Review “The Scarecrow Queen” – Melinda Salisbury

March 17, 2017 Book Review 0

Review “The Scarecrow Queen” – Melinda SalisburyThe Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
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Published on: March 2nd 2017
Published by: Scholastic
Pages: 320
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

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(summary from Goodreads)

The final battle is coming . . .

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

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My Thoughts

I feel like I have been waiting for the final book in this trilogy forever! I say that, however 2 weeks ago a chunky envelope arrived through my letter box (always exciting) with this book in it and I had totally forgotten it’s release day was this month so had to speed read The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince to remind myself of what actually happened pre-Scarecrow Queen so I could actually read this book!

So it really pains me to say that this book did not live up to what I had hoped it would be and I was really disappointed with how the trilogy ended. Don’t get me wrong there were some really great bits in this book, but after reading the final page I felt a bit like ‘What? That was it?’

“In every fairy tale there is a kernel of truth, and that is the truth of this one. For him, I am poison. I am his death. And I will deliver.”

The first two books in this trilogy are told in first person POV; Sin-Eaters Daughter from Twylla’s POV and Sleeping Prince from Errin’s, which worked perfectly. But in Scarecrow Queen, which is told from both Errin/Twylla POV this doesn’t really work.

One main problem for me is that the other main characters aren’t really with Errin or Twylla much in this book so they basically become background characters. I really wanted more of Silas and Leif in this book then I got. Also I struggled with the alternating POVs because instead of alternate chapters it was more like a big chunk of Errin and then a big chunk of Twylla with so much time between each characters POVs. So much happens to Twylla in the time we are with Errin and vice versa and I just felt like we missed out on so much good stuff because of this.

“I’m tired of taking people’s sins on myself.
I’m tired of running away from everything.

The beginning of this book is deliciously creepy. Aurek is a pretty dark person and does some horrible things to Errin, which don’t get me wrong I was totally sorry she had to endure them, but at the same time I love me some bad guys who actually do bad things (rather than just making empty threats) and I love that Salisbury took it in that dark direction. However I was really looking forward to seeing Errin’s struggle to return to normal life once she was free from Aurek and has to deal with the aftereffects of the physical and mental violence that was inflicted on her. But instead she just carried on as she was. I was hoping for a little damage, some struggles and ultimately Errin’s recovery from her traumatic ordeal.

I also kinda struggled with Twylla in this book and at times she was just a bit too ‘all about me’. She gave this impressed that she just expected that everyone should listen to and agree with her opinions and do what she said and didn’t like it when they didn’t agree with her. I really liked her in the first and second books but in this book she just felt totally different, like she was turning into some of the characters she herself hated in the first book and I just found it really hard to connect with her. Plus the whole Twylla/Merek dynamic that was built up in the previous two books just kind of disappeared in this book and I found it so hard to figure out who they were meant to be to each other.

“Scarecrow queen. Nothing but a dupe, alone in a field, hoping to keep the crows at bay.”

As with any YA Fantasy/Dystopian trilogy the first two books build up the tension and then in the third book we finally get our characters fighting back and taking on the bad guy. Pretty standard right? In this book we get a whole load of build up, and then like 40 pages before the end of the book it all finally kicks off. I was literally checking how many pages I had left the entire time worrying because no way could everything that needed to happen actually happen in just 40 pages. For me it just felt a bit rushed and I felt like I was left with a lot of unanswered questions and didn’t get to see how things ended for many of the characters.

“Sometimes he sounds so wistful and lonely that I forget for an instant that he’s a monster, lulled by his soft voice and his hands in my hair. Until he turns my face to his and I see him, and I recall exactly what he is, and the look in my eyes reminds him that he might control my body, but he can’t control my mind.”

I have loved Salisbury’s world from the start. The history, the traditions, the magic… just everything. Thankfully her amazing world building skills are still in this book and I just loved immersing myself in it all again. The writing was well paced and compelling and I loved the first 60% of this book for it’s dark and creepy nature. It was just the last 40% which started to slip a bit for me and didn’t quite keep to the level of awesome that other fantasy trilogies have with their endings. I just needed more from it.

“And that, my girl, is the secret. Quake all you must on the inside. But on the outside you must be stone. And you never know; with enough practice it might become the truth.”

Ok, spoiler time. Don’t read if you don’t want know! You have been warned! View Spoiler »

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Final Thoughts

I am gutted to say that this final book was a disappointment for me, but at the same time I would definitely recommend this series. The world building is incredible with so much detail, and the story compelling and one that I couldn’t put down.

Re-Readability: Yup

I would recommend this book to fans of: fantasy worlds, magic, rebellions, worlds with histories, worlds with legends, books with amazing world building

Have you read The Scarecrow Queen?

How did you feel about the trilogy ending?

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What I Plan on Reading this Spring

March 14, 2017 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.

I am so so busy at the moment with work, my masters, applying for new jobs and just basically keeping my life on track but at the same time I have never been happier. I feel like everything is finally going my way and although I am exhausted by the end of everyday I also feel like I’ve accomplished so much.

Even though I’m super busy I am still managing to keep up my reading (I know, I was suprised too!) and have some very exciting reads planned over the next few months including some really really great ARCs that I have received! But to start, let me tell you whats on my Spring TBR…

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Review “Riot” – Tillie Cole

March 6, 2017 Book Review 0

 Review “Riot” – Tillie ColeRiot by Tillie Cole
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Published on: March 7th 2017
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 352
Series: Scarred Souls #4
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)
Riot (Scarred Souls #4)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.

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My Thoughts

Getting to the final book in this series is a bittersweet moment and I was so honoured to be gifted with an ARC, although it has been absolute torture to not be able to talk to anyone about it for the last 4 months!!! As you can probably imagine, the first time I read this book I sped through it so fast just wanting to read it and know how it ended for these characters. Since that first time I have read this book another 6 times, because it is just THAT good.

If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series I would seriously recommend that you do so before reading Riot. The way the books build on each other and how the characters connect throughout all four books is so incredibly well done, and I’d hate for anyone to not get the full experience of this phenomenal series.

“I had fucked up. He knew. He knew I had noticed her. He’d told me he’d find a weakness. And after all these years, he finally found one.”

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. She has made me feel sympathy for a character that she had spent the 3 previous books making me hate. She’s made me fall in love with killers and torturers who maim and kill for revenge and pleasure but I still love them! How does she do it? I don’t know, but one thing I know for sure is that life would be a whole lot darker without Tillie’s scarred characters in it.

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Review “Kings Cage” – Victoria Aveyard

March 2, 2017 Book Review 0

Review “Kings Cage” – Victoria AveyardKings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 7th 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 528
Series: Red Queen #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Red Queen series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

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The Story(Summary from Goodreads)

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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My Thoughts

So, me being the idiot that I am totally forgot that this series was a 4 book series, so picked up this book thinking that it was the last book in a trilogy and stayed up until 3am to finish it. Then at 3am finished the book and reliawed it was in fact a 4 book series and spent the next few hours wide awake because I needed to know what happened next!

I came a little late to this series which meant that I was able to read Red Queen and Glass Sword together, therefore no agonizing wait between books for me. Until I finished Glass Sword which had possible the most amazing ending which has kept me desperate for the past year. This book was no different and yet again I have been left a desperate puddle in need of the forth and final book in this amazing series!

