Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Published October 23rd 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books
Paperback, 432 pages

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Blog Tour: Eren by Simon P. Clark Review

Eren by Simon P. Clark
Published September 18th 2014 by Corsair

People are keeping secrets from Oli - about where his father is, and why he hasn't come to join them at his uncle's house in the country.

But Oli has secrets too.

He knows what lives in the attic. Eren - part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli's life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine. Its a chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on...

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

I have been waiting semi-patiently for this book for almost two years now. It hasn’t been easy—in fact it’s been painstakingly hard—and I’ve found myself rereading the final scene of Evolution over and over. The release date has been pushed back so many times I was starting to think I’d be dead before I got the chance to read it. However, I’ve tried to stay positive during this wait as I know that Michelle has put everything she’s got into making sure this series gets the finale it deserves and I admire her for that. With only 34 days left until release my excitement is building. I can’t wait to pick this badboy up, get some long awaited answers and hopefully (fingers crossed) some Noah Shaw action too…

Friday, 11 July 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #16

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using Bloglovin or GFC, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.

Q. If you had a time machine (i.e. a TARDIS), where would you go?

If I were to own a time machine I would travel back to the Victorian era so I could wear fancy gowns. I hope that I’d get invited to a ball while visiting but they may take note of me or a royal could fall madly in love with me, so I’d probably mess the future up. If that plan fell through then I’d also go back in time to 1912 so I can roam the Titanic and see if it was as luxurious in person as it was said to be.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Book Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Published June 15th 2014 by R.S. Grey
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Synopsis:
What started out as a joke—seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score. 
With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.
• A face that makes girls weep – check. 
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check. 
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.
Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.
Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.” 
My Thoughts:
If Scoring Wilder hasn’t made its way to your summer reading list yet then what are you playing at? C’mon people, step it up already! This is a fast paced, fun read that is scorching hot and will have you squirming in your seat. 

There’s no denying the fact that I love a good college/high school themed book. I could read this genre (is that what you’d call it?) all day, everyday, so if you have any recommendations then you know where to comment. I was slightly wary of this one as its main focus is soccer—or football as us Brits call it—and I’m not particularly interested in the sport. However my doubts vanished once I’d gotten into the book and I actually found myself enjoying that aspect of the story. 

Scoring Wilder opens up with our heroine—Kinsley Bryant—catching her boyfriend Josh, at it with a complete bimbo. This is nothing new for Kinsley as her previous boyfriend also cheated on her. She sure knows how to pick them! As she takes in the scene she keeps her exterior cool, calm and collected while her inner monologue is making snide comments that had me crying so hard from laughter. Fast-forward two weeks, Kinsley’s arrived at college and is on her way to becoming a soccer superstar. All is going well…that is until she meets the tenacious Liam Wilder at an LA Stars party. Immediately sparks are flying and Kinsley can think of nothing more than getting to know his tattoos on a more personal level. Things aren’t always what they seem though and soon Liam lets it slip that he’ll be coaching her at ULA. Uh-oh!

While reading forbidden romances I’ve often felt discouraged, as a lot of the time they’ve turned out to be quite cheesy and over exaggerated. But when done right they can make for an excellent read. I feel that R.S. Grey has nailed it perfectly with this book. She has created swoon worthy characters that are realistic, loveable and downright hilarious. But don’t get me wrong; there are a couple of characters that made me want to rip my hair out. I wont be naming these particular characters or why they did this, as you should read the book to find out for yourself. The authors writing flows beautifully throughout the novel, there’s never a dull moment and you’ll find yourself staying up till all hours to complete it. 

I’d like to point out that this is a New Adult novel so I’d recommend it to those of you that are 17+. The book contains mature content that younger teenagers parents may be uncomfortable with their child reading.

