January Wrap Up and February TBR

So far 2021 is proving to be a good year for both of my reading and blogging goals, and I’m eager to see what the rest of the year has in store for me. My Goodreads goal for this year is a little ambitious at 52 books which is about one book a week, and so far I’m on schedule and I’m starting to feel quietly confident.

I’ve already managed to tick off one of my blogging goals for this year which was to invest in a domain name and to finally give this little blog a makeover! As many of you know, I’ve wanted to change the design of my blog for a while now, and it’s about time that put my words into action and I couldn’t be happier! So when you’re finished reading this, go and check it out!

I also want to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you for all your support recently, it’s so overwhelming and lovely to read everyones positive comments and it reminds me of just how lovely the blogging community is!

This month I also fell hard for Bridgerton and it’s really kickstarted a love for romance novels, so my plan is to go romance mad with my February TBR and embrace this wonderful thing we call love. I’m single, okay, and I need to live romantically and vicariously through fictional characters because my love life is somewhat non-existent!

Finally, I couldn’t write a January wrap up post without mentioning THOSE sneak-peak pictures from upcoming Shadow and Bone adaptation! Words can’t describe how excited I am about this adaptation, and I full-on fangirled when they were released and haven’t stopped studying them since. Everything looks perfect and I don’t know how I’m going to cope when they release the trailer, let alone the first episode! It truly looks like these characters have been plucked right off the page, and I can’t wait to see the Grishaverse come to life on our screens! April 23rd can’t come quick enough!

January Wrap Up

The Duke and I (Bridgerton’s #1) by Julia Quinn – Like I’ve mentioned previously I’ve fallen utterly in love with the Bridgerton series and there’s a group of us at work who have made a make-shift bookclub and are making our way through the entire series. As expected the book was SO much better than the TV series, the character interactions are wittier and more heartfelt and Quinn’s writing is so easy to read that I read this book in one sitting.

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton’s #2) by Julia Quinn – I love Anthony Bridgerton so I knew that I was going to love this book, but I didn’t expect to love it that much! His developing relationship with Kate is exactly what I needed and I’m glad that he’s finally found his match. That Pall-mall scene is EVERYTHING and I’ve never related more to a book till then, as croquet is a very aggressive and competitive game in my family too.

An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton’s #3) by Julia Quinn – I wasn’t planning on reading this book this month but I couldn’t help myself! I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to read more fairytale retellings and this Cinderella romance was exactly what I needed.

Fable by Adrienne Young – I’ve really been craving a good-old-fashioned pirate adventure and Fable gave me just that and more. This fast-paced, swashbuckling tale filled with unexpected twists was such a wonderful read and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I hate to say it, but I don’t think this book lived up to the hype…I did enjoy it but it’s my own fault for going into it with high expectations. The whole world built around Grimoires in ancient libraries, sorcerers and demons was so unique and I wish that this was a series rather than a stand-alone, so that we could explore more of this unique universe. I really like Elisabeth and Nathaniel (and Silas of course), but I wanted more character interaction as I felt like some things were rushed. Nevertheless this was a solid fantasy read that I did enjoy and I look forward to reading more of Rogerson’s work in the future.

February TBR

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I accidentally bought this entire series after I finished Aurora Rising last month because I’m so in love with Kaufman’s writing and have come to the decision that I need more sci-fi in my life. I just couldn’t resit. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series so I’m eager to dive in and experience all of it’s brilliance.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – February is a month of romance, so I’m going to make it my mission to tick off a few romance books that are waiting patiently on my TBR. Last year, I fell head over heels for the lighthearted ease that was Christina Lauren’s writing and it’s another book that I’ve yet to read a bad review about!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Another romance that has been on my TBR for years! This book is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers romance and I can’t wait for it’s adaptation, starring Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell.

Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton #4) – I’m so in love with this series! They’re cheesy, romantic and wonderfully witty reads that I can easy read in one sitting!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – I’ve planned another character read-a-thon for the end February and I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at my TBR! I was meant to read this book for one of my classes at university but something must have stopped me, so I thought what better time to read it than now!

And finally,

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – I finally pre-ordered the Waterstones exclusive edition and I’m on countdown till 16th Feb! I already plan to drop everything when it arrives and spend the day completely enamoured by these characters and the incredible world Sarah has created!

