whilst also dealing with all the things that President’s have to deal with!

“I’d finally found exactly what I’d been searching for, that one safe place I’d needed so bad… even before the park, even if I hadn’t known it. I wasn’t going to give that up, no matter what anyone said and no matter how hard I had to fight for it.”

3) I love the slow burn of the romance, there was so much chemistry between these two I’m surprised they didn’t self combust! Kian and Emily may fall for each other at first glance, but as a forbidden romance (my favourite kind) it takes a very long time for them to finally give into their feelings. And when they do it is TOTALLY worth it. Sexy and steamy but also really sweet.

“I was addicted to listening to her voice, smelling her scent, I was addicted to just looking at her, drinking her in in big thirsty gulps from the second she opened her bedroom door to the second it closed.”

4) I really enjoyed seeing Kian ad Emily help each other to develop as individual characters as well as a couple. Kian helps Emily through her PTSD and to become a stronger character again, and Emily helps Kian to open up and allow himself to care about people again, something he hasn’t been able to do due to the losses he has suffered.

“I wanted to be with her, had crazy dreams of running away together, not just keeping her safe but being happy together. As if I was a regular guy, who could have all that. More than anything else, I wanted to be that guy. Just a regular, unfucked guy who could have a life with her.”

5) The action in this book was great, but even better was the conspiracies! It was such a great mystery to unravel, figuring out who the ‘bad guy’ was and the whole plan and how everything fitted together. I’m not normally one for a mystery but this one was great and kept me hooked right until the last page!

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Final Thoughts

I was expecting a fun easy read with this book, but it really was so much more than that. Really good, developed characters an addictive story line and a romance that you can’t help but route for. I will definitely be reading more of Newbury’s books in the future.

Re-Readability: Yes

My Rating: Loved

I would recommend this book to fans of: forbidden romance, damaged characters, bodyguard romance, stories featuring the President

Rating Loved it

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Have you read Saving Liberty? What did you think?

Are you a fan of forbidden romance too?

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My Favourite Underappreciated Books on Goodreads

July 5, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 14

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So my parents went on holiday yesterday for 10 days. I know what you are thinking, paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty! But unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. You see my dad has 2 businesses, so when he goes on holiday guess who gets to look after them? Yes, that’s right. Me! So instead of parties I get paperwork! And instead of dancing I get dog walking!

This week’s TTT is “Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads” So basically books that I loved but are massively underappreciated on Goodreads! This was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, as a lot of the books I expected to have low ratings actually had more than 2000.

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The Sleeping Prince (647 Ratings) – I cannot believe that this book does not have more ratings than this! Absolute MADNESS! I’m hoping it’s just because it’s only been out a month, because it deserves WAY more attention than this, it’s one of my favourite sequels of all time, and part of one of my favourite series I’ve read this year!

Some Kind of Perfect (1192 Ratings) – The final book in such an addictive series, I LOVED this book! I always get excited when I find another person who has read this series, and I am always trying to get more people reading it. This book (and series) needs way more appreciation on Goodreads!

The Next Together (1462 Ratings) – Ok, so I will admit that it took me a year to finally pick this book up of my shelf and read it, but once I did I LOVED it! It’s such a unique concept (the same couple being born over and over again and finding each other each time, whilst also saving the world!) that it deserves WAY more loving then it’s getting at the moment!

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Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist (731 Ratings) – This book made me laugh SO much! If you are a fan of the “Bridget Jones” style character then you need to read this! There is a really really great romance in this one too, in fact the only thing that lets this book down is the last page which turns it into a series (which it really didn’t need to be because its amazing as a standalone!) But yes, more love is needed for this one because it’s fantastic!

Misty Falls (1980 Ratings) – Nearly but not quite 2000 ratings, which is why this one makes the list. I absolutely love this series, and this book is no different. Such great characters (with powers!), another great romance and of course our very much loved Benedict brothers! How this one doesn’t have more Goodreads love, I don’t know!

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Saving Liberty (227 Ratings) – I literally just finished this one and it was perfect, exactly what I wanted out of it. Don;t be fooled by the slightly erotic looking cover, this book is so much deeper than that and features an ex soldier with a whole lot of guilt and damage from being at war and the presidents daughter who ends up suffering from PTSD after an assassination attempt. It’s GOOD, like REALLY GOOD and totally under appreciated!

Start Where You Are (101 Ratings) – I started reading a lot more non-fiction this year and this is one of my most favourites, and I can’t believe it’s got so little ratings. I mean, even that gorgeous cover should have earned it at least 2000 ratings! It’s a bit of a self-help/sorting your life out type book and includes some really pretty illustrations too. Seriously, I wanted to rip the pages out of my book and frame them!

Honesty (336 Ratings) – Seth King is SO UNDERAPPRECIATED and it hurts to see a book I love so much with so little ratings! His words in this book are beautiful and heartbreaking but so so honest. He really puts his whole self into this book and the message it carries is such an important one about acceptance and love. Check out my review, then get yourself a copy and then get on goodreads and RATE IT! You will be thanking me, I promise!

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Waiting for Prince Harry (417 Ratings) – I read this a while ago and was surprised to see it’s ratings where so low! Maybe people don’t like Prince Harry?Well, just to clear up any confusion, he isn’t in it! But it is an amazing romance, like swoony and steamy and sexy with the perfect amount of torturous build up! This book needs more LOVE!

The Eve (648 Ratings) – This series was such a good find and this book, the last in the series, was seriously good and an amazing end to the series. Described as a mix of Terminator and The Walking Dead, it has EVERYTHING! Include a romance that I couldn’t help but swoon for. I wish more people knew about this trilogy because it is just WOW.

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

What’s on your list this week?

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Monthly Review – June

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Stuck in the middle of a massive storm in the lake district but with some beautiful views and snuggled up on the couch with a bottle of beer and my boyfriend. July was perfect!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I went to the Lake District – I was so excited for my weekend in the Lake District and although it did rain (a lot) I had such a great and totally chilled out time. We saw some pretty places, took a boat cruise on Lake Windermere, cooked some gorgeous food and I even managed fit in some time to read a book! Will definitely be doing another long weekend in the Lake District at some point.

2) I got my first ever bike – I know what you’re thinking, “I’m sure she’s an adult”, and yes I am. I am a 24 year old who has never had a bike and is not the greatest at riding them. But I decided to be healthy and there was an offer on at my local bike shop, so I thought why not? Now I’ve just got to learn how to ride it!

3) One of My Best Friends Left Work – I work in an office with a great group of people and this month one of them got a fantastic new job (which she totally deserved!) which meant that she has now left the office and boy am I missing her! Thankfully she still works at the same company, just in a different department/building so we can still meet up for lunch but it sucks not having her in the office everyday.

4) I completed my swimming challenge – I am so proud to say that I finally completed my swimming challenge! It took me a few weeks longer then planned due to some illness, but I still managed to complete it by the deadline. 22 whole miles of swimming! Go me!

5) It was fathers day  – I and the youngest of three daughters, and unfortunately due to my sisters moving and travelling around the world I was the only one present for fathers day. I had a really nice time with my dad though, and he loved the drone I had bought him (such a big kid!). I may moan about him most of the time, but I really am so lucky to have him in my life.

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Song of the Month

I have been obsessed with Coldplay’s new album since it was released, but watching them perform live at Glastonbury (on the TV! Unfortunately I wasn’t there) has meant having all of their songs stuck on repeat in my head ever since. Yellow has been one of my all time favourites.

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Spring/Summer 2016 Playlist.

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Number of Books I Read this Month: 6

It’s been a bit of a slow few months for reading, but I finally feel like I am getting back into it which is perfect for the summer weather and chilling outside in the sun reading! I’ve only actually read 3 books in May but all of them were amazing, so they all make my list!

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The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melinda Salisbury) – I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this one because it is amazing! Such an amazing world and a great start to the trilogy.

The Sleeping Prince (Melinda Salisbury) – No chance of second book syndrome with this book! An incredible sequel and if possible I loved it even more than the first.

Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig) – A hauntingly honest and powerful book about one mans experience with depression and anxiety. I really opened my eyes and is really worth the read.

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Fav Quote this month

“And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.” – Reasons to Stay Alive

I could have chosen a million quotes from this book for this post, but this one was one of my favourites, hence why it made the cut. I just loved his feelings towards books and felt that they were very much the same as mine, but explained in a way that I would have never thought to do so.

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The Sleeping Prince Review
As mentioned above, this book sticks a big middle finger up to second book syndrome and is an incredible sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I was slight

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Most Pop post this month

Things I Want More of in Books – I did my ultimate bookish wishlist of all the things I want authors to write about more. Hopefully some of them saw it and have begun working on my list already!

Bookish Bars – I found out about some amazing bars in London that are also full of books that you ca read whilst you drink. Perfect for when I go to YALC at the end of July!

Harry Potter Phone Charger – It’s been a little while since I did a bookish craft post and I LOVED this HP themed phone charger so much that I had to share it with you all! And you guys loved it!

Comparing (and judging) Harry Potter Covers – I find it crazy that it is nearly a year after I first published this post and it is still one of my most viewed posts! I really enjoyed putting it together and found it so interesting seeing all the different covers

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4 posts I bookmarked

1) This post by Cait @ Paper Fury about what book bloggers actually do. It reminded me of how awesome us book bloggers are, and how underappreciated too!

2) This post by Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa about bookish acronyms. Who knew there were so many?! I will definitely be referring to this post in future, I always get so confused by them!

3) This hilarious post by Emily @ Loony Literate about YA Genre swaps. What if Harry Potter was contemporary? What if the Hunger Games was a romance? Such a funny post!

4) This post in reaction to the Orlando shooting in which Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life talks about the importance of books in teaching us empathy and respect for all types of people.

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Excited for Next Month

1) YALC! – My third year at YALC and I am so excited! There are some great authors attending this year and I’ve already got my pile of books ready to be signed! Plus it’s 4 whole days in London with one of my besties Sam.

2) My mum is graduating   – My mum has been doing a part time Business degree for the past 5 years and she has finally completed and will be graduating in a few weeks and I couldn;t be prouder of her! I remember how nervous she was when she first started and was scared that she would do it. But she did and I am one very proud daughter!

3) Books!   Chasing Impossible, Summer Shadows and Deep Redemption are just three of the books I can’t wait to get my hands on when they are released in July

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How was June for you? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Review: “The Sleeping Prince” – Melinda Salisbury

June 30, 2016 Book Review 0

The Sleeping Prince CoverThe Sleeping Prince – Melinda Salisbury
(website . twitter)

Publication Date: May 31st 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eaters Daughter
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself.

But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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My Thoughts

I was a little bit nervous going into this one as it was from a totally different POV (from a character we had never met before) than The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I have been burned by this is the past. However, I had absolutely nothing to worry about, and I loved these new characters just as much, if not more than the originals!

So, why do I love this book?

1) I am a massive fan of the world in this series and I loved that in this book we got to see even more of it. We even get a map! (BIG fan of maps).

“Mysterious boys are not as enjoyable in reality as they are in stories.

2) I absolutely adored Errin as out new MC. Yes, she has her vulnerabilities but she is totally smart and will lieterally do anything for those that she cares about. She is afraid to blackmail or steal and it was really refreshing to have a character who would actually stand up for herself (although scared whilst doing it, because you know she is human!) and will most of the time out think the person she is standing up to. From the ending of this book it looks like she has got some big plans up her sleeve and I can;t WAIT to see what they are!

“How do I tell her?” he said. “How do I tell her he’s gone?”

3) I really liked trying to figure out Errin and Silas. They are both very secretive characters, which you would think worked against them and their relationship, but it doesn’t. It makes it even better. And I really like that it is not massively focused on a romance, so we get this really strong trust between them and a protective instinct for each other, which then starts to develop into something more. Really really liked the development of these two together.

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4) As I mentioned above I was wary at first of the switch in POV but actually found it refreshing to see the world and the impact of the Sleeping Prince being awake to someone who was not a upperclass/member of royalty, and instead just for the ‘normal’ everyday village people too. I will admit that I would have liked some insight into Silas’ head too, not thoroughout the whole book, but there were just some scenes that I would have loved to have known what he was thinking.

“Fortune favors the bold.” I smile weakly.
“So does death,” she counters immediately. “The craven tend to live much longer than the heroic.”

5) I loved the Queen as our bad guy in book 1 and although I don’t love the Sleeping Prince as much as her, he is still pretty awesome. We don;t really have too much information on exactly what he is up to at the moment, so for now he is just a really creepy guy who is killing everyone out of revenge. Which is as good a reason as any I suppose. Lots of fighting, murders, stabbing etc in this one, and Salisbury is not afraid to have her bad guy take out characters that we love (think she has been watching some GOT and felt inspired!). So prepare yourself, because literally no one in safe in the Sleeping Prince’s hands!

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6) The book answered a lot of questions throughout and we do still see some of the original characters from The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I really enjoyed how our old and new characters fates twisted together and there are going to be some interesting new relationships being built upon in the next book. There were some questions that we haven’t had answered and I am really looking forward to the next book and the discovery of some of these things.

“I suppose it’s hard to remain on the side of reason when a five-hundred-year-old fairy tale comes to life and lays waste to the castle and people in the country next door.”

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Final Thoughts

There is no fear of second book syndrome with this one, it is just as good if not even better than the first and builds up perfectly (with an amazing ending!) making us desperate to get our hands on book 3!

Re-Readability: Definitely

My Rating: Loved

I would recommend this book to fans of: fantasy worlds, magic, forbidden romance, stories about royal families

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Have you read The Sleeping Prince? What did you think?

What did you think of THAT ending?

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Things I Want More of in Books!

June 28, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 14

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Big news! Yesterday I got my first ever bike! (as in a bicycle/push bike) I know what you’re thinking right now: I thought she was an adult, how has this girl never had a bike? And you are right, I am 24 and sadly I have never had a bike before last night when mine finally arrived! So I’m in big kid mode at the moment and can’t wait to go home and ride it!

This week’s TTT is freebie week, and I was looking back at some of my past TTT lists for inspiration and came across my Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist and enjoyed looking through and seeing which things were the same and which things had changed over the past 2 and a half years since I first posted it.

TTT Wishlist 7Carried over from my original list I am a big fan of re-tellings, however I like it when they are totally flipped on their head. I like it when Snow White is a college girl who lives in a dorm with 7 Geeks or when Cinderella is actually a Cyborg who lives in futuristic China. Give me MORE of these please!

Want this too? Then check out The Lunar Chronicles!

TTT Wishlist 1Another one copied from my original list, but I am in desperate need of more teenage parent stories. Usually we get a teenage/YA relationship and they end up getting pregnant, lots of drama and by the end of the book they have reconciled and baby is born. But what about what comes next?! Is it weird that I want to see them actually having to deal with the stress of being parents?!

If you are in need of this too then check out Boys Don’t Cry (Malorie Blackman).

TTT Wishlist 9I really really like when we get a great group of characters who are all really close friends/family and just bounce off each other perfectly. Even better, I love it when we get these characters in a series and each of the characters gets their own book, that is focused on their individual story, whilst also still following the group. I have read some amazing ones, but I NEED MORE!!!

If you like this too then you have to check out: the Evolve Series, the Sweet/Carillo Brothers series and the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.

TTT Wishlist 3Fantasy has to be my favourite genre because of it’s ability to take me away from my life and into some incredibly built world. The attention to detail that some authors put into their worlds is just amazing and I can never get enough of them. The history, the cultures, the religions, the food, the governments, the maps! I just love it all! I’ve just finished a bunch of amazing fantasy books/series and I really really need more!!!

If you are in need for a few mind blowing worlds then make sure to check out: the Inheritance Cycle, the Under the Never Sky Trilogy, the Legend Trilogy and the Winners Trilogy.

TTT Wishlist 2Brothers, besties or some other kind of family members I LOVE bromances. Some of my favourite male characters are part of some kind of bromance and I love how the dynamic can switch between joking/teasing to protective and supportive no matter what. I’ve sadly hit a bit of a slump with bromances though, and would really love to find some more very soon!

If you are in need of bromances too then you should check out: the Carillo brothers in the Sweet/Carillo Brothers series, the Benedict brothers in the Benedicts series, or the Maddox brothers in the Beautiful series.

TTT Wishlist 5Robin Hood and his Merry Men, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table or the Greek Gods and Goddesses. I LOVE books based on myths and legends. I’m quite sad to say that through all my years of reading, I haven’t yet found a Robin Hood story that I loved so I am DESPERATE for one, as well as more of the others that I love too!

Are you desperate for more myths and legends too? Then you should read Avalon High for your King Arthur needs or the Starcrossed trilogy for some awesome Greek Mythology action!

TTT Wishlist 10I’ve read a few books recently which feature characters who write and I have really loved them. It’s such a great addition to a book to also get to read some of the characters words/poems and it made me discover Slam Poetry which I LOVE (shout of to CoHo!). It’s something I’ve not read tons of but really would love to read so much more!

If you want more books with characters who write too then you should check out Will’s Slam Poetry in Slammed, Cooper’s story in The Summer Remains or Elsie’s poems in Sweet Soul.

TTT Wishlist 4I love magic and supernatural powers, but my favourite has got to be when real world people gain abilities (like Telepathy, premonitions, telekinesis etc) and use them to fight other people with powers or just make the world a better place! I have tried comics before but sadly these just aren’t as good, in my opinion, so I’ll just take more books with powers instead!

If you are looking for a great set of books that features characters with powers then you should check out the Benedicts series.

TTT Wishlist 6So I feel like I have to explain this one because I am aware that there are a lot of books set in the times of major historical events. But I’d like to read more books about historical events but from someone else’s POV separate from the actual event. I like it when we read about the little stories that happen at the same time and somehow impact it in some little way. Hopefully this makes sense?

If you kind of understand what I am talking about, or if you are totally confused and want clarification, then you really should read The Next Together.

TTT Wishlist 8I LOVE BIG ADVENTURES! Things like Harry Potter which in it’s most basic form is a story about a good wizard against a bad wizard. Not matter what else happens in the books we know that in the end it is all going to come down to Harry Vs Voldemort and one of them has to win. It took us 7 books to get to it, but I loved every single minute of it and I want more books like this. I want big chunky books, full of adventure that will take me hours and hours to read and weeks to get over once I have finished it. Basically I think I just want fatter books and longer series?

Only one recommendation here because it is incredible and deserves all the glory itself: the Inheritance Cycle. A-MAZ-ING!

What is on your bookish wishlist? Do you wish for any of the things that I have? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Page to Screen 2016

June 26, 2016 Sunday Funday 3

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I have spent this weekend cooking and baking, using a lot of my own homegrown fruit and vegetables, which is such a cool thing to do! I am absolutely knackered now though!

I’ve been trying to keep up with all the new book to film adaptaions recently and have found that there are some pretty awesome looking films being released during the second half of this year. I’ve posted the trailers for some of my most anticipated ones below…

I am such a massive fan of all Roald Dahl stories, but the BFG has to be my absolute favourite. I am so excited for this film’s released and to see how Disney have adapted the story for the screen.
The BFG Book . The BFG Film

This one looks a bit creepy, kind of like a zombie movie. I haven’t read the book, but have done my research and I am very intrigued by the story behind this one. Definitely looks worth the watch!
The Girl With All The Gifts BookThe Girl With All The Gifts Film

This one looks awesome! Another book I haven’t read but really really want to before I go and see this film!
Nerve Book . Nerve Film

Of course I had to mention this one! I can’t explain just how excited I am for this film, mostly because I LOVE anything Harry Potter, but also because I am a MASSIVE Eddie Redmayne fan!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them BookFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film

A VERY popular book, I can’t believe it has taken them this long to make it into a film!
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children BookMiss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Film

I’m kinda gutted that Tim Burton isn’t directing this one, but with such an amazing cast I have no doubt that this sequel will be on par with the first Alice film!
Through The Looking Glass Book . Through the Looking Glass Film

Which book to film adaptations are you looking forward to this year?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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My Favourite Releases of 2016 (so far)

June 22, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 6

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So, as I was away for a long weekend I only came back into to work yesterday, which meant that for me yesterday was Monday. Then last night upon realising it was actually Tuesday got super mad at myself for not posting my TTT on time! Therefore I am posting it today, which may officially be Wednesday, but for me it’s Tuesday!

I have read some great books already this year, a good mix of new and previously owned but never read books. But my list today is all about the new releases that I read and absolutely LOVED!

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This Is Where It Ends – Although I struggled to connect with some of the characters, this book captivated me and was a very brave and respectful story about the consequences of guns in schools.

Never Never Part 3 – I loved this entire trilogy, but this book was best because it was the final one and we got all the answers we had been waiting for since we started part 1.

Honesty – Seth King has such beautiful writing and this book is no different. It broke my heart in so many ways but was in it’s most basic form a story full of love.

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Beautiful Burn – I loved this one because 1) it featured a Maddox brother and 2) it was all about the Alpine Hotshots, and elite firefighter group who fight wildfires. It was steamy, both because of the fires and the romance and was an excellent addition to the series.

Glass Sword – I only started reading this series this year and was addicted from page one. This book was such a great continuation of the series and THAT ENDING just made desperate for the next book!

Stars Above – I LOVED THIS BOOK! It gave us so many little extras to The Lunar Chronicles, and an epilogue which was just the perfect ending to this entire series!

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A Thousand Boy Kisses – This book broke my heart again and again and again…and I loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a book that it going to make your heart burst with love whilst also being torn into tiny pieces then THIS is the book for you!

Winners Kiss – This was one of my most anticipated books of the entire year and WOW did it give me exactly what I wanted. This entire trilogy was incredible, but this ending was just perfection.

Some Kind of Perfect – The ending to a series that I never wanted to say goodbye to. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, then I cried some more. I have been with the characters for ten whole books and this one was a beautiful ending for them all.

Walk the Edge – I am a big fan of Motorcycle Club (MC) books and this series is my second favourite one (after Tillie Cole’s of course!) I think I actually enjoyed this book more than the first, and can;t wait for more of them!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Or are you hoping to read them at some point?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Bars

June 19, 2016 Sunday Funday, Uncategorized 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weekend I am in the Lake District with the bf and feeling sooooooo relaxed. I have been looking forward to this weekend for months. We’ve been eating loads of yummy food, checking out some beautiful places and of course I managed to fit in some reading time too!

Next month I will be going to YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) in London, and whilst looking for some bookish stuff to do whilst I am there I found some great bookish bars. So I thought I would share some of my favourite, for those of you who live or will be visiting the UK in the future…

The Drawing Room, Southbank

 

The thing I love most about this place is that to get to the drawing room you have to find the secret door behind a bookcase! So cool!

The Society Club, Soho

 

A bookstore AND a bar, what could be better?! Apparently there book selection is amazing, and when combined with their selection of bar snacks, it;s the perfect place to hang out!

Far Rockaway, Shoreditch

 

If your more of a comic book fan than a book lover then this is the place for you! It just looks so chilled out and homely.

Library, Covent Garden

 

If you’ve got £500 to spare then buy yourself a membership for this VERY exclusive place in Covent Garden. Their book selection is meant to be amazing, and if you find yourself still there reading late into the night then you can stay in one of their overnight rooms!

You check out more of the bookish bars in London right here

Have you ever been to a bookish bar? Which is your favourite from this list?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Mid-Year Challenge Check Up

June 16, 2016 Challenge 2

So, it’s mid way through the year and I decided to check out how I was doing on my challenges. Last year I really struggled with my challenges, and realised it was because I picked WAY too many with WAY too optimistic goals.

This year I have tried to be more realistic and haven’t signed up for as many. You can check out all the challenges I am taking part in and see details for each here.

Goal – Read 70 books in 2015

I am currently at 24, but since I have had 2 major reading slumps already this year I think that’s pretty darn good! I’ve got some time booked off over the next couple of months and there are some great releases on their way so I don;t doubt I will have any problem hitting this one.
You can keep up with this challenge here.

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Real Book Challenge

Goal – Read at least 30 “real” books.

I am currently at 7/30 for this challenge. I think my main problem is that I have seen some pretty great looking books up for request this year and obviously they always come as eBooks. However I do have a pile of physical books on my shelf that I am planning on reading this summer including The 5th Wave and Lady Midnight.

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Goal – To read at least 12 Debut Author Books in 2015

I have read 4/12 debut author books so far this year, which I don’t think is too bad. My main problem at the moment is that a lot of my favourite authors are releasing new books which I really want to read. But this means that I am not reading as many debuts. Will be on the look out for more during the second half of this year.

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Goal – To Re-Read at least 15 books

Erm, so I have reread 1/15 books this year. Oops! Somehow I don’t think I’m going to complete this challenge I just don’t seem to have the time anymore.

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Read at least 12 Non Fiction books

I’ve actually really enjoyed the Non-Fiction books I’ve read this year, and for someone who had never read non-fiction before (unless forced) I think that 5/12 for this point in the year is pretty good! I’ve got some more waiting on my bookshelf so don;t think I will have any problem reaching my goal this year.

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To post at least 12 discussion posts (one for each month!)