I hope that this review is enough to encourage you to give this gem of a book a go; believe me when I say it’s definitely worth the read. You’ll be left in a delirious state of mind as you ache for more Liam Wilder action. I also think that it’ll open your eyes to independently published authors. We as readers don’t give them enough credit and often go for overhyped books by well-known, big-name authors. This isn’t always a bad thing but its great to show some support every once in a while! I cant wait to see what else this author has to offer as her storytelling is superb and I don’t think I’ll be able to find much else better this summer.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

An explanation for my blogging hiatus.

Hello all! I’m sure some of you have noticed by now that I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I’m feeling slightly guilty for not doing so. I’ve got some serious explaining to do. First things first, Id like to say thank you to you all for sticking around while I went off the radar. It amazes me that people are still reading my blog even if I’m not posting and for that I’m extremely grateful.

2014 has been a shit year. Maybe that’s a slight overstatement as not everything’s been too horrendous but lets just say, it could’ve been a lot better. And I know there are millions of people in the world that are facing far worse problems but for me personally, this year has been a hard one. Anxiety issues are at an all time high and stress induced psoriasis has graced its presence upon me. Although these two things are only the tip of the iceberg I don’t wish to go into further detail as I feel that this stuff is private to me.

With everything that’s been happening lately blogging hasn’t been at the top of my priorities. I miss it dearly but not having to worry about when my next post will go up is quite nice. I am going to try and post more now but it will be a slow process getting back into things. Especially as right now I’m at the point in my life where I have to focus more on myself. I’m currently figuring out what I want do and have finally mustered the motivation to get my photography business going. Though I need something else to fall back on so job searching has begun again. I’m also trying to get my health in order but it’s proving to be quite the task and that is upsetting. I hate feeling like I’m failing myself but some things take time and patience, two things that annoy me greatly.

If you follow me on Instagram then you would’ve seen a snap I uploaded while reading on holiday a few weeks ago. My mum and I decided that we needed a dose of sun and relaxation so we went to Greece for a little while. It was great to be away from everything even if it was only for a week. Everyone should escape reality every once in a while as you come back feeling relieved of previous stress. Though I did get post holiday depression when I returned to rainy England! If you ever get a chance to visit any of the Greek islands then I encourage you to take it, as it’s simply stunning there. 

Since I’ve been away from blogging I have been reading more than ever. I haven’t been reading because I know I needed to review a certain book, no, I’ve been picking up any book that has caught my attention. I think from now on I wont get so caught up in the hype of certain books. Instead I’m going to read whatever takes my fancy at the time. However I would like to point out that I am still going to be reading books I receive for review just without the stress of feeling like I have to rush. A review is better late than never. Am I right?

If you’ve actually stuck around until this point then wow… I didn’t think anyone would! These are just some of the things that I wanted to get off my chest and I feel so much better for doing so. This post has been on my mind for a while now but I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing it down until today. I hope you guys understand why I’ve been away from blogging and can forgive me; I will be trying much harder to write posts more frequently from now on.  Happy Reading!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Published 29th April 2014 by HarperTeen
Paperback, 400 pages
Synopsis:
It’s time.
Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.
The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.
In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
My Thoughts:
My bittersweet heart feels nothing but euphoric joy. Sweet Reckoning—which should be renamed to Sweet Feels…okay so maybe that sounds like an uber cheesy erotic novel but yeah, feels—has given me everything from intense sadness too immense happiness. I don’t think my heavy heart can take all of the emotion. 

As the saying goes, everything comes at a price and it really does fit in with this series. Throughout the books we’ve seen our main protagonist overcome many problems but it doesn’t always end well. In this epic finale Anna has to decide whom she’s fighting for and what she’s willing to give up in the process. I’ve really enjoyed watching Anna blossom from the weak, timid little girl we first met into a hardcore all singing, all dancing badass! 

Because this is the finale book in the trilogy I don’t want to give too much away by rattling on. However, can we just take a moment to discuss the ever so sexy and endearing Kaiden Rowe? Like Anna, he has taken on many challenges throughout the trilogy. We’ve seen him question his purpose and deny himself of what is natural to him in order to save the people he loves. As far as character development goes I think Wendy nailed this one perfectly.