My Fictional Bridal Party

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I swear this tag was made for me, so thank you so much to Natasha over at Tashapolis on YouTube for this wonderful book tag! I’m a huge fan of weddings and I’ve been planning my own since I was about 13 years old, my Pinterest board is looking a bit overwhelming. The aim of this tag is to choose a selection of fictional characters to be apart of your bridal party which just sounds like so much fun! I wanted to choose some different characters rather than typical picks to make this a bit more interesting, so I hope you enjoy. If you’ve done this tag then please leave a link in the comments as I’d love to read your answers!

Mor from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Bridesmaid) – All the characters in these books are some of my favourites and I need them all at my wedding! I picked Mor as not only will she be super organised thanks to her experience in running both the Court of Nightmare and Dreams but she also has great fashion sense. She’d make sure that I’d look nothing short of fabulous!

Charlie Grant from Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Bridesmaid) – She’s got the experience that’s for sure, and know’s how to handle wedding day disasters! Like me, she’s a big fan of weddings and family gathering and I think we’d get along like a house on fire.

Jane Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (Bridesmaid) – At first I chose Elizabeth Bennett but I changed my mind and went for Jane instead as I thought she’d have more knowledge and advice with her being the older sister. She’s had her own traditional romance with Mr Bingley and I’m sure would help me achieve the perfect wedding.

Vin from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Bridesmaid) – I know this is an odd one but Vin is one of my new favourite characters and I couldn’t leave her out! She’s a big fan of getting all dressed up and going out to balls so I think she’d be up for being a bridesmaid. Plus I think she needs a chance to let her hair down after everything she’s been through in the first book of the series and I’d love to see more of her and Elend!

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling (Maid of Honour) – It feels only right that Hermoine is my maid of honour as she’s been a character I’ve loved and looked up to since I was a child. She’s super organised and could use some of her magic to create the most perfect wedding.

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

It’s hard to write a review on a book that’s only 62 pages and it’s also hard to get to know the characters and the universe it’s set in but despite that I think that this book had potential to be something action packed and badass. I kept getting a Throne of Glass vibe from the characters especially Andi who I saw as a space version of Celaena Sardothian, but that’s never a bad thing because I am too a huge fan of that series. I love both Sasha and Lindsay on book tube so I will make sure that this doesn’t affect my review and if you aren’t already subscribed to them, I recommend you do as they are both really enjoyable to watch.

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. 

The problem with dual authors means that sometimes you can spot a difference in the writing styles but in this case, I thought it all flowed nicely. I am also really excited to see where the story goes as we get a taste of the plan of action but I’m sure they’ll be some drama and action along the way.

One of the only things I didn’t like about this book was some of the characters, especially Andi who I thought didn’t deserve the title of the ‘bloody baroness’ because to me she didn’t seem that evil or cruel. However, on a positive note, I can’t wait to learn more about her relationship/past with Dex in the next installment. I also expected more of a crew, rather than just four members yet, I enjoyed the fact they all had different abilities and personalities.

Overall, though, I did like it and give it 3/5 stars, I just wasn’t wowed-wowed or really impressed (but that might be partly down to its size) however I will definitely pick up the next installment as I am interested to see where it will go and how the characters will develop.

Booktube-a-thon Wrap Up

Apologies that this post is late but recently my life has been manic! This years read-a-thon certainly wasn’t as successful as last years but nevertheless I managed to complete a few of the challenges and read some books that I’ve been dying to read for ages!

Day 1 of the read-a-thon was a success and I read the whole of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and a bit of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which I was really proud of and believed that the rest of the week would be as successful but I was wrong. Day 2 I spent the day working but when I got home I carried on with Six of Crows but that is a big ass book! Day 3 Eleanor and I went to London (blog post coming soon…) so little reading was done as we were too busy enjoying the sun, landmarks and just catching up with each other. Day 4 and I finished Six of Crows which was just amazing and I completely agree with Eleanors review which you can find here! Day 5 I started Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch again another fab book which I will be reviewing soon and by Day 7 I had finished it and started Champion by Marie Lu!

Overall, I read 3.5 books which wasn’t as good as last year but I’m still pretty pleased and I also managed to complete some of the challenges! My total page count was 1,319!

  1. Read a book with yellow on the cover – Snow Like Ashes
  2. Read a book only after sunset – Girl on the Train
  3. Read a book you discovered through Booktube – Champion
  4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors – Six of Crows
  5. Read a book that is older than you
  6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books

What did you think of the booktube-a-thon? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments bellow!