“Love makes you weak. And she’s right. I learned that before I even knew you.”

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Most Recent Reads That Massively Disappointed Me

February 21, 2017 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 I’ve been a little MIA the past few weeks due to an amazing holiday in Australia and then the horrendous jetlag that followed. But I’m back in the right time zone, with a computer with actual internet access so thought it would be the perfect time to jump back into TTT

This weeks topic is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I actually thought that I was going to struggle to come up with ten of either so was going to do a mix of both, but then when I started to put together my list of books that I loved less I just couldn’t stop adding books to my list!

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Blog Tour: “Embody” – S.E.Hall

February 20, 2017 Book Review 0

Blog Tour: “Embody” – S.E.HallEmbody by S.E.Hall
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Published on: January 29th 2017
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 337
Series: Full Circle #1
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book follows on from the Evolve series, you can find reviews for the series below:
Emerge (Evolve #1)
Embrace (Evolve #1)
Entangled (Evolve #2.5)
Entice (Evolve #3)
Endure (Evolve #4)
Embody (Full Circe #1)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

I’m not “damaged.” No horrible childhood or demons in my past I’m trying to outrun. In fact, my family is ideal — funny, supportive and filled with couples that all follow “our” golden rule:

Find her. Protect her. Love only her, with everything you are, every day, for the rest of your life.

So why is it the mere thought of a monogamous relationship, more than one night with the same woman, sends me bolting in the other direction?

Because I hadn’t met Bellamy Morgan yet.

When I do cross paths with her, everything starts to slowly make sense. Why men change overnight — suddenly blind to all women but her, happy to hold her purse and watch corny movies.

Just one problem — she’s my little sister’s best friend.

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My Thoughts

I LOVED this book. Like head over heels loved this book. I don’t think it hurts that I was a massive fan of the Evolve series which featured one of my all time favourite group of characters and this book follows JT, who just so happens to be the son of one of my favourite couples from the Evolve series. It’s not necessary for you to read the Evolve series before this book, but in my opinion you absolutely should.

Going into this book you should know it’s very alpha male, so if you are not a fan then maybe stay clear. But if you are then prepare yourself because you will LOVE JT. Reformed manwhore he is the double of his father which made me love him from page one. Known as the player in his family we quickly learn from his POV that there is more to him and I really felt for him when his sister and friends doubted his ability to actually have feelings for a girl rather than just want to sleep with her.

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Review “The Memory Book” – Lara Avery

February 9, 2017 Book Review 2

 Review “The Memory Book” – Lara AveryThe Memory Book by Lara Avery
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Published on: January 26th 2017
Published by: Hachette
Pages: 357
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Samantha McCoy has it all mapped out. First she’s going to win the national debating championship, then she’s going to move to New York and become a human rights lawyer. But when Sammie discovers that a rare disease is going to take away her memory, the future she’d planned so perfectly is derailed before it’s started. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. Realising that her life won’t wait to be lived, she sets out on a summer of firsts: The first party; The first rebellion; The first friendship; The last love.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

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My Thoughts

This book packed an emotional punch so strong that I haven’t been able to find the words to describe it for a whole week!

Going into this book you know it’s not going to be all rainbows and unicorns. It’s a hard topic to write about but Avery does it which such talent and sensitivity that you’d think she’s been writing for the past fifty years, not the past five. I also found the illness that Avery chose to focus her story on quite refreshing. Since The Fault in Our Stars I feel that we have gotten a lot of books about young people fighting cancer, all of which I have loved, but still it was refreshing to read Avery’s book about Niemann–Pick type C (an illness I had never even heard of before).

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Bookopoly Giveaway!

February 3, 2017 Giveaway 0

Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who has already signed up for Bookopoly. I’ve been wanting to host my own challenge for a while now and put so much work into making this one as good as possible!

I hope you are all enjoying the challenge and your boards are already starting to fill up. Since we’re one month in I thought I’d throw a giveaway.

All you need is to have signed up for the challenge, and you can earn further entries from the amount of the board you have already completed. The giveaway runs for 4 weeks (throughout all of February) so if you haven’t yet signed up for Bookopoly you’ve still got time and can do so here.

Look how cute they are! Who would want one of these fabulous mirrors to show their bookish love off to the world!

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Review: “Traitor to the Throne” – Alwyn Hamilton

February 2, 2017 Book Review 2

 Review: “Traitor to the Throne” – Alwyn HamiltonTraitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
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Published on: February 2nd 2017
Published by: Penguin Books
Pages: 512
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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My Thoughts

Being approved for an ARC of this book is possibly one of the best bookish things to ever happen to me. I BEYOND LOVED the first book and must have read it at least 10 times since it’s release, so getting an early copy was a dream come true!

My favourite thing about Rebel of the Sands was the world building, it was phenomenal! I didn’t think it could get any better but this book just kept on giving us more and more of this incredible world Hamilton has created. The history, the creatures, the myths, the magic, the places; Hamilton’s talent really shines in this book and I envy her world building talent.

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The Most Fabulously Beautiful Book Covers One Shall Ever See

January 31, 2017 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 hope everyone is having a great week. I’m currently in Sydney, Australia probably melting my little British head off. I’ve actually written this post a whole 4 days early and scheduled it! First time for everything!

This weeks topic is meant to be about our top ten graphic novels/comics/picture books, but I’ve never read a graphic novel or comic and I think the last time I looked at a picture book I was still in nappies. So instead I decided to tweak the theme slightly (still keeping with the ‘visuals’ theme) and instead I’m going with book covers.

I decided to keep it to book covers I love from books I’ve read in the past year because otherwise this post would be a lot longer. So here they are, my top ten…

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Books that have been on my TBR FOREVER and I still haven’t read!

January 24, 2017 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.

Happy Freebie Week!

We all have this really bad habit of adding books that we like to our TBR and then totally forgetting about them. I don;t know about yours, but my list currently stands at over 900 books so I decided a few weeks ago to do a little bit of culling. Easy enough, right? Wrong! I was so shocked to find that there were amazing books on my list (and had been there fore years!) that I still hadn’t read.

So I decided to take a look at the oldest ones on my list, all added in August 2013, and picked the ten that I still most want to read!

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Sunday Funday: Pottopoly

January 15, 2017 Sunday Funday 1

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!

My week has been a strange one. Me and my boyfriend broke up last weekend and I’ve been feeling pretty emotional since. This weekend I’ve had the house to myself and I was so worried that I was going to end up curled up in the corner of my bedroom crying all weekend but the time alone seems to have done me some good and although I’m still feel massively raw about the entire thing I’m definiltey feeling a bit more emotionally stable.

Part of this, I’d like to think, is because I’ve spent this weekend making my way through all the Harry Potter films in preparation for seeing the Cursed Child next week. Harry Potter always manages to cheer me up and has definitely been a good way to keep myself distracted!

So, onto this week’s Sunday Funday and I’m sticking with the Harry Potter theme. I don’t know about you but my facebook feed this week has been full of Pottopoly and I just had to share it!

The game has been created by Kristen Roedel and her attention to detail is mesmerising! It contains a bank of customized Galleons (in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500) and Azkaban instead of Jail!

Forget the old shoe or boat that came with Monopoly, this version comes with 6 playing figurines: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Voldemort, Snape or Draco. You can also buy the additional characters of Dumbledore, Ginny and Luna.