Truth be told, I never thought we’d see the day that Kaiden and Anna have the chance to be happy together but it seems that Ms Higgins ships them just as much as we do. Enough so she’d give us what we all want and damn, I’m not one to read and tell but… it was mighty fine! How can something be so sensual yet so sweet at the same time? 

In this action packed, mind blowing conclusion we see Anna do everything she can to not only save the Nephilim but also mankind from the terrible demons that prowl the earth and revel in all things evil. The book isn’t always serious though, we get some heartwarming and humorous scenes that’ll either have you giggling like a schoolgirl or shedding a tear or two. Sweet Reckoning sees the return of many favourite characters as they join together in order to help Anna rid the world of all things horrendous. This trilogy is so much more than your average paranormal/fantasy novel and I think that the finale was definitely worth the wait as it was everything I could’ve hoped for.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Book Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Kindle Edition, 400 Pages
Synopsis:
One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
My Thoughts:
Jennifer L Armentrout is slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite authors. Up until this year I hadn’t read anything by her but now I’m onto my fifth book and I must say, I’ve loved all that I’ve read by her so far. Isn’t it great when you discover a new author and immediately enjoy their work? I cant decide which series of hers I like the most but White Hot Kiss is definitely one of her best, I cannot wait for the next installment in the series.

I was over the moon when my request for this was accepted on Netgalley a couple of months back. I’d heard nothing but good things about the book and thought it had an interesting premise. I’d been putting off reading it but decided now was the time to pick it up. One thing I love about Jennifer’s writing is the fact that its so easy to read. Once I got into this book I absolutely devoured it, I probably would’ve read it in one sitting if I didn’t have anything else to do. It was simply impossible to put this book down.

A half demon, half gargoyle female protagonist with a lethal kiss, what more could you want from a paranormal? Oh yeah, I forgot, this is a JLA book we’re talking about so of course there is plenty of man candy to sink your teeth into. I’m torn between whom I like better, Roth or Zayne? Zayne or Roth? Both? I don’t know how she does it but Jennifer always manages to create desirable characters that you hate to love. 

If you’re already a fan of Jennifer then I know you’re going to love this book as it is on par with her previous work. But if you haven’t read anything by her yet then I’d recommend that you start with this series. The plotline is well thought out with explosive chemistry, laugh out loud humor and an ending that’ll leave you wanting more. There are some serious WTF moments throughout the book but don’t worry too much, I’m sure it’ll all work out in the second installment…hopefully.

Stone Cold Touch—the second book in this series—will be released later this year on October 28th so you have plenty of time to devour this book as I did. And for those of you who have already read White Hot Kiss; I’d like to hear your thoughts on the book and whether you’re also excited for October.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: On the Fence by Kasie West

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine. Its a chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on...

On the Fence by Kasie West
Expected Publication: July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen

The Distance Between Us was one of my favourite contemporaries last year so I’m interested to see how this one turns out. The synopsis makes it sound like the perfect summer read, I can see myself now, sitting in the sun with an ice cold drink in one hand and this book in the other. I hope it lives up to my expectations but I’m sure it will, as I’ve seen nothing but great reviews for it so far.

Book Review: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Published September 2009 by Harper Collins
Paperback, 636 pages
Synopsis:
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
My Thoughts:
My heart of stone has been shattered into a thousand pieces. It feels like a pickaxe has been taken to it and damn, it hurts. The Bronze Horseman is like no other book I’ve read before, so many authors have tried and failed to bring me down but Paullina Simons rose to the challenge and crushed me like a bug. I may never be the same again.

This will probably be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written, I can’t seem to put my thoughts coherently into sentences; I’m still reeling from all the emotion! The Bronze Horseman is a tale of suffering, survival and above all what it means to be in love. 