Wohoo! 7/12, I seem to be excelling at this category! I do love a good bookish chat and I really enjoy writing these posts, and reading all the comments that I get from them.

So that’s my mid year check up for my 2016 challenges. How are you doing with yours?

Are you taking part in any of the same challenges as I am?

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Releases I’m Looking Forward to in Part 2 of 2016

June 14, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 10

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So sadly we are back to typical UK summer weather … rain! But it’s still really humid here, which is not fun because I feel like I spent the whole day just feeling hot and sticky but with non of the sunshine benefits! But on the bright side, I only have 2 more days in work before I get to spend a looooooong weekend in a little cottage in the Lake District with the boyfriend. And I am SO excited!

I totally cheated and picked 12, mostly because I want so many books, but also because I like it when my graphics match!

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Summer Shadows (Joss Stirling) – I have loved every single book in the Benedicts series and cannot wait for more of the Savent world. No specific date for this one yet, but sometime in July, I can’t wait! (Release July)

This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab) – I’ve read some ARC reviews for this book and it has made me want it even more then I do. I am fascinated about the storyline and the world in which it is set. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one. (Release July 5th)

Deep Redemption (Tillie Cole) – The forth book in the Hades Hangmen series and I feel like I have been waiting for this one forever. I’m curious about this one because it’s all from the POV of the bad guy of the series, so I can;t wait to see how I feel about him by the end of it. (Release July 12th)

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K.Rowling) – I get the feeling this one is going to be on a lot of lists today, and it doesn’t really need a reason why other than… IT’S HARRY POTTER! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! (Release July 31st) 

It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover) – A new CoHo book, horray! I love her romances, and her damaged characters and the beautiful stories that they become. I can’t wait to fall in love with Lily and Ryle the way I all in love with all of her characters. (August 2nd)

A Beautiful Funeral (Jamie McGuire) – I am a big lover of the Beautiful series and I can’t wait for more time with the Maddox’s. From the title it sounds like it is going to be an emotional one and I am just so excited for it! (August 15th)

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Ravage (Tillie Cole) – The 2nd of Tillie’s books released during the second half of the year and I am SO DARN EXCITED for this one. The last book in the Scarred Souls series ended in such an OH EM GEE moment that I really really want this book like NOW so I can find out what happens next. (August 16th)

A Torch Against the Night (Sabaa Tahir) – The first book in this series, An Ember in the Ashes, was incredible and I was so so happy when they announce there would be more. The world building was just wow, and I loved our MC. I can;t wait to see this story and characters develop more. So excited for this one! (August 30th)

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Jessica Cluess) – Powers, monsters, magic…this books sounds PERFECT for me. I have been looking for another fantasy series to get my teeth into and this one looks like a superb choice. Guess we will see! (September 20th)

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The Fever Code (James Dashner) – Ever since reading the Maze Runner trilogy I have been desperate for a prequel of Thomas. I can’t wait to see who he was before the maze and how it all came to be! (Release September 27th)

The Last Beginning (Lauren James) – I just read book one, The Next Together, last month and I absolutely loved it but needed so much more! I was so happy when I found out there was going to be a sequel. Can’t wait! (Release October 6th)

Heartless (Marissa Meyer) – I loved the Lunar Chronicles and I know there is so much excitement surrounding this book. Meyer is a genius when it comes to retellings so I can’t wait to see what she does with this one. (November 8th)

Are you excited for any of the books on my list?

What’s on your list this week?

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Review: “The Sin Eaters Daughter” – Melinda Salisbury

June 13, 2016 Book Review 2

Sin Eaters Daughter CoverThe Sin Eaters Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
(website . twitter)

Publication Date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eaters Daughter
Genre: YA Fantasy
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A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins?

Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess

Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice.

Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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My Thoughts

I am ashamed to say that this book has been on my bookshelf for over a year and I only just picked it up this month. It was such a captivating book and once I had started it I could not put it down and actually ended up ordering the next book when I was only at chapter 2 of this book!

So, why do I love this book?

1) I loved the world, it was incredibly built. I loved the history of it, with the war ad the myths of the sleeping prince and the gods that they pray to and the different religious beliefs. The world had everything and was written in such beautiful detail I found myself rereading pages hoping for more and more of the world.

“I am the perfect weapon, I can kill with a single touch.

2) I liked Twylla, although for the life of me I have no idea how to pronounce her name. I will be (fingers crossed) meeting the author at YALC this year and I know I’m going to make a complete idiot of myself trying to pronounce Twylla’s name!

I found her role as Daunen Embodied really intriguing and the whole histroy and peoples beliefs was really cool to read about. Twylla really develops in this book, starting out as a lonely, timid and very much suffering young girl, who has been forced to do such terrible things and has to live with the consequences, to a much stronger woman who really starts to find herself and realise who she is apart from her Daunen Embodied title.

“I believe there are men and women whose lives are made easier by believing someone is watching over them.”

3) I really like Lief, Twylla’s new guard, because he gave her friendship in a life full of loneliness. I love that he didn’t stick to the rules for a guard and proceeded to do what he wanted. I really liked the development of their relationship, it was sweet and believable. I know that it has been mentioned in some reviews about a love-triangle in this book between Twylla, Lief and Prince Merek but for me there really wasn’t. Yes, there are feelings, but it is very clear from the start who the winner is and at no point does Twylla declare love for the other.

“If I come to you, I want it to be because I am choosing you, for no reason other than that. I don’t want for to ever doubt it.”

4) I really loved the Queen (which is strange because she was totally evil) but she was just so cruel and conniving is the best kind of way. One amazing thing about this book is how deceptive everyone and everything is. It really does seem like no one is being truthful with anyone and there is always a side agenda. Which makes for a lot of shock moments when something happened that I just wasn’t expecting, especially the way in which the book ends.

“It’s difficult to grieve for an idea.”

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Final Thoughts

I think my favourite thing about this book had to be the detail that went into the world building, and I can’t wait to discover more of this world in the next book as well as read the continuation of this beautifully written story.

Re-Readability: Definitely

My Rating: Loved

I would recommend this book to fans of: fantasy worlds, magic, forbidden romance, stories about royal families

Rating Loved it

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Have you read The Sin Eaters Daughter? What did you think?

What did you think of THAT ending?

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Sunday Funday: First Impressions

June 12, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weekend has been a laaaaaaaaazy one. The sun has disappeared and we are back to a typical english summer … rain!

There is nothing more important than the first few lines of a book. They draw us in, get us hooked and make us want to continue reading. The below infographic (source: Visualistan) features some of the best starting sentences in books of all time…

34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books #infographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan

Which is your favourite from this list? Which is your favourite first line from a book?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Some Kind of Perfect” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

June 8, 2016 Book Review 0

Some Kind Of PerfectSome Kind of Perfect – Becca & Krista Ritchie
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Publication Date: May 20th 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 742
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Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
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Falling in love was just the beginning

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love.

Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.

Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.

Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates.

Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.

***Authors’ Note***
Some Kind of Perfect is a full-length epilogue novel. It is highly recommended to read this book after Long Way Down. Otherwise, it will spoil the entire series. Some Kind of Perfect is meant to be the 10th book in the series.

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My Thoughts

So I know that I said that the previous book was the last book (and it kind of was), but this one really is the last book and in fact it is an epilogue novel spanning ten whole years in a massive 742 pages!

So, why do I love this book?

1) I have to start with the size of this book, because wow is it mega. I bought my copy as an ebook, but I imagine anyone with a physical copy having very sore arms! It seems strange for a contemporary book to be this big, this page amount is usually reserved for fantasy/sci-fi type books, but it worked really well and at no point did I feel like it was too much and that I just wanted it to end. It was the perfect amount of pages to end this story.

“We speak of moving mountains, but sometimes people can completely rotate the world, just so someone else can land upright on their feet.

2) As I mentioned above the book takes place over ten years and most years will have a chapter from each characters POV. I will admit that I got a little bit lost at times about what month and year I was up to, as all we get is a little title at the beginning of each chapter like “Rose: October 2024” and different characters POV could be from different months. So we could have a chapter from Lo in January 2019 followed by a chapter from Lily in September 2019 and a whole different story would be happening.

Look how far we’ve come. Look at us now. Ache for ache. Smile for smile. I only ever wanted to live this life with her

3) The characters were just as perfect as they have always been. Lily, Lo, Rose, Conner, Daisy and Ryke. I love this group of characters, I love their friendships, relationships, sister love, brotherly love and bromances. I love that Becca and Krista Ritchie managed to fit in a unique relationship between each of these characters without it feeling like too much.

I never looked back in that way before, but for the very first time, I did. I looked back, and I only looked back at her.

4) We got to meet some of the groups kids already in previous books but in this one we get them all, and not just as babies anymore, some of them we get as teenagers. I love seeing each of the different parenting styles for each of the couples. I love how it’s totally acceptable to the kids that Ryke swears but is Lo does then he has to put a dollar in the swear jar. I love the family dynamics in that the kids feel more like brothers and sisters than cousins and all of the adults care for each others kids as if they were their own. It’s just like one BIG family.

“Our bad days have the ability to become better. It may be a horrible month. A horrible year. But there will be good days, good moments, great seconds.”

5) The Addicted series was more than just a series of books, it was an adventure. An unforgettable journey of friendship and family, love and sacrifice. A journey that took our characters from rock bottom to happily ever after. When I picked up the first book I has no idea what to expect and I can’t lie, I thought I was going to hate it. But from that very first book I found myself in love with it all, the characters, the story, the authors and there was no way I could have stopped reading this series part way through, I was in it for the long haul!

“And then we end – we end where we started. Just us. All six of us.

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I’ve stuck with this series through 10 whole books and I can’t believe it’s reached the end. Becca and Krista Ritchie give us a beautiful gift in this final book of letting us see the happily ever afters finally taking place and it is the perfect conclusion to this epic saga. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, or more beautiful or more full of love than the ending they gave us.

Re-Readability: Over and over and over…

My Rating: Beyond Loved (Favourite)

I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, friend to lover, bromances.

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Have you read Some Kind of Perfect? What did you think?

What about the rest of the series? Which is your favourite book?

Who is your favourite couple: Lily/Lo, Rose/Connor, Daisy/Ryke? Which is your favourite kid?

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Tillie Cole

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I am totally LOVING the weather we have in the UK at the moment. Normally for us summer means one day of sun followed by 2 weeks of rain. But we seem to be very lucky at the moment and every single day has been sunny and oh so hot. Temperatures yesterday even reached 26 degrees (That’s about 78 degrees Fahrenheit!) which is HOT for us UK people!

Ok, so I’m trying to make my TTT list the least amount of pyscho-stalker as possible. When I saw todays TTT topic (of Top Ten Reasons I Love X) I knew this would be the perfect time to share the reasons why I love Tillie Cole, but then I found it really hard to write my list without sounding like an obsessed fan (which I kind of am, but don’t tell anyone!).

Tillie’s book Sweet Home was one of the first I ever reviewed on my blog and I have been involved in every single one of her tours ever since. She books have shown me just how diverse YA/NA can be and how amazingly inspirational some stories can be. She routinely makes me cry with her books, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So, here are the ten reasons why I love Tillie Cole, and why you should to…

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She is from the UK
I love when I find UK authors whose books I enjoy because a lot of the authors I read are US, so it’s always cool to find an authors from the same country that I am from! I know that Tillie now lives in the US but she was from England, so technically she is UK!!! I always find it funny when people comment on her videos saying “I really like your accent” and I’m like “what accent?” Haha.

Her books have BEAUTIFUL covers
All of Tillie’s book covers are gorgeous, and the series covers all match (I love matching covers) which makes me super happy and desperate to own them all so I can put them all on my bookshelf.

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She uses her own life experiences as inspiration for her books
If you have read Sweet Fall then you will know what I am talking about, and I have to admit that reading Tillie’s author note at the end of this book and finding out that a lot of Lexi’s hard times were actually a lot of Tillie’s real life hard times made me cry. This author who I love so much had bared her heart on the pages and it just made me love her even more!

She gave us characters who are both big/scary/violent but also MASSIVELY vulnerable
As you will read further down, Tillie writes EPIC bad boys, but she also writes men who are big and tough and violent who have been put through a ton of abuse and so are really really vulnerable too. Her Scarred Souls series is amazing and features some of my favourite wounded characters I’ve ever read.

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She isn’t scared to tackle the hard topics 
Eating disorders, religious cults, sexual assault, physical assault, drug use, gang violence, illness, mental health problems, death. They are not happy things to read about, but they are REAL, and the way that Tillie writes them is just incredible.

She writes the most amazing bad boy characters
There are so many complaints nowadays from people saying that they are bored of “bad boy books” and yes at times it gets a little tedious at times. But not when it’s a Tillie Cole bad boy! They ride motorbikes, are covered in tattoos and sport some mega beards, but they also have their softer sides when it comes to their women and I just can’t help the swooning!

She is constantly posting pictures of half naked guys on her facebook group
Following on from the point above, Tillie likes to involve her fans in “research” for her leading men (and women too) and so there are always lots of pictures being posted on the facebook group. This means that I get pictures of semi naked men on a daily basis and it is awesome!

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She makes inspiration soundtracks for her books
I love when I book comes with a soundtrack and Tillie is always making playlists on spotify for each of her books. I really like listening to them whilst I am reading the book and trying to guess which song goes with which scene.

She writes beautiful words
I have quote notebooks full and a bedroom wall covered in Tillie Cole quotes. They made me smile, cry and feel inspired. Never have I read books with words that are so beautifully and carefully written.

My Maddie Painting
In one of her books one of her characters paints a beautiful painting of themselves and the person they love, and so Tillie Cole had it made into a print so we could all have a copy! It is truly a beautiful image and just adds that little something special to the story.

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I will never look at blossom the same way again
Tillie wrote a book that absolutely tour my heart out but it is one of my favorites because of the amount of love and life that it holds. I finished the book, yes in tears, but also totally inspired. Every time I see a blossom tree it reminds me of how inspired I felt when I finished this book, and never fails to make me smile.

You can find Tillie on:
Website . Twitter . Facebook . Goodreads

Check out my Tillie Cole reviews:
Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured
Raze . Reap
A Thousand Boy Kisses

Have you ever read any Tillie Cole? Do you love her as much as I do?

What’s on your list this week?

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Monthly Review: May 2016

June 3, 2016 Montly Review 0

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Sunshine and countryside. I had a perfect bank holiday weekend int he middle of nowhere this month (we didn’t even have phone signal!) It was absolute bliss and was exactly what I needed whilst work is so stressful at the moment!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Uni Friends Came to Visit – I love that I am still in touch with a lot of my friends from uni and we have mini reunions a few times a year which is great. This time they all came to visit me and we went to see Busted in concert as well as having a night out with TONS of dancing. I had so much fun!

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2) I’m still doing my swimming challenge – I was meant to complete this on 22 May, but due to some illness at the beginning of the challenge I’ve given myself a few weeks extra to get it complete. I had passed the halfway point by the end of May and definitely feeling like I’ve improved since I started.

3) Family Weekend Away – It was my Auntie’s 60th birthday last month so we arrange a surprise weekend away for her with all the family. I didn’t realise though how much I needed the time away and having 4 days just chilling in the middle of the countryside in the sunshine and reading books and just hanging out with my family was perfect.

4) I made a Teapot cake – I was in charge of the cake for my Aunties birthday weekend away and I spent the past month making various prototypes of this cake before making the finished product last week. It was a lot of stress and I’ve never been so nervous carrying anything in my life, but I’m so proud of the finished product and my auntie was absolutely made up (she even cried!)

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5) I Enrolled on a Masters Course  – As of May I am officially signed up to start my Masters in Creative Writing in October this year. I think at this point I am equal amounts of nervous and excited but I can’t wait for the challenge of doing this. I will be doing it Part Time (whilst still working Full Time) for the next two years, and after that I can start putting MA after my name!

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Song of the Month

Wheatus were actually one of the bands supporting Busted and being able to hear this song from my teenage years being performed lie right in front of me was amazing, and was definitely one of my highlights of the night!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Spring/Summer 2016 Playlist.

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Number of Books I Read this Month: 3

It’s been a bit of a slow few months for reading, but I finally feel like I am getting back into it which is perfect for the summer weather and chilling outside in the sun reading! I’ve only actually read 3 books in May but all of them were amazing, so they all make my list!

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The Next Together (Laura James) – I cant believe I’ve had this book for 9 whole months and I’ve only just picked it up! It was so so good and exactly what I had hoped it would be like. My only criticism would be that I wanted MORE, but luckily with the next book coming out in October I will get that!

Some Kind of Perfect (Krista & Becca Ritchie) – Saying goodbye to this series was HARD and there may have been some tears a long the way. I remember picking up the first book and thinking that I wasn’t going to like it, but taking a chance and falling head over heels in love with it! So sad it’s over! Review coming next week!

Scarlett Says (Scarlet Moffatt) – I’m not a non-fiction reader and yet I find myself reading more and more of it. This book was just so darn funny and an excellent take on the world from a really great person. Review coming in June!

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Fav Quote this month

“We speak of moving mountains, but sometimes people can completely rotate the world, just so someone else can land upright on their feet.” – Some Kind of Perfect

I love this book (an in fact the entire series) because in it’s most basic form it is about 6 people who are all going through their own individual problems, but the others would literally do anything/sacrifice anything to help get that person back on their feet. It’s the kind of friendship/relationship that everyone int he world deserves.

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Most Pop Review

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I recently reread this book after finding it at the back of my bookshelves during a spring clean. I forgot how much I loved it and decided to share my love with you guys and you couldn’t get enough. Apparently a few of you have this sat on you shelf/kindle and haven’t tried it yourself yet either. Get on it!

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Most Pop post this month

Books I Changed My Mind About Over Time – I don;t normally changed my mind about a book. If I hated it then I probably still will, and if I loved it then again, I probably still will. But there are a few with my opinion definitely changed about, number 1 on the list…Twilight!

At What Point Do You DNF a Book? – I’ve gotten a lot better recently at putting down books that I am not enjoying. But I never know how far into it I should read before I ultimately decide it’s not for me. Is 10% too short, is 50% too much?

Bookish Words and Wisdoms #1 – I am a sucker for a good bookish quote, but I realised that I don;t really talk about them on my blog. So I started a feature which is all about the quotes that I love, starting with this one.

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to the Lake District for the Weekend! – After the weekend away with my family in May coming back to work was not fun, but knowing that in 2 weeks I get another long weekend off to chill out in the lake district made it not so bad. Just me, the boyfriend and BOOKS! Ok, so maybe not too many books, I should probably be social too, but hopefully there will be some gorgeous weather so we can get out and about!

2) I Will FINALLY finish my Swimming Challenge  – Don;t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed this challenge, but I can’t wait to finish it and to just go back to swimming for fun rather than having to keep a check on how many lengths etc. It really has got me back into swimming though, so I am thankful for that!

3) Books!  I’ve got a gigantic pile of books that I want to read next month including Me Before You, which I really want to read before watching the film which is released this month

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How was May for you? Are you getting ready for summer too? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Review: “The Next Together” – Lauren James

June 2, 2016 Book Review 4

The Next Together CoverThe Next Together – Lauren James
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2015
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 356
Genre: Romance
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The Story
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How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

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My Thoughts

Oh wow, why have I not read this book sooner?! It’s been sat on my bookshelf for 9 whole months and yet I have only just read it! But I am so so glad that I finally did.

So, exactly why did I love this book?

I love anything time travel/takes place over different times related. Now this one isn’t time travel, but it’s more of one of those ‘the same two people born over and over again’ type of stories and I loved seeing all the different versions of Katherine and Matthew and how they changed over time and through each time period they were in.

When I first started reading the book I thought I was only going to like the “newer” versions of Katherine and Matthew, set in 2039. I don’t really do historical fiction, at all. So a book that was partially set in 1745 and 1854 had me worried a little bit. But if possible, I think I liked the “older” versions even more than the “newer versions”.

1854: Kate, an orphan, has been living as ‘Kit’ (a boy) for two years when she gets a job as a with Matthew, a journalist reporting on the front lines of the Crimean War in an effort to portray not just the small victories but also the brutality of war. Meeting under the toughest of conditions only brings the two closer together, as well as closer to danger.

1745: Kate, a young lady in waiting born to English nobility, lives in the town of Carlisle at a time when England faced invasion and a rebellion uprising was gaining momentum. There she meets meets lowly coach driver Mathew and develops a, potentially scandalous, tentative friendship while on the brink of invasion.

2039: Kate And Matt both find themselves studying Science at the University of Nottingham. Drawn to one another, it isn’t long until the two discover their namesakes; married couple Katherine and Matthew, who were tragically killed under the accusation of biological terrorism in 2019. They come together to clear Katherine and Matthew’s names but end up discovering a rich history of war, lineage and a romance that will span several lifetimes, each tragically ending in much the same way.

It’s a contemporary book very cleverly hiding some time travel and science fiction in there too but ultimately it is an ‘across the ages’ romance. I really liked the inclusion of texts, emails, post-it notes and journal entries as a way to show the relationship between the Katherine and Matthew of 2019.

Each version of Katherine and Matthew was different, as was each relationship/romance and  at no point did I forget which version of the characters I was with. There was a point however when things got a little confusing due to a bit of a switch-around, and although I liked the way that the story went it did take me a little time to settle back into the story.

I loved the whirlwind and forbidden romance of 1745 and the sweet and tentative relationship of 1854. The Katherine and Matthew of 2019, who we only get to know through notes etc, were fun, down to earth and most definitley in love. The only couple I struggled with slightly was the 2039 versions of Kate and Matt who didn’t seem to develop their relationship enough, for me, by the end of the book. However, as a sequel is expected later this year, I am very hopeful that we will get a continuation of their story which will make this romance as epic as the previous.

“She didn’t know if she was crying for Matt, this Matthew, or for every Matthew she’d known and lost. All throughout history they had been doing this, finding and loving each other and then being ripped apart before they even had a chance to live. Why did Matthew always leave her alone?
Why did it always end? Why did it always even start?”

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Final Thoughts

This book was exactly what I had wanted it to be, my only problem was that I needed so much more! I will definitely be checking out the sequel to this book when it is released in October, and more books by Lauren James in the future.

Re-Readability: Definitely

I would recommend this book to fans of: historical fiction, romances set over time, time-travel, forbidden romances

Rating Loved it

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Are you a fan of romances based over multiple time periods? Hve you read any books like this before?

Have you read The Next Together? Are you a fan?

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Sunday Funday: Bookstores Around the World

May 29, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I have been spending my bank holiday weekend in a big house in the countryside with my family and it has been PERFECT. We are in the middle of nowhere, which means no phone signal and nothing but bird song as noise. I have been having such a bad time at work etc recently that this mini break has been exactly what I need, and I am dreading having to go home tomorrow.

My Sunday Funday this week is all about bookish travels and some of the best bookstores around the world. I found this great article on The Independant Website which lists 12 amazing bookstores, and I’ve picked out some of my favourites for you below.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

Paris by itself is amazing, but being able to visit a bookstore with so much history would be so cool. 2 whole floors of old and new, there is definitely a book for everyone in this store!

Scorpio Books, Christchurch

After a massive Eartquake in 2011 a lot of alternative buildings popped up along the seafront, one of which being this bookstore made out of a shipping container and is filled to the brim with some of the best sci-fi and fantasy books of all time!

Brattle Book Shop, Boston

This pop up outdoor bookstore is crazy cool and appeared in the 80’s after the original building burnt down. The bookstore is there every single day (but only if it’s not raining or snowing!)

Check out the full article and all the bookstores HERE.

Have you got any bookish quilts? What do you think of these?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Books I Changed My Mind About Over Time

May 24, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 12

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I have a cold. And not just a normal cold, but the worlds WORST cold! (I promise you, it’s worst than any cold you have ever had!) Ok, maybe I’m being slightly dramatic, but still it sucks.

I’m stuck in work feeling like rubbish drinking a disgusting flavoured green looking liquid (that the people in my office swear will make me feel better) and I just can’t concentrate on anything. I’m also that annoying person int he office who sniffs every 30 seconds and keeps making gross noises when I blow my nose. I just want the day to end so I can go back to bed!

But in the meantime, lets make the day a bit happier with some TTT. This week the theme is books that you have changed your opinion on over time. And I really struggled with this one, because the majority of the time I decided how I feel about a book and stick with it. Even so I managed to gather some books together for today’s list.

My Opinion Went DOWN
The Twilight Saga was right at the beginning of my YA reading life and at the time I really like it (apart from the ending!). I think I got all caught up int he romance of it and didn’t really pay attention to the actual writing. Now, looking back I find myself not as happy with it. I mean, could Stephanie Meyer nof find a way to describe Edward’s skin as anything other than “as cold and hard as marble”, it’s in there like 50 times!

My Opinion Went UP!
I read the Alex Rider books when I was a lot younger and back then it was all about the action and the cool gadgets. But then I reread them as a Adult, and woah there is a lot more tot hese books then just gadgets. I think as well, reading them as an adult I notice things likee the emotional toil the whole thing was taking on Alex and it just became so much more for me and I fell in love with the books even further. This series is not just for kids!