There are 24 Charms cards (Chance) and 24 Potions (Community Chest) cards, and you can buy locations like Dumbledore’s office and the cupboard under the stairs!

The item is currently sold out, but Etsy seller Kristen Roedel will be opening up pre-orders again in March, which gives us just enough time to save up for this fabulous game!

In the meantime if you are looking for a bookish game to play you should check out my new challenge, Bookopoly!

What do you think of Pottopoly?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Frostblood” – Elly Blake

January 13, 2017 Book Review 2

Review: “Frostblood” – Elly BlakeFrostblood by Elly Blake
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Published on: January 10th 2017
Pages: 384
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

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My Thoughts

All I knew about this book before going into it was that it was about people with the power of Frost and Fire who were enemies. I didn’t even read the description, that was all I needed to want to read this book, and I’m so glad I did read it because it was everything I imagined it to be. The history and origins of the Frostbloods and Firebloods was fascinating and I can’t praise Blake enough for her imagination and creativity to create something that feels so real.

Ruby was a great MC and had a lot more depth than other MCs in YA Fantasy these days. She was a very resilient character and survived through a lot of horrors by the hands of the Frostbloods, but she still had a certain vulnerability to her which made her real and very likable. You could see the reasoning behind every one of her thoughts and decisions and it never felt like she did or said something just for the sake of drama or dragging the story on.

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2016 Releases That I Wanted to Read But Didn’t and Have Now Put on a List of Shame For You to Gasp At!

January 10, 2017 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.

Today’s TTT is basically a list of shame from myself of all the books that were released in 2016 that I never actually got round to reading. Whilst looking on Goodreads for books this week I couldn’t actually believe how many books I didn’t read. Books that I had heard amazing things about, books that were part of a series that I love and books which I had actually bought and were sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read.

As I said, it’s a list of shame. Prepare yourselves…

Passenger . The Fever Code . Lady Midnight

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Sunday Funday – Bookish Colouring

January 8, 2017 Sunday Funday 2

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!

First Sunday Funday of the new year!

I’ve always loved doing this feature and was super sorry to have to take a break from it at the end of last year, but with every happening IRL I just didn;t have the time to dedicate to it. But now it’s back and I can’t wait to share some of the bookish stuff I’ve been saving up for these posts!

So, here’s the situation: It’s January, you’ve got no money to go out anywhere, it’s cold and you just want to snuggle up under your blanket and be bookish! I know exactly what you need…bookish colouring!

Love Between the Lines is an adult colouring book featuring pictures inspired by books. The full list of authors included are below but some of my favourite are Colleen Hoover, Claire Contreas and Abbi Glines.

 

The book is made up of 45 hand drawn illustrations that contain hidden images and book quotes perfect for whether you want to spend an entire day colouring or just a quick 5 minutes between books!

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book since it’s release in November and know that TONS of people got it as Christmas presents and are loving it! I’ve even ordered myself one!

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Illustrations inspired by the works of:

Anna Todd Books, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Author Tiffany King,R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde,Author Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, Author Harper Sloan, and K.A.Tucker (Author)

What do you think of bookish colouring books?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Challenges I’m Hoping to Actually Get Close to Completing in 2017

January 5, 2017 Challenge 2

New Year, New Challenges!

2016 started really well for me, but what with the end of the year taking a massive dive personally I ended up having to take a break from the blog and my reading goals suffered massively. Hopefully this year will be more positive, but even so I have been a bit more careful with the amount of challenges I have chosen for myself this year and also the goals I have set.

Goodreads

I actually only missed out on my goal last year b a couple of books, so I’m keeping the same goal and hoping to read 50 books in total in 2017.

Keep up with my progress here.

 

Bookopoly

After months of planning and prep I finally announced my very own bookish challenge: Bookopoly! Make you way around the board completing both the reading challenges and the bookish activities (which includes a library selfie!)

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Debuts I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2017

January 3, 2017 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.

Firstly, Happeeeeeee New Year!

First TTT of 2017, very exciting. But firstly I’m going to shamelessly plug my new bookish challenge which everyone needs to sign up for because it’s pretty awesome! (I’m not biased at all!) It’s taken a couple of months of work, and a lot of shouting at photoshop but it’s finally here…Bookopoly! You can find all the information regarding the challenge here, but just to tease you check out the amazing board below. Go on, you know you want to sign up!

Anyway, back to Top Ten Tuesday. This week is all about the 2017 debuts and there are so many to pick from. Here are my top choices…

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Bookopoly 2017

January 3, 2017 Bookopoly 16

I don’t know about you but I love taking part in bookish challenges. They have helped me to broaden my reading and try out so many new things and I wanted to find a way to do this for other people who are maybe a bit stuck in a rut with their own reading. So here it is … Bookopoly!

Why Should You Take Part?

This challenge is specifically designed to get you trying out new things when it comes to your reading life. Whether it’s a new genre, author, topic or a bookish activity that you wouldn’t normally do… give it a go!

For people who aren’t big readers it’s a great way to motivate you to read more and maybe try out something different. For those of you who are a bit more experienced then it’s a great way to show off your bookish awesomeness as you make you way round the board!

The board can look a little intimidating at first, but don’t let it worry you… it’s not a competition. It’s about YOU and YOUR OWN reading experience. And you can still enter the giveaway and have the chance to win a great prize at the end of the challenge, even if you haven’t completed the entire board.

How Does It Work?

  • The challenge will take place during the entire year, from 1st January – 31st December 2017.
  • Sign ups will be open all year.
  • There will be numerous giveaways throughout the year that you can enter dependent on what you have completed so far, plus one final EPIC giveaway in December 2017!
  • You don’t have to complete the board in order. If you want to, sure go for it, but it’s not a requirement. If you want to make it more of a challenge then you could even roll a dice to determine which challenge you will complete next!
  • If you read more than one book for a specific challenge then you can earn ‘Shelves’ (kind of like houses in Monopoly). If you collect 3 Shelves for any one challenge then you earn yourself a Bookcase! This will give you more chance to win something in the giveaways throughout the year!

Check out the board below (Download links further down the page)

Instructions

  1. Sign up and introduce yourself in the comments of this post. If you have done a sign up post on your own blog then make sure to include the link in your comments so other people can check out your Bookopoly progress!
  2. Download your Bookopoly board! (Link below) There is also a  Suggestions Sheet if you are having trouble finding books for any of the tasks and a Progress Sheet for keeping track of what you have read for each task. You could also keep track of what you have read in a Goodreads Shelf.
  3. READ! READ! READ!
  4. There are 4 boxes on the board marked with large question marks. These are Chance Challenges and the tasks are a mystery! One Chance will be unveiled in February, May, August and November and you will have just 5 days to complete the task!
  5. There will be a wrap up post on here in December on which you can share your progress for the challenge and enter the giveaway!

 

Downloads

Bookopoly Board

Progress Sheet

Suggestions Sheet

 

Sign up

Ok, you are done, get ready to play!

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End of Year Book Survey 2016

January 1, 2017 Blogging, Survey 0

The End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.  It gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.