“Love is,” she repeated slowly, looking only at Dasha, “when he is hungry and you feed him. Love is knowing when he is hungry”

Although this isn’t the type of book I’d normally go for I decided to pick it up anyway. I’m going to be honest here and say that it intimidated me. First of all, it’s a chunk of a book and I didn’t think I’d  actually manage to read it all. And secondly, its historical fiction, so to say that it’s out of my comfort zone is an understatement. Historical fiction hasn’t ever been one of my go to genres let alone historical fiction with a boatload of romance! 

Time ceased to exist while reading this, I was so invested in Tatiana and Alexanders story that I simply couldn’t put the book down. Whenever I didn’t have the book to hand my thoughts were with it. I was desperate to find out what horrors Tatia and Shura would have to face next in this hell bent society. I found myself ignoring family and friends so I could fully immerse myself in their story. Who has time to do anything else while reading such an epic book? What is food? What is this thing called the outside world that people rave about? Who needs a social life when there is fiction? Let me tell you now, my ignorance was worth it as this book has taken me on an emotion fuelled journey. 

Paullina Simons writing is not only heart achingly beautiful but also incredibly descriptive. I felt like I had been transported to Russia and was in the midst of it all surrounded by these characters I’d grown to know and love so well. With her writing being so descriptive you can imagine how sexually explicit it got; yeah… this isn’t for younger readers.

"Why did we spend two days fighting when we could have been doing this?" 
"That wasn't fighting, Tatiana. That was foreplay.”

Never have I cried so much while reading a book, my heart feels weak from all the damage its taken and yet I still want more. I know for certain that this will always have a place in my heart and will be a re-read time and time again. I can only hope that I’ve convinced some of you to give it a chance, as I’d love to be able to discuss it further. 

After reading The Bronze Horseman I knew I had to buy the next two instalments in the trilogy. I was meant to be buying holiday clothes but instead have chosen fiction; my order from Amazon should be coming tomorrow. My mum thinks that I’m ridiculously sad for desperately wanting the next two books but she just doesn’t understand. I’m slightly nervous to continue reading, as with the way this one ended I’m not sure I can handle any more heartbreak. I guess we’ll have to wait and see! 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Published September 3rd 2013 by Indigo
Paperback, 419 pages
Synopsis:
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
My Thoughts:
You know when you go to a concert and the band leaves the stage because its “over” but the crowd knows that there will be an encore, so everyone starts chanting “WE WANT MORE, WE WANT MORE!” over and over until they come back on. Well, that’s all I can hear in my head while writing this review. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book I cant help but feel a little let down with the ending. This is a standalone novel but could easily be part of a duology or even a series. Has Holly Black purposefully left this open ended or is that really it? 

This book had been on my radar for quite some time prior to this review. Having not read anything by Holly Black before I thought it was time to give her a go. Believe me, it certainly won’t be the last time I read a book of hers. Although this had its flaws, I was able to look past them and enjoy the book for what it is. 

Admittedly I'm always sceptic to read paranormal fiction as it has become annoyingly tiresome since twilight. I mean, what vampire sparkles in the sun and is a vegetarian? I'm sorry Edward but you just aren't cutting it for me. I want malicious, natural born hunters. I want vampires who kill with no remorse and take everything they can get. I’m not looking for a love story. I’m looking for straight up badassery! You’ll be glad to know that this book has it all, everything that I mentioned above and more is included is this brilliantly crafted novel. 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a refreshing read as it is the polar opposite of Twilight. Right from the offset I knew that I was going to enjoy this book, the premise was exciting and Holly Blacks writing was incredible. I didn’t think that I’d get so caught up in this world that Black has created but I crave more of it. No, I don’t crave it…I need it. 

I don’t want to spoil you too much; instead I urge y’all to give this book a chance because if you’re anything like me then you’ll love it. This is an unforgettable book that I know I will enjoy rereading over and over again. I can’t help but think that paranormal fiction is finally redeeming itself; with authors such as Holly Black, Julie Kagawa and Jennifer L Armentrout around I have hope for the genre.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine. Its a chance to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on...