My Opinion Went UP!
I really really liked this book when I first read it, and then a few years later the movie came out and after watching it I immediately read the book again. I don;t know if it was because of seeing the film, or because I just hadn;t read it in so long but it just seemed to be so much more than I remembered. The writing was even more beautiful, the emotional even stronger and my feels for this book became even greater.

My Opinion Went DOWN
When I first read this book I loved it. The uniqueness of the A (the MC) and the entire story was just wow. Then a few years later I read book 2, Another Day, and it made me realise how much I hate Rhiannon (the other MC), and that realisation made my opinion of both books go down and sadly I don’t see myself reading them again.

My Opinion Went DOWN
After finishing reading this I was a tinsy bit disappointed in the ending but otherwise liked it. Then the second book came out and I found myself not really wanting to read it and suddenly I wasn’t loving this book as much as I originally thought I did. Which sucks, because I love Marie Lu and adored her Legend series.

Only five from me this week. How about you?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Quilts

May 22, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

O My weekend has been totally manic busy and I am absolutely knackered, but at the same time I have had such a great few days! 5 of my university friends came to visit me and we went to see Busted amongst other things. I really love how even three years after we graduated and seperated all over the UK we are still so close and it always feels like no time has passed when we meet up.

So, to my Sunday Funday this week…bookish quilts!

You are all like WHAT?! But seriously, these are pretty cool. And for a craft geek like me I really want to learn how to make one of these for myself!

I absolutely adore this Harry Potter quilt. It’s got a cauldron, owl, sorting hat and time turner to name just a few. Plus all of the books have hand stitched titles which just makes the whole thing look gorgeous. Jennifer at Sewhooked has made a great tutorial here.

For those of you who aren’t HP fans (WHAT?!!!) there are also some great bookish quilts too like this one below. (not sure about the cat thought)

Instructions for this quilt

Have you got any bookish quilts? What do you think of these?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Bookish Words and Wisdoms #1

May 19, 2016 Bookish Words & Wisdoms 0

Ok, so I’m a little bit of a quote junkie. I have quotes on my goodreads, dozens of quote notebooks and my bedroom walls are full of scraps of paper with bookish quotes on them. For me there is nothing as magical as finding that perfect quote that just makes you feel so inspired. I am constantly finding new and interesting quotes from books that I’ve never read before and it always makes me pick up the book and give it a go.

So that’s why I’ve decided to start this new feature ‘Bookish Words & Wisdoms’ in which every so often I will share one of my favourite quotes with you, and hopefully inspire you to try something new.

As this week is Mental Health Awareness week I thought it was only fitting to chose a quote to match.

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This quote comes from All the Bright Places, an extraordinary debut from Jennifer Niven. The book is, well emotional, and contains some beautifully written characters who battle with their own struggles and mental health.

I think it’s impossible to not know someone with mental health problems in the world today, and someone close to me has told me something very similar to this quote about their own struggles with mental health illnesses.

Mental health is still something that comes with a stigma attached to it and with the “what have you got to be unhappy about” or “just smile, you’ll feel better soon” responses from people who just don’t fully understand it.

This quote reminded me of how much further we have to go in our battle against Mental Health stigma, and just how much support our friends, family and work colleagues who suffer with mental illness need from us.

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Ten Books I Bought/Read on a Whim

May 17, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 0

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I’ve been so jealous this weekend, seeing everyone’s BEA pictures all over facebook/twitter. I wish we had something as big as it int eh UK, but sadly not. I am pretty excited for YALC in July though, it may not be as big as the US but still … BOOKS!

This week’s TTT is all about books I’ve picked up on a whim, which is not an easy one for me because I’ve been doing less “whim” reading recently in an attempt to read less books that I end up DNF-ing.

What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor

I found this one whilst flicking round amazon years ago and it just sounded so different that I thought I’d give it a go. It is still, to this day, one of my top ten books.

Unbreakable – Rebecca Shea

When I first joined Goodreads this popped up on that “because you read X, you should read THIS” list. Read the description, thought it sounded ok so gave it a go and devoured it. SO many emotions in this book, I must have reread it at least 5 times since the first read.

Addicted to You – Becca & Krista Ritchie

I don;t remember exactly where I saw this one first, but I hadn’t seen anyone else chatting about it and I was slightly dubious by the fact that the two MC’s where a sex addict and an alcoholic. I’ve been burned by books before pretending not to be erotic fiction and then turning out to be VERY erotic. But this one surprised me and I LOVED it from page one. Plus the other 8 books in the series, all of which are amazing!

Sweet Home – Tillie Cole

I found this one on Amazon whilst sat in Vegas airport waiting for my flight home. I thought, why not, and downloaded it to my kindle. I then spent my entire flight home wide awake because I couldn’t put this book down. Which didn’t really help with the jet lag, but as this book was so good I didn’t care. I have been a massive Tillie Cole fan ever since and cannot recommend her enough!

Emerge – S.E.Hall

I think I bought this one whilst in between large fantasy series and I just wanted something light to give me a break from all the intensity. The characters in this book (and the remainder of this series) really are what make it so special and S.E.Hall has created possibly one of my ultimate friendship groups ever!

Take Back the Skies – Lucy Saxon

I saw this on a stall last year at YALC, and then the author was dressed up in a costume so big that she couldn’t sit down for her interview, so I felt like she was quirky enough that her book might be pretty cool. I mostly liked it, until the ending and then (for me) it just disappointed (certain things happened that I didn’t agree with). But the world building was fantastic and I would definitely say it’s worth the read.

The Year We Fell Down – Sarina Bowen

Another one I came across on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting. I don’t read many books with characters with disabilities (not that I have anything against them, there just aren’t that many around in the mainstream) so thought it would be a pretty unique story. I fell in love with the characters immediately and have followed them, and their friends through the entire series. So much love for this one!

Confession’s of a Virgin Sex Columnist – Kay Marie

When I read the blurb to this one my mind immediately went to some kind of Bridget Jones type character. Happily that was exactly what I got and it was a halarious read. Only downside was that it would have been perfect as a standalone, but apparently there is a sequel. I’m boycotting it in protest!

Stupid Girl – Cindy Miles

Found this one on Amazon and thought it would be a nice easy pre-bedtime read. But there was so much more to this book and it had me up until the early hours because I just couldn’t put it down. Another macho bad boy getting knocked on his ass by a seemingly good girl, but I could read this again and again, and have actually done so!

Waiting for Prince Harry – Aven Ellis

Ok, so I may have been stalking Prince Harry online and this book pinged up somewhere a long the way. But it was SO MUCH FUN to read. I connected instanley to the MC, who loves baking and sewing (me too!) and the hotty love interest who was just a nice guy (no bad boy hidden within). Loved this book, mostly for the fact that it made me discover Aven Ellis and all of her amazing books!

Do you obsessively visit any of these websites too?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Furniture

May 15, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I’ve had such a super busy and productive weekend that I didn’t even realised until a few minutes ago that I forgot to post my Sunday Funday post! We’ve had such gorgeous weather this week so I have done TONS of gardening (I’m growing actual REAL vegetables!) as well as some baking. In fact I have been practising the same cake for the past month in preparation for my aunties birthday and have nearly got it perfect! Yeay!

Ok, so my Sunday Funday, this week I HAD to show you two awesome pieces of bookish furniture that I really really want in my house!

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Who wouldn’t want this sofa in their lives? It’s the coolest place for any reader or book blogger to sit and appreciate everything bookish. And if you’re not a fan of it in this colour, don’t worry, there are another 19 to choose from!

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I’m not going to lie, it may have taken me a while to figure out what this actually said. Then I finally did, felt an equal mix of stupidity (for taking so long!), pride (that I had finally figured it out!) and a desperate need to have this bookcase in my life!

Do you have any bookish furniture? What do you think of these ones?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester Browne

May 13, 2016 Book Review 2

The Runaway Princess coverThe Runaway Princess – Hester Browne
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Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
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Pages: 431
Genre: Romance
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If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match.

But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family.

Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

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My Thoughts

I am not an adult genre reader, it just doesn’t happen. And on the rare occasions when it does happen I get bored very quickly and stop reading. But I couldn’t get enough of this book. It really was a feel good story, with characters I couldn’t help but love and a romance that gave me butterflies.

So, exactly why did I love this book?

(Warning! Because I am a massive geek I have decided to fill this review with princess gifs. Prepare yourself for the Disney Princess love!)

I LOVED Amy. She was just such a normal, down to earth character who I really can’t say a bad word against. I love seeing her, as a London garden designer trying to adapt to this new royal world and it made for some great moments. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her parents, and her concern for them and their well being when things get a little crazy.

Leo is most definitely every single girls prince charming. So much of the time male characters in romances are bad boys, or rich boys or just too much of something that makes them annoying. Leo was a nice guy (and a hot guy) who was just perfect in every way. I found myself swooning with so many of the things he would say or do, and although he does make mistakes, everything he does is with his family or loved ones in mind. Everyone needs a Leo in their life!

The romance between Amy and Leo is incredibly sweet, and Browne makes sure to get us heavily invested in their relationship before inevitable obstacles make there appearance. Sadly no steamy sex scenes in this one, but I liked that it wasn’t all about the chemistry and passion behind closed doors. Instead it focused on Amy and Leo’s genuine respect and admiration for one another, which made their romance all the sweeter and their relationship all the stronger which showed as usually the problems that occurred in their relationship were from the others actions, rather than any underlying problems in their own sense of self or in their love for one another.

Browne does a fantastic job at conveying the emotional rollarcoaster that goes along with an average girl being swept up into a royal world. She gives us a girl to route for, a prince to swoon over and an epic romance to fall in love with. My only complaint would be that I wanted more of it!

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Final Thoughts

The title and blurb gives away some big spoilers for this book, but the beauty in it for my is the journey of Amy and Leo’s romance and how they get to that place. I wish there was more of this book, or possibly a sequel, but if not then I am more than happy to read this one over and over again.

Re-Readability: Hells Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: adult romance, royal romances, average girl meets non average boy, books set in london, books set int he UK

Rating Loved it

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Have you read any Royal Romances recently? Are you a fan?

What are you most excited for in the final book?

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Ten Websites I Waste the Most Time On (That Aren’t Bookish)

May 10, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

The past few weeks have not been great for me. My reading has been totally off due to a book which I was not enjoying but refused to DNF, which really knocked me of balance with my reading. Plus my grandad had a fall in his house and ended up staying with us for a couple of days (thankfuly he is ok) and to top it all off my blood glucose levels have had a mind of their own!

But then this weekend everything just seemed to get better. The sun came out, I did some gardening and had a really nice date night with my boyfriend. I’ve picked up another book, started some new healthy eating and things just seem to be a lot better.
Which is perfect because it’s just in time for summer.

So, now to my TTT list. And this week it’s something very unbookish as instead we all chose out favourite non-bookish websites. I thought I was going to find this really easy, but it turns out I don’t visit that many non bookish websites!

The website I probably spend the most time on has got to be Buzzfeed. It’s one of those sites that I click on one article, and then end up loosing an hour of my life to surveys and gif filled posts. I also get tons of crafty tutorials and recipes from the site, as well as my daily harry potter fix. Don’t know how I would survive without this site!

Whoever invented Pinterest is a GENIUS! As a craft geek this website is such a happy place for me and I have about a gazillion boards filled with all kinds of things (I may or may not have a board filled with knitting patterns for baby booties, just incase!). There is so much good stuff on there, the only problem is remembering to do it all!

I have quite a few quirky friends who are into unique and vintage type things so Etsy is the best place for me to buy gifts from. I also have bought some great cross stitch patterns from Etsy in the past too (craft geek!) and I spend hours just scrolling through the pages trying not to spend all the money on my bank card!

Anything I watch gets checked out on IMDB. I’m one of those people who needs to know everything about a tv show or film and this site is PERFECT for it all! I even have the app on my phone, so when someone tells me about a show I should watch I can immediately check it out.

Again…whoever invented this site is a GENIUS! I watch so many awesome TV programs and films through Netflix. Another one that have have the app for so I can watch wherever I want (not that I sneakily watch videos in work!) and there is so much selection I can always find something perfect for whatever mood I am in.

Do you obsessively visit any of these websites too?

What’s on your list this week?

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At What Point Do You DNF A Book?

May 9, 2016 Discussion 5

April was a really bad reading month for me, like REALLY bad! I have been reading 2 books simultaneously but haven’t reached the end of either. I hate it when I can’t read, it puts me in such a rubbish mood and also results in me having nothing to review on my blog! (hence the slightly quiet month!)

One of the books that I have been reading is Firstlife, a book which I was super excited to read and had seen some pretty good reviews for. The whole concept of the book is really unique and I was excited for some really cool world-building. Plus I LOVE the cover.

But I have been reading this book for an entire month and I still haven’t reached the end!

Basically this entire book is about Ten, our MC who needs to pick a side: Myriad or Troika. The problem, she can’t decide and would rather go through months of torture then actually make a decision. And the really frustrating thing, she never actually tells us why she wont decide, she just keeps telling us that she wont. (Plus, there is kind of a love triagle but it’s not even the slightest bit lovey and the whole thing just annoys me!)

Now, I’m all for authors making us wait for the big decision/exciting moment a little bit, but I’m at 64% and other than a couple of slightly action moments nothing has really happened and this girl has STILL not made a decision.

I made myself continue reading because I kept thinking that she would eventually decide, but she hasn’t, and now it’s gotten to the point where I don’t think I actually care what she decides. Sadly there is nothing about this book which makes me want to continue reading it, and I’m thinking that it’s that time when I should call defeat and put the book down.

But then if I do that I feel like I have wasted an ENTIRE month on only 64% of a book that I am never going to read the ending to.

Maybe I should have just given up earlier? But then if I had given up at say 20% then would I have spent the rest of time wondering if I had just read another 10% then I might have actually gotten to a good bit and totally fell in love with the book?

So here’s my question: When is the right time to DNF a book?

Do you give yourself to a certain % or number of pages? Or do you stop if the author writes something unforgivable?

Also, has anyone actually read all of Firstlife and can tell me which she chooses?!!! (in a private message! No spoilers on this blog!)

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Review: “Wild Swans” – Jessica Spotswood

May 6, 2016 Book Review 4

wild swans coverWild Swans – Jessica Spotswood
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format/Source: ARC via NetGalley
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The Story
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse.

Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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My Thoughts

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this one when I requested it on Netgalley, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Turns out I probably should have gone with my first instinct.

So, what did I think about this book?

I didn’t hate it, but it was just such a vanilla book (I hate using that phase because I LOVE vanilla, but it works, so I’m going with it!). It just felt like nothing happened, I couldn’t connect with the characters and then it just ended.

She told my sisters I’m their aunt. Her little sister.

Ivy was a character who I should have wanted to connect with. She basically spent her whole life being abandoned and not feeling good enough because she didn’t have a special talent like everyone else in her family. But I just found her a bit whiney. She had a great family and some really funny friends but she was just a bit drab for me.

…the Milbourn women are all reckless and bound for bad ends.

There is a slight attempt at some romance in the book, which is interrupted by an attempt at a love triangle (the whole best friend since kids and now in love with her thing) but that lasted about 1/2 a page and then the guy appeared at the end of the book and said sorry. The romance totally lacked any kind of chemistry or swooniness, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Also I didn’t feel satisfied with the ending. Ivy had gone through a load of crap and everything just ends up ok-ish in the space of about 10 pages and then just ends. I know life isn’t perfect and I didn’t want everything to be tied up in perfect little bows, but I wanted more than I got.

Erica doesn’t know me, but she’s managed to zero in on my greatest fear: that I’m not enough, will never be enough, for anyone to love.

I have to repeat that it wasn’t a bad book, and after checking on Goodreads there are plenty of people who liked it. But for me it was wasn’t enough.

It was a nice easy read and was a good book to read on the bus, in the queue at Starbucks, on the toilet (yes, I totally read on the toilet!) and was very easy to nip in and out of, but it wasn’t by any means spectacular. It was nice and easy but that was about it. No big emotional moments, no big excitement.

“Everybody freaks out at some point. It’s how you patch yourself up that counts.”

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Final Thoughts

I definitely should have stuck with my initial feeling, this book just wasn’t for me, I need more excitement in my reading and this book just didn’t have it.

Re-Readability: Nope

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA contemporary, summer romances, books set at the beach

Rating Conflicted.5

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Have you read Wild Swans? What did you think?

What are you most excited for in the final book?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Walls

May 1, 2016 Sunday Funday 2

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I LOVE Bank Holiday weekends! A whole 3 days off, and then only 4 days in work the following week, bliss. What will I be doing on my extra day off you ask? Well, me and my bestie are going to an amusement park, so I will most likely be spending the day with my hands in the air and screaming (in a good way of course!).

Now, I don’t know about you but this picture has been all over my Facebook feed this week, from a lady who painted the first page of Harry Potter onto her wall!

I’ve similar stuff before and I am always really jealous of these people! Sadly, because I still live with my parents I have no say on what gets painted on the walls, but even if I did I have a feel that they would strongly disagree with me wanting to paint an entire book page of a book onto a wall!

So I decided to share some of my favourites, and some of the walls I would most love to have in my future house! (hopefully the person I end up living with will appreciate bookish walls!)

This one would be perfect right opposite the front door. Visitors will walk in and immediately see this sign, I would be super excited to explore anyones house that had this in the entrance and would be waiting for something magical to appear round every corner!

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Definitely a library/reading room wall quote 🙂

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Ok, so first…wow for the bookish staircase, and second… I love this quote! I feel like it would fit in well in a kitchen too though.

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This one would be perfect in a study, or any room in which a lot of work is done. It would remind you during the stressful times that a little bit of imagination and fun can fix anything.

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Another one to put in the study for when things get tough!

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Dr Seuss quotes were made for children/baby rooms, although I love how they also still relate to adults too. There are so many Dr Seuss quotes that I love, but this has to be one of my favourite.

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Most definitely a quote for above the bed! It would be perfect (although maybe in a different font!)

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I would put this one right over my front door, so I could see it every time I leave the house and go on a new adventure.

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This would be a really nice one to have above the bed. A nice romantic quote for me and my loved one to look at every morning when we wake up and every night before we go to bed. (I’m mushy like that!)

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Do you have any book quotes on your walls? What quote would you love to have?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Page to Screen – Shadowhunters (Season 1)

April 29, 2016 Page to Screen 0

Page to Screen

There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

So, first the facts:

The 6 book Mortal Instruments series was was written by Cassandra Clare and released between 2007-2014. The series is a part of an even larger set of books all set in Clare’s ‘Shadowhunter world’.
In August 2013 a film of the first book City of Bones was released, but due to its poor reception the rest of the series was never made into films. In 2015 production started for the Shadowhunters TV Series which premiered on the 12th January 2016.
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You can check out my review of The Mortal Instruments series here
Shadowhunters on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and TV series.

CHARACTERS

Shadowhunter Character profiles

Clary – She looked the part, but Katherine McNamara just didn’t quite pull of Clary for me. She seemed to lack any kind of deepness in her performance, however I also don;t think that the script helped matters. Clary seemed to go from clueless to I’ve only just found out about this world but I’m better and smarter than all other shadowhunters. Was a bit of an unrealistic jump, and not at all like the Clary in the book.

Jace – I really liked Dominic Sherwood as Jace and I’m really gutted the script writers didn’t put more of his sarcastic comments into this first season. It took a few episodes for Dominic to get the vaulnerable Jace perfect, but once he did he was Jace for me. He has got a lot of issues to deal with through the next series and I cannot wait to see a lot more vulnerable Jace.

Alec – Can we agree now that Matthew Daddario is HOT! He makes a perfect Alec, although it seemed like the directors where only interested in him once his romance story line picked up. I wanted more Alec, especially early on.

IzzyEmeraude Toubia was the perfect choice for Izzy and pulls off all her different moods perfectly! She goes through some great character development through this series and is pretty kick ass throughout. I really wish that we would have got more of her though, and especially more of her cooking!

Magnus – I hated the casting for Magnus in the movie, but Harry Shum Jr. is the PERFECT Magnus. He was literally born to play that part. He is totally believable as an immortal, flirty warlock! I love that he kept his sarcastic personality and I can’t wait to see more of him next season!

Simon – Another one I was worried about because Robert Sheehan was PERFECT in the movie but I was pleasently suprised by Alberto Rosende, he was a good choice. Plays the part well, especially with Simon’s new problems, and I’m interested to see how he does next season when things start to get even tougher for him.

THE RELATIONSHIPS

Jace & Alec (Parabati) – For me there wasn’t nearly enough Jace & Alec time. Their Parabati bond was mentioned a few times but not as much as I wanted. Hopefully when things sort themselves out a bit more in season 2 we will get more of them.

Jace, Alec & Izzy – This trio started off great together, but once Clary came into the picture it just shattered, which yes happens in the book but not this bad! There were definitely more times in the book when it was just the three of them and I would have LOVED some more family time with the three of them. Jace didn’t seem like the brother to them that he was in the book.

Jace & Clary – Things seemed to take ages to happen, and then once they did happen it all happened very quickly (like in one episode!) The actors had great chemistry together and it was believable, but when the ‘big announcement’ was made at the end I wasn’t int he same heartbroken was that I was in the book.

Clary & Simon – They definitely got this one right, it was just as awkward watching as it was reading in the books. Clary ruins it slightly (bad acting again) but Simon is the perfect mix of in love with her and tortured and it makes for a perfect ‘complicated friendship’

Alec & Magnus – Total change to their storyline which I was NOT happy about (random wedding anyone?!), but LOVED these two together. The chemistry was there, Magnus was the perfect amount of flirty, Alec the perfect amount of shy. They were just awesome. Can’t wait to see this one develop.

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THE SHADOWHUNTER WORLD

Ok, so lets start with why the hell are there so many Shadowhunters int he institute?! There are meant to not be enough of them, the institute is mean to be empty, and yet every episode there are tons of Shadowhunters just strolling round.

Also, did anyone else think it seemed a little too modern in there? Jace isn’t meant to know what eBay is, and yet they all have mobile phones and mass loads of computers etc. They are meant to be all about tradition etc, it doesn’t quite fit with the modern look of some parts of the institute.

Otherwise I really liked how they had adapted the world to TV. The various vampires, werewolves, faerie, demon etc were all great and totally looked believable (no glittering vampires or dodgy furry suits for the werewolves. The magic and the history of the world was explained well without taking over and things seem to very much make sense.

THE STORY

There were a few dodgy moments thrown in there but as a whole, in my opinion, the first season went ok. I think when us fans watch these types of adaptations we need to know that they are not going to be exactly like the book that we fell in love with, and accept that and move on.

There were some differences I wasn’t very happy about though, including a certain character getting engaged and a whole wedding episode that was necessary. There was also an episode with an ‘alternative world’ which was fun to watch but in the great scheme of things didn;t add anything to the story line.

One change that I was ok with though was Luke’s career. In the books he owns a bookstore but int he TV show he is a detective. wouldn’t say that I like him more as a cop, but it adds something new to the story which was interesting.

One thing that I do think made this first series suffer slightly was the small amount of episodes that it had. First seasons are always known for being short, but this one at just 13 episodes felt rushed at times as it tried to fit a 448 page book and the introduction of an entire world into it.
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THE SOUNDTRACK

I really liked the music featured in the show, it always matched so well with the action that was happening on screen. I like that they didn’t use chart music either and as such I have discovered some great new artists who I now follow.

Full Soundtrack Here

SO, THE BOOK OR THE TV SHOW?

No doubt about it, the book will always win. But the TV show has managed to do what the film didn’t and that is get it’s own fan base. There is a lot of hype about this series and it was very quickly signed for a second season. As for me, I really enjoyed it, as a separate thing to the books, and will definitely continue to watch it in future.

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What do you think of Shadowhunters? Did you like the changes they made? Did you ever watch the Mortal Instruments film? Which casting do you prefer?

Which is your favourite: book, film or tv show?

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Ten Things That Make My Inner Bookworm Happy

April 26, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 7

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Last week (IRL) was massively busy, which meant that blog life last week was pretty quiet. I still don’t feel like I’ve properly caught up with everything since I got back from my holiday 3 weeks ago, but we have a nice long bank holiday weekend coming up in the UK so I have big plans to get on top of stuff and also hopefully do some reading! (I am sooooo behind with my reading!)

Book Sniffing – I don’t know about you but I love sniffing my books! In the same way that people think listening to music whilst reading enhances the experience I feel the same about the way my book smells! I am still convinced that Hogwarts smells how my HP books smell!

Discovering a New Favourite Author – I love when I read a new book and absolutely fall in love with it, and then decided to read all that authors their books and love them all too.

Bookish Clothing – I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to bookish clothing and I have ended up with quite a lot (mostly HP!). My favourite time to wear bookish clothing is when I’m at work. I love how I look all professional, but I have a sneaky pair of Dobby socks on or I’m wearing my Quidditch tank top under my shirt. Hehe, always makes me a happy bookworm!

