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Sorry, You Asked WHY You Need the Illustrated Harry Potter Book in Your Life?!!!

March 25, 2016 Book Review 4

Story by J.K.Rowling . Illustrated by Jim Kay

So I was going to so a full on review for this book, but then I realised that I already have right here. Word-wise this book is no different from the original Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. From the ‘Yer a Wizard Harry’ to the game of life size wizards chess!

But then when you look at the rest of the book (not including the words) there is of course one giant difference … it’s illustrated! (and beautifully done too!)

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Blog Tour: “Walk the Edge” – Katie McGarry

March 21, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

Blog Tour: “Walk the Edge” – Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
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Published on: March 29th 2016
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 426
Series: Thunder Road #2
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Thunder Road series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

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My Thoughts

I loved the first book in this series and had been keeping an eye out for ages for the announcement of her second book. I was desperate to get my hands on  copy of her book as soon as possible, and once I did I devoured it in one sitting. If you haven’t read any of this series then I would definitely recommend you start with Nowhere But Here, the first book. This one can be read as a standalone but it is much better when it comes after book 1.

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Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’Grady

March 16, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’Grady

Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’GradyAll For You  by Kristina O'Grady
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Published on: March 10th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 186
Series: Copeland Ranch Trilogy #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Is it time for a second chance at love?

When Lily left her home town – and the love of her life Wade – 8 years ago to start her acting career she had big plans to make her dream a reality. However, a few dead end jobs and one dead end relationship later she is back to make a fresh start with the only good thing to come out it all – her unborn baby.

Lily soon realises however that the heart wants what the heart wants, and hers clearly still wanted Wade Copeland! Can they overcome the hurt and pain of the past to allow themselves a future?

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My Thoughts

It took my a while to get into this book, like a whole 65%. But once I did it became the story that I had hoped all along that it would be.

I really struggled to like Lily at first. She just said and did really stupid things. I felt like I started to like her after she had gotten her life together, but whilst everything was a bit of a mess I didn’t really have any sympathy for her, nor did I massively like her.

Wade was a good love interest, but I never felt like I totally connected with him. He just seemed to keep changing his mind about things. “I like you” “I don’t like you” “I like you again” “You’re pregnant so I must now turn into super protective man who doesn’t want to be your friend” “I’m totally ignoring your baby bump and now I love you.” Ahhh!!!!

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Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

March 14, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie ColeA Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
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Published on: March 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 316
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

My Thoughts
If you are looking for Tillie Cole biker boys or hot football players, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a Tillie Cole story which makes your heart sore and then be shredded into pieces all within 300(ish) pages…then you are in the right place!

So firstly, I am a massive fan of second chance romances. So even before I knew the characters I was really excited for this story. The book begins with us seeing Rune & Poppy first meet when they are 5 years old, and then we get to see them again at 15 before they are separated when Rune goes back to Norway. I loved seeing these two as young children and seeing how their bond grew over the years, Seeing them at this younger age meant that everything that comes later is so much more believable because you have seen how their friendship and their love for ever other grew.

“Kiss number three hundred and fifty-four. With my Rune, in the blossom grove … and my heart almost burst. My kisses are all yours, Rune. No one else will ever have these lips but you.”

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Review: “Stars Above” – Marissa Meyer

March 9, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Stars Above” – Marissa MeyerStars Above by Marissa Meyer
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Published on: February 2nd 2016
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 369
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess.
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

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My Thoughts

WARNING! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series then I would very much recommend that you not read this review (yes, that’s right. I am actively turning people away from my blog!) Although there will be no spoilers for I cannot promise that through my review I wont say something that may be a little bit spoilery for one of the previous books. Feel free to check out my earlier reviews though (all links above) and let me entice you towards this incredible series.

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Review: “Glass Sword” – Victoria Aveyard

March 4, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Glass Sword” – Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 9th 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
Series: Red Queen #2
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)

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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My Thoughts

After finishing the first book in this series my very first thought was “Thank goodness I waited so long to read ths book that I can just start the second book straight away!” Upon finishing this book my thoughts were not so happy and were ore of a “WHHHHHHHHHY?! Why must I wait SO LONG for the next one?! I NEED it NOOOOOOOOW!”