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Expected Publication: April 29th 2014 by Harper Teen

I fell in love with this trilogy when I read Sweet Evil last January. I’m gutted that it’ll be coming to an end very soon but I cannot wait to read this finale. If you like swoon worthy romance, hot British boys and badass angel vs. demons action then this trilogy is the one for you. You will devour it in a matter of hours...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Book Blitz: The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom


The Accidental Socialite
by Stephanie Wahlstrom 

Release Date: April 15th 2014
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.
But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.
Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.
When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

I wouldn’t normally pick up a book like this but it sounds like it’ll be a great, light-hearted read that’s perfect for a lazy summers afternoon. Below you can find an excerpt taken from the book, so make sure to check it out and if you keep scrolling you’ll find a giveaway where you can win not only an ebook copy of The Accidental Socialite but also an Amazon gift card. I know I’d like to enter that! 

About the Author:
Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Procrastinating instead of blogging...

So many books, so little time. I wish that was true but unfortunately it isn’t. You’d think that with being jobless I would be reading a lot more books. I’m not. I was hoping that I’d be posting regularly as well, yeah, about that…I’m trying my hardest but keep getting distracted. If procrastinating were a job I’d be well away by now. I would be rolling in the dollar. You see, I love blogging but writing up posts can become quite boring. I give myself “breaks” during these blogging sessions that result in me watching Youtube videos for hours on end.  I’ve heard that a lot of bloggers write their posts days, sometimes weeks in advance. How do you do this? What is your secret? I must know! I’m a one post at a time kind of girl. I write them up as and when I feel like it. This isn’t always a good thing but I just cannot bring myself to write more than one post in a sitting. I would like to blog more often so words of motivation would be nice. Just saying.

I’ve realised that I haven’t actually gotten to my main point yet. I’m rambling again!

A couple of weeks back Alison from AlisonCanRead wrote a post discussing her blogging distractions and I found that I could relate to a lot of them. After reading this post I felt inspired to write about my own distractions. Nearly three weeks have passed and I’ve finally found the courage to conduct this post. I must’ve been procrastinating ;) So lo and behold, here’s what keeps me from blogging:

Once Upon A Time
This is a newbie show to me but an absolute stonker of one. With both Pretty Little Liars and The Walking Dead reaching their season finales I found myself lost without having anything to watch. I needed something that I’d be able to sink my teeth into, something that I could binge on and feel good about it. With three seasons of magical goodness to look forward to I definitely chose right.  I’m trying to pace myself while watching this but it just isn’t happening. I’ve nearly watched the whole of season 1 in under a week and that my friends, is what I call dedication! I also have no social life so…

Travelling
This is always a good reason not to blog. This past week I took a trip to London with my mother and it was one of the best days I’ve had in a while. We ate a lot, we drank a lot—the bars in London are amazing—and we walked a lot. I dragged my mum into Foyles; it’s the biggest bookstore in Europe apparently! Obviously it was the highlight of my day. The Young Adult section was unlike any I’d seen before. I could’ve died on the spot from happiness. I’m also going to York with my Nan this upcoming Wednesday and it should be a lovely day out. I like getting out of the house so when the opportunity presents itself I take it.

Goodreads & Amazon
When I’m not reading or writing about books I’m probably looking at them on these two sites. I’m seriously addicted to them. As a result of that my Amazon wishlist is out of control.

Nail Polish
I never used to care about painting my nails but in the past year its safe to say I’ve became obsessed. I’ve gone from owning about 2 nail polishes to having close to 100. Money well spent. You can’t do anything while painting them either as you may risk ruining them and then you’ll have to start over.