Fangirling with Fellow Bookworms – I love fangirling with new bookish friends. I got to meet up with some really cool people at YALC last year and we totally fangirled over the authors that were there that day. Bookworms are the best types of people!

Book Quotes – Anything I see that features a quote from a book on it, I immediately want it. Mugs, t-shirts, necklaces, posters, bookmarks, pillows literally ANYTHING! I love book quotes, and so seeing them on things in shops and the bookish love being shared to the world is the greatest!

Unappreciated books – I love it when I find an amazing new book that no one else I know has read. I will literally recommend it to EVERYONE and make them all read it, and then they will tell other people and so on and so on. You feel like you are helping TONS of new people discover this book.

Days with no Plans – My life can be pretty busy. I work Mon-Fri and I’m often helping my parents with housework, gardening, grocery shopping etc at the weekend, as well as visiting family members. Plus I’m blogging, doing a proofreading course and hanging out with my boyfriend and/or friends. I hardly ever get an entire day when I am completely free, so when these days come around and I know I can just sit and read an ENTIRE book (or more!) uninterrupted, it makes my bookworm heart very happy.

Matching Sets – So many authors are swapping there cover designs half way through the series nowadays, and as someone who likes all their covers to match it is mighty frustrating. So owning an entire series that matches is one of my favourite things.

Recommendations – I’ve always been a little nervous about recommending books to people. What if they don’t like it, and then what if they think I’m weird because I like it? Giving someone a book suggestion and then have them come back and tell me that they loved the book makes me so HAPPY! (and relived that the person doesn’t think I’m weird)

Bookworm Social Etiquette – It’s taken a while to teach, and doesn’t always work, but every so often I experience that special moment when someone walks into the room that I am reading in to talk to me or ask me to do something and instead of interrupting me they just wait for me to finish my page/chapter. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s BLISS.

Tidy Bookcase – I recently got a GIANT bookcase for my birthday and spent hours arranging all my books and swag on it. It gets a bit messy sometimes and so every so often I have a tidy and rearrange things and it probably sounds really geeky but I LOVE it! Walking into my room and seeing it there looking so pretty makes me super happy!

Have you read any of these books? Did these characters make you laugh too?

What’s on your list this week?

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Page to Screen: Allegiant

April 22, 2016 Page to Screen 0

Page to Screen

There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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So, first the facts:

Allegiant (the third and final book in the Divergent series) was published October 22nd 2013 (my birthday!!!). On it’s release day the book sold 500,000 copies worldwide and it’s pre-sales were beating Suzanne Collins ‘Mockingjay’ 5 to 1.
The film, of the same name, which covers the first half of the book was first released on March 20th 2016 and made over $29 million (in the US) in it’s opening weekend.
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You can check out my (non-spoiler) review of Allegiant here or my spoiler review here
Allegiant on Goodreads

Allegiant on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and the film.

CHARACTERS

Tris in this film let me down slightly. I want to be clear here and say that it was not Shailene Woodley’s acting. Instead it was the story that the writers/directors gave her. I didn’t like her storyline in this film, it wasn’t what I had expected or wanted. Also, they put her in the most ridiculous white outfits. For a character who I really love, her part in this film was a total let down.

I did however like Four. A discovery in the Bureau makes him question who he is, and the fact that Tris isn’t around much to help him deal with it puts a little strain on their relationship. Theo James played this broody and vulnerable Four perfectly, and although his storyline didn’t exactly follow that in the book I still really liked him.

Jeff Daniels is great as David, mostly because I found myself hating him right from the first moment we meet him! I found it annoying though that they made it so obvious that he was a bad guy, to everyone (the audience and all of the characters) except Tris, which just made her look like an idiot.

We finally got Uriah in the second film but they seemed to have forgotten that he is meant to be a big part of the final films too? In the books something major happens involving him and Four and it changes Four as a person. But it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen, and I’m a little frustrated about it.

Allegiant Character Profiles

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THE WORLD & FACTIONS

I was excited for the film and to see the world outside of Chicago. The “dead mans land” was just as creepy as I had imagined it (with raining blood too – kinda gross) but I have to admit that the Bureau wasn’t quite what I had expected. It just seemed a little too shiny and white.

THE STORY

I’m going to come right out and say it, I had no idea what was happening in this film. It really didn’t stick much to the story of the book. There were some good moments, but I think this film would probably be preferred by people who haven’t read the books so who don’t know the original story line.

The decision to split the final book into 2 films is not a new and has been done previously by both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games franchises and worked well because there was enough in the books to fill 2 films. In the case of Allegiant there really wasn’t enough for 2 films and therefore we end up with all these extra bits and changes in the storyline which there were no need for. It definitely would have been better if they had just stuck to the story and made one film. As it stands I have no idea what is going to happen in the next film.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

If I was judging this as a film not adapted from a book then I would say it was good. But as a lover of the series it’s just a little bit too different for me and there was a lot in there that didn’t need to be in there and just felt like it was filling time. I probably will still go and see the final film, but it’s not something that I’m massively excited about. For a film series that started great it has steadily lost its way and in my opinion moved less and less away from the amazing story that we all fell in love with.

No doubt, I’m choosing the book over the film!

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What did you think of the movie? Did you like the changes?

Was it better or worst then the book?

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Ten Books/Characters that Made Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So this weeks topic is actually meant to be ‘Top Te Books That Will Make You Laugh’ but I don’t really read that many ‘funny’ books. I’m more of a ‘books that will rip my heart to pieces and make me ugly cry’ type person. So I really didn’t think I would be able to do this topic.

But then I started looking through the books that I have read and realised that there are some books that I laughed at whilst reading, and some characters that made me laugh a lot too. So I’m focusing on them instead!

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Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist
The whole premise of this book is amusing, and as the main character is very much a Bridget Jones style character who is put in a very awkward position of having to give sex advice with no experience of having ever had sex.

Characters

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The Mortal Instruments
Jace gets a bit damaged and broody the further you get into this series, but at the very beginning (and during good moments through the rest of the series) he is cocky and sarcastic and just absolutely brilliant. His comments often made me laugh.

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The Winner’s Curse . The Winner’s Crime . The Winner’s Kiss
When we first meet him he is kind of scary looking and we are unsure if he is going to hurt our MC Arin. But then we get to know him, and his friendship with Arin turns into a bit of a bromance and he becomes halarious.

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TTT Laugh 3

Addicted to You . Addicted for Now . Addicted After All
I’m totally counting this as three! But I’ve put them together because it’s their bromance which makes me laugh the most. Especially the relationship between Ryke (a f*ck you, over protective, mountain climbing kind of guy) and Connor (the well educated, well dressed, well spoken guy) which at times is just hilarious.

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Cinder . Scarlett . Cress . Winter . Stars Above
Another character who is great with the cocky sarcastic one liners and who the Lunar Chronicles would have so much less without. He is the comedic relief throughout the entire series, and his friendship with Cinder and their back and forth banter kept me laughing through the entire thing.

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Emerge . Embrace . Entice . Endure
I really loved this series because of the really great group of characters created by S.E.Hall. But mostly I love it because of Sawyer and his man whoring but lovable ways. He made me laugh through out this entire series, and I especially loved seeing him as a parent in the final book and his totally hypocritical view on how his teenage daughter should not be wearing a bikini because then all the horny boys would be chasing her around the pool!

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Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie
She is blunt, sarcastic and doesn’t soften her words at all, but she is always there for Rosie and the majority of the time if the only one talking any sense! She made me laugh so much with her various emails and texts to Rosie in the book. I really loved Ruby in the movie adaptation of this book too, she was exactly who I wanted her to be and made me laugh so much!

Have you read any of these books? Did these characters make you laugh too?

What’s on your list this week?

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Sunday Funday: Harry Potter Bookish Buys

April 17, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

SPRING IS HERE! I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live, but here in my little bit of English countryside it’s not been the greatest, up until the past week when the sun has FINALLY come out! I planted some vegetables last weekend and I love waking up in the morning and seeing them all happy (Yes, I can feel my vegetables emotions. It’s my superpower) in the sunshine. Plus it makes me want to be outside so much more, which my dog loves because it means lots of walks for him!

Anyway, to my Sunday Funday post. I was hunting around the internet the other day for Harry Potter related goodies and came across a great store Mud In My Blood. Now, as I haven’t done a Harry Potter post in at least a month (ok, the past 2 weeks!) I thought I would share some of the awesome HP bits the store sells with you guys!

Candles!

  

Buy candles here
I love bookish inspired candles, and these ones are great because they are inspired by each character. I love the descriptions that come with them and would love to sniff each one! I’ve only included 3 in this post (yes, there is a Voldemort one!) but there are TONS of them on the site, literally for every character! There’s even a Dobby one!

Buttons!

 

Buy buttons here
Who doesn’t love a good set of buttons, and this site has so many! Buttons inspired by characters (“Weasley is Our King or “Potter Stinks” anyone?) or by house or just some of our favourite sayings (Nitwit, Blubber, Oddment, Tweak) and crests of the school and houses.

Quidditch Necklace!

 

Buy here
Ok, so how cool is this! It’s like an entire Quidditch Pitch on a necklace! I really really love this and is perfect for any Harry Potter fan!

Earrings!

 

Buy Time-Turner Earrings . Buy Golden Snitch Earrings
Ok, so firstly the Tim Turner earrings are simply gorgeous. And they each have a tiny little hourglass in them, how cute is that?! I really like the snitch earrings too and in fact I have the snitch necklace that these would go perfectly with!

What do you think of these? Do you own anything Harry Potter inspired?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Prescribing Books for Mental Health

April 15, 2016 Discussion 2

So I was meant to be posting a review today, but then one of my friends shared an article with me and it was something that I really wanted to talk about.

The article, which you can read here, spoke about how GPs (as well as counselors and school nurses) can now prescribe certain books to young people suffering with mental health issues. The ‘Reading Well for Young People’ campaign, launched by the Reading Agency is aimed at ages 13-18 year of which it is estimated that 1 in 10 suffer from some form of mental illness.

  

The list includes books like I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), Every Day (David Levithan), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Hadden) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky).

You can find the full list here.

“The list can be recommended by GPs but also you can explore it at your own pace, which I think is really good because if more people educate themselves and have better understanding of mental health generally, it will make a difference.”

One thing I really like about the list is that it’s not full of self-help or non fiction books although there are some great non fiction books included. But there is a whole pile of fiction in there too with books about characters going through things like depression, anxiety and identity issues.

  

Novels are not written to educate or impart advice and there will be a lot of young people who find it easier to read about a character going through the exact same thing as them with the emotional connection to them too.

Another great thing about this list is that it heavily features books which are YA. There are a lot of skeptics out there that consider YA to be a lesser subset of “real books”. But they could not be more wrong! YA is just as diverse, has just as many talented writers and is just as worthy of being recognised as any other non YA book and now it will be, and as something that can help young people.

“I think fiction, if anything, works better for young people – a lot of young adult books deal with things young people go through, and through relation to the characters, it can be a way of getting advice without being told [what to do],”

I’ve quite a few books with feature mental illness, especially over the past year, and I think one of my favorite has to be My Heart and Other Black Holes which deals with suicide and which I think would make a great addition to this list.

Mental illness is something very real that we will all come into contact with at some point in our lives (whether ourselves or through people we know and love) and I think it’s great that this campaign has been started to help people even more. I’m not saying that books are better than medication but I just think it’s a great additional way to support people.

“Books can be a safe space – it’s so much easier to talk about the characters in, say, The Perks of Being A Wallflower than to say ‘I’m depressed’.” (Juno Dawson) 

There have been so many times in the past that I have had a really bad day and I’m feeling particularly down about something, and without even thinking about it the first thing I do is pick up a book. Reading is like therapy to me. It calms me down, it lets me escape, but it also lets me see how blessed I am with my life when I read about people in worse off situations than I’m in. Plus I have learnt so much through reading.

So what do you think? Do you think the right book could help someone with a mental illness?

What do you think of the approved list? What would you add to it?

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To Re-Read or To Not Re-Read?

April 14, 2016 Discussion 4

Before I started Broc’s Bookcase my reading wasn’t massively diverse. I read a hell of a lot but it always seemed to be the same books over and over. My friends and family always used to question it and ask me did I not get bored repeating the same story. But for me re-reading these books was about reliving my favourite moments over and over, or discovering that one new little thing that you didn’t notice the time before.

Since starting my blog my reading has diversified both with new authors and new genres and I am so happy about it. I’m reading about new topics, I’m learning about new things and I’m experiencing new bookish feelings. I don’t regret starting my blog or diversifying my reading, but boy do I miss re-reading.

I’m not the most organised of bloggers, I think we all know that, so many of my blog posts etc end up being done the day before or even the day of being posted and sometimes I end up reading a book the night before a blog tour I have signed up for. I’ve tried to be better this year and not overwhelm myself with ARCs and blog tours, but still the mix of blogging, reading ARCs and reading books that I’ve bought, well that kind of takes up a lot of time.

To re-read a book or an entire series of books would take time away from the books that I am reading for my blog, so I barely do it anymore. Which is so sad because I really do love re-reading.

This month The Winner’s Kiss (final book in Marie Rutkoski’s Winners trilogy) was released and I have known for a while that I wanted to re-read the previous books before starting this new one. A lot happens in the first two books and I was scared that I would miss something important in the third book because I had forgotten some little detail from books 1 or 2.

So I planned it into my schedule when I was going to read them. Luckily I was going on holiday to Canada just before the final book was released so 24 hours worth of trains and planes meant that I had a decent amount of time to re-read the previous two books that I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to.

I am constantly seeing reviews from bloggers who are reading some of my favorite books or series for the first time and reading their reviews and hearing them getting so hyped up about them makes me want to reread the book and experience it all too. But that means that I have to plan it in advance so I can make sure I still have time to read the books I need to review on my blog/Netgalley.

I guess my post doesn’t really have a point this week other than to say how crazy it is the planning that I have to put into re-reading a series? I used to read the Harry Potter books on repeat over and over for months and the world didn’t fall apart, but if I was to do that now the I would have no books to write about on my blog.

There was this TV show I used to watch when I was younger and it had this boy in it who had found a magic watch which stopped time. I have often said that I would love a watch like this if only so I could have more time to get through all my reading!

If I had the chance I know exactly which books I would re-read first:
What I Didn’t Say, The Inheritance Cycle, Under the Never Sky trilogy, Harry Potter (yes, again!), the Gone series (re-read and complete!) and Percy Jackson and the Olympians (re-read and complete) … and that is just the start of my list!

So I guess my question is, do you re-read? And how easy do you find it to do whilst also reading new books for your blog?

Which book/series do you really want to re-read?

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Ten Books Every YA Skeptic Should Read

April 12, 2016 Uncategorized 18

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So, I don’t know about you but when I tell people that I review books online they get very excited, and then they ask which types of books I review and when I say “mostly young adult” I get an eye roll and they walk away. So often people think that YA is a lesser subset of “real books” and for my that could not be more wrong!

YA is just as diverse, has just as many talented writers and is just as worthy of being recognised as any other non YA book. Each of these books is a standout in its genre. Not just its YA genre, but its overarching genre. So here is my list, for the skeptics, which represent just how great this genre is…

The Dystopian/Fantasy Series

Winner's Trilogy

The care that went into this beautifully crafted trilogy is evident in every single page of all three books. Sure it’s got a young adult female heroine (just like a lot of YA) but Kestrel is something completely different. The intelligence of the characters but also of the story told in this trilogy is fascinating and it really shows the political side of war and it’s consequences in a way that no other YA book I’ve read ever has.
The Winners Curse . The Winners Crime . The Winners Kiss

mortal instruments

The amount of worldbuilding that went into this series is incredible and NO ONE can fault the world that Cassandra Clare has created, nor the story within it. This is only one of multiple series set in Clare’s Shadowhunter world, but it is my favourite which is why I’m mentioning it. The characters, the world and the story are incredible (and not to be judged by the film or TV programme!)
City of Bones . City of Ashes . City of Glass .
City of Fallen Angels . City of Lost Souls . City of Heavenly Fire

the hunger games

Skeptics may have seen the films advertised and judged, but as much as I loved the films the books (as always) are so much better. Katniss isn’t your usual heroine and for someone so young she is put through a hell of a lot and ends up coming out of it suffering from PTSD. This isn’t your usual ‘take on the bad guys and then live happily ever after’. This book deserves recognition.
The Hunger Games . Catching Fire . Mockingjay

Lunar Chronicles

I know what the Skeptics are thinking. ‘A fairytale retelling, it must be a teen/childs book’, but they would be oh so wrong. Once again the world building in this series is phenomenal and the entire thing deserves to be recognised as more than just a fairytale retelling, because it is so so much more than that.
Cinder . Scarlet . Cress . Winter . Fairest . Stars Above

The Ones With the Powerful Messages

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For a story that will change your life in ways you never thought a book could I give you If I Stay of the book that my boyfriend so nicely refers to as “the book with the girl who ends up in a coma and has to decide whether to live or die” (so eleoquently put). For me, this books message is about the power of love and family, and that sometimes the things that we think are the most important, and the choices we believe are the hardest to make … really aren’t. Gayle Forman is a master, and this book is so incredible that literally anyone of any age could relate to it, which is why deserves to be known as more than just another YA book.
If I Stay

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Suicide is sadly something that is becoming more and more common in our world today, and a new things that is rising within this is ‘suicide partners’. This book is so delicately written with such important themes that how anyone can judge it to be “just another YA book” is beyond me. This book, and others like it are SO important for all people to read (not just teens and young adults) because they carry such important messages and deserve so much more respect than they get at the moment.
My Heart and Other Black Holes

Honesty Cover

Seth King picks a not so easy but very relevant topic for the world today in this book. His message is honest and powerful and you get the feeling that his stories are written, not to change the world, but so that maybe it will make things better for even just one person. It’s books like this one that deserve peoples appreciation, because they are just as life changing as the no YA books out there.
Honesty

The Ones With the Epic Romances
(that also made us sob)

Just because a YA romance involves young people does not make it any less epic. Romeo and Juliet were only 16 year old yet their story has been told as one of the greatest love stories of all time, so why do YA romances get so little appreciation?!

fault in our stars

Probably one of the most recognised YA books of recent years and often referred to as ‘that book with the kids who have cancer and fall in love’ But it is SO MUCH MORE that a cancer book. Hazel and Gus taught us how to live in the moment, appreciate life and to keep going even after everything goes wrong. Plus it made us (and by us I mean millions of people!) cry, a hell of a lot, and for that reason it deserves your respect!
The Fault in our Stars

November 9

In the same style as the hugely popular One Day, this book features a romance that spans years whilst only actually featuring our MCs on one day a year. The romance is epic, and heartbreaking and just oh so satisfying. Colleen Hoover is the goddess of YA romance and her books are, in my opinion some of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read.
November 9

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If you are looking for an epic romance then Tillie Cole’s books are most definitely worth the visit and especially this one. Any skeptics out there who say that YA cannot produce a romance story that will both break and make your heart then I dare you to read this book and continue to say that! This book deserves every little bit of praise it has received so far, and mountains more beyond that!
A Thousand Boy Kisses

Have you read any of these books?

Which books are on your list this week?

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Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie Rutkoski

April 11, 2016 Book Review 1

Winners Kiss CoverThe Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski
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Publication Date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 496
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Winners Trilogy
Format/Source: ARC via NetGalley
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The Story
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Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
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The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
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As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them..
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My Thoughts

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to be released FOREVER and it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

So, what do I love about this book?

After the way Rutkoski ended The Winner’s Curse we were left absolutely desperate for the final book in this trilogy. I have always loved the way that she has weaved this story with all it’s different elements together and she really showed her talent in this final book which was full of the tension and the ‘almost’ moments which make this trilogy incredible.

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

For a character that has always been so confident and sure of herself we see a very different Kestrel in this book. She ended the previous book in a very unfortunate position and for the first time there is no one there to save her when she cannot save herself. I love Kestrel in this book, maybe even more than I have in previous books as although she is the same, there is also something different about her, a sort of vulnerability which made her so interesting to read.

“You will be lonely, but you’ll become strong.”

I have to be honesty, I spent the beginning of this book yelling at Arin through the pages to notice that something had gone wrong with Kestrel in the Empire. But he did have a lot going on trying to save his people an all so I’ll let him off. But one thing I wanted to mention that I absolutely loved about Arin in this book was his friendship with Roshar. He very quickly became a cruicial character in this trilogy and he added so much to every scene that he was in, including a great amount of comedy.

“Did you have to bring the tiger?”
“I kept him hungry during the journey here, just for you,” Roshar said. “Go give him a nice snuggle, won’t you? He’s come all this way to see you. The least you could do is give him one of your arms to eat. Too much? What about a hand? At least some fingers. Arin, where’s your hospitality?”

Throughout this entire series we have been super frustrated by the ache that is Kestrel and Arin’s relationship. I don’t know about you but I have yelled at these characters constantly to actually communicate truthfully with each other about their feelings rather then all the secrets and lies that came with trying to protect the other one.

I’m not going to give any spoilers but I have to say that I love the way that their relationship was taken in this final installment and that I still ached massively for the two of them through the entire book. It wasn’t an easy book for them and Rutkoski was still throwing obstacles in their way whilst also giving us glimmers of hope that things would work out for our favourite pair.

“Later, Kestrel wished she had spoken then, that no time had been lost. She wished that she’d had the courage that very moment to tell Arin what she’d finally known to be true: that she loved him with the whole of her heart.”

Kestrel and Arin really do make a fantastic pair and their dedication to each other along with their abililty to sacrifice so much for the other is what gives them their strength as a couple. But seperate both are extremely strong characters too and even when things get rough and all hope is lost they pull themselves through. Each of them is intelligent in their own way and I love how much they compliment each other both as partners in a war but also in life. It was an incredibly satisfactory resolution for them after three books and I couldn’t have chosen a better ending for them.

“Arin pulled her onto his lap. He held her shaking form, tucked his face into the crook of her cold neck as she sobbed against him. He murmured that he loved her more than he could say. He promised that he would always choose her first.”

The way that this book was written was truly a work of art. The structure, the alternative POVs, the flow of the story, the pacing … it all just worked. I’m not one to notice stylistic things or literary devices but it was obvious to even me how beautifully Rutkoski had crafted this book. The entire thing was a sensory experience with Rutkoski setting the scene carefully for us  so that we saw, heard, felt and smelt every single thing that she wrote.

I have loved reading this series and watching everything in it develop so beautifully under Rutkoski’s hand. She really does have an amazing talent and I can’t wait for more books by her to immerse myself in.

“Will you come with me?”
“Ah, Kestrel, that’s something you never need to ask.”

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Final Thoughts

It’s one of those bittersweet moments when you finish an incredible book series that ended fantastically and you can’t stop smiling because of it, and then you realise that you aren’t going to get any more of these characters and it makes you sad. (but in a good way!) Most definitely one of my favourite books of the year, but also one of my favourite series of all time.

Re-Readability: Most Definitely

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Fantasy series, forbidden romances, rebellions.

Rating Beyond Loved

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Have you read any of The Winners Trilogy? What did you think?

What are you most excited for in the final book?

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Ten (ok, maybe just six) bookish social media accounts you must like/follow/stalk immediately!

April 5, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So having just got back from the most amazing 2 weeks in Vancouver stupid me decided to come right back into work the day after I arrived home and have been suffering since with jet lag! I actually fell asleep on my desk today and got sent outside for a walk around the lake outside our building for some ‘fresh air and a wake up!’

But it is all worth it because Vancouver was amazing! I’ve got a bit of catching up to do this week with my blogging including reviews for an AMAZING book I read whilst over there and for the newest installment in the Divergent movie series: Allegiant.

But first it’s time for my TTT list, and this week is all about the best bookish accounts to follow on social media. I didn’t quite make it to ten, firstly because I ran out of time in my lunch hour to write this post but also because I really did just pick the creme de la creme of social media accounts I follow!

YouTube

TTT Social About to Read

I don’t really follow that many people on YouTube as it’s not something I spend a massive amount of time on, but in saying that I always make sure to check out the About To Read account because she always gives great recommendations!

Twitter

TTT Social Paper Fury

I LOVE Cait @ Paper Fury. I follow her on every platform I can, but I especially love following her on Twitter when she is writing (which she does quite a bit) because her updates are always hilarious and she always gives little snippets of her WIP which are always amazing.

TTT Social Maureen Johnson

I feel horrible to have to say this but I’ve never read any of her books, but I stalk her religiously on Twitter because she is fabulous and makes me laugh so much. I really should read one of her books one day!

Instagram

TTT Social Lost in Lit

I love co-ordinated bookish photos and Lost in Lits are always fabulous!

TTT Social Abi's Cupboard

With images like this one do I even need to explain why I love this instagram account?! Her photos are adorable and totally creative and unique.

Facebook

TTT Social Aestas

Aestas has a MASSIVE following on facebook, and there is a good reason for it…she is awesome! She is always posting updates on bookish sales, new releases, reading book nooks and bookworm problems. One account I love following!

Have you read any of these books?

Which books are on your list this week?

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I’m on holiday…and kinda forgot to blog!