You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, just skip that section. But it is a great way to remind yourself what you’ve been reading for the past year…

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 46

Number of Re-Reads: 6

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Hands down one of my favourite books of all time.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
One – Sarah Crossen
There was just so much hype surrounding this one, but for me it didn’t live up to the hype.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?
Deep Redemption – Tillie Cole
Tillie wrote this book from the POV of a character who we hated through the beginning of this series, I was so worried about if I was going to like this book and so was very surprised when I LOVED it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Such an amazing debut with some phenomenal world building!

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series ender of 2016?
Series Started: This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab
Best Sequel: Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard & The Sleeping Prince – Melissa Salisbury
Best Ender: The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
Alwyn Hamilton – Her debut this year was incredible plus I got to meet her at YALC which was amazing! Can’t wait to read more of her books in the future!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction (Self Help) – Start Where You Are

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Winners Kiss – Marie Rutkoski
This book was such an action packed end to the trilogy! Literally could not put it down!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Next Together – Lauren James
Since this book is split into several different stories I really liked that the cover shows that too.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
PoppyA Thousand Boy Kisses
She was such a beautiful character and I finished this book with so many of her quotes highlighted (which then ended up on my bedroom wall)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I had no idea what to expect from this book and what I got was totally unexpected but it was beautiful and powerful and is a book that EVERYONE needs to read.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Yep, I’m choosing it again. But the message in this book is so important. Definitely one of the most life changing books I’ve ever read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Sin Eaters Daughter (Melissa Salisbury) and Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)
Both of these books were amazing and I can’t believe I didn’t read them when they were first released!

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”It Ends With Us
As I mentioned above, this book has such a powerful message and this quote (which is so so true) just proves it.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: 92 pages – Never Never Part 3
Longest: 664 pages – Some Kind of Perfect

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole
I wasn’t expecting the story that I got at all.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Kestrel and Arin (The Winners Kiss)
I have been with these two from the start and seeing them end their story together made me so so happy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Arin and Roshar (The Winners Kiss)
I loved the development of their relationship through the entire trilogy but especially in the final book. They have to be one of my favourite bromances of all time!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Straight – Seth King
He writes some of the most beautiful books I have ever read and isn’t scared of a tough topic. He is an author I have read before and will definitely be reading again.

21. Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
One – Sarah Crossen
I would say that I read is based mostly on hype (which I should have learnt by now is not the right thing to do) and I have to say that I was massively disappointed in it. I should have learnt by now that hype doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be any good.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Gui – Breaking Through
He was just the perfect man. Sexy, sensitive and just beautiful inside and out.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
It was truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Amazing world building and a story I couldn’t put down.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Some Kind of Perfect – Becca and Krista Ritchie
This book made me smile so much because it was the perfect ending to an incredible series. My smiles were closely followed by tears when I had to say goodbye to this series!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
It Ends With Us, A Thousand Boy Kisses and Deep Redemption

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Pain Eater – Beth Goobie

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Unboxed – Non Pratt
This book was unique because it was printed in a format that was dyslexia friendly, which is something I didn’t even know was a thing until I met a company that did it at YALC. Pretty cool stuff.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Honesty – Seth King
This book made me mad because it focuses on a very real issue still happening in the world today and that is NOT acceptable.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I haven’t really discovered many new ones, I’m very much a creature of habit. I do still hold a massive amount of love for Paper Fury and A Fools Ingenuity though. They are two blogs I definitely couldn’t live without!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
I always find reviews for books that I have loved super hard and I always hate reading back over my reviews because I feel like they sound stupid, but I remember reading this one back and thinking that it was actually pretty good!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Book Cataloging, Are You Doing It?
I’ve been looking into cataloging my books for quite a while and so really enjoyed putting this post together and researching all the different apps that you can use to catalogue.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to YALC for the 3rd year in a row and spend 3 whole days surrounded by authors, books and other bookworms just like me! This year I got to meet Victoria Schwab, Alwyn Hamilton, Melissa Salisbury and Lauren James just to name a few.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
It would have to be YALC and being recognised by Alwyn Hamilton as one of the bloggers who reviewed her book. She then also remembered me the next day when we ran into each other in Tesco and spent 10 minutes chatting about our Hogwarts houses!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
A find it totally amazing that my most popular post (for the second year running) is Comparing and Judging Harry Potter Covers, which I posted in July 2015!
But if we are talking about something that I have posted this year, then the most popular (by views) would be my review for A Beautiful Funeral (Jamie McGuire).

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Not a specific post, but my weekly feature Sunday Funday. Some of these posts take me hours to create and it’s sometimes a bit disappointing to log on and see that hardly anyone has checked them out. But then I guess as long as I am still getting the enjoyment from writing them then that’s the main thing!

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I think it would have to be when I discovered Storybook cosmetics had made some Harry Potter make up brushes, they were amazing! You can check them out in my Harry Potter Make Up post, but you should also go check out their website because they have just created a new Quill eyeliner brush which is super cute!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I kind of lost count with all my challenges in the second half of this year due to my Grandad getting ill and me having to take a hiatus from my blog to help care for him. I just missed out on my goodreads challenge by 3 books (annoying!) but I am really looking forward to

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
I am so ashamed to say that this has been sat on my shelf since its release in March! I will definitely be reading this in 2017!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2), Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2), Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2), Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I want to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal and I want to be better on social media. I may even post pictures of books on Instagram!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Riot – Tillie Cole
The final book in the Scarred Souls series. This book is incredible and I can’t recommend it, and the entire series, enough.

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Nine Books I’m Hoping to Find in my Stocking This Year

December 20, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 3

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 been over a month since I’ve been on here and it felt so strange logging in to WordPress and opening up a new post again, but it’s so nice to be back.

Thanks to everyone for your lovely messages whilst I was away from the blog. As much as I didn’t want to step away from Broc’s Bookcase, and tried my hardest to keep up with it whilst also studying for my Masters and working Full time, it was the right thing to do and allowed me to spend the time with my Grandad, stress free, during his final weeks. It’s been hard, but I’ve missed the bookish community so much and I’m so ready to get back to it and immerse myself in books, books and even more books!

So, first Top Ten Tuesday of my return and it’s all about the books we want for Christmas! To be honest, I think I only have 2 books on my list this year because I am just so behind with all the ones for the later part of 2016 so decided to read them first! But here are some books that I would not be angry if they appeared in my stocking on Christmas day!

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Blog Tour ‘A Veil of Vines’ – Tillie Cole

December 2, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

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Blog Tour ‘A Veil of Vines’ – Tillie ColeA Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole
Website, Twitter

Published on: 29th November 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 352
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.

But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.

For some, they are real life.

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all. I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.

I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all. The Savonas still hold power where it counts most. In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more. And I am soon to become one of them.

I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife… or at least I was, until I met Achille.

And everything changed.

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My Thoughts

This book is VERY different from Tillie’s usual dark gritty romances, but it definitely proves that she belongs up there with the greats when it comes to contemporary romance. The story wasn’t too heavy, there was no death or drama, and I didn’t have to raid my mums tissue supply to stop my tears from flooding the house!

The blurb doesn’t give too much away which is something I have always loved about Tillie’s books. I never quite know what I’m going into but I trust her completely and I’m always repaid with a great story.

One of my favourite things about this book is that it is set in Italy. I love reading stories set in other countries and have found it a really great way to learn about some of the most interesting parts of different cultures. For example, AVOV is centered around the old royal families of Italy who no longer hold any title but are still seen as royalty. It was so interesting to read about, and then google the heck out of later!