The Sims 3
If you don’t like the Sims then you’re lying to yourself. This game is seriously addictive. I tell myself that I’ll only go on it for an hour and then I’ll realise that its 3 in the morning and I’ve been playing all day. I’ve always been a fan of the Sims franchise so when they announced that the fourth game would be released this year I was ecstatic.

Food
Because why would I want to be blogging when I could be eating? A month ago I put myself on a diet and it was going great, until it wasn’t. There’s so much tasty food in my house how can I not be distracted. I did manage to lose a stone in weight and I am still fairly active but why should I deny myself this yummy goodness? I’m only 19 so I shouldn’t have to worry about my waistline just yet.

Drinking
I’m not saying I’m an alcoholic; I just like the odd drink with my mates every now and then. Also, have you ever tried to read with a hangover? It is impossible. I tried it last week and it wasn’t happening.

These are just a few of the things that distract me from getting things done. I could list many more but I fear this post will get too long. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, there’s not much to take away from it but I find its always interesting to read about other peoples “problems” shall I say? Now I’d like to know what distracts you and how you motivate yourself when all you feel like doing is watching some good old-fashioned television.

Just to let you know, I made an Instagram account to run alongside the blog. If you'd like to follow me then my username is annoushkareads. I'd be extremely grateful if you guys took a minute to check it out. Cheers!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Cover Reveal: Whatever Life Thows at You by Julie Cross

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross
Expected publication October 7th 2014 by Entangled Teen
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing. 
After an awkward first meeting with "Brody" involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?
My Thoughts:
I absolutely adore this cover! The image isn’t quite monochrome but has a greyish tinge to it; this makes the title stand out. The black and yellow writing really compliments the contemporary theme of the book and also the image. If I saw this in a bookstore then I’d be compelled to pick it up, its so simple yet gorgeous. 


About the Author
Julie Cross is the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere (8/13), a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. You can find her online via twitter, her personal website, email, facebook, Goodreads, or co-moderating the YAwriters section of reddit.

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Published November 8th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton 
Hardcover UK, 513 Pages
Synopsis:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
My Thoughts:
Can we please take a minute to appreciate the goddess that is Laini Taylor? I adore this woman and her mesmerising writing. If you haven’t read anything by her yet then you need to reevaluate your life choices. Okay, so maybe that was slightly harsh but seriously, I urge everyone to go and pick up this series! 

After learning that Akiva was at the centre of the Chimaera massacre, the soul reason for the death of her family, we see Karou turn her back on him for good and venture into Eretz with an unlikely companion. Here she makes a shocking discovery that everything she once knew and loved is gone. Or so she thought… Fast-forward to Days of Blood and Starlight where riddles aren’t always what they seem.

Who said romance is dead? Well…Laini Taylor did. Days of Blood and Starlight steers away from the romantic aspect of things and focuses on the nitty gritty. This may be disappointing for some of you but believe me when I say it makes the book better. I loved the storytelling in this installment; in the first book we’re only given a glimpse of Eretz and its history, it focuses more on Karou and the burning question of who she is. Whereas in this second book Laini Taylor paints the bigger picture, we’re shown the repercussions of war and the effects that it’s had on not only the Chimaera but also the Seraphim.

There are several new characters and storylines introduced to us in this sequel; I can only hope that Laini will carry on with them in the final book. I’d like to know what happened to the two sisters and whether Karou will resurrect the Dashnag boy. I thoroughly enjoyed that this book didn’t solely revolve around Karou as we’re able to see things from multiple perspectives. My new favourite has to be Ziri as he is such a loveable character; I couldn’t say anything bad about him! I know I haven’t mentioned any of the old characters, but have no fear; most of them make an appearance at some time or another.

Although I’m slightly annoyed with myself for waiting so long to read it, I’m glad I did, as now I wont have to wait as long for the finale. I can’t wait to see how Laini progresses the story in order to get to the ending that this series deserves. I know that this review probably doesn’t do the book justice but I’d like to think that it’s pushed y’all to read it already. Go on, I know you want to! 

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