Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Wicked Games By Sean Olin


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.


I can't wait to read:



Wicked Games By Sean Olin


Expected Publication: June 10th 2014
Wicked Games is the first book in a sexy thriller series where passion, lies, and revenge collide-perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Sara Shepard.

To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone's eyes.

Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she's been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.

By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.

This juicy summer read will keep readers turning pages until the shocking, nail-biting finale.
I am always looking for a new thriller to read and this books sounds perfect. I can't wait to see how the drama unfolds!


Monday, 28 April 2014

Review - Going Vintage By Lindsey Leavitt


Going Vintage By Lindsey Leavitt
Published: April 1st 2013

Sixteen-year-old Mallory loves her boyfriend, Jeremy. Or at least likes him more than she's ever liked any other boy. She's sure he feels the same way. Until she happens upon his online Authentic Life game and discovers he's cheating on her ...online Mallory's life is falling apart and technology is the cause. And then she finds a list, written by her grandma when she was Mallory's age. All her grandma had to worry about was sewing dresses and planning dinner parties. Things were so much simpler in the 1960s. And there's nothing on the list that Mallory couldn't do herself. Maybe it's time for Mallory to go vintage and find the answers to her modern-day problems.


Going Vintage is a fun, light-hearted read that left me wanting to go vintage myself!

Mallory is just your regular teenage girl who happens to find out her boyfriend Jeremy has been cheating…online! Heart-broken and angry, Mallory swears of modern technology and decides to “go vintage” 1960’s to be precise. Whilst sorting out her grandma’s house she finds a to-do list from her grandma’s teenage years and decides she is going to complete the tasks on the list, including things such as making her own prom dress.

I really enjoyed reading about Mallory as she tries to complete the list and adapt to life without modern technology, which has become so involved in everyday modern life it seemed impossible she would be able to cope without it. I loved her determination and strength to keep up with her mission. It was very enjoyable to see her go on this journey of forgetting first love, moving on and growing up. 

I loved the relationship between Mallory and her sister, the banter and humour they shared was a great addition to the book. My favourite character in the book would have to be Oliver. Oliver is a love interest and friend to Mallory; he’s quirky and completely different to his cousin…Jeremy. 
I have not read about a character like him before, he is so different from any other leading man and I am so glad Lindsey Leavitt created him for us to enjoy!

Going Vintage is a great enjoyable read that I shall read over and over again! I honestly would love to try and “go vintage” for a while!

Rating: 5/5



Friday, 25 April 2014

Feature And Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

This weeks question:

Have any pets? Tell us or show us


This is my gorgeous cat Pippin! Yes he is named after a mischievous Hobbit! He was the runt of the litter and was so tiny and I just had to have him. He is such an adorable, cuddly cat but can be so naughty! He likes to climb curtains and be carried around like a baby...hes very spoilt! 




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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Say Her Name By James Dawson


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Say Her Name By James Dawson
Expected Publication: June 5th 2014



Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson.



I want to start reading more horror books and I think this is a great book to start with. The cover is so creepy and the book sounds really good! I have always been afraid of Bloody Mary is the movies so reading about her is bound to be scary too!


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review - Betrayed (Angels Of Affection #1) By Carly Fall

Betrayed By Carly Fall
Published March 31st 2014

After police officer Jeff Waters’ wife leaves him, a darkness descends over him, causing anger and hate to to rage within. His self-control is tested both on and off the job, putting his life, as well as the lives of others, in jeopardy.

Liam and Adela, two former Angels of Death, have been reluctantly transformed into Angels of Affection – those angels who help humans fall in love – to assist in the war against the hate taking over Earth and the self-destructive nature of humans.

Their first assignment: helping Jeff Waters find love and saving him from the darkness threatening to overtake him.

I received this book is exchange for an honest review.

Betrayed is the first book is a new paranormal romance series and what a way to start off!

The world is a hateful place and love is the way to fix it. Two angels of death (Adela and Liam) are transformed into angels of affection to try and bring love back into the world and the people living in it.

I love the world Carly Fall has created, her description of Heaven and the world the angels live in is beautifully written and I felt myself transported there. I enjoyed the idea of the angels also being responsible for helping people to find love, I do think that the world is full of hate and I love thinking that love helps to make the world a better place.

Liam is a womanizing, troubled man who is avoiding the pain in his past and missing human life. He relishes in the opportunity to become human again and go back to his old ways. I enjoyed the banter and sexual tension between Adela and Liam. It is made obvious that there could be a future for the two of them as a couple and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds. Adela was a great character, she has a tough exterior but she is so vulnerable and I loved that about her character. I really enjoyed seeing her adapt to the human world and learn about love, something that is so alien to her.