March 30, 2016 Blogging 6

So I had this great plan before I came on my holiday to Vancouver that I would write a load of blog posts and schedule them for whilst I was away. Which worked for the first week I was here, and then I forgot to do the second week worth of posts!

So I just wanted to say a quick halloooo, and let you know that I am still around and apologise for the lack of posts this week!

I am totally still reading though and in fact literally just finished The Winner’s Kiss, which was incredible. Tried to write a quick review for it just now before I go out for the day, but it’s not really a book that you can just write a quick review for, the book deserves so much more!

But there will be a review soon, a very fan-girly one because this book was incredible!

For now, I am off to explore Vancouver a little more with the few days here I’ve got left.

Sadly I will be back in England on Sunday and back in work on Monday (booooooo!) so everything should return to normal for next week!

I hope you all had amazing Easter weekends, can’t wait to tell you all about mine!

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Sunday Funday: Egg-streme Easter Fun #4

March 27, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

Sunday Funday Easter

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I hope you all have an awesome Easter Sunday and get totally full up on chocolate eggs!

If your looking for something to do then check out these Easter Egg Hunt Ideas and this Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, sure to make you day full of fun!

Also, if you haven’t already seen them, check out my previous Easter themed Sunday Funday posts for this year:
Egg-streme Easter Fun #1
Egg-streme Easter Fun #2
Egg-streme Easter Fun #3

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If you’ve been around Broc’s Bookcase during Easter then you will have probably seen my Easter posts from previous years. But here are the links incase you missed out…
Easter Eggstravaganza #1
Easter Eggstravaganza #2
Easter Eggstravaganza #3
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #1
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #2
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #3

Also, don’t forget to check out my Easter board on Pinterest which is full of so much more Easter inspired food, crafts, eggs etc.

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Happy Easter and have an egg-cellent weekend!

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Sorry, You Asked WHY You Need the Illustrated Harry Potter Book in Your Life?!!!

March 25, 2016 Book Review 4

Story by J.K.Rowling . Illustrated by Jim Kay

So I was going to so a full on review for this book, but then I realised that I already have right here. Word-wise this book is no different from the original Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. From the ‘Yer a Wizard Harry’ to the game of life size wizards chess!

But then when you look at the rest of the book (not including the words) there is of course one giant difference … it’s illustrated! (and beautifully done too!)

I was trying to think back to the last illustrated book I read and I honesty can’t remember what it was. I’m going to take a guess that I was probably around age 8, and I was totally obsessed with Percy the Park Keeper at the time. Now, no offence to Nick Butterworth, but he’s got nothing on Jim Kay’s beautiful illustrations in this book.

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The entire book really is a work of art (so much that I always wash my hands before picking it up! I’m a nerd like that!) and I would love to have every single illustration within it in a frame on my wall at home. Some of my absolute favourite images include Platform 9 3/4, Hogwarts and the Mirror of Erised. There is also a totally creepy image of Voldemort’s eye peeking out from the back of Quirrell’s head as he unwraps his turban.

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And that’s just the full page/double page spread images. There are also tons of mini illustrations within the written pages that the story is told on. They make such great additions to the pages and it’s really cute to have owls etc flying through the pages.

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So does it add anything to the story? Hells yes! Sure, I’ll admit that the way that Jim Kay has illustrated Harry & Hogwarts is not exactly how I imagined it, but it most definitely didn’t ruin the story for me.

Instead it adds extra layers of magic to an already magical book and gives us fans another beautiful book to add to our collections.

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If you haven’t already, I would definitely recommend you getting yourself a copy of this book, and whilst you are at it, pre-order yourself a copy of the illustrated version of HP & the Chamber of Secrets too!

Buy Links

Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone Illustrated
Buy UK . Buy US

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated
Pre-Order UK . Pre-Order US

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Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Us bookworms read so many books and it’s often hard to keep up with all the ones that we love because they are very quickly replaced by the new books that we love. Here’s some books that I read a little while ago and feel like need a little bit more love, both from me and the rest of the bookish world!

  

Eragon (And the entire Inheritance Cycle) – I have been meaning to reread this entire series for quite a while. I really need to review this series on Broc’s Bookcase and show everyone just how amazing it is and why more people should read it.

What I Didn’t Say – This was the first book that I reviewed on my blog and it is still one of my favourite. Yet I can’t remember the last time I read it, or talked about it. So I’m sharing the love right now. Everyone needs to read this book!

Unbreakable – Another one that I read quite a while ago and can’t believe I haven’t talked about since. This book was amazing! Totally heartbreaking at points, but amazing.

  

Under the Never Sky – This trilogy was amazing. The world-building especially had to be one of my favourite things about it.

Fading – This trilogy was incredible. It’s not easy reading, there are some pretty heartbreaking moments, but it is incredible and more people need to know about it.

Addicted to You – Initially I was worried about this series, a sex addict? How could that make a good story. But it was amazing, as was the rest of the series.

  

Eden – A mix of Terminator and the Walking Dead, this series was amazing. I literally the entire trilogy in the space of about 4 days. Totally addictive.

The Perfect Game – Another trilogy that I devoured in the space of a few days. I never see anyone talking about this series, more people need to read it!!!

Across the Universe – I don’t think I’ve talked about this book since I first read and reviewed it, which is stupid because this entire trilogy is amazing!

Have you read any of these books?

Which books are on your list this week?

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Blog Tour: Walk the Edge – Katie McGarry

March 21, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

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Walk the Edge – Katie McGarry
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Publication Date: March 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Series: Thunder Road
Genre: YA Romance
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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

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My Thoughts

I loved the first book in this series and had been keeping an eye out for ages for the announcement of her second book. I was desperate to get my hands on  copy of her book as soon as possible, and once I did I devoured it in one sitting. If you haven’t read any of this series then I would definitely recommend you start with Nowhere But Here, the first book. This one can be read as a standalone but it is much better when it comes after book1.

So, why do I love this book?

1) I love MC (motorcycle club) bookish. I’ve read a couple of MC series now and love them all in their own way as they are all totally different. I have found this seres so far to be the tamer of all the series I have read. This club doesn’t dabbble in the normal illegal things my other MC books do: drugs, guns etc. They are totally legit (although they will push the rules if need be) and so there is nothing too graphic in these books. So if you are interested, but scared because you think an MC book is going to be all sex, drugs and shooting guns then you should definitely read this series first, because you are bound to love it.

“I’m searching for magic – not the Christmas morning type, but the type of magic that can be found by being courageous, being the girl who takes chances, being the girl who will dance. I want to be the girl who is seen.”

2) I connected to Breanna in this book a lot quicker then I connected to Emily in the first book. I don’t know why but I just seemed to love her from page 1. She’s got a pretty crappy school situation (being bullied for being the super smart one) and rubbish home situation (number 5 of 9 kids, she has to pick up the slack whilst her parents are at work and either gets bullied or ignored by her family) and she has no romantic life. She really isn’t happy at the start of the book, and even though a tons more crap happens to her during, it was nice to see her grow as a character and figure out her place int he world and not be ashamed of it or who she was.

“I promise I’ll take care of you,” he whispers. “You’re safe with me.”

3) Oh Razor! I think I loved him just as much as I love Oz in book 1. He is troubled by a dark past and a secret he knows he isn’t being told which eats away at him and as such threatens every relationship he has, more so his family at the Reign of Terror. Razor has MASSIVE trust problems in this book as he fights to work out what is being kept from him. Another hard exterior, soft interior kind of guy he is so broken in this book that I loved watching his story unfold and watching him develop in this book.

“…as I attempt to release her, she squeezes my hand and offers a shy smile. Something within me shifts. No, I don’t get nervous, but Brenna transports me to all sorts of new places. It’s not her physical proximity getting to me, it’s the fact that she makes me feel.”

4) YA Romance is McGarry’s thing, and once again she proved her talent with this book. I really liked that McGarry added the strain of being with a club member into this book and that Breanna didn’t just jump into club life. She had spent her whole life being told how dangerous they are and so is hesitant at times about what a relationship with Razor would mean. But the romance in this book was spot on and Breanna and Razor became exactly what each other needed to help them develop, and also made for some very sweet and swoony scenes as well as some totally heartbreaking ones.

“This is heartbreaking and consuming and addictive. It’s terrifying and peaceful, crazy and serene. It’s a million things in one brief moment and it’s something I don’t understand and never want to live without.”

5) One thing I really love about MC stories is that feeling of family. It’s not all about blood relations, it’s a brotherhood built on trust, loyalty and respect. That trust in this book isn’t as strong for Razor but he still has a deep love for his brothers in arms and his family. Also, just incase you were wondering we do get some Oz & Emily time in this book. Oz is there through practically the entire thing with the rest of our favourite brothers, but Emily does make an appearance, and a memorable one at that.

“The boy everyone sees but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.”

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Final Thoughts

A spectacular sequel for this addictive series. Kate McGarry has shown her talent once again and I cannot wait for more books in this series.

Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Romance, MC stories, The Hades Hangmen Series (Tillie Cole), close families.

Rating Beyond Loved

Have you read any Katie McGarry before? Interested in this one?

Ever read any other MC themed books?

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Sunday Funday: Egg-streme Easter Fun #3

March 20, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

Sunday Funday Easter

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Only 1 more week until Easter…yippeee! An entire weekend of eating chocolate awaits! I am currently spending my first full day in Vancouver, Canada with my big sister. I’m here for a whole 2 weeks!

Firstly, if you haven’t already seen them, check out my previous Easter themed Sunday Funday posts for this year:
Egg-streme Easter Fun #1
Egg-streme Easter Fun #2

Now, Chocolate eggs are a big part of Easter eating, but there are so many other treats you can make too! Here are some of my favourites…

Instructions here
I love Rice Krispie cakes, they are the perfect Easter treat and so simple to make. If you’re not a fan of marshmallows you can always swap them for some melted white chocolate (or you can use milk/dark chocolate and make a ‘nest’ instead with the eggs placed in it).

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Instructions here
A fan of cookie dough? These are super yummy and are perfect for beginner bakers. Just make the dough balls and then cover in icing, simple! The only way you can go wrong with these is if you forget all about them and leave them in the oven for hours and burn them (this is why alarms were invented!

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Instructions here
I am a massive fan of rocky road, and so what could be better than Easter themed Rocky Road! It’s such a simple thing to make too, you really can’t go wrong with it! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover Easter Eggs (not that anyone ever has any left over Easter eggs!)

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Instructions here
And finally, how about some Creme Egg Fudge?! My family always make fudge at Easter time and it probably only lasts about a day before we have eaten it all! This recipe is a great way to use up Creme Eggs and Mini eggs in a totally yummy way.

If you’ve been around Broc’s Bookcase during Easter then you will have probably seen my Easter posts from previous years. But here are the links incase you missed out…
Easter Eggstravaganza #1
Easter Eggstravaganza #2
Easter Eggstravaganza #3
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #1
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #2
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #3

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Do you make special treats at Easter? What do you think of these?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Of Course I Want Read a Book that Will Rip My Heart to Shreds and Make Me Ugly Cry Like a 5 Year old

March 18, 2016 Discussion 4

There is nothing I love more than a book that will bring on the ugly tears. You know the kind, the ones that you can’t stop (and don’t even try to because you know it’s futile) from pouring from your eyes and soaking your face, clothes and most probably your book too!


(Don’t you just want to give him a hug?)

My non-bookish friends always find it really strange that I like books that make me cry. They are always asking me questions like:

“Why do you want a book that is going to upset you? Isn’t reading meant to be fun?”

Well yes…but also no.

Reading is meant to be enjoyable, but that doesn’t meant that you should spend the entire time you are reading with a massive grin on your face.


(I love a good Arnie smile!)

Books are meant to MAKE YOU FEEL something. Books give you characters and a story  to invest your self in and that you will route for. A book is meant to make you smile, laugh, snort and swoon but it’s also meant to make you frustrated, angry, devastated and heartbroken, because all of these things mean that you are FEELING something. And that is what reading is all about.

(I couldn’t NOT include this gif in my post. I love this scene in Mean Girls!)

I’m not really into humor novels, I don’t read crime or erotica or science fiction. But what I do love to read are books with characters who are broken in some way. Characters who find themselves in the worst place possible (whether literally, physically or mentally) and have to find the strength to pull themselves out.

Characters who are grieving the death of a family/friend, characters with illness’ or disabilities, characters who have been attached or abused, characters who are dealing with the repercussions of a bad childhood, characters who have lost the person they love whether through death or a break up.

All of these things sound pretty depressing, and none of them sound like they are going to make an enjoyable story. But you would be wrong, because these are the characters who are going to make you feel the most.

These are the characters that you will cry with and you will route for and when things go wrong for them you will be angry for them and throw your book across the room (and then cry because you hurt your book).

You will stick with these characters right until the end, through anything. And if the worst should happened and they don’t make it to the end of the book then you will ugly cry and sob and grieve for this character you loved so so much. But you will also be inspired by the incredible life that that character lived and the strength they showed through the dark times and you will leave the book with this deep sense of acceptance because you realise that this is how life goes sometimes.

Or you could read a book with a happily ever after. Your character survives, or they get back together with their love or they simply find their way out of the darkness that they started in and you are left feeling thankful for how beautiful life can be and inspired to do more with your own.

All of these you could feel in just 300 pages.

I read a similar post by Cait @ Paper Fury a little while ago and had to quote her in my post because she really does perfect it with the following statement…
“can we take a second to point out that A COUPLE OF DEAD TREES GLUED TOGETHER WITH BLACK AND WHITE SCRIBBLES ON THEM ARE GIVING US FEELINGS???? Because that’s amazing. And really weird, when put that way…”

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So, on a final note I want to say  BIG THANKS to all the amazing authors who have torn my heart to pieces, made me ugly cry in public, caused mascara streaks down my face, made me suffer through book hangovers and basically just caused me to be heartbroken and beautifully inspired over and over again.

“So if people ever look down upon you for crying for fictional characters, you should give them a gentle pitying look and feel bad for them. If they’ve never cried for a character, then they’ve never loved one (and what a joy that is). If they’ve never cried a a book, a movie, a piece of music, then they’ve missed one of the great please life has to offer. Just because fiction does not contain things that are real doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain truth, and we find truth through the alchemy of our tears” – Cassandra Clare

So thank you! Because you made me feel, and I love you all for it!

Special mention here to: Tillie Cole, Colleen Hoover, E.K.BlairMalorie Blackman, Gayle Forman and Seth King

Do you like books that make you cry?

What was your favourite book that made you cry? Whats the most awkward place you have been caught crying because of a book?

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Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’Grady

March 16, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

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Publication Date: March 10th 2016
Publisher: Carina UK
Series: The Copeland Ranch Trilogy
Genre: NA Romance
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Is it time for a second chance at love?

When Lily left her home town – and the love of her life Wade – 8 years ago to start her acting career she had big plans to make her dream a reality. However, a few dead end jobs and one dead end relationship later she is back to make a fresh start with the only good thing to come out it all – her unborn baby.

Lily soon realises however that the heart wants what the heart wants, and hers clearly still wanted Wade Copeland! Can they overcome the hurt and pain of the past to allow themselves a future?

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My Thoughts

It took my a while to get into this book, like a whole 65%. But once I did it became the story that I had hoped all along that it would be.

I really struggled to like Lily at first. She just said and did really stupid things. I felt like I started to like her after she had gotten her life together, but whilst everything was a bit of a mess I didn’t really have any sympathy for her, nor did I massively like her.

Wade was a good love interest, but I never felt like I totally connected with him. He just seemed to keep changing his mind about things. “I like you” “I don’t like you” “I like you again” “You’re prgnant so I must now turn into super protective man who doesn’t want to be your friend” “I’m totally ignoring your baby bump and now I love you.” Ahhh!!!!

I was really hopeful for a second chance romance (they are my favourite kind) but there didn’t really seem to be all that much of the past to make it feel much like a second chance romance.  The relationship didn’t seem to develop, one minute they were friends and the next they were playing house. It just all felt a little disjointed.

I had big hopes for this book and sadly it didn’t quite achieve them all, but it was still a nice storyline. Everything just felt a little rushed, especially the ending. It seemed to just end and I feel like some more pages would have really made the difference with this book.

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Final Thoughts

The storyline was a really nice idea and I bet if you read it as part of the trilogy it is great to see the same characters back again. It’s an easy read and not too deep so perfect if you are looking for something not too heavy to read.

Re-Readability: Probably Not

I would recommend this book to fans of: NA Romance, second chance romance, pregnant characters, books set int he countryside, books set in small town

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The Author

8119512Kristina O’Grady has always loved telling a good story. She took up writing at a young age and spent many hours – when she should have been doing her math homework – scribbling romance stories in a book she hid in her sock drawer. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Western Canada and loves reminiscing by writing about cowboys and their horses.

In 2000 Kristina met her own knight in shining armour/ cowboy who swept her off her feet and across the world to New Zealand, where she now lives on a sheep and beef farm with her amazingly supportive husband, three gorgeous young kids, seven working dogs and one very needy cat.

All for You is her fifth book.

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Have you read any of the Copeland Ranch trilogy?

What’s your favourite second chance romance?

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Ten Books I Really Hope to Read this Spring

March 15, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 14

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I had a bit of a book slump last month. The same thing happened to me around the same time last year, and it totally knocked me off course with my reading for the rest of the year. This year I decided to try something different and as soon as I went into book slump mode I switch my reading to non-fiction.

I think reading something that wasn’t so heavy was the best thing for me to be reading whilst feeling slumpy, and I managed to get through with my reading unscathed! So, to cut a long story short…I am on a massive reading high right now and cannot wait to read the following books…

  

Lady Midnight
So I’m actually reading this one at the moment, but had to mention it because it was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, let alone for Spring this year.

Walk the Edge (Release 29th March)
The second book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series I have been so excited for this book! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and have big plans to sit and do nothing for the rest of the week so I can read it non stop!

The Winners Kiss (Release 29th March)
Ok, so my absolute most anticipated read of this year! I am SO EXCITED for this book and I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER for it to be released. I adored the first two books in this fantastic trilogy and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy ends.

  

The Glittering Court (Released 5th April)
I have read some really great reviews for this book and it sounds like the start of an amazing series. I love the storyline and the world-building sounds like it will be incredible. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

Flawed (Released 5th April)
I’ve absolutely loved the previous Cecelia Ahern books I’ve read, so when I heard she was doing her first ever YA book I knew I needed to read it. Super excited for the release of this one!

Wild Swans (Released 3rd May)
I was sent an ARC of this one and just couldn’t resist it once I read the description. Plus, the cover is so pretty

  

Night Speed (Released 3rd May)
I really like the sound of this one, it reminds me of the film Limitless a little bit, but more fast paced and with super-powered teens. I want this book now.

The Last Time We Were Us (Released 10th May)
I really really like the sound of this one. It sounds like a cross between a second chance romance/friendship and a healing romance, both of which are my favourite types of romances!

It Wasn’t Always Like This (Released 17th May)
OMG I LOVE THIS STORY! I haven’t even read it yet, but boy do I want it baaaaaaaaad! The whole ‘live forever but forced apart’ storyline just kills me every time I see/read it (does anyone else remember the film Hancock? I don’t think I was meant to cry in that film, but wow was it heartbreaking!)

 

The Sin Eaters Daughter & The Sleeping Prince

So The Sin Easters Daughter one has been out of a while now, but since the second book (The Sleeping Prince) is being released on May 31st I really want to read the first one so I’m ready for it. I have heard such amazing things about it, I’m excited to fangirl with the rest of you guys!

I’m so excited for Spring reading! Are you planning on reading any of these books too?

Which books are on your list this week?

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Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

March 14, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie ColeA Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
Published on: March 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 316
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

My Thoughts
If you are looking for Tillie Cole biker boys or hot football players, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a Tillie Cole story which makes your heart sore and then be shredded into pieces all within 300(ish) pages…then you are in the right place!

So, why do I love this book?

So firstly, I am a massive fan of second chance romances. So even before I knew the characters I was really excited for this story. The book begins with us seeing Rune & Poppy first meet when they are 5 years old, and then we get to see them again at 15 before they are separated when Rune goes back to Norway. I loved seeing these two as young children and seeing how their bond grew over the years, Seeing them at this younger age meant that everything that comes later is so much more believable because you have seen how their friendship and their love for ever other grew.

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Sunday Funday: Egg-streme Easter Fun #2

March 13, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

Sunday Funday Easter

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So this time next week I will be chilling in Canada with my big sister and I am so so excited. But before then I’ve got 4 days left in work, lots of packing to do and of course my latest Sunday Funday post.

There is only 2 weeks until Easter, so I will be carrying on with the Easter themes Sunday Funday following on from last weeks Egg-streme Easter Fun #1 in which I showed you some really great (inexpensive and easy to make) Easter gifts.I really love doing these because it’s something a little different to my usual bookish posts and I really love showing off my love for crafts and baking too, which there will be a lot of during the next few weeks. But for this week we are all about the Easter cards!

Just like with last weeks gifts, Easter cards do not need to be expensive or flashy. Card shops can be so expensive and I am always put off when in them by the same generic messages in the cards. I want something more personal, which is why I always prefer to make my own.

I love this card, it’s so cute with the little bunny tail but is also so easy to make. Make sure you pick a spring coloured background to stick ont he front of your card, and then cute a bunny shape out of a white piece of paper/card (you can find templates here) and stick this white piece of paper/card on top of your coloured one. Then a small ball of cotton wool and a little bit of glue and hey presto, you’ve got yourself a bunny card!

Just like with the card above all you need to make this card perfect is some coloured paper and a bunny template. You could even put your coloured paper through the printer and print the template on it to make it even easier to print out. And just look at how cute it could look! Who wouldn’t love a card like this?!

A non-bunny related car, this one is a great way to use up all those odd buttons you’ve got hanging around the house! I would advise drawing the stem & leaves on first, and then sticking the button on top. Super simple but doesn’t it look great?!

Another super simple but great looking card and all you need is some strips of paper and glue. No one can go wrong when sticking paper on paper, I promise you! This card could be used to make tons of Easter related shapes for example a bunny, chick, flower, just to name a few.

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If you’ve been around Broc’s Bookcase before during Easter then you will have probably seen my Easter posts from previous years. But here are the links incase you missed out…
Easter Eggstravaganza #1
Easter Eggstravaganza #2
Easter Eggstravaganza #3
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #1
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #2
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #3

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Do you give cards at Easter? Do you make them yourself? What do you think of these?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Stars Above” – Marissa Meyer

March 9, 2016 Book Review 0

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Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Feiwell & Friends
Pages: 369
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA Dystopian
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The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess.
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

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My Thoughts

WARNING! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series then I would very much recommend that you not read this review (yes, that’s right. I am actively turning people away from my blog!) Although there will be no spoilers for I cannot promise that through my review I wont say something that may be a little bit spoilery for one of the previous books. Feel free to check out my earlier reviews though (all links above) and let me entice you towards this incredible series.

The Keeper

“I have a thought.
Both men glanced at her.
“What about…Cinder?”

It was nice to properly get to meet Michelle Benoit in this story as we’ve only seen glimpses of her before. I really liked her, she’s an extremely brave and loyal character as well and unquestionably kind. She takes in Cinder, no questions asked, and even though she spends the next few years in fear for her life she never regrets her decision. I really liked the small glimpse we were shown into Michelle’s trip to Luna and how it was back before Levana’s rule from someone else’s POV other than that we got in Fairest. It was entertaining to see that Scarlet didn’t change as she grew up, she was just as stubborn as a teen as she is when we first meet her in her book.

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Glitches

“If only she could show to Adri, and even to Garan, that she wasn’t a useless addition to their family after all. That she was grateful they’d taken her in when no one else would. That she wanted to belong to them.”

The birth of Iko, or at least Iko and Cinder. I found this story a little sad, as Cinder is introduced to her new family but is still just as alone as ever. I don’t feel like Garan dealt with the situation very well. He basically just abandoned Cinder with his wife and kids and then went and hid in his shed. Although I don’t think even if he was nicer about it that it would have made a difference to Adri, she really was cruel right from the start. It was interesting to see Cinder at the start of her new life, all confused and unable to move her new body parts correctly. It shows how much she grew in the years before we first meet her in Cinder and becomes a confident and skilled young woman.

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The Queens Army

“Please,” he said, wrapping his arms around her waist. He knew how strong he was. If he held on tight enough, they could never force him to let go. He clamped his eyes shut as the first hot tears slipped out. “Please don’t let them-“

Oh my, this one was heartbreaking. We’ve seen Levana’s army in action and we’ve heard bits and pieces about Wolf’s time in training, but never before have we seen or heard about the beginning of his career as a soldier in Levana’s army. And as I said before, it was heartbreaking and I think it only made me love Wolf even more.

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Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky

“The school forwarded your status reports this morning,” he said, pausing for dramatic effect before adding, “They are not up to standards.”
“That’s unfortunate,” Carswell said. “I’m sure I almost tried this time.”