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Release Day: A Veil of Vines – Tillie Cole

November 29, 2016 Release Day Event 0

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Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AU
Kobo

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Synopsis

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.

But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.

For some, they are real life.

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all. I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.

I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all. The Savonas still hold power where it counts most. In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more. And I am soon to become one of them.

I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife… or at least I was, until I met Achille.

And everything changed.

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Excerpt

I opened the window beside me and stared at the illuminated entrance. I swallowed hard and placed my empty glass on the bar. Metal groaned, breaking through the twilight, as the massive black wrought-iron gates began to open. The limo slowly pulled onto the property’s lane, and I drank in the thick forest that shielded the estate. I inhaled the freshness of the lush green trees. The unpolluted sky was thick with stars—not a single cloud in sight.

A few minutes later, the thick woods cleared, and I gasped. Acres and acres of gold and green vineyards covered the landscape. The scents of plump grapes and damp soil permeated the warm air. I closed my eyes. It reminded me of being a child. It brought me back to the days before I was taken to New York. I could still feel the heat of the Emilia-Romagna sun on my face, the deep smell of olives, grapes and flowers drifting in the breeze as I ran around our Parma estate.

I smiled a nostalgic smile and allowed my eyes to drift open again. I rested my arms on the window and leaned my chin on them as the limo drove on. There were several small villas peppered over the landscape, their lights twinkling in the distance. They must have been the winemakers’ residences. It was not only the Bella Collina merlot that was made on this land; other reds were too—particularly the Chianti from the region’s finest Sangiovese grapes. The Bella Collina olive oil was also up there with the best. But nothing compared to the famed merlot.

The limo turned right, and my breath caught in my throat. I lifted my head and stared disbelievingly at the property ahead. Bella Collina was a veritable Palace of Versailles tucked away in the Umbrian wilderness.

“Mio Dio,” I whispered as I took in the imposing stone structure, the sweeping steps and the vast number of windows set in the building’s walls. Large pillars of red-veined marble flanked the entrance. Cypress trees framed the estate as if it were the shining star of a fine Renaissance painting. Sculptures of famed Savona monarchs of old stood proudly on the manicured lawns, and strategically placed lighting illuminated the sheer perfection of every piece of topiary.

As a child, I had been to the Palazzo Savona in Florence. It was widely regarded to be one of the finest estates in all of Italy, if not western Europe. But this . . . this . . . there were no words. It was perfectly placed, as if it had always been there. As if it had grown naturally from the Umbrian earth just as sure as the vines and woods that kept this architectural treasure hidden from view.

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About the Author

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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Find Tillie Here

Web . Twitter . Facebook . Goodreads . Instagram . Amazon

Check Out My Reviews for More of Tillie’s Books:

Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me, Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
Raze
. Reap . Ravage
A Thousand Boy Kisses

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I’m still here.

November 10, 2016 Me 3

As you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been around much lately. I was determined to not let my personal situation affect my blogging but it’s gotten to the point where I am embarrassed about the fact that I am hardly posting and I wanted to let you know why.

In September my Grandad was diagnosed with Stage Four Lung Cancer. Multiple tumors were found on his lungs and had also grown further and affected his heart. We were given a timeline of 2-3 months.

As you can probably imagine, 2 months into our timeline, things have changed a lot in my life. My Grandad is now living with me and my parents and the three of us have become his full time carers. I have tried to keep up with my blogging because it’s something that I enjoy so much but working a full time job whilst also studying my Masters part time is about as much as I can handle at the moment.

I will still be around on social media, plus I have some half written posts which I may get around to finishing and posting over the next few weeks. But if you don’t hear from me for a while don’t worry I haven’t abandoned you all, and I will be back again soon with so much more bookish fun!

Thanks

Hannah x

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Book Club Reads for Fans of Healing Romances

November 1, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 1

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!

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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.

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It Ain’t Me Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
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.

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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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Bookopoly – Chance Challenge #1

October 31, 2016 Bookopoly 0

I hope every one is enjoying the challenge so far and managing to tick off the reading challenges. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still tons of time as Bookopoly takes place ALL YEAR! You can check out what Bookopoly is all about and sign up here.

Also, if you haven’t already entered my giveaway then you still have 2 days to do so! You can find it here.

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“Find your birthday book! Share a picture/the cover of a book published in the same month and year as your birthday.”

Maybe see if you can find a book released on the actual day too! To make this challenge even harder try and find an actual physical copy of the book, at your local library and pose for a selfie! If you haven’t already read it give it a go! You could always use it as you book for ‘Released pre-2000’ (well, if you are over 17!)

You have 5 days to complete this challenge! This challenge will end on Saturday 4th March at 11am (GMT).

You can share on any social media, just make sure you tag me!

Facebook: @brocbookcase
Twitter: @brocsbookcase
Instagram: @brocsbookcase

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Sunday Funday – Harry Potter Make Up!

October 30, 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’ve spent the past week fighting a cold, a stomach bug and tonsillitis and I can finally say that I am starting to feel a bit more normal! Hurray! I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book, which makes me super sad, but hopefully now I’m a bit more with it I’ll be back to reading soon!

I’m super excited about this weeks post because it’s Harry Potter themed! And you can’t have enough Harry Potter stuff in my opinion!

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Ten Character Names I LOVE and Would Totally Use to Name My Future Kids

October 18, 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 feel like I am finally starting to get on top of stuff again IRL. Work getting busier, starting my masters and my grandads illness all seemed to happen at the same time and it all got a little crazy. I’ve been a bit absent on here for the past week or two (sorry about that!) but I’m hoping things on the blog will pick back up in the next few weeks.

I loved this weeks TTT topic and had so much fun picking out some of my favourite character names. My list actually ended up a lot longer than this, but I was good and managed to get it down to just 12!

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 & Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend
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.

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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!

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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.

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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 daughter 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 names did you chose this week? Did you manage to stick to ten or completely fail like me?

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

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Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay Marie

October 13, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 1

Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay MarieConfession's of an Undercover Girlfriend by Kay Marie
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Published on: 11th October 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 236
Series: Confessions #2
Genre: Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Confessions series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist (Confessions #1)
Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend (Confessions 2)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist—thank you, Ollie—but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confession #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret—pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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My Thoughts

I was slightly disappointed when I finished reading Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist that it ended on a cliffhanger. I really liked the first book and didn’t feel that it needed a sequel. In saying that, when I was offer the chance to take part in the blog tour for the sequel I jumped at the chance!

I really love Skylar as a character, she has to be one of my favourite when it comes to rom-com style books. She is like the modern day Bridget Jones! Queen of being clumsy, word vomit and just basically really bad ideas that result in us yelling at her through the pages about what an idiot she is being! This book was no different, more stupid decisions which made no sense to any sane person, but had me laughing through most of the book!

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Book Cataloging, Are You Doing It?

October 7, 2016 Reading 0

I saw an article a little while ago about various ways to catalog books and it’s honesty not something I’ve thought about before.

My bookcase ranges from very organised to very messy every few weeks and that seemed like for than enough effort for me without having to make a catalog of all my books too.