Although Betrayed is a paranormal romance I think the story is about love. How love can change the world, break people and fix them.  It’s a book about people finding themselves, atoning for their past and moving forward. I really enjoyed Betrayed and I can’t wait to read the second installment and see how Liam and Adela’s journey progresses. 

Rating: 4/5




Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Characters I Would Want On My Side In A Zombie Apocalypse


       
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.
This weeks subject is Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank -- examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.)

I have chosen characters I would want backing me up in a zombie Apocalypse! I have used book Characters and a couple of TV Series characters that are also books/comics..so that still counts right? :)


1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games - She's strong, loyal and can hunt for food.
2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter - She's smart and can kick zombie butt with her spells.
3. Legolas from Lord Of The Rings - He uses a crossbow!
4. Aragorn From Lord Of The Rings - He's brave, can use a sword and strong. I would feel safer with him there.
5. Aslan from The Chronicles Of Narnia - Who wouldn't want a powerful lion to back them up!
6. R from warm bodies - I would want somebody on the inside.
7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer - She's died twice and is still standing...
8. Dean Winchester from Supernatural - Would have your back, be eye candy and sing you a good song..a good team mate overall!
9. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries - Hes dark and dangerous and I would like to see vampire vs. zombie!
10. Voldemort - If he was good obviously and on my side!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Stacking The Shelves #5


Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. I am still fixing the pictures that have disappeared from my blog and hope to be finished by the end of the day, thanks for being patient. 

I also want to say a huge thank you, I have reached 100 followers on Bloglovin'!! I never in a million years thought I would reach 100 followers, especially since I only started my blog in January of this year! So thank you everyone who is following me and enjoying my blog, it means the world!

Physical purchases:


I have got some more bargains this week! I got Noughts & Crosses for 50p in my local charity shop! Angelfall and Anna Dressed In Blood were sitting on a shelf in a second hand book shop for less than £2 each and I had to buy them, I am really excited to read them both!




Dead Beautiful sounded like a great read and I love the cover and for 50p I can't go wrong! Mortal kiss and Spells were both random buys, the shop was having a sale, Two books for a £1 and i couldn't resist. I just need to get the first book Wings to go with Spells.



More bargains buys! I am really excited to read both of these books!

For Review:



Friday, 18 April 2014

Feature And Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

This weeks question is:

Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?
I live in the UK and spring break is not a big event here but I would like to go somewhere in the English countryside and explore historic places and get a lot of reading done in a beautiful setting.



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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review - Throwaway Girl By Kristine Scarrow

Throwaway Girl By Kristine Scarrow
Expected Publication: 29th September 2014

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother's home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she's had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she's eighteen, she's about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she's lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she's ever known. Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the blurb of Throwaway girl I was expecting a hard hitting emotional story unfortunately I didn't get what I expected or wanted from this book
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Throwaway girl is a coming of age story about a girl named Andy who has spent her life in foster care and how she is going to move on and cope after leaving when she reaches eighteen. The story is told through flashbacks to past events in Andy’s life, sharing her experiences and hardships with the audience. Throwaway girl tackles a number of difficult subjects such as abuse, loss and rape. I was expecting this book to have me in tears but I felt the character of Andy is written in a way where she is very detached from her feelings and when we are hearing about all the horrific things she has been through there is no emotion from her, leaving me as the reader also detached. Due to the subject matter I expected the book to be difficult to read at times but I felt it more difficult because of Andy’s lack of emotion. I felt like I knew her story but not how she felt about anything and I like to know what the characters felt and lose myself in the world they live in.

I also felt the story was quite rushed, I think a lot of significant events where put into the book and they weren't all needed. I felt the events that did happen needed more detail and feeling behind them.

I had such high expectations for this book and although I enjoyed it whilst reading, it hasn't stayed with me. I felt with the subject matter it should have been an emotional book and I didn't feel any emotion from the characters which let the story down for me. I won’t be buying a copy of this book but I will be looking out to see what Kristine Scarrow has to offer in upcoming books.

Rating: 3/5

Waiting On Wednesday - They All Fall Down By Roxanne St. Claire



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.


I can't wait to read:
They All Fall Down By Roxanne St. Claire
Expected Publication: October 14th 2014

Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.

If you're on it this year? Your life ends.


I have been seeing this book around a lot lately on a lot of other bloggers Waiting On Wednesdays and every time I see it I get more excited to read it! It sounds like my perfect kind of book and the cover is really creepy!