Hahaha, I love teenage Thorne! Just as sarcastic and sneaky as adult Thorne. I love that everyone always underestimates him but secretively he is so so smart finding new and inventive ways to make himself more money so he can get away from his parents and one step closer to his beloved Rampion. I would have loved for teenage Cinder and teenage Thorne to have met each other, it would have been hilarious to read.

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After Sunshine Passes By

“I’m … to live here?” she squeaked. “Alone?”

Poor naive Cress. She is so smart when it comes to computers but so naive when it comes to the real world and people manipulating her. It was sad to see how she ended up trapped in the satellite, but I like thinking forward to her book and how she wont take any sh*t from her Mistress or Levana anymore. I love Cress, she may be tiny and shy but she is also totally kick ass.

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The Princess and the Guard

“It has to be this way,” said Winter. “I will accept this side effect. I will accept any amount of monsters my mind wants to give me, but I will not become a monster myself.”

I always found Winter a little strange. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her, but she was a little harder to connect to due to her craziness. So it was really nice to see her before all the craziness took hold. It was also totally heartbreaking to see the exact reasons why she stopped using her gift, and the horrible things she had to go through (I hate Levana) whilst fighting against using her gift. I loved this little addition to Winter’s story and definitely made me love her more. Also, seeing Jacin as a younger person and seeing exactly what he sacrificed for Winter, it was slightly swoony. I was always a little ‘eh’ about him, but after reading that, I love him so much more!

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The Little Android

“Then, so suddenly she almost missed it, space opened up before her. Black and expansive and endless and filled with more stars than she could ever drink in. More stars than she could ever compute. It was so much better than a holograph.”

I don’t really know what to say about this one other than it’s a really cute little story, and we get to see the kindness of Cinder once again.

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The Mechanic

“That mechanic was going to change everything.”

I really loved this story and loved seeing Kai’s first impressions of Cinder when he first met her. I love how awkward the two of them are, both trying to hid their interest from the other (and Cinder also trying to hide her missing foot). I loved this scene from Cinders POV but even more from Kai’s. You can tell that they are just meant to be together! Plus the irony of Kai thinking that Cinder is going to help him to save everything by fixing his android. If only he knew then…

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Something Old, Something New

“Kai?”
He grunted in response.
“I love you.”
A sleepy smile curved across his mouth. “I love you too.”

So I was kind of hoping that the wedding was going to be between a certain two people, but it wasn’t, and although initially I was kinda disappointed about this, I actually really liked the way this story played out. It was really nice to see the gang reunite years after the end of Winter and now all more settled in their ‘happily ever afters’. The relationships between all the characters have only grown stronger, and especially loved that Cinder and Thorne’s banter was still there. There were some really cute moments in this one, like when all the boys decorate the house in wedding attire and Scarlet’s “something old, something new” story.

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Final Thoughts

This book is an amazing addition to the series. Each story brings something different and gives us the chance to see each of our characters before they join in the main story of the series. If I could I would always wish for more stories from this incredible group of characters, but if this is the way it had to end then I’m good with that too.

Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!

My Rating: Loved (a new favourite)

I would recommend this book to fans of: Retellings, futuristic worlds, YA dystopians, rebellions
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Have you read any of The Lunar Chroncicles?

Who is your favourite character from the entire series? Which was your favourite book from the series?

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Characters that I Didn’t Like, But Apparently People Love (they’re wrong!)

March 8, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 6

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

There are some characters which I just … URGH. And there are some (very strange) people who actually like these characters that I URGH! (How dare they!)

TTT Dislike 1Red Queen . Glass Sword
I read in a review the other day that someone ‘ships’ Maven and Mare. Seriously?!!! What is this madness?!

TTT Dislike 2Firsts
In all the reviews for this book I’ve read so far everyone was all about the sympathy for Mercedes. (crazy people!) For me she made WAY too many bad choices, I just couldn’t connect with her. I think I tolerated her more than I liked her.

TTT Dislike 3Never Always Sometimes
Oh no, she annoyed me and anyone who liked her is totally bonkers! She basically played Dave the entire time. Not worth my love, but apparently worth the love of many people who write reviews on Goodreads! (you are all WRONG!)

TTT Dislike 4What You Left Behind
This is probably the only one on today’s list that I feel bad about as they were put in a totally impossible position (teenage pregnancy, pregnant teen gets cancer, baby is born, teen mum dies, teen dad has to raise baby all by himself. You know the story, right?!). But I didn’t agree with the way either of them dealt with it, nor any of their choices and all the reviews I’ve read are all full of love and sympathy for this couple and I’m screaming at my PC screen like “They don’t deserve your love!!!”

TTT Dislike 5The Young Elites
Adelina … (grrrr) … the reason I am missing out on a Marie Lu book (because I don;t want to read a book with her in it. I’ve read reviews in which people compared her to Katniss and Tris and label her as another YA heroine. ARE YOU CRAZY?! She is totally crazy and evil! We should not be liking her!!!

TTT Dislike 6It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured
Tillie is beautifully talented at writing damaged characters that we can’t help but love, but I really haven’t found any love for Cain yet. Tillie fans are all over the swooning for this dark and damaged man, but I’m not feeling it. Being a psychopath is not sexy, sorry guys! Maybe with the release of the next book which is from his POV will turn me, but for right now I just don’t.

TTT Dislike 7Riders
Ok, so I may have only read the first 30% of this book, but still I would have expected to have liked the MC by now. I found him frustrating, annoying and stupid. People actually liked this guy? He becomes one of the four horsemen and treats the whole thing like it’s a joke! … Maybe I should read the rest of the book?

I’ve ran out of characters to dislike!

Who made your list this week and why?

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Cover Stories: Black & White Covers

March 7, 2016 Cover Stories 0

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People always say: “You should never judge a book by it’s cover.” But here on Cover Stories, that is exactly what I do.

It’s no secret that I have a MASSIVE love for book covers. Some are so beautiful they are like works of art, but sometimes it’s the most simple ones that are the best. I don’t have many black and white book covers on my shelf, but the ones that I do have are gorgeous.

Check them out for yourself…

Fading Covers

Fading . Freeing . Falling
These have got to be some of my absolute favourite covers of all time. The stories within are raw and honest and that shows on the covers. I really like that the faces aren’t visible as I feel like they would only distract. Instead it’s just naked bodies in what we would see as distressed poses. As I said, the stories are raw and these covers are fabulous at showing that.

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Twilight Covers

Twilight . New Moon . Eclipse . Breaking Dawn
Black and white with a hint of red, totally appropriate since the books are all about vampires and they love blood. It’s never been clear why Meyer chose these specific symbols for her covers and they make not make sense to many of us, but you can’t deny that they look good.

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Noughts and Crosses Covers

Noughts and Crosses . Knife Edge . Checkmate . Double Cross
One of my favourite books series and the first ever YA book I ever read (and also the first YA book that tore me apart emotionally!). This series is all about race, and so it is only appropriate that the covers are black and white. I like how the lines between them are bold, there is no blending between colours, there is only black and white, much like in the books.

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Hush Hush Covers

Hush hush . Crescendo . Silence . Finale
I really like the human figures on these covers. They aren’t silhouettes but they are strong and bold, just like the characters within. Just like with the Twilight covers there is a hint of red in these covers and I especially love the coloured feather on the Crescendo cover.

Do you have any black and white covers on your bookshelves? Which is your favourite black and white cover?

Have you read any of these books that I’ve mentioned?

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Sunday Funday: Egg-streme Easter Fun #1

March 6, 2016 Sunday Funday 1

Sunday Funday Easter

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

Firstly, Happy Mothers Day to all the fabulous mothers out there! My sister has gone on holiday today so we celebrated with our mum yesterday but I hope everyone shares the love today and there are lots of mums feeling super spoilt. The whole weekend got me thinking about my favourite mothers in literature (Mrs Weasley, obviously!), who are your favourite?

So, it’s officially 3 weeks until Easter, which means it’s time for my annual Sunday Funday Easter inspired posts in the run up to the big day. I really love doing these because it’s something a little different to my usual bookish posts and I really love showing off my love for crafts and baking too, which there will be a lot of during the next few weeks.

Now, I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE Easter (any holiday that involves chocolate is a winner in my book!). Me and my family usually give each other little gifts at Easter and I always homemake mine because buying them can be SO expensive and also, it’s a lot more personal to make little gifts.

They don’t have to be flashy or expensive, sometimes it’s the simplest things which look the best and mean the most. Check out some of my favourites that I have found recently and will definitely be creating for my family this year…

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How cute are these Easter Bunny Treat Jars from Heidi at Happiness is Homemade? And they are seriously easy to make. All you need is a jar, an Easter shaped sticker and some paint, it’s impossible to mess up! Then just buy some Easter treats and fill it up and voila, an impressive (but totally cheap and easy) gift for your friends and family.

If you liked these you should also check out these really cute Glitter Easter Jars by Crazy Little Projects.

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Another totally simple and cheap gift to make is the Easter Bird Box by Zoe at Paper Is Bliss. Just choose your paper and use the template on her page to cute out your own bird box, then fill it with with some mini Easter eggs and tie shut with a bow. Easy and cheap but will have everyone you gift singing your praises for this cute little boxes.

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Got a friend/family member who doesn’t like/can’t eat chocolate? Well there is no need to miss them out with these really cool Easter bath bombs by Sara at Bitz and Giggles. They take a tiny bit more effort than the previous two gifts I’ve posted, but they are still so much cheaper than buying and you can personalise them to smell like your friend/family members favourite smell!

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If you’ve been around Broc’s Bookcase during Easter then you will have probably seen my Easter posts from previous years. But here are the links incase you missed out…
Easter Eggstravaganza #1
Easter Eggstravaganza #2
Easter Eggstravaganza #3
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #1
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #2
All You Need Is Love…And Chocolate Eggs #3

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Do you give gifts at Easter? Do you make them yourself? What do you think of these?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Glass Sword” – Victoria Aveyard

March 4, 2016 Book Review 2

Glass Sword CoverRed Queen – Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Red Queen
Pages: 444
Format/Source: Physical (Own)
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The Story(From Goodreads)

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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My Thoughts

After finishing the first book in this series my very first thought was “Thank goodness I waited so long to read ths book that I can just start the second book straight away!” Upon finishing this book my thoughts were not so happy and were ore of a “WHHHHHHHHHY?! Why must I wait SO LONG for the next one?! I NEED it NOOOOOOOOW!”

Yeah, it was that good.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

Like every young heroine thrust into a rebellion things change dramatically. Katniss got PTSD, Tris went a little crazy and decided to sacrifice herself for anyone and anything, Mare meanwhile…she went a little dark, but after everything she has been through you can hardly blame her.

Mare is one of those characters who takes the worries of the entire world and puts them on her shoulders. Everything she does, no matter how morally right or wrong, is for her main goal of protecting herself and those like her. And reading from her point of view you can see how she justifies this, but as a third party you can also see how sometimes she doesn’t see the whole picture and may take things a little too far.

She damages a few of her friendships/relationships in this book, but after the betrayal of Red Queen you can hardly blame her trust issues. I wouldn’t say that I’m worried about Mare going full on bad, because I think by the end of this book she had learnt her lesson, I’m just hoping she manages to repair the friendships quickly, because I really do love some of the relationships in this series.

“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”

I felt so bad for Cal in this book. He is very much in the middle of the Silver’s and Red’s and no longer has a place where he belongs. The Silver’s hunt him down for his supposed traitorous act against the kingdom and the Red’s don’t want or like him because he is Silver, a Royal and therefore had a hand in sending Red’s off to war.

He ends up with Mare’s small group of rebels, but he struggles with tying himself to them and being known as a fellow rebel.  He sticks with them because he wants revenge on his brother and they give him the best chance of getting that, but he doesn’t want to be associated with a rebellion, knowing that nothing good could ever come from it.

So yeah, I felt bad for him, he had a hell of a lot to deal with in this book: betrayal, loss, banishment, constantly fighting for his life. I really hope that he finds his place in the next book.

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”

There were some subtle romance in this book but not anything worth talking about. It really does take a back seat in the face of all the rebellion type stuff. You can definitely see the potential for a romance there, but at the moment it very much feels like a Katniss & Peeta “comforting friendship”. But I have big hopes that these two characters will eventually realise that they love each other and get together.

“I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze.

I really liked discovering the ‘newborns’ as they are named in this book. There were some really cool powers/abilities that turned up, but I was a little sad that they didn’t get more time in the spotlight. They were there for the action, but otherwise just seemed to be in the background. But then I guess that we are reading from Mare’s POV and as she is distancing herself from everyone that we aren’t really going to see all that much of them.

“Kneel or bleed.”

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Final Thoughts

It was maybe a little slow to start off with but by the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat, and that ending was just so gooooood! I heard that this is actually going to be a 4 part series and not a trilogy, which has me slightly worried as I don’t know if there is enough stuff left to fill another two books unless Aveyard introduces something big to the story. Even so, I am desperate to get my hands on the next book!

Re-Readability: Most definitely!

I would recommend this book to fans of: dystopian, fantasy, characters with powers, rebellions, strong female characters

Rating Loved it.5


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Have you read Red Queen and/or Glass Sword?

What would be your chosen ability?

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A World Book Day Bookish Love Story

March 3, 2016 Discussion 2

Firstly I must say a very Happy World Book Day to you all! Anyday that promotes the wonderful things that are books is ok by me.

I used to love WBD as a kid in school. Me and my sisters would plan for weeks what we wanted to go dressed up as and I always put so much effort into my costume (have always been a craft nut!). But my favourite part of WBD had to be in the afternoon when each teacher would chose a book to read and all the students in the school had to pick which story they wanted to go and listen to.

It was in 2000 that my friends dragged me along to Mrs Turners classroom and I first discovered my love of Harry Potter as I listened to her read me this fantastic tale of a young wizard who goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (plus she did a REALLY good Dobby voice!).

I was most definitely a book nerd as a kid, and I remember whizzing through the official school reading books in primary school so fast that I ended up reading books that were 3/4 years above my class. It got to the point when I would have to pick older books from the school library because the school had ran out of official reading books for me to read!

Books and reading have always been there for me no matter what. High school wasn’t always easy for me (like a lot of other people, I guess) and I loved immersing myself into these totally different worlds and following characters on these epic adventures. It allowed me to escape my own ‘not so happy world’ for a while and for that I will always be grateful to books.

I have also found through books that I have learnt so much new stuff, and not just from non-fiction books, but from fiction ones too. In books we meet characters with different jobs, skills and who live in different places. It’s quite surprising how many little details I’ve picked up on in the past and my family are always amused when I share some random fact with them that I have discovered through reading a fiction book.

Books have also taught me lots of life lessons through the years, some harder than others. Books taught me that being smart is not something I should be ashamed of (thanks Hermione), they taught me that sometimes friendships can fall apart and that people can betray you. Books taught me to be loyal, they taught me that sometimes grown ups get it wrong too. Books taught me that sometimes things happen and you have no control over it, they taught me that it was ok to fail. Books taught me about strength (and all the different kinds) and they taught me that I wasn’t alone.

Nearly 3 years ago I took the plunge and started a book review blog and it has got to be one of the scariest but best things I have ever done. It has opened me up to an even bigger world of books that I never knew about. I used to buy my typical ‘teen girl’ books at my local Waterstones bookstore. Now I’m buying self published books, I reading ebooks I’ve bought from amazon or got from Netgalley, I’m getting sent ARCs, I’m winning books in giveaways.

I’ve learnt so much more about the world of authors and publishers and the process that goes into producing a book and I was lucky enough to get to spend an entire day at the Hachette UK offices in London.

Books have been in my life since day one and I know for a fact that they will be in my life for many many years to come. Sure my reading tastes have changed over the years, and I have no doubt they will again. But one thing that I hope never changes is that excitement of opening a new book, that bookish smell, the ability to escape to a completely different world, the tears on the pages, the laughter caused by words, the magic, the inspiration and the emotional instability that comes with finishing a book you have adored.

Happy World Book Day everyone!

Here’s to another fabulous year of bookish love

What is your bookish story?

Why do you love reading?

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Books You Should Read if You are in the Mood for a Healing Romance

March 1, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 2

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I love romance stories that involve one or both of the characters going through some kind of healing. Whether they are damaged because of a past relationship or a childhood event, somehow being with this new person makes everything better for them and allows them to heal.

I got a bit over excited this week and tried to keep my list to just ten, but it didn’t happen! I could have mentioned so many more, but her are my absolute favourites …

Tillie Cole

Sweet Series Tillie Cole

Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
This has to be one of my most favorite series ever and it is sue to the beautiful damaged characters and healing romances that they feature. Child abuse, eating disorders, gang life, orphaned and homeless characters this series really had the ultimate in damaged characters and the most heartbreaking but healing romances of all.

Hangmen Series Tillie Cole

It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured
The series (so far) features 3 young women who escape a religious cult and find sanctuary with a biker group. Each of the women is drawn to one of the Hangmen bikers and together they deal with their demons. A little bit more of a dark romance, but still totally beautiful and of course a healing romance too.

Scarred Souls Series Tillie Cole

Raze . Reap
Probably Tillie’s darker romances which feature (so far) two big and very dangerous but totally damaged men who have been forced into a life full of darkness and pain. They meet their significant others and a whole lot of healing romance takes place. Love these two books and can’t wait for the next to be released in August.

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Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits Series Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits . Dare You To . Crash Into You . Take Me On
Katie McGarry has this ability to take two totally damaged young people and shove them together then write the most beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking romances of all. I really like how different each story is although they share the same themes of family, whether is be family death, abandonment by family or just plain old bad relationships with family.

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Sarina Bowen

Ivy Years Series Sarina Bowen

The Year We Fell Down . The Year We Hid Away . The Shameless Hour
I didn’t include all of the books in this series because I didn’t necessarily feel like they were all healing romances, although they were all amazing and you should definitely read them all! The most healing of the romances had to be in The Year We Fell Down which features Corey who is trying to recover from an ice hockey accident that has left her in a wheelchair, who falls for Adam, another ice hockey player with a broken leg!

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E.K.Blair

Fading Series E.K.Blair

Fading . Freeing . Falling
I love these books so much. They focus on three main characters Cadance, Jace and Ryan and all three stories take place around the same time and are all affected by an attack that Cadance suffers. If you are looking for damaged characters then these are them and although totally heartbreaking, all three stories are totally inspiring and all feature a beautiful healing romance that will fill your tummy with butterflies.

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Colleen Hoover

Hopeless Colleen Hoover

Hopeless . Losing Hope
CoHo totally killed me with these two books and the tragic story they contain. Sky and Holders story is heartbreaking at times and beautiful at others. I don’t want to say anything more and spoil it, but if you want a romance that heals then these two books are a must!

Ugly Love Cover

Ugly Love
More CoHo because quite frankly she is amazing and this book contains one of the sexiest damaged characters I’ve ever met, although it isn’t all that obvious at first just how damaged they are. I also have to mention that this book is being made into a film, so you need to read it soon and be ready for the movie!

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Keary Taylor

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What I Didn’t Say
The first book I ever reviewed and it still hold such a special place in my heart. Jake is a normal teenage boy, with normal dreams and crushes all until a car accident leaves him without the ability to speak ever again. Then comes along Samantha, a character with her own troubles to deal with but who takes the time to show Jake that he is more than just his voice and there is still so much he has to live for. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Do you like healing romances as much as me? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

What did you chose for this weeks topic?

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Monthly Review – February 2016

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Image of the Month

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So my doggy had an operation this month, and although it wasn’t anything massively serious, he is getting older and so the op totally took it out of him. This picture is from the day he came home and was so wiped out he literally just lay in front of the fire and slept all day and night, which was scary but reminded me just how much I love him. Thankfully he has recovered really well and is back to his mischievous self.

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) I went to see Lord of the Flies – I bought tickets for me and my boyfriend for Christmas and although I haven’t read the book (the shame) I have heard amazing things about the play. It was an incredible performance, full of flames and massively emotional at points. I really do need to read the book!

2) I started swimming challenge – I mentioned this last month, but I signed up for a swimming challenge in which I have to swim 22 miles between 22nd Feb – 22nd May. I just started last week and I’m up to 74/1416 lengths.

3) I went away for the Weekend – My first anniversary with my boyfriend was this month and I booked a really nice hotel in the countryside for a totally chilled weekend away. I can’t believe we have actually been together for an entire year, it has gone so fast, but I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for us. (sorry for the cheesiness!)

4) My dog had an operation  – As mentioned above my dog had an operation this month. Luckily it went really well and he is nearly fully recovered and most definitely back to his naughty self.

5) I read Non Fiction! – I For those of you who frequent Broc’s Bookcase you will notice that I don’t really wander far from the genres that I am used to. Well this year I decided that I was going step out of my comfort zone and I actually read some Non-Fiction books and I liked them!

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Song of the Month

I love this song and have been singing it none stop all month. Plus the music video is totally cute, so much love for Ellie Goulding!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Winter 15/16 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 6

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 Honesty (Seth King) – This has to be one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and probably one of the most heartbreaking stories. Seth King is becoming a favourite of mine and I see myself reading a lot more of him in the future.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts – Such a fun and book. The facts were interesting and the drawings unique. Big recommendations for this one.

Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) – I can’t believe it took me so long to get round to it reading this book, but I’m glad I finally did because it’s an amazing start to what promises to be an incredible series.

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Fav Quote this month

“There’s nothing wrong with chandeliers” – Honesty (Seth King)

To anyone who has read this book, they will know the power behind this quote. To anyone who hasn’t, it’s about accepting that which or who you love without shame or guilt of it or them not being ‘right’.

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Most Pop Review

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Never Never Part 3 Review
I always love seeing past reviews that are still getting a lot of love months after I have posted them. This book was incredible and deserves every bit of attention it gets.

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Most Pop post this month

My Favourite Swoonworthy Moments in Books – I decided to go all romance for Valentines week and chose some of my absolute favorite romantic moments in books. It was hard to keep from writing down hundreds of them!

What?! I Missed Another Book Release? – I am terrible at keeping up with the books I want to read and their release dates! In this post I basically moaned about my struggles … and asked for some help on how to be better!

Historical Events I Would LOVE to Read About in Books – I don’t really read any historical fiction so I was worried I wouldn’t think of anything for this TTT topic, but then I realised that there are a lot of periods in history that I find fascinating, so maybe I’m just reading the wrong types of historical fiction.

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4 posts I bookmarked

Why Do We Read Painful Books? – I LOVE books that make me cry, and I find that a totally normal thing, but there are a lot of people who don’t understand why I want to read a book if I know it’s going to make me a sobbing mess. Next time I get asked why I will be producing Cait’s list, because it is perfect and so so true!

Free Ecourses | Blueprints, Brands, Business & Pinterest – I really enjoy blogging and I am always looking for ways to be better and get my blog ‘out there’ a bit more. I really appriciated this list, put together by Nellie and Co which can help me to do that at a lower cost. (Check back soon for my thoughts on these courses!)

Life Lessons From Gayle Forman – This month A Perfection Called Books put together this great post in which they share what they have learnt about life through Gayle Forman quotes. I am a massive Forman fan and so loved seeing some of my favourite quotes as life lessons.

Reading Guilt – Readers in Wonderland does a great job of summing up reading guilt in this post whether it be from reading as a form of procrastination from something more important, or feeling guilty for not reading when you feel you should be. I found a lot of truth in this post as there are so many times I have felt the same way.

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to Canada!!! – My sister has been living in Vancouver, Canada now for nearly 2 years and I am FINALLY going out there to see her. We have big plans to see the Rockies as well as just catching up and I am SUPER excited!

2) Easter  – I love chocolate, so Easter has to be on of my favourite holidays. I’ve been really good recently trying not to eat too much chocolate but once Easter weekend arrives I am going BIG!

3) Books!  There are some amazing books being released in March including The Winner’s Kiss... you don’t know how excited I am for this book! Also, Tillie Cole’s newest book A Thousand Boy Kisses, this one sounds different from some of her more recent work so I am intrigued to read this one and find out what it’s all about.

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How was February for you? Did you read anything romance-y for Valentines Day? 

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Sunday Funday: Bookends!

February 28, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weekend I am celebrating my 1 year anniversary with the boyfriend, which is quite a big deal for both of us because neither of us have celebrated a 1 year anniversary before. After a totally stressful week in work I am so excited to spend the weekend in a little hotel in the countryside being totally lazy! Which meant that (wait for it) I actually wrote this post in advance and scheduled it! (get ready to start seeing pigs flying past your window!)

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This weeks Sunday Funday involved bookends, lots and lots of beautiful ones! I may have found a pair of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows bookends about a week ago and then got a bit over excited and went crazy for about 2 hours searching the internet for lots more! So here are some of my favourites with the places you can buy them from…


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Since I mentioned them already, these are the HP ones that I originally found and fell in love with. How cool would these look on your book shelf! I want them!!!

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There have been so many Pirate books released already this year, why not keep them all together on your shelf with these totally cool Pirate ship bookends!

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Want to show off your bookish love in style, then grab yourself some of these Bibliophile bookends! They would love great on any book lovers shelves.

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For those of you with ultra organised book shelves these Indice bookends would be PERFECT! I don’t think I am organised enough for these!