But then the article mentioned apps, and I don’t know about you but I LOVE apps! If there is an app that will somehow make my life a little easier, even in the smallest of ways, then I have it! So I did a bit of searching, downloaded about twenty different cataloging apps (and then realised this was way too many and brought it down to just 3!) and tried them all out so I could give you my opinion on which one is the best!

What Do I Want From the App?

  • Firstly I want it to be free. I’ve not got tons of money and I knew that there would be more than enough free options available .
  • I want to be able to see which books I have as physical books and which are eBooks.
  • I want to be able to filter my books and look at them by genre
  • I want to be able to see which books I have on my shelf and which I have lent out to people and when.

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Library Thing

Does it have what I want?

  • Free? Yes
  • Book format? Yes
  • Filter by Genre? No
  • Check out books? No (but could write it in comments)

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Things I Liked:

Firstly this app had it’s own barcode scanner, for free which works really well and is super speedy (as long as you have a good internet connection!) but if you don’t have a barcode on your book then you can also search for the book instead. Also on this app you are able to edit the book cover so if you don’t like the featured one, or your copy is different then you can take a picture of another cover and use that instead.

Things I Didn’t Like:

There is a lot of information you can edit on this app (see list below) which some people may love, but for me it was just WAY too much. To edit you are taken to a new page on which everything is tiney tiny and if you are using it on your phone it meas a lot of zooming in and fidling with tiny boxes. I updated everything I could but was disappointed to see that only a 3 of things came through and everything else I would have to view on the page with tiny text!

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Editable info on this appcover, title, author, tags, your rating, your review, other authors, media (format)-tons of choice, pub date, publisher, isbn, number of volumes, number of copies, pagination, dimensions, language (primary, secondary, original), reading dates, date acquired, classification, comments, identifiers (barcode, ean, BCID etc)

My Rating & Reasons Why:

3-star

I couldn’t arrange it by genre nor did it let me “check out” lent books. I found editing information really difficult with the tiny text. Plus WAY too much information for just one book!

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Book Buddy

Does it have what I want?

  • Free? Yes
  • Book format? Yes
  • Filter by Genre? Yes
  • Check out books? Yes

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Things I Liked (Sorry, there’s a lot!):

Multiple ways to add a new book: scanner, search online and add manually. All of which are super easy to use.

You can change the book cover image. But they actually provide you with different images for it (eg. the different editions) so you don’t have to search online and find it yourself. You can also use your own photo if you want.

Everything I wanted to know about my book was there and easy to edit. There are default fields that automatically appear with the book and then others which you can add (see list below). The list of fields you can add is pretty substantial so you could think I’m going to complain about too much information again, but I got to actually choose which field I wanted, so it didn’t feel like too much at any point.

There were so many ways to view my books: by title, author, genre, tags (that I created), rating…basically any field that you have added to your books you can search for them by that!

You can add books that you have borrowed (from the library or friends) to the ‘Borrowed’ option which is pretty cool. The app also has a ‘Wish List’ which you can add books to by barcode scanning, searching online or adding manually. This would be perfect for a bookstore trip!

You can link the app and your list to a dropbox account, so it automatically saves there, no hassle on your half.

As well as viewing your own information, there is an option to view ‘Online Info’ which when clocked on takes you to Google Books, and shows you tons of reviews and ratings from other people who have read the book.

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Things I Didn’t Like:

Only one thing, I couldn’t figure out how to remove a field once I had added it to the book. I think that this is something that you can only do with the full app (which costs £3.99). To get around this with the free app I had to delete the book and then re-add it to my list.

Sometimes when you search for a book (to add) it brings up the same book multiple times. I was slightly confused at first why this was and which one I was meant to choose I quickly discovered that whichever one you clicked on didn’t matter because they all ended up selected but would appear as just 1 boo on my library. I think maybe they were different editions?

Editable info on this appcover, title, favourite, series, subtitle, author, publisher, genre, rating, status, loaned to (can chose phone contact or add a name), date added to library, tags, notes
All of the above are default fields but the following additional fields can be added:
illustrator, narrator, translator, date published, edition, editor, summary, guided reading level, lexile measure, grade level equivalent, DRA, interest level, word count, original title, number of pages, format, dimensions, weight, list price, language, dewey decimal, LCC, OCLC, physical location, quantity, condition, reconmend by, purchase date, purchase place, purchase price

My Rating & Reasons Why:

5-star

It has everything I wanted. It is clear any easy to use, looks nice and has bonus stuff on it which I never even thought of but LOVE!

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Libib

Does it have what I want?

  • Free? Yes
  • Book format? No
  • Filter by Genre? No
  • Check out books? No (but could write it in notes)

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Things I Liked:

It looks nice and is pretty easy to use.

You can add reviews to each book which would be great for remembering what you thought of each book if you can’t remember.

The app is also great for cataloging your movies or games.

Things I Didn’t Like:

There is the option to scan, but if don’t want to or can’t scan the barcode of your book (eg. ebook) then you have to enter the information manually. There is no other option and it takes ages.

There are no book covers, nor any option to add any kind of image to your book.

There are not enough options for information to add (see options below). Even basic of things like book format or date read.

There is the option to allocate each book a group, which I used for genres, and it does list them alphabetically by genre/group, but they are not separated in anyway so the different groups don’t stand out, it’s just one big list and so the grouping just doesn’t help in the slightest.

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Editable info on this apptitle, author, description, ISBN 13, ISBN 10, Pages, Publisher, Date Published, status (read/unread), rating, number of copies, notes, review

My Rating & Reasons Why:

1-star

I don’t feel like this app would be useful in the slightest. It would take me forever to add all my eBooks to it manually and even then it doesn’t feature any of the information that I would want or find useful.

My Thoughts Overall

The above thoughts for each app are mine alone and are based on what I would be looking for in an app, however I do think that from my thoughts you are able to see all the various features of all three apps and what does and doesn’t work.

For my Book Buddy was the stand out app by far. It had everything that I wanted, plus more. But even my favourite app came with it’s drawbacks and there are a few minor limitations that can only be fixed by paying for the full app. At the beginning of this post I said that I wanted a free app, but looking at Book Buddy and seeing just how useful it is I would be happy to pay the £3.99 in order to fix this minor thing should it become more problematic down the line.

Libib just felt empty of anything helpful and was about as useful as a list of books written on a piece of paper. But it was laid out nice and easy to use, unlike Library Thing which I found fiddly and hard to use when it came to editing my options on a page with tiny writing.

These are only 3 apps of many and if you are wanting to start cataloging your books using an app I would definitely suggest downloading a couple and having a play before committing to one to make sure you find the best fit!

Do you catalog your books? Do you use an app?

If not, would you consider using any of these? Which one?

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Cover Reveal – A Veil of Vines (Tillie Cole)

October 6, 2016 Cover Reveal 0

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RELEASE DATE

29th November 2016

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SYNOPSIS

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.

But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.

For some, they are real life.

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection we share to our home country’s most important family of all.

I am Caresa Acardi, Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.

I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolishment means nothing at all.

The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.

In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.

And I am soon to become one of them.

I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…

… or at least I was, until I met him. And everything changed.

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ABOUT TILLIE COLE

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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.

