Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Announcement: Book Bloggers Secret Santa!


Hi Everyone! So Christmas is fast approaching and I really enjoyed hosting the Book Bloggers Secret Santa last year so I have decided to do it again! 

I have not had as much time this semester to read  or blog due to college but am so looking forward to having some time off at Christmas to read and relax. 

I really love the book blogging community and feel that this is the perfect way to help make friends with bloggers, increase that sense of community and also fill you with tat warm fuzzy feeling you get when you give someone a gift you know they will love! 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Review: The Deviants by CJ Skuse

Publisher: Mira Ink 
Publication Date: September 22nd 2016
Source: Received review copy from publisher

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Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. But Ella is hiding things- like why she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

Huge thank you to Mira Ink publishing for sending me an copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I knew I wanted to read this book after reading Skuse's novel Monster (Review Here) and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

This book was so addictive- I mean crazy addictive. I found it hard to put down and after I had gotten a good way into the book I decided to not put it down at all and just read through the night to finish it! The way the book is written each chapter leads into another- pulling the reader's attentions straight into the next scene. The revenge scenes were so funny and skillfully written. 

Skuse's brilliant writing style is as evident in The Deviants as it was in Monster. CJ writes with perfect knowledge of her characters which seem so three dimensional and real. Her plot perfectly flows from beginning to end, keeping the reader hanging on her every word. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Review: Good Girls Don't by Claire Hennessy

Publisher: Poolbeg Press
Publication Date: January 2004
Source: Borrowed from library

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My past is a list of experiences. Not mistakes, experiences, and if I had the chance to go back and change something, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t be me otherwise. But I do wish that the past would just stay put . . .” Good girls behave themselves. Good girls work hard. Good girls always do the right thing. Emily Keating is not a good girl by these standards, but she’s trying. She wants to help her friends – even if it means skipping school or kissing them when she probably shouldn’t. She wants to be a good friend to everyone – even Hugh, her ex, who she still has unresolved issues with. Even Lucy, her former crush, who’s toyed with Emily’s heart more than once. Even Barry, her dearest friend, who everyone insists she has chemistry with. But at what point do you need to stop sorting everyone else’s life out and find your own happy ending – even if that means hurting someone you care about?

After reading Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire earlier this year, I really wanted to read more of her novels. So I hunted down a copy of Good Girls Don't in my local library and was very excited to get reading it as soon as possible.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Review: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Publisher: Little Brown UK
Publication Date: July 31st 2016
Source: Gift

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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

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

 I can not describe the sheer joy I felt when my dad & sister got me this book as a present! I love them so much and could not wait to dive straight back into the Harry Potter wizarding world. Here is my *spoiler free* review. 

So this book is not a book, it is a script. I do have to admit that I was at first a little skeptical about reading a play's script as I have not read a play since secondary school. Although it was a little jarring at first, I soon got used to the idea and quickly it felt like reading a normal book as I was swept up by the story.

The Cursed Child tells the story of Albus Severus Potter, a boy who has had to grown up in the shadow of his dads legacy. Being Harry Potter's son has taken it's toll on Albus and through the course of the story we see how this affects Albus's life at school, his relationship with his father and also shows the expectations others have towards Harry's children. 

Albus is a character that the reader / audience take into their heart from the very beginning. Albus is so like his dad in certain ways, such as his spontaneous nature and bravery, yet is also struggling with thinking he will never live to be like dad. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Review: London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning

Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: June 2nd 2016
Source: Review Copy

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Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

 Thank you to Hot Key Books for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for my review. I was so very excited to read this novel as Sarra Manning is an amazing writer. Her novel Let's Get Lost was one of my first YA novels and is one that I so want to read again soon, especially after reading London Belongs To Us

This novel centers around Sunny and her discovery that her "oh so perfect and wonderful" boyfriend has cheated on her. Sunny then embarks on a chase through London and its landmarks with two french boys while meeting all manners of characters and ending up on an adventure. 

The characters in this novel were typical of Sarra Manning- bright, entertaining and love-able. 

Sunny was a very relate-able character who was just the right amount of timid and shy to let the reader take her into their heart from the very first page and then fall in love with her more as she grew and progressed through the novel. Sunny was definitely a character I think readers will see a little of themselves in and absolutely adore. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favourite Pokemon | Pokemon Go!

So this month, the world has been captivated by the release of Pokemon Go.

If you've been living under a rock, you might be unaware as to what this is. Pokemon Go is an app created by Nintendo which allows the mobile phone holder to live out their childhood dreams of actually being a Pokemon master by catching, evolving and battling Pokemon.

I've given in to my Pokemon Go addiction. I was a huge fan of the TV show as a child and my seven year old self would be over the moon if they knew about this app.

So I've decided to combine two loves, one old and one new ; Books + Pokemon Go! Find a cool book recommendation based on your favourite type of Pokemon below. 

Click the books cover to be taken to my review! 

If you're a fan of water type Pokemon, try a contemporary read.

I recommend these; 

If fire type Pokemon are you're favourite, you should pick up an action packed novel!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: 9th June 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review copy

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Wish you weren't here…

When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…. wasn't just an accident.

With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn't the one to blame?

 Big thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a full and honest review. 

First up, I just want to say how beautiful the cover of this novel is. I'd seen photos of this book around Instagram before I began reading it and it's just such a gorgeous cover. I'm a sucker for beautiful typography on a book cover! 

Going into this book, I really did not know what to expect. I hadn't read any reviews of the novel or heard anyone talk about it so it was refreshing to go into the novel without any other opinions.