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And finally, for those of you looking for something simple, whats more simple then BOOK-END bookends?!!! I love these and would totally buy them for my shelves!

Do you own any bookends? What do yours look like?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

February 26, 2016 Book Review 2

Red Queen CoverRed Queen – Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 383
Format/Source: Physical (Own)
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The Story

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

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My Thoughts

This is a book that I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on last year and as soon as it was released it was in my hands. Then I put it on my bookshelf and totally forgot all about it until recently when I heard about the second book being released and remembered I hadn’t read the first! And now that I have I can’t believe I waited so long!

This is EXACTLY my type of book! Dystopian world, people with powers, love between people of different…in this case blood types I guess and a whole big rebellion/war type thing going on. Plus, how gorgeous is that cover!

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.”

Our MC comes in the form of Mare, a red girl from the Stilts (basically the worst place to live) and life is pretty rubbish with her three brothers all sent off to fight the Silver war and her own conscription date fast approaching. A show of kindness leads Mare to a job in the Silver Palace where it doesn’t take long for her totally unexpected powerful abilities to appear.

I really liked Mare, right from the start. She was tough and very very loyal to those she cares about and would literally risk or sacrifice anything for them. I loved watching her character develop into something different as she spent more time with the Silvers and saw the horrors of their world from a different POV and discovered that there was more going on then she knew about.

She starts the book as a feisty girl, unhappy with the way the world is run, but without the confidence to do anything about it. However as she sees more behind the scenes she sees exactly how bad the system is and from that gains the motivation and confidence to do something about it.

“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”

I know from the various reviews I have read for this book there is a lot of ‘Team Prince Maven’ vs ‘Team Prince Cal’ going on. I will happily state right now that I am Team Cal all the way and have been from the moment we met him in this book!

Heir to the Throne and a general with his own soldiers to command Cal has a lot resting on his young shoulders. He is fierce and fire-y (you get it? because he has fire power!) but there is also a soft and kind side to him which he shows to Mare on multiple occasions helping her out of some not so great situations purely for the fact that he wants to help her. Maven was someone who I quite liked at the beginning and then slowly grew more suspicious of throughout the book. For me he was just a bit too perfect at times that it didn’t seem real so I don’t think I ever fully trusted him throughout this book.

“Words can lie. See beyond them.”

Another thing I’ve read about in other peoples reviews of this book is the ‘love triangle/square’. Now sure, Mare has friendships/relationships with 3 guys and she gets close to those guys and some of them are interested in something more, but apart from 1 time when she actually physically shows signs of liking someone (by kissing them) she doesn’t show any actual romantic feeling for any of them! So in my head, the love triangle in non-existent and so if it is something that would potentially keep you from reading this book then don’t, because it’s nothing to worry about!

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.

I have to say that the world building in this book was fantastic and I loved seeing the differences between the red and silver worlds. There are some great histories/traditions written into the story which just makes the world seem even more real. The story flowed really well and had a great mix of action and emotion with some great twists along the way. Aveyard ends the book on a high after an excellent last few chapters which made me desperate to read more. Lucky for me, I had the next book waiting on my bookshelf at home!

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

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Final Thoughts

Such a great start to what is going to be a superb series. I can’t wait to see more of Aveyards world in the second book and see the further development of the characters and their relationships with each other.

Re-Readability: Most definitely!

I would recommend this book to fans of: dystopian, fantasy, characters with powers, rebellions, strong female characters

Rating Beyond Loved
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Have you read Red Queen?

What would be your chosen ability?

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I Read Non-Fiction… and I Liked it!

February 25, 2016 Book Review 4

So as I mentioned in this weeks TTT post, I really don’t read around much. I know what I like (YA, NA, Fantasy, Dystopian) and I stick with it. Mostly out of fear I guess, because the few times I have venture away from my typical genres it hasn’t gone so well.

But this year when deciding on my challenges I decided to throw a ‘Non Fiction’ one in there to read 12 Non Fiction books this year.

I’ve found in the past that non fiction books can, at times, be a little more expensive then the usual books that I read. So I have been looking on Netgalley at the Non Fiction on there and have found some really good ones which I have really enjoyed reading. (I’m sure they must have thought that someone must have hacked my account when I started requesting non fiction after 2 years of only requesting YA!)

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

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Release Date: 29th March 2016
Goodreads . Pre-Order UK . Pre-Order US

This is the perfect little book for an animal lover, or just anyone who loves amazing their friends and family with their knowledge of random facts! I, myself, have already amazed my sister with some fascinating facts about polar bears actually being black and bees never sleeping!

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I haven’t read an illustrated book since I was in school but I loved the illustrations in this one. Such a unique style of drawing, Säfström managed to show off the animals personalities with just a pencil.

A gem of a book, I highly recommend the paper version though, as the eBook was a little hard to read and be able to fully appreciate the illustrations.

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Simple Calligraphy: The Beginners Guide to Elegant Lettering

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Release Date: 19th April 2016
Goodreads . Pre-Order UK . Pre-Order US

I have always found calligraphy to be such a beautiful and useful skill to have and so when I saw this book I immediately wanted it with hopes that by the end of it I would be writing super beautiful calligraphy everywhere. Well I’m not going to lie to you, unfortunately you wont be a brilliant calligraphist after reading this book, but you will know how to do what you are meant to be doing (even if, like me, you still can’t do it!)

The book is divided into various sections for the various things you will be wanting to write such as small letters, capitals, numerals, flourishes etc. It gives loads of information on the tools and materials you need to be using, plus some great ideas for the type of things you can create with your new (or non-existent in my case) calligraphy skills.

Just like with the animal facts book I would definitely recommend you getting this one as a paper book, as the eBook was slightly hard to use when looking at the images. Even so, I feel like this book gave me a great basic knowledge of what I’m meant to be doing and after some (a lot!) of practice I should be able to write something half decent.

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Frientimacy

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Release Date: 22nd March 2016
Goodreads . Pre-Order UK . Pre-Order US

I don’t know about you but I often have moments when I feel a little insecure about the friendships in my life. I can go and meet up with some of my friends and have a catch up and a really great time, and then sat on the train home I seem to analyse the evening and how my friends reacted to me or the things that I said or did. Maybe it’s just me?

I went into this book not really knowing what I was expecting from it or what I wanted from it. If anything I feel like it made me feel even more insecure about my friendships! There were a lot of rating questions for example, on a scale of 1-10 how satisfied are you with your current level of frientimacy? I’ve never rated my friendships before and it wasn’t something I found easy to do here, plus what even is ‘Frientimacy’?! I read most of the book and still have no idea what this word really means!

On reflection I don’t think this book is for me. With chapter titles like ‘Owning Our Intimacy Gaps’, ‘The Frientimacy Triangle’ and ‘Identifying Frientimacy Imbalance’ it seemed a bit , I don’t know the right word… cheesy (?) patronising (?) at times. Nelson talks about how she sits with her friends and they go round the circle and each say something they like about their friendship group and something more they want from their friendship group. I think if I suggested that to my friends they would all laugh.

A lot of people will find this useful, no doubt about that, but for me I think I’ll stick to weekly cocktail catch ups with the girls, as they seem to be working out fine for me so far!

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So, Non-Fiction…

So far I’m really liking what I’ve read. I think I’m better with the books that I actually learn facts or a skill from rather than the discussion books like Frientimacy which I found a lot harder to follow and much of the information a little useless. I’ve started to look round at some more books to try out which no-doubt I will be telling you all about soon!

Do you read much Non-Fiction?

What sort of non-fiction books do you like reading?

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Books I Enjoyed that Were Out of My Comfort Zone

February 23, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 2

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I realised at the end of last year that I am really stuck in my reading genres. I don’t go out of my comfort zone very often, and when I have I have found that I don’t always enjoy what I am reading. Maybe I’m not choosing the right books? Or maybe I go into it not feeling great about the book so cause myself to not enjoy it?

This year I decided I would be better and have actually been reading quite a bit of non-fiction which is something I usually hate but have been enjoying (more on that in another post). But when I tried to look back on books I’ve read in the past that were out of my comfort zone I really struggled to get ten! So here are six…

The Sister Pact Review
I don’t really read much on suicide, I find it a pretty hard topic to connect with and I don’t know why but I just do. But I decided to give this book a go and was surprised that I actually quite enjoyed it.

Naked Review
This book featured prostitution which is not a topic that I would usually choose to read about. It had some eh moments, but as a whole I did enjoy it.

Inside Game of Thrones Review
I read non-fiction! Not only was this book beautiful but featured some really interesting facts about the TV show Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed reading about it.

Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie
I read this one over a year ago now, but still love how much this one surpised me. It wasn’t the genre that was different with this one, but it was totally written as correspondence. Which gave me a couple of frustrated moments, but as a whole I loved!

Say Her Name Review
I don’t do horror, like ever. I am such a wimp I get freaked out so easily. But last Halloween I decided to bite the bullet and read something scary. And I was surprised that I did quite like it (even thought I refused to leave my bed for fear of being killed by Bloody Mary for like 2 weeks!)

A Little Something Different Review
Like with Love, Rosie this book wasn’t a new genre to me, but a new way of writing. The story was told from 13 different perspectives (none of them being the MC) and although there were some frustrating moments when I just wanted to know what the MC’s were thinking, I did enjoy this different way of storytelling.

Did you struggle with this week as much as me? What type of genres are out of your comfort zone?

What do you think of the songs I’ve mentioned above?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Silhouette Lamp

February 21, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This week has been really good. My boss was off on holiday all week so work was a lot less stressful without him stressing out about various things next to me. I went out for some yummy food on Wednesday, got some new books delivered and spent Saturday in my dads bar saying goodbye to one of the best members of staff he has ever had who is moving to Australia. Today I’m out for a meal for my boyfriends mums birthday and in typical boy style he totally forgot to get her a birthday present! Lucky for him I am the BEST girlfriend ever and got her a present and handmade her a card, so disaster averted!

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Anyways, to the Sunday Funday!

So I happen to be searching around the internet a few weeks ago for ways to make my reading space a bit more bookish but without having to spent ridiculous amounts of money on stuff and I came across this…

A Silhouette Reading Lamp by Chica and Jo

How cute does this look? And it’s super simple to make!

All you need is a lamp, which you can get for SUPER cheap at car boot sales or charity shops or if you feel like splurging then you can get yourself one new, which still wont cost you that much!

Then you pick your silhouette, print it, cut it out and stick and VOILA! You have yourself a silhouette lamp!

For full instructions check out the original post here.

It got me thinking, which silhouette I would want in my lamp, and came up with some awesome bookish ideas below to get you inspired…

Hogwarts

Mortal Instruments Runes

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What silhouette would you put in your lamp?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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WHAT?! I missed another book release?!!!

February 19, 2016 Discussion 6

(Warning! I got a little over excited with GIFs!)

Don’t you hate it when you find out a book that you have wanted to read for AGES has been released and you totally forgot about it?!

Well it just happened to me … again!

Another book that had been on my TBR for ages and I was so excited to read for months and months and then … I totally forgot about it!

This happens to me a lot with series because the gap in between book releases is normally around a year (which is total torture if it is an amazing series) so that is a lot of time to have remember the next book release. Especially since I will probably be starting like another hundred series (slight exaggeration!) in that time. As much as I try to make myself remember, a lot of the time it just doesn’t happen.

This always makes me feel like a failure of a fan though. How can I love the series if I can’t even remember the next book! I am super scared of forgetting the release of The Winners Kiss (Marie Rutkoski) at the moment. The release date isn’t for like another month, but I am on Goodreads nearly every day, just checking in case I got it wrong!

This also happens to me a lot with standalones, which was the case this time (how could I forget about Passenger?!!). I spend a lot of time browsing Goodreads for books I want to read, many of which are future releases, and put a whole load of them on my TBR (this is not helping with my challenge of culling my TBR down to 300 books!).

So they are on my TBR, all ready for me to read … and then I forget about them! And then months later I start seeing reviews for them on peoples blogs and I’m like:

WHAT?! I FORGOT IT! BUT I WANTED TO READ THAT BOOK IMMEDIATELY!

So how to stop this? How to make sure I NEVER forget about a book release EVER AGAIN?!!!

I’ve tried a few methods before including putting them on my calender and a reminder app on my phone. But I always find that they ping up at the worst time, and then by the time I am near a computer or have the time to actually buy the book I’ve forgotten about it all over again!

I read this post from Cait at Paper Fury about the things she would change about Goodreads if she ruled the world (she is just waiting on her dragon to appear). One of the things she said would be alerts for books that are on your TBR on or just before the release date.

That would be useful, but then at the same time I have A LOT of books on my TBR which I am probably never going to read and just added because it looked nice (this is the reason for my needing to cull) and so would it get annoying getting tons of notifications from Goodreads for books I actually don’t want to read?

Basically I think I just need to be more organised (story of my life) and find a way of remembering and stick to it! And then I can have more happy moments when I actually remember a book and get to buy it on the day it’s released an not months later!

So my question is: how do you make sure you never miss a book release?

Have you ever forgot a book release for a book you REALLY wanted to read?

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Review “Honesty” – Seth King

February 18, 2016 Book Review 0

Honesty CoverHonesty – Seth King
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Publisher: Self Published
Genre: NA Romance
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The Story

In it’s most basic form this book is about the story of a first love and all the pain that comes with it when it involves two people of the same sex. The struggles, the shame, the ignorance and fear that comes with wanting to love someone whom society dictates you should not be in love with.

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My Thoughts

I read this book nearly two weeks ago but it has taken me so long to be able to put pen to paper (or more like fingers to keyboard) and explain how incredible this book is.

“What’s braver than honesty.”

Once again Seth picks a not so easy but very relevant topic for the world today. His message is honest and powerful and you get the feeling that his stories are written, not to change the world, but so that maybe just one person might not have to go through what these characters went through and have the chance at something a little better.

“Fate is an artist, and every human body contains two souls intertwined like brush strokes on an artists canvas: your, and the soul of the person you were born to meet.”

The story is told from the POV of Cole, young and in love he wears his heart on his sleeve. He was the sweetest character but struggles with the expectations his family and the world have for him which leads to a lot of self loathing as he fights to find himself a little bit of happiness. He grows a lot in this book from a shy and insecure boy into a man who accepts who he is and what he wants for his life.

It felt like a modern day Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden romance but ten times worse. The injustice in this book for both Cole and Nicky, the pain and heart ache they are forced to go through everyday by denying themselves the simple right of being loved and loving someone in return without judgement or consequence.

“I like you too much. If you were a book, I would read every chapter twice and then tuck you into bed next to me. And the scary thing is…I’m afraid you wouldn’t even pick me up if you passed me in a bookstore.”

This book is about the bravery of being with someone who your family and society deems unsuitable. It’s about the raw desperation of loving someone so much and wanting, needing, that love back in return. The honesty in which Seth tells this story is breathtaking and beautiful but also heartbreaking as we fall in love with these characters and stand beside them as they are put through so much pain and tragedy.

Seth always finishes his book with an authors note, each one of them has made me cry and this one was no different. It was raw and honest and in reading it I realised just how much of himself he poured into this books pages. I never used to read authors notes, and sometimes I still don’t, except with Seth’s books and I have always looked forward to reading them, knowing that I am about to read something personal which as a reader it makes me feel even closer to him as an author.

“To read is to dance with the world, without ever leaving your own brain.”

I am very lucky in the way and the place that I live. I live in the countryside, but not so far from a city. I have a few friends who are gay and most are in relationships and very happy. For some of them there was the initial “coming out” issues, but all of them have very supportive friends and family who accepted them for who they are and support their decisions. They are gay, they are out and they are happy. The life that Cole and Nicky are living is so completely different to the one that I know of and my shame at being so naive to other parts of the world (especially in developed countries) who still treat same sex couples like this and make them feel ashamed of who they are was very prominent when I was reading this book.

“There’s nothing wrong with chandeliers”

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Final Thoughts

Seth King has the ability to make me feel emotions that I crave when reading books like this. Being brought to tears, being heartbroken, actually being made to FEEL the story that I am reading is something that Seth never fails to do and I cannot recommend this book enough.

Re-Readability: Most definitely

I would recommend this book to fans of: Seth King, forbidden romances, epic romances, heartbreaking romances, books that make you cry, beautifully written books

Reviews for other books by this author:
The Summer Remains, Autumn Rising, Invincible Summer

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Have you ever read anything by Seth King?

What is your favourite forbidden romance story/book?

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Ten Songs I Wish Would Be Turned into Books!

February 16, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I love this weeks topic! I actually did a song-to-story TTT for freebie week last year and loved sharing the songs that I think would make amazing stories. Here are my more recent choices…

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Going back to the corner where I first saw you
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag I’m not gonna move

I would love a book based on this song. It sounds like it would make an epic romance with a guy so desperate to find the girl he loves he refuses to move and ends up on the news. I feel like CoHo would write an excellent book for this song!

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He said, “Son when you grow up,
Would you be the savior of the broken,
The beaten and the damned?”

I LOVE the beginning of this song. It’s sounds like this father preparing his son to lead some great rebellion for the ‘broken, beaten and damned’ people. I feel like this would make a great fantasy/dystopian book.

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She walked to the mailbox
On that bright summers day
Found a letter from her son
In a war far away

I love books about soldiers at war, and the story featured in this song is beautiful and in my opinion would make such an emotion and powerful read.

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If you could see that I’m the one who understands you,
Been here all along.
So, why can’t you see, you belong with me.

This is one of those typical YA high school/college romance stories about the guy being with the wrong girl whilst the right girl is his best friend whose been there forever. Yes, we’ve all read this story many times before, but it’s still just as good!

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In another life I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away

This song is so tragic but beautiful. I know for a fact that I was not the only one sobbing after hearing this song for the first time! I would be such a emotional mess if this was made into a book, but it would be amazing!

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I remember it now, it takes me back to when it all first started
But I’ve only got myself to blame for it, and I accept it now

I had to chose this one because I actually have a WIP which is inspired by this song. It’s all about realising mistakes from the past and letting them go so you can give yourself another chance. It’s such a beautiful song and makes for a beautiful story.

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I will not make the same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself cause my heart so much misery

Such powerful lyrics I think this one would make a really great story about a character trying to overcome their past and potentially not so great parents. It would be a hard one to read at time but the story would be such a powerful one.

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We were the kings and queens of promise
We were the victims of ourselves
Maybe the children of a lesser God
Between Heaven and Hell

Another one that just makes me think about fantasy worlds and great battles and rebellions. About the ‘lesser’ characters rising up against their oppressors! Just me? Ok then.

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I’m miles from where you are,
I lay down on the cold ground
I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

Ok, so this is another song which is totally inspiring a chapter in a current WIP in which two characters end up separated but so desperate to be back together again. The heartbreak and the love in this song is just so beautiful.

TTT Songs 10Full lyrics . Music Video

When you were standing in the wake of devastation
When you were waiting on the edge of the unknown

Yes, ok, it’s another one about rebellions and great battles in fantasy/dystopian books. But there are just so many great songs that fit with this kind of story!

Which did you choose for music week?

What do you think of the songs I’ve mentioned above? What songs would you love to see as books?

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Review: “Beautiful Burn” – Jamie McGuire

February 11, 2016 Book Review 2

Beautiful BurnBeautiful Burn – Jamie McGuire
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Publication Date: January 31st 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 300
Genre: NA Romance
Series: Beautiful
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Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents—but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.

Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced.

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My Thoughts

I have to admit that I didn’t find this book as easy to get into as I have the previous ones. Ellison at the beginning of this book was not my type of character. She was the kind of character that makes me put a book down. But having read every single book in this series and loving them all I put my trust in Jamie McGuire and carried on reading…and I am very glad that I did so.

So why did I like it?

1) I realised whilst getting further into this book that Ellison is a character that we are not meant to like when we first start reading this book. We meet her when she is at her worst and have to watch her hit rock bottom before she starts to become a character that we can actually like. And when she did become a more bearable character I did really like her. She is such a strong character, and for someone who has grown up with people opening doors for her and pulling back her chair she is really good at getting stuck in and taking care of herself.

“Holding my camera, freezing, and a mile from flames that could burn me alive, I’d finally found what I didn’t know I was looking for.”

2) Oh, Tyler. How to describe how much I loved Tyler in this book. All of the Maddox brothers are basically huge hearts wrapped in an extremely sexy and tattoo’d exterior, but Tyler seemed to have an added softness to him that I’ve never noticed with the others. Unlike his brothers, he didn’t need a woman to tame him, he seemed to have already grown into that person. And a mighty fine one at that!

“I’m a firefighter, Ellie. I do the saving in this relationship.”

3) I really loved the scenes with Ellie and the Hotshots in them and could have read so many more of them! In Beautiful Sacrifice we hear about Taylor and Tyler’s job, but we never get to actually see it, and from Ellie’s POV it was just incredible. I really liked hearing about the way that these guys work with these fires, it’s something I never knew about before and now have a whole new respect for anyone who would chose to do that as a job (I love how much books can teach you about real world things!) Plus I loved the relationships she had with the entire crew. The way she become like a mother/big sister to all these guys who spent their days fighting giant fires, but would wait for Ellie’s permission to tell them what order they could shower in! They really were some of my absolute favourite scenes in this book!

“Love made people hate in a way they never would have before.”

4) But I also have to mention the Maddox family scenes, because of course they were my other favorite scenes in this book! Thanksgiving at the Maddox household and I loved seeing everyone together again. Abby from Ellie’s POV was really interesting to see because Ellie was really good at picking up on Abby picking up on things which when reading from anyone else’s POV they never seem to notice. I really liked whilst reading this book noticing that little things that showed us how all the stories link together. When Tyler gets a call about the fire at Travis’ college, and when Taylor meets “some girl” who works in a cafe. I loved these links and it made me really nostalgic to the entire series. But mostly I just love this entire family. Their jokes and their relationships and just the whole dynamic of them. I love brotherly love and this book is FULL of it!

“When a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever…”

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Final Thoughts

I never want this series to end, and although we have now discovered a grl for each of our Maddox boys I’m really hoping that there are so many more stories to come (and hopefully more from the brother POV too).

Re-Readability: Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: Jamie McGuire, the Beautiful series, the Maddox Brothers series, bad boys with big hearts, characters who overcome addition, characters who are firefighters

Rating Loved it.5

Have you read this book or any of this series?

Favourite book? Favourite Maddox brother?

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My Most Favourite Swoonworthy Moments in Books

February 9, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Swoony moments are THE BEST! And I have so many, but I was really really good this week and only did ten! (But it was super hard!)

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (SUZANNE COLLINS)

“I don’t want you forgetting how different our circumstances are. If you die, and I live, there’s no life for me at all back in District Twelve. You’re my whole life.” Peeta says. “I would never be happy again. It’s different for you. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be hard. But there are other people who’d make your life worth living.”

“No one really needs me,” he says, and there’s no self pity in his voice. It’s true his family doesn’t need him. They will mourn him, as will a handful of friends. But they will get on…. I realise only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.

“I do,” I say. “I need you.”

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DIVERGENT (VERONICA ROTH)

“I have something I need to tell you,” he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”

“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”

I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.

“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”

I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”

“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.”

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IF I STAY (GAYLE FORMAN)

“Mia, Mia, Mia,” he said, stroking the tendrils of my hair that had escaped from the wig. “This is the you I like. You definitely dressed sexier and are, you know, blond, and that’s different. But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow. I love that you’re fragile and tough, quiet and kick-ass. Hell, you’re one of the punkest girls I know, no matter who you listen to or what you wear.”

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THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF GLASS (CASSANDRA CLARE)

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before—bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it—but Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely.  I still do. If you want me.”

For a split second longer she stood motionless. Then somehow, she had caught at the front of his shirt and pulled him toward her.  His arms went around her, lifting her almost out of her sandals, and then he was kissing her—or she was kissing him, she wasn’t sure, and it didn’t matter.

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (JOHN GREEN)

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

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SWEET HOME (TILLIE COLE)

He forced a swallow and rasped, “Hey, Mol.”

I sucked on my lip to stop the trembling. “Hey, you.”

“You gonna give up that sweet kiss?”

“If that’s what you want.”

He closed his eyes for a moment before snapping them back to me. “It most definitely fuckin’ is.”

He lunged forward, his hands gripping under my arms, and with an incredible strength lifted me over the barrier and into his arms, his moist lips colliding with mine. I wrapped my arms around his neck, my legs around his waist, and kissed him right back.

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CRESS (MARISSA MEYER)

Bending his head, Kai pressed his lips to her knuckles. The plating had no nerve endings, and yet the touch sent a tingle of electricity along her arm.

“Cinder?”

“Mm?”

He lifted his gaze. “Just to be clear, you’re not using your mind powers on me right now, are you?”

She blinked. “Of course not.”

“Just checking.”

Then he slid his arms around her waist and kissed her.

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NOUGHTS AND CROSSES (MALORIE BLACKMAN)

“I love you,” Callum said softly.