Find Tillie Here

Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads || Blog

Check Out My Reviews for More of Tillie’s Books:

Sweet Home . Sweet Rome . Sweet Fall . Sweet Hope . Sweet Soul
It Ain’t Me, Babe . Heart Recaptured . Souls Unfractured . Deep Redemption
Raze . Reap
A Thousand Boy Kisses

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The Most Bad Ass Book Villians

October 4, 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 feel like life has suddenly gotten very busy! I’ve got work, blogging and now my Masters. It’s a lot but I’m keeping on top of it…for the moment! I’m going to try and up my reading this month too because it’s allowed down a little bit and I’m really trying hard to keep up with my reading challenge!

This week’s TTT is all the villains we love and hate and I have to admit that I really struggled with my list this week. I really didn’t know what topic to pick for my list but ended up choosing the most kick-ass villains I could think of.

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Harry Potter
I wouldn’t surprised to see Voldemort on everyone’s lists this week! He’s Baaaaad!!! He kills muggles, he killed Harry’s parents, he killed a unicorn! He is bad ass, and has no nose, so he wins the top spot!

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Monthly Review: September

September 30, 2016 Montly Review 4

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It was Rowan’s birthday this month and so as a treat I took him to our favourite tapas restaurant and we order WAY too much food…but it was amazing!

You can keep up with all my images through my Instagram.

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5 things that happened

1) My Cousins Got Married! – The day that we’ve all been waiting for for what seems like forever! My cousin got married this month and it was such an amazing day. She looked absolutely gorgeous and the weather was beautiful and just everything went perfect. Plus I managed to drag Rowan along with me (his first formal family event!) and even got him up on the dancefloor!

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Blog Tour: “Unstable” – S.E.Hall + Giveaway

September 29, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

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Blog Tour: “Unstable” – S.E.Hall + GiveawayUnstable by S.E.Hall
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Published on: 15th September 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 302
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.

Too much regret and shame to bear.

But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.

Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.

Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.

And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.

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My Thoughts

I loved S.E.Hall’s Evolve series and seriously can not recommend it enough. The series has to have one of the BEST groups of characters I’ve ever read about and so I jumped at the chance to read something else by S.E.Hall when it was offered to me.

I seem to have read a lot of books featuring horses and ranches/farms recently and for someone who knows nothing about them I really do enjoy them! Unstable was a good addition to this new to me setting/genre there were some really great things about it that I enjoyed.

“There’s not a damn things that could go wrong that I wouldn’t die fixing for you. Do you trust me when I tell you that?”

II struggled to connect with Henley at first, she seemed determined to hate and be horrible to everyone and it really put me off her. But Hall did a great job of developing her as a character and by 50% I was starting to like her and by the end of the story her character had been redeemed.

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Books I am DESPERATE to Read this Fall

September 27, 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.

Not to start my post on a negative note, but my week has been pretty crappy! We got some really bad news last week in regards to my Grandad and his health and to be honest this is the first time I have looked at my blog all week. My posts over the next couple of months may be a little less, I did think about taking a break but decided against it because I feel like it’s a good place for me to come and escape the real world.

This week’s TTT is all about our Fall TBR. I am so behind with my reading so most of mine are books that have already been released (in some cases a while ago!)

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A Torch Against the Night (Sabaa Tahir) – I loved An Ember in the Ashes and I’m really excited to read this one. I’ve had it on my shelf since its release, it’s just a case of bad timing as to why I haven’t started it yet.

The Last Beginning (Lauren James)The Next Together was incredible and I am super excited for this sequel to be released in October! So many more answers to this fascinating story of a romance that spans hundreds of years.

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Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff) – I still can’t believe I haven’t read this one since I keep hearing such amazing things about it. I am determined to read it this fall!

Gemina (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff) – I’ve put it on my list because from what I have heard about book 1, I am going to want to read this one immediately after!

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The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon) – I started it this summer and lost it somewhere in the middle, I really want to finish it soon and I’m hoping that I start to love it a little more because the entire series just sounds incredible.

Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) – Yes, I know! How have I not read this one yet?!!! Trust me, I ask myself the exact same question every time I see it sat on my bookshelf!

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A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E.Schwab) – I read This Savage Song earlier this year and have heard such amazing things about her adult fantasy, so I’m going to give them a go.

Heartless (Marissa Meyer) – After the awesomeness that was The Lunar Chronicles how could I not want to read this book?! I have such big hopes for this one!

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Outrun the Moon (Stacey Lee) – I’m massively late with this one, but ever since I read about it months ago I have really wanted to read it. I’m not massive into books set in the past, but this one just sounds so amazing that I will let it slide!

The Fever Code (James Dashner) – The story that I think EVERYONE who read The Maze Runner trilogy will want to read and the answers that we so desperately have waited for!

Do you want to read any of these books in fall too?

What’s on your list this week?

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Bookish Podcasts I Plan to Start Listening to

September 20, 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.

Firstly, apologies to anyone who stopped by on Sunday for the Sunday Funday post which never appeared. Unfortunately life isn’t always agreeable with us bloggers and my personal life took a bit of a turn this past weekend and blogging just wasn’t really the main thing on my mind.

This weeks TTT is audio themed and as I have never listened to an audio book I struggled for a while on what to do for it. Then I got thinking to a couple of weeks ago when I told myself I was going to start listening to podcasts and downloaded a load of them! So here is my list of Podcasts which I plan on listening to by the end of this year…

Bookrageous

Books on the Nightstand

Dear Bitches, Smart Authors

Drunk Booksellers

Meet the Author

Mugglecast

Myths and Legends

So Many Damn Books

BookRiot

Do you listen to any bookish podcasts?

What did you pick for audio week?

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Review: “The Pain Eater” – Beth Goobie

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Review: “The Pain Eater” – Beth GoobieThe Pain Eater by Beth Goobie
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Published on: September 13th 2016
Published by: Second Story Press
Pages: 236
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first – had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her – and the one who held her down.

Now it’s the beginning of a new school year and Maddy is hoping that she can continue to hide, making herself as quiet and small as possible. She is consumed with keeping the memories at bay, forcing them down through small cuts and the burn from the end of a cigarette.

But when her English class is given the assignment of writing a collaborative novel about a fifteen-year-old girl, The Pain Eater, fact and fiction begin to meet up. When the boys spread rumors about Maddy, she realizes that continuing to hide the truth will only give them more control, and she slowly gains the courage to confront them.

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My Thoughts

Last week after reading Asking for It I decided that I was going to take a mini break from any books featuring sexual assault and maybe read a couple of fantasy books instead. Then the next day I got an email from Netgalley saying that I had been approved for this book and I just couldn’t not read it!

“The necessary words felt enormous, like tombstones leaving her mouth. They would change everything: she knew this. Nothing would be the same ever again.”

I really liked Maddy. She was a genuinely nice person who just didn’t know how to deal with what had happened to her. Having to spend her days at school in the company of the boys who raped her is torturous for her and so she has ended up internalising her pain and self harming. My only negative for Maddy would have to be that I feel like I would have connected to her and her emotions more if the story was told in first person, rather than third person.

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My Favourite Romance Books of All Time!

September 13, 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.

Ahhhhhh! Life has turned totally chaotic recently. Work is just manic and I seem to be spending my days printing, laminating, photocopying, stapling…basically anything office related that is tedious and boring I’m doing it! So it is a blessing to take a break and think about books!

Whilst you’re here I thought I’d let you know about my brand new reading challenge, Bookopoly. The most fun you can have with a book! Sign ups are here.