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review - Don't Look Back By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: 15th April 2014


What if you had the chance to start again...but only if you promised never to look back? Samantha is popular, rich, and seemed to have it all...until the night she and her best 'frenemy' Cassie disappeared and only Sammy resurfaced, with no recollection of who she is or what happened. Sammy's a stranger in her own life - a life she no longer wants any part of. Losing her memory is a chance to start again. Then Sammy begins receiving mysterious notes warning her about that night, urging her to not look back. But she can't let it go. As she starts poking around in her past she begins to remember...and something sinister begins to surface.



I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy of this book. I never in a million years thought my request would be accepted and I am so happy I had the chance to read this amazing book!

Don’t Look Back is a thrilling mystery that kept me guessing right up until the very end!

This is the first book I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I really enjoyed her writing style, it was exciting and kept me turning the pages wanting more. I loved the atmospheric  feel  to the book, it felt mysterious and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to put all the puzzle pieces together and work out how the story was going to end.

I loved the plot to this story I really enjoy books that use the amnesia plot line.  The book is written so we as the audience are finding out what happened at the same time the main character Sam is, when Sam has a flash back it is the first time we find out that piece of the story too. It makes her a relatable character as the audience is also in the dark just like her. I like that we are shown what happened through her fractured memories.

The book had me playing Nancy Drew! I really enjoy stories with a whodunit, and Don’t Look Back has to be one of my favourite stories I have read in a long time. It’s thrilling, full of mystery and romance and left me in complete shock when the killer is finally revealed. With most books I have an idea of who the killer is but Don’t Look Back had me in suspense right until the end, I would have never have guessed the big reveal!

Jennifer L. Armentrout has given us well written and established characters. Each character has a different personality and substance and are not just names on the page as I have found in some books. I felt like I knew these characters and what they were like. Sam goes on a journey within the book, not only discovering and finding out who she used to be but realizing she didn't like the person she was and finding out who she was as a person now. I especially liked the relationship between Sam and Carson, it developed in a realistic way and was not rushed or forced, it felt genuine and sweet and I always enjoy a good romance in a book.

Don’t Look Back is everything I was expecting and more. A fantastically written mystery thriller that will keep you turning the pages!

Rating: 5/5  



Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own


                         
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.
This weeks topic is top Ten bookish things (that aren't books) that I would like to own..or already own!

1. Spineless Classics - Alice In Wonderland


I love Spineless Classics, they make books into art! This Alice In Wonderland picture is my favourite and it's the whole book made into a picture, so I can hang the whole book on my wall! They have an amazing selection of books too everything from The Secret Garden to The Moomins!


2. Pride And Prejudice 3D Mobile

I saw this on Etsy and I think it is super cute! It would look perfect with my decor and Pride and Prejudice is a favourite of mine.


3. The Fault In Our Stars Necklace

I love The Fault In Our Stars and this necklace is so lovely! I need it in my life!


4. I need a new bookshelf, a large one to fit all the books I keep purchasing, my book buying habit is out of control!


5. Pretty Little Liars Boxset

I love this series, it is my new addiction!! It is based on a book so it counts as being book related right? Haha


6. Bookmarks

I always lose my bookmarks so I really need some new ones, I would love Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones themed ones :)


7. Dr. Seuss Shoes

 These shoes are awesome! I don't know what I would wear them with but they are just so cool!


8. So Many Books Cushion
This cushion describes my book obsession completely!


9. Tea and Book Cushion
You might be able to tell I have an obsession with cushions! They are just so comfy! This cushion is perfect for me, tea and a book! I adore it, Etsy has some beautiful items!


10. A new comfy chair to sit in the garden on in the summer to read in the sunshine :)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Stacking The Shelves #4


Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tyngas Reviews, where we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.


Ebooks for review:






Purchased

All the books I have purchased in the past Two weeks have all been 50p from local second hand book shops and charity shops and I am extremely happy with my purchases!


I really enjoyed the film of How I Live Now and I know the book is different from the film so am looking forward to seeing the differences!

I am always looking John Green books second hand and this is the first one I have found! I am so happy to have found Looking For Alaska and can't wait to read it!

Going Vintage sounds like a fun read and if Becca Fitzpatrick likes it, i'm sure I will too!


I have wanted to read The Hollow for such a long time and when I saw the second Two books in the series I couldn't leave them there! Now i just need to get book One!

I read Night School last year and really enjoyed it so I was really excited to find the second book in the series Night School Legacy!