Yeah, it was that good.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

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Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

February 26, 2016 Book Review 2

 Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 10th 2015
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 383
Series: Red Queen #1
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)

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

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My Thoughts

This is a book that I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on last year and as soon as it was released it was in my hands. Then I put it on my bookshelf and totally forgot all about it until recently when I heard about the second book being released and remembered I hadn’t read the first! And now that I have I can’t believe I waited so long!

This is EXACTLY my type of book! Dystopian world, people with powers, love between people of different…in this case blood types I guess and a whole big rebellion/war type thing going on. Plus, how gorgeous is that cover!

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.”

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I Read Non-Fiction… and I Liked it!

February 25, 2016 Book Review 4

So as I mentioned in this weeks TTT post, I really don’t read around much. I know what I like (YA, NA, Fantasy, Dystopian) and I stick with it. Mostly out of fear I guess, because the few times I have venture away from my typical genres it hasn’t gone so well.

But this year when deciding on my challenges I decided to throw a ‘Non Fiction’ one in there to read 12 Non Fiction books this year.

I’ve found in the past that non fiction books can, at times, be a little more expensive then the usual books that I read. So I have been looking on Netgalley at the Non Fiction on there and have found some really good ones which I have really enjoyed reading. (I’m sure they must have thought that someone must have hacked my account when I started requesting non fiction after 2 years of only requesting YA!)

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

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Release Date: 29th March 2016
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This is the perfect little book for an animal lover, or just anyone who loves amazing their friends and family with their knowledge of random facts! I, myself, have already amazed my sister with some fascinating facts about polar bears actually being black and bees never sleeping!

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I haven’t read an illustrated book since I was in school but I loved the illustrations in this one. Such a unique style of drawing, Säfström managed to show off the animals personalities with just a pencil.

A gem of a book, I highly recommend the paper version though, as the eBook was a little hard to read and be able to fully appreciate the illustrations.

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Simple Calligraphy: The Beginners Guide to Elegant Lettering

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Release Date: 19th April 2016
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I have always found calligraphy to be such a beautiful and useful skill to have and so when I saw this book I immediately wanted it with hopes that by the end of it I would be writing super beautiful calligraphy everywhere. Well I’m not going to lie to you, unfortunately you wont be a brilliant calligraphist after reading this book, but you will know how to do what you are meant to be doing (even if, like me, you still can’t do it!)

The book is divided into various sections for the various things you will be wanting to write such as small letters, capitals, numerals, flourishes etc. It gives loads of information on the tools and materials you need to be using, plus some great ideas for the type of things you can create with your new (or non-existent in my case) calligraphy skills.

Just like with the animal facts book I would definitely recommend you getting this one as a paper book, as the eBook was slightly hard to use when looking at the images. Even so, I feel like this book gave me a great basic knowledge of what I’m meant to be doing and after some (a lot!) of practice I should be able to write something half decent.

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Frientimacy

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Release Date: 22nd March 2016
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I don’t know about you but I often have moments when I feel a little insecure about the friendships in my life. I can go and meet up with some of my friends and have a catch up and a really great time, and then sat on the train home I seem to analyse the evening and how my friends reacted to me or the things that I said or did. Maybe it’s just me?

I went into this book not really knowing what I was expecting from it or what I wanted from it. If anything I feel like it made me feel even more insecure about my friendships! There were a lot of rating questions for example, on a scale of 1-10 how satisfied are you with your current level of frientimacy? I’ve never rated my friendships before and it wasn’t something I found easy to do here, plus what even is ‘Frientimacy’?! I read most of the book and still have no idea what this word really means!

On reflection I don’t think this book is for me. With chapter titles like ‘Owning Our Intimacy Gaps’, ‘The Frientimacy Triangle’ and ‘Identifying Frientimacy Imbalance’ it seemed a bit , I don’t know the right word… cheesy (?) patronising (?) at times. Nelson talks about how she sits with her friends and they go round the circle and each say something they like about their friendship group and something more they want from their friendship group. I think if I suggested that to my friends they would all laugh.

A lot of people will find this useful, no doubt about that, but for me I think I’ll stick to weekly cocktail catch ups with the girls, as they seem to be working out fine for me so far!

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So, Non-Fiction…

So far I’m really liking what I’ve read. I think I’m better with the books that I actually learn facts or a skill from rather than the discussion books like Frientimacy which I found a lot harder to follow and much of the information a little useless. I’ve started to look round at some more books to try out which no-doubt I will be telling you all about soon!

Do you read much Non-Fiction?

What sort of non-fiction books do you like reading?

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