So, this weeks TTT topic is all about favourite books in a certain genre. I decided to go for Romance because it’s not my go-to genre, I’m more of a fantasy/dystopian type girl, so thought it would be nice to recap some of my favourites!

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Sunday Funday: Recycled Bookmarks

September 11, 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!

My week has been manic and it’s only 1 weeks off all the students starting back at the university I am working at. It’s a time at work that I don;t particularly like, not because I can’t cope with being busy but I feel like you really get to see the real side of the people that you work with, and sometimes it’s not a nice side. I’m really hoping that by this time next year I’ll be working somewhere else! *fingers crossed*

Also, just to let you know that my Birthday Giveaway is open until midnight tonight (GMT time) so make sure you check it out and enter for the chance to win some bookish goodies!

This weeks Sunday Funday is all about recycling old books into bookmarks, which sounds like it’s been done 1000 times before, but trust me… you’ve got to check these out!

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Review: “Asking For It” – Louise O’Neill

September 8, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Asking For It” – Louise O’NeillAsking For It by Louise O'Neill
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Published on: April 5th 2016
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Review Copy

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

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My Thoughts

Whilst at YALC I attended a panel which features Louise O’Neill and hearing her talk about her book really made me want to read it. Luckily I discovered that I actually already had a review copy from Netgalley (I really should keep up with my Netgalley books more!). The response to this book at YALC and online was great, so it was a little disappointing when I finally got round to reading it that I didn’t really feel the same way.

“When did we all become fluent in this language that none of us wanted to learn?”

I really struggled with the beginning 30% of this book. To put it bluntly Emma is a b*tch. I hated her, like really hated her. I have read about a lot of evil characters who have done really horrible things, but I have always been able to read them. But Emma just got to me. Her selfishness, her bitchiness, her scheming and just plain horrible thoughts about people who thought she cared about them. And my hatred for her worried me even right at the beginning because I wondered how I was ever going to be able to like this girl when it got down to the darker parts of this story.

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Shows Starting Again This Fall that I Can’t Wait to Watch

September 6, 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.

Everything is just so so busy right now. Do you ever feel like that? Like everything has all suddenly happening at the same time. Birthdays, weddings, school starts, trips out…these next two weeks for me are just totally manic! At least I get to eat some cake in them though!

This week I’m moving away from the books and instead sharing the TV shows I can’t wait to start watching again this fall! I’m also hoping to do a TON more reading over the next few months as it’s going to be WAY too cold to do much of anything else! I’ve just started a brand new reading challenge, Bookopoly, if anyone is interested? Sign ups are here.

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Sunday Funday: Bookstagram Reviews

September 4, 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 had such a hectic week and I am so happy to be spending my Sunday reading. I literally just finished Asking For It by Louise O’Neill last night and I’m looking forward to starting on something different, maybe some fantasy?

Work is starting to get busy again as all the students will be starting back in just over a week for a whole new year. Plus I went shopping to find a dress for my cousins wedding this week (my original one ended up being ivory, which is the same colour as the wedding dress. Oops!) and had a lovely night out with the girls from work. And then yesterday I went to Haworth with my mum which, if you didn’t already know, is where the Bronte sisters lived and wrote. It was really fascinating to see it all and I learnt so much more about them.

Also, just to let you know that my Birthday Giveaway is still open so make sure you check it out and enter for the chance to win some bookish goodies!

Ok, so my Sunday Funday. This week I was looking at lots of bookstagram accounts as I try and actually improve upon my own instagram and I came across a really cool account that I just had to share with you all

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Monthly Review – August 2016

September 2, 2016 Montly Review 0

Image of the Month

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The weather has been amazing over the last month so I have been out an exploring at every opportunity. This picture was taken along the canal which is just behind my house and my absolute favourite place to walk!

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

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5 things that happened

1) My Cousins Hen Do! – My cousin is getting married next month and so August was hen do month. We spent a day at the races (horse racing that is!) and although it was a little bit rainy it was a lot of fun. I won £50 in bets (we’ll ignore the fact that I spent £48!) and managed to last the entire day in my heels which is a massive accomplishment for me!

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Books That I Would Have On My Hypothetical Teacher Bookshelf

August 30, 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.

Back in work today after a wonderful bank holiday weekend and a whole 3 days off! I finally got on my new bike… and rode 5 minutes down the road before turning round! Got to start small and build it up! (plus I’m super lazy!) I celebrated my 3rd blogiversary this weekend though and have an amazing giveaway that you should definitely check out!

This week is all about back to school, so I decided to do my post about the books that I would include if I was a teacher. It has always been something that I’ve been interested in, and I feel like it’s probably the direction that I’m heading in but I have some other stuff I want to do first before I end up answering to ‘Miss’ for the rest of my life!

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Happy Birthday to…Broc’s Bookcase! (So let’s have a giveaway!)

August 29, 2016 Blogging, Giveaway 1

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Broc’s Bookcase is 3 years old!

(How on earth did that happen?!)

I remember when I first started blogging and would visit blogs that were years old and think Wow, how do they do it? Well 3 years on here I still am with no idea how I did it!

I am still amazed every single day when I log onto my blog and see that people have actually visited, people have commented, people have shared. Because who I am? I’m a 24 year old who lives in the middle of no where with way too many books that I love chatting about.

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Sunday Funday: Book Lamp

August 28, 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 am a massive fan of bank holiday weekends. 3 days weekends that do not require you to take any of your leave days form work! Plus August bank holidays mean beer festivals! Which is how I am spending mine! As the daughter of a brewery owner my life has a whole lot of beer in it, but my favourite has to be spending warm summer days sat in a beer garden just chilling out whilst drinking something yummy!

Also I want to share this with you about a teacher in Belgium who has got their students hunting for books rather than Pokemon! Pretty cool.

In other news, J.K.Rowling revealed this week that Dean Thomas was originally called Gary!

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We have the POWER!

August 26, 2016 Discussion 4

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.

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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!

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Review: “Beautiful Funeral” – Jamie McGuire

August 17, 2016 Book Review 2

 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.”

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!

 

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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!

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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 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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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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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!

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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

 Blog Tour: “We’ve Come to Take You Home” – Susan GanderWe've Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar
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
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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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This book is part of the Benedict Series. 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!

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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

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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
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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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The Story
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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
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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

Review: “The Sleeping Prince” – Melinda SalisburyThe Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
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Published on: May 31st 2016
Published by: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

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.

Ask no questions and you’ll be told no lies

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!

Tell me, how does your neck support the weight of so much idiocy?

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

Rating Beyond Loved

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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.

Beautiful Burn Glass Sword Cover Stars Above Cover

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!

A Thousand Boy Kisses Cover Winners Kiss Cover Some Kind Of Perfect

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

 

Review: “The Sin Eaters Daughter” – Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Website, Twitter

Published on: February 24th 2015
Published by: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Buy UK . Buy US. Goodreads






This book is part of the Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You can find links to my reviews for the rest of this series below:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
The Sleeping Prince (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

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

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

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Review: “Some Kind of Perfect” – Becca & Krista RitchieSome Kind of Perfect by Becca and Krista Ritchie
Website, Twitter

Published on: May 20th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 742
Series: Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
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)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

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!

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.

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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

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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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The Runaway Princess Review
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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