“Then let me go. Please…”

Callum’s finger on my lips stilled the words. “I love you,” he repeated. “I told you once before – when you were asleep and couldn’t hear me. I was afraid for you to hear me. But I’m not anymore.”

Callum loved me…

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BEAUTIFUL DISASTER (JAMIE MCGUIRE)

I pounded the mattress with my fists. “You can’t tell me what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!”

In the second it took him to turn and face me his expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.

“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even flinch. He looked at my lips panting. “I belong to you,” he whispered, his anger melting as he realised how close we were.

Before I could think of a reason not to, I grabbed his face, slamming my lips against his. Without hesitation, Travis lifted me into his arms. In a few long strides he carried me to his bedroom, both of us crashing to the bed.

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REAP (TILLIE COLE)

I stared at her face, her pretty face, her soft eyes, entranced by the way she looked at me. I put my finger to her heart, then put my finger over mine, and I asked, “You are … for me?”

A whoosh of air passed through her parted lips. Her words caught in her throat. Her dark eyes shone brightly as water filled them, soaking her long black lashes.

Slowly her hands moved to each side of my face and threaded in my long wet hair. I held my breath, heart beating loudly. Then she did something I’d never felt before, she pressed her lips to my forehead.

Which did you choose for your Valentines week list?

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? Do you agree with their swooniness?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish Mugs #2

February 7, 2016 Sunday Funday 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

So this weekend I went to see Lord of the Flies on stage with the boyfriend. I was planning on reading the book before I went but I totally forgot (bad Hannah) but I still managed to keep up with the play and WOW was it amazing! I definitely need to read the book now! We also went to one of our favourite restaurants to eat after and YUM it was delicious. So the perfect end to a kind of ‘Meh’ week.

So, mugs. I really do love them. I’ve got a couple of bookish mugs, one of my more recent being a Harry Potter mug I got for Christmas from one of the ladies in work. (It was by far the best work present I have ever received!) But here’s some that I’ve found recently that I totally need (ok, so maybe I just want them) in my life…

Mug 1

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This mug speaks such truth, and is exactly the reason why I always seem to have a sore back from the stupid amount of books I am always carrying around!

Mug 2

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Haha, this one made me chuckle, but look how pretty it is! I think having this mug on my desk at work would provide a wanting to anyone who doesn’t know me and approaches me to do something for them whilst I am on my lunch break and reading!!!

Mug 3

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I love this one! Again, so pretty with the flowers, but I could totally use this one for times when I am blogging. I always have a nice big mug of hot chocolate whilst I am blogging and this would be the perfect mug to drink it in!

Mug 4

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Yep, this is me like every night! I may have been lying to my boss recently and told him that I’ve not been sleeping very well which is why I am constantly yawning. I think it’s more the fact that I spend my night reading that’s the problem!

Mug 5

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The mug speaks the truth! I have made so many new friends due to our mutual love of the same book. And I’ve lost so many due to us not liking the same … nah only kidding!

Mug 6

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Ok, so this one is pretty AND purple (I love purple by the way!) and it’s got swirly writing which I also love. It’s official, I need this one.

Do you own any bookish mugs? What do you think of these ones?

If you got to choose your perfect bookish mug what would it have on it?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Before We Were Strangers” – Renee Carlino

February 4, 2016 Book Review 2

Before We Were Strangers CoverBefore We Were Strangers – Renee Carlino
(website . twitter)

Publication Date: August 18th 2015
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Romance
Format/Source: Physical (Own)
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing andNowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

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My Thoughts

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 … which I forgot to read *hangs head in shame* but FINALLY picked up this year. I’m a BIG fan of second chance romances and the fact that this book was set in both present day and 15 years earlier made me VERY interested in reading it!

So why did I like it?

1) I really liked the sound of this one when I saw it on Goodreads, as I said above I am a MASSIVE fan of second chance romances. The initial romance was slow to build (maybe a little too slow) but there were some really sweet moments in there and I did like that it was based on a really strong friendship. I found the second chance romance a little disappointing and not as emotional as I had hoped it would be.

2) We first meet Matt in the present day and he is not in a happy place. Now, theres a reason I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, and that’s because I’m not fan of 30-something year old characters with marriage, finance, child etc problems. I am scared of being a grown up so avoid anything that will remind me of all the bad things that come with it! So initially I was worried because this was basically where Matt was at. But then we went back to the past and got to see how Matt ended up where he was in the present day and I did start to sympathise with him.

“It was like the universe was teasing us; we saw each other just a second too late.”

3) One thing I really liked about Grace was that she was such a contradiction. On the outside she was a confident and free spirited but inside she was vulnerable and insecure. Her families financial situation isn’t the best and through this she shows how selfless she is as she literally gives them everything she has and at times goes without food so they can eat. I didn’t feel like I got to know Grace as well since the dual POV favoured Matt more than Grace, but still I did really like her.

“You were always with me, Grace. I never found a way to let you go.”

4) It was a ‘nice’ story, and let me be clear when I say it I do mean it in a positive way. I found the book easy to read and once I had picked it up didn’t put it down until I reached the end. But it didn’t make me swoon and my heart wasn’t racing. I didn’t get all emotional over the bad times the characters went through. I just read it from beginning to end and then put it back on my book shelf.

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Final Thoughts

It was unique in the way that is was told, but otherwise it was the same type of romance we read about a lot. I liked it and I would definitely say that more people should read it, but if you are anything like me just don’t expect some epic, heart racing romance.

Re-Readability: Possibly

I would recommend this book to fans of: second chance romances, books set in college, books set in the present and past.

Rating Okay.5

Have you read this book yet? What do you think?

What did you think of the theme of the book?

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Historical Events I Would LOVE to Read About in Books!

February 2, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 9

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

So I don’t really read historical fiction … like ever. But there are some historical events that even I have to admit would make really good backdrops to a story. I only managed 5, but for someone who doesn’t read historical fiction, I think I did pretty good!

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Such a devastating event in history but I think it would make for such a powerful story. I really love the film based on Pearl Harbour and I feel like the amount of extra emotion that a book would give us would make for an incredible read.

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It’s all legend so probably not true, but I really love the whole King Arthur period of time. I would love stories about his Knights of the Round table too, I can imagine they’re just like a big brotherhood.

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Another totally devastating moment in history that has such a powerful story to tell. There were over 3000 people on that ship, that means a lot of stories to tell. I would love a story set on the titanic from multiple POV.

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Just like King Arthur I LOVE stories about Robin Hood. I would love to read a book about him and his gang of outlaws who rob from the rich and give to the poor.

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I know that it’s considered Greek Mythology so it probably isn’t actually real, but I would love some stories about people who were around in the time of the battle of troy.

Which settings did you choose this week? History or Futuristic?

What do you think of my choices? Would you be interested in reading a book based in these settings too?

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Monthly Review – January 2016

February 1, 2016 Montly Review 1

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It has been SO cold this month. There is so much crazy weather happening in the world and we have been lucky enough that it’s not massively inconvenienced us, except for the house being freezing and us all (the dog included) having to be wrapped up every night to keep warm!

You can keep up with all my month’s images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) Reunion with the Uni friends – It’s been nearly 3 years since I graduated from university and me and my friends make a big effort to make sure to see each other at least a few times a year. This month we all met up in Bristol and had an extremely funny (and drunken) weekend!

2) I signed up for a swimming challenge – I have been wanting to be healthier for a while but can never stick to anything, so this year I have signed up for a swimming challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK. I have to swim 22 miles between 22nd Feb – 22nd May which workd out as 1416 lengths of my local pool! Wish me luck!

3) I booked flights to Canada! – My sister moved out to Canada 17 months ago and still haven’t been out there to visit. But this month I booked my flights and I am super excited to spend Easter with my big sister.

4) My cousins baby turned 1! – Ok, so I know that I’m biased, but my cousins son is the cutest little boy ever, and this month he turned 1 and had a big birthday party. (I ate a stupid amount of cake)

5) I started watching Homeland – I’m really late to the party with Homeland but WOW do I love it. I’m just at the beginning of season 2 and I am so addicted but the biggest problem is that I’m watching it with my dad and sister so can’t binge watch it!

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Song of the Month

I’m not a massive Bieber fan, but this song was a big part of many a funny drunken moment during my reunion weekend with friends so it has to make the pick!

You can check all the tunes I have been listening to in my Winter 15/16 Playlist.

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top 3 books I read

Number of Books I Read this Month: 4

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Never Never Part 3 – Such a fantastic ending to this incredible trilogy. I have loved every minute of it and it ended EXACTLY how I wanted it to!

Firsts – This book with it’s stupid teenage decisions frustrated me, but I was so addicted to it I read it in like half a day!

This is Where it Ends – I feel like I’ve been waiting for this one forever, and it was totally worth it. Haunting and powerful but totally unique.

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Fav Quote this month

“You can do far more than you ever imagined.”
Marieke Nijkamp, This Is Where It Ends

“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.”
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher, Never Never Part 3

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Like I said above, I LOVED this book and it was such a perfect ending to the trilogy. I have massive hopes for future CoHo & Fisher colaborations.

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Most Pop post this month

Cover Stories: Comparing (and Judging) Harry Potter Covers – I love that 6 months after I originally wrote this post people are still loving it! The amount of time and love I put into this post, it makes me super happy how popular it is!

Character Names I Love and Would Totally Use For My Future Kids – I really enjoyed writing this post. There are so many names in books that I love and I already have a whole list of potential literary baby names (I am not pregnant! Just very organised) that I was so happy to share!

Ratings…What do they mean? – I hate ratings, they really frustrate me and have landed me in a few awkward situations because people don’t know what my ratings stand for and the same with me about their ratings. So I decided to have a rant discussion about it!

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4 posts I bookmarked

How to (Nicely) Attack People with Friendship on the Internet – Cait @ Paper Fury speaks such sense (and in a totally entertaining kind of way!) I loved this post and it totally made me realise how unsocial I was being online.

What To Do When Someone Else Has Your Awesome Idea – I found this post via Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner and after reading it was just like YES! This has happened to me a number of times and I’m always so worried about going forward with my idea and looking like I’ve copied the other blog.

What Book Bloggers Actually Do! – I forget how much is involved in book blogging because it’s just second nature for me now to go update a book on goodreads, retweet a blog post or like a photo on instagram. But this post reminded me of how much is involved, we really are pretty cool us book bloggers!

10 Things I Wish Someone Would Invent – Having JUST accidentally seeing a spoiler for a book that I have been meaning to read for AGES, Jamie’s great idea for a device that helps you to unsee spoilers would be perfect right now, as well as the other 9 things on her list!

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Excited for Next Month

1) I’m going to see Lord of the Flies on Stage  – I really like book to play adaptations and I’m super excited to go and see this one. Although I really do need to read the book first!

2) Weekend Away  – Mine and my boyfriend’s anniversary falls two weeks after Valentines Day, so I’ve arranged a surprise weekend away for the two of us in the middle of the two dates. Luckily he never reads my blog so he shouldn’t find out until I want him to!

3) Books!  There are some amazing books being released in February (see below) that I am SO EXCITED for! Especially Stars Above which is released TOMORROW!

   

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How was January for you?

Chose a category from above and tell me about your month! 

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Sunday Funday: The BEST Bookish Bits and Bobs

January 31, 2016 Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I got paid this week, which was fabulous after 6 weeks since my last pay day! So what was the first thing that I bought? Do you even have to ask…books! (closely followed by flights to go an see my sister in Canada! Yeay!)

I was also having a little mooch around some of my favourite bookish online stores and came across a new one which I immediately fell in love with and just HAD to share with you all!

Her store is FULL to the brim with amazing handmade bookish merchandise that are truly works of art. If you are a fan of the Lunar Chronicles, Stephanie Perkins, Throne of Glass, The Raven Cycle (and so many more!) then trust me you will want to visit this store! And will probably end up just throwing all your money at it!

Find some of my favourite bits from her store below. Nearly all of these designs are available as a range of things including clothing, mugs, phone cases, tote bags, clocks etc. So if you like one of the designs make sure to check out the store for all the various ways you can get it!

The Art of Young Adult

(click the header to be taken to the store)

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How cool is this amazing Lunar Chronicles inspired t-shirt? I love that it has got all of our heroines from the entire series on it!

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Any fans of Queen of Shadows here today? How cool is this tote! I would love to fill this with some books and stroll around showing off my bookish love for this series.

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I LOVED Eleanor and Park, and I love this phone case just as much! How cute would this be on your own phone! I know I want it on mine!!!

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I ADORED Stephanie Perkins series and absolutely love these Anna & the French Kiss and Isla & the Happily Ever After bookish merchandise. I would be so proud to hang that clock on my wall, and have the cushion on my couch!!! Make sure to check out the store for some Lola & Cricket merchandise too!

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You can never have enough bookish prints on your wall, and this one is a must! Inspired by Shatter Me it is just SO DARN PRETTY! I need it!!!

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And finally, this bookish mug! I would love this sat on my desk at work!

Ok, so who else is going to be poor for the rest of the month after checking out this store?!!!

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Firsts” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

January 27, 2016 Book Review 1

Firsts CoverFirsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
(website . twitter)

Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

 

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My Thoughts

Such a relevant topic to everyone I did quite enjoy this one. I spent a lot of time totally frustrated at teenagers and their bad decisions, but I couldn’t put it down, so I guess that was a good thing!

1) Ok, so firstly, teenagers are idiots! I spent so much of this book in total shock that any of these characters thought this was actually a good idea. Sure, lets cheat on our girlfriends so we can give them better sex. I mean, who ACTUALLY thinks that would be a good idea…teenagers of course! And that is what is so great about this book, it’s so real because it’s exactly the kind of thing that teenagers would do! (Except me, I was a much smarter teenager) Flynn does a great job at capturing the teenage voice even if I did spend the majority of the book angry at them for their stupid ideas!

“Virginity is supposed to be something a girl gives up only when she is ready and feels comfortable, something a girl discusses at length with her friends and flip-flops over a million times in her mind before actually doing it. A guy is expected to be born ready…

2) Mercedes had me conflicted. I could see in her head how this was a good idea, how she thought she was helping people. But then at the same time being older than her I could totally see all the bad things about this and I was dreading when it all fell apart. I didn’t really feel like I could fully connect with her, I don’t know if maybe I was feeling a little judgy? Her judgement about the world just seemed really off, and although she seemed to be this totally in control grown up who could plan the worlds best dates and sex, she also had some very immature moments and at times her naivety really shone through. As I said, she had me conflicted, but was a fascinating character to follow.

“…But what I realized after Tommy is that they’re not. They’re just as scared as their girlfriends, maybe even more so because the onus is on them to be gentle, make it last, make it memorable. And most of them haven’t a clue.

3) I was VERY intrigued when I read the description to this book. It was a totally unique and also kind of risky topic and I was curious to see how it had been written. One thing this book did well was showing the double standards with girls and guys. When things go wrong and Mercedes secrets are spilled out to the entire school she is the one who gets the majority of the hating and slut shaming. Erm, hello? What about the guys, the ones in relationships who cheated on their girlfriends? Sure their girlfriends were mad with them but it was Mercedes who bore the brunt of it all. It’s cruel but it’s real and I really respected that Flynn included this in her book.

“I want to be just fast enough for Zach to have to run to catch up, because if I stay ahead, I won’t ever have to see his retreating back.”

4) Loosing our virginity is one thing that everyone has to go through at some point in their life. Girl or boy, gay or straight, we all have to loose it. I remember the all the talk in high school and the pressure to not be the only one out of my friendship group to have not been with a guy. The there was the fears, is it going to hurt, what if I’m rubbish at it, what is I get pregnant. Having sex for the first time is totally scary and a big deal, which is why it made me really happy that Flynn also included Angela’s (Mercedes best friend) story of her being totally conflicted about whether or not it’s was the right time for her to loose it.

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Final Thoughts

Not many authors would be brave enough to take on a topic like this but Flynn does it with style. Virginity is such a relevant topic to everyone that I think it is a boo that everyone would read and see a part of themselves or their own experience in there.

Re-Readability: At some point

I would recommend this book to fans of: books set in high school, books about loosing virginity, books about teenagers bad choices, books about teenage sex, books about good intentions that turn bad.

Rating I Liked it

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Have you read this book yet? What do you think?

What did you think of the theme of the book?

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Ten Character Names I LOVE and Would Totally Use to Name My Future Kids

January 26, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 19

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

It’s freebie week! I was totally stumped on what to do this week, and then I came across a buzzfeed article about literary baby names of which I had only read like 5 of the books! So I decided it would be the perfect topic for my list this week!

I decided to just use books that I read in 2015, as if I did all books then I would never have been able to keep it under ten (I still didn’t manage to do this anyway!)

**Just to confirm: no I am not pregnant, no I am not planning on having children any time soon. I just really like names!**

adelina

The Young Elites
I had never heard this name before reading TYE and I have to admit that every time I say it I think it comes out more Italian sounding than the time before! But it’s so pretty and unique.

miles

Ugly Love
I don’t know what it is exactly about this name but I just love it. I feel like it would be a great name for a guy at any age (plus the Miles in Ugly Love is really hot!)

aria

Under the Never Sky
I really like the way this name just sounds. So so pretty and again totally unique.

elsie

Sweet Soul
Ok, so this may sound a little mean (and apologies to any Elsie’s in advance) but up until recently I always though of Elsie as an old lady name. But then I read Sweet Soul and I fell in love with the character and therefore the name too!

skylar

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist
I really love how unique this one is, I don’t know of ANY Skylar’s in the world (except for those in books) I like that it’s a different kind of name but not a totally crazy one.

elias

An Ember in the Ashes
I spent the first half of this book calling the character Ellis, which is a name I love. And then I was corrected and immediately thought, ‘Elias is no where near as good a name as Ellis’. But then I read the second half of the book and I was totally in love with the name by the end o it!

silas

Never Never
Another one which I always saw as more of an old person name (I blame Silas Marner for this!) but then after reading this amazing trilogy I totally changed my mind and now I really like this name.

levi

Sweet Soul
I really like this as a guys name. Usually I’m not into names that are inspired by places, brands or things, but I really like the name Levi.

loren

The Addicted Series
Ok, so I think that my love for the character made me love this name, but it really is a good name! Plus, I love that it can be shortened to ‘Lo’

fallon

November 9
LOVE this name. It’s so so unique but again not a stupid sounding name at all. There is just something really pretty about it. Also, is it weird that it makes me think of a bird?

laia

An Ember in the Ashes
My cousins little girl is called Laia and it is such a pretty name. True, it makes me think of Star Wars every time I read it, but you can’t deny it’s pretty.

arin

The Winners Trilogy
I’ve just realised that I have quite a few ‘A’ names on my list today, but this is the first one for a guy. I like the simplicity of this one. It’s not complicated or hard to say. It’s straightforward, but also totally unique in its own way.

Which books did you chose this week? Did you manage to stick to ten or completely fail like me?

What do you think of my choices? Are you hoping to read any of these too?

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Sunday Funday: Bookish CAKE!

January 24, 2016 Sunday Funday 1

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I love books. I also love cake. Therefore I really love bookish cake.

Here are some of my favourites…

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Have you ever made a book inspired cake?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review “Never Never Part 3” – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

January 20, 2016 Book Review 4

never never part 3 coverNever Never Part 3 – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
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Publication Date: January 19th 2016
Pages: 92
Series: Never Never
Format read: eBook from Amazon
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 This book is part of the Never Never Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Never Never: Part 1
Never Never: Part 2
Never Never: Part 3
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New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.

Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything.

Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

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My Thoughts

So a little bit of a shock last night when I had a quick flick around facebook before going to bed and found out that this book had been released! The first two books in this trilogy were incredible and this final installment is a phenomenal ending to a story we have been dedicated to for the last year!

Just like with the previous two, the best way to go into this books is to do so blind! This does make it super hard for me writing my review without telling you ANYTHING about why this book is some amazing. But hopefully you will be able to tell from my fangirling throughout this review just how much you need to read this book! (after reading the first two of course!)

So, what makes this book incredible?

1) Once again I have to pay a MASSIVE amount of respect to Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. It’s crazy to think that this trilogy is the first time that they have written together because it’s so seamless, something that many writing duo’s would have taken a lot longer to achieve. I’ve loved the way that they wrote all three of these books, one doing Silas’ POV and the other Charlies POV to give us two very distinct character voices. The shortest book of the entire trilogy, Never Never is perfectly paced and packed with enough action to keep us on the edge of our seats right until the last page.

“I could spend every day getting to know you all over again, Charlie, and I don’t think I’d get sick of it.”

2) I have loved the journey that Silas and Charlie have been put on in these books. When we first meet them they don’t even know who they are, so we get to know them as they get to know themselves, both separately and as a couple. I really like the addition of the letter and journals in this book again, which show us past Charlie and Silas before any of this happened to them and it’s interesting to see the similarities and differences between them then and now. It’s been interesting to see their relationship develop throughout all three books even though they have lost their memories a few times, the romantic connection between them doesn’t seem to disappear and grows stronger through the books.

“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.”

3) I thought I had figured it out by the end of Part 1, and then I read Part 2 and everything I thought I knew got turned on it’s head. So I went into this book (very excited and) accepting that anything could happen. I really didn’t want another cliffhanger, I wanted answers, and I don’t feel like I’m ruining anything by telling you that we do get those answers. There were a couple of different ways that CoHo and Fisher could have taken this and I really like the direction that they chose for the reason behind Silas and Charlie’s memory lost.

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

4) This book was everything I wanted and needed it to be and I was so happy with how this series ended. The whole story line was just so a unique and addictive and I loved that I had no idea what was coming next. I know there has been quite a bit of negativity around the fact that this story has been split into three separate books, but I actually really like that it has been done in this way. (although, like always, having to wait between book releases was torturous!)

“Adults like to pretend that our feelings aren’t as big and important as theirs—that we’re too young to really know what we want. But I think what we want is similar to what they want. We want to find someone who believes in us. Who will take our side and make us feel less lonely.”

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Final Thoughts

An amazing end to a phenomenal trilogy. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher deserve our respect and undying gratitude, and a lot of begging for more callaborations by them in the future!

Re-Readability: Again and Again and Again!

I would recommend this book to fans of: Colleen Hoover romances, Tarryn Fisher a totally unique concept, mysteries that they just love to figure out!

Rating Beyond Loved

Check out my other Colleen Hoover reviews:
Hopeless . Losing Hope
Ugly Love . November 9

Have you read Never Never Part 1 or Part 2 yet?

Have you read anything else by Colleen Hoover or Tarryn Fisher?

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Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My GIGANTIC TBR Pile

January 19, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 10

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I decided to go with all 2016 releases this week because there are a whole lot of them in my TBR at the moment (so much for getting my TBR number down!) most of which I am desperate to get my hands on. 

I totally went over ten, but it would have been impossible to stick to, and I get the feeling after checking out everyone else’s lists today my TBR is going to expand ridiculously!

(Release: May 17th 2016)
It Wasn’t Always Like This
– I love this ‘love across time’ type of story and I am so so so eager to get my hands on this one!

(Release: May 3rd 2016)
Shuffle, Repeat
– I love the look of this quirky romance. It’s one of those stories that you know how it’s going to end, but it’s the journey (or car journey in this one) that makes the story unique.

(Release: March 1st 2016)
In Real Life
– This one has a hint of Because We’ll Never Meet to it, but I’m hopeful that I will like this one better. Plus, I love the cover.

(Release: May 24th 2016)
Outrun the Moon
– There are so many books recently in with young female heroines ‘saving the world’, Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior being just two examples. But the thing that makes this book and female lead stand out to me is that they are set in the real historical backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

(Release: May 31st 2016)
Wanderlost
– I do love a good romance, and this one looks great. Plus, after reading Jen Malone’s bio on Goodreads I feel like I need to read all of this ladies books so we can become BFFs and I can hear all her crazy travel stories!

(Release: July 19th 2016)
A World Without You
– I loved Beth Revis Across the Universe trilogy but this is something so totally different. I have never read anything like this and I’m so intrigued about this one that it immediately went on my TBR.

(Release: August 30th 2016)
A Torch Against the Night
– I absolutely LOVED An Ember in the Ashes and I am desperate to get my hands on the next book in the series!

(Release: February 2nd 2016)
Stars Above
– I was a bit late to The Lunar Chronicles, but my love was no less than anyone else’s and I am so desperate to get my hands on this book and the additional scenes it gives us!

(Release: June 14th 2016)
False Hearts
– This one just looks so different to any story I’ve ever read that I have to read it!

(Release: February 23rd 2016)
Firstlife
– So excited to get my hands on this one!

(Release: May 17th 2016)
The Problem With Forever
– One of my best friends has been trying to get me to read Armentrout’s Lux series forever, but I still haven’t gotten round to it. I don’t know, maybe it’s the wrong genre for me. But this book looks like exactly my type of book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

(Release: March 29th 2016)
Walk the Edge – I LOVED Nowhere But Here, the first book in this new series by Katie McGarry and so when I found out about the second book I immediately added it to my list!

Which books did you chose this week? Did you manage to stick to ten or completely fail like me?

What do you think of my choices? Are you hoping to read any of these too?

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