BOOKTUBE-A-THON – 2016 TBR

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It’s that time of year again and the annual summer Booktube-a-thon is upon us! The Booktube-a-thon is a read-a-thon hosted mainly on Youtube but I thought I would do it here on our blog. You can check out the official video and channel here for more information. I participated in the read-a-thon last year and I had so much fun and because i’ve got so much time this I thought why not do it again this year!

The Booktube-a-thon is a bit earlier this year and runs from 18th – 24th July and the aim is to read seven books which match the challenges given. The challenges include 7 book-related tasks (that can be combined) to set up your to-read list.

Here are the 2016 challenges:

  1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
  2. Read a book only after sunset
  3. Read a book you discovered through Booktube
  4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors
  5. Read a book that is older than you
  6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
  7. Read seven books

My TBR consists of…

1. Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

I found this one on my bookshelf and I had completely forgotten about it so when I did find it, it was a nice surprise. It has a bit of yellow on the cover but I think it counts and I super excited to dive right into this book!

2. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

I thought I’d a thriller to read in the evening, something spooky and mysterious to match with the dark surroundings. After the hype this book received I was skeptical of reading of just in case it didn’t live up to the praise but with the movie coming out, I thought now was the perfect time!

3. Campion – Marie Lu

I have been whizzing through this series so theres no doubt that I will fly through this book! I have fallen in love with this series and if it wasn’t for Booktube I don’t think I would have discovered it!

4. Six Of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Again I’m late to the party with this book and I have been wanting to read it for a long time, it’s just been sitting on my shelf looking beautiful! I’ve heard fantastic things about this book and I loved the Shadow and Bone Trilogy so there is no doubt that I will enjoy this one! It’s a big book so fingers crossed I can read it in the time given!

5. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K Rowling

Published in 1997 (the year I was born), Harry Potter has always been one of my favourites and I haven’t read this series in ages!

6. The Notebook – Nicola Sparks

I’ve read loads of Nicola Sparks books but I only just realised that I haven’t read ‘The Notebook’ and it’s one of my favourite films so it is a perfect fit for this challenge.

7. Lady Renegades – Rachel Hawkins

This is the final book in the series and super excited to finish it off. I was disappointed with the second book so fingers crossed this one is better. All the books in this series are all easy reads so this shouldn’t be a problem to check off my list of books!

Well, thats my TBR and fingers crossed I can complete lots of these challenges! Let me know if you’re participating in the booktube-a-thon as I would love to know whats on your TBR! Happy Reading!

Booktube-a-thon 2015 – Wrap Up

Wow! What a stressful but exciting week it has been. This was my first ever Read-a-thon/Booktube-a-thon and I really enjoyed it and hope to do another one soon (but not too soon, I need time to recover!). The Booktube-a-thon is a Read-a-thon which ran from the 3rd – 9th August and the aim was to read severn books which match the challenges given.

Overall I managed to read 5 books this week which I was really pleased with despite the fact that I was working most of the week. I didn’t I’m afraid keep to my original TBR but I did try to complete most of the challenges anyway. The challenges this year were as follows and the ones crossed off are the ones I was able to complete.

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

The books I managed to read were…

  1. The Assassins Blade – Sarah J Maas
  2. Paper Towns – John Green
  3. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
  4. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
  5. A House Somewhere – Various Authors
  6. Talon – Julie Kagawa (Currently Reading)

Total Page count – 1,804!

For my first read-a-thon, I was really pleased with the outcome and I had great fun doing it too. Keep your eyes peeled in the upcoming weeks for full reviews on all the books I’ve read this week!

What did you think of the booktube-a-thon? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments bellow!

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

As usual, I’m late to the party. I wish i had heard about this book sooner however I have ‘Booktube’ and the lady in Waterstones (again!) to thank for recommending me this book; it was amazing! It had everything a YA novel needed; strong protagonists, unique storyline and a action-packed adventure.

Graceling takes place in a fantasy world where certain people are gifted with extreme skills called Graces. Our protagonist, Katsa is graced with killing however this makes life hard for her as for many years she has been forced to become her uncle, King Randa’s personal thug. Throughout the book we follow Katsa as she uncovers the mystery behind the kidnapping of Po’s Grandfather and the mystery behind King Leck… I wont give too much away but this book never leaves a dull moment!

Right from the fist page of the book we are thrown into the action and adventure seen throughout the book. I thoughts the idea of the ‘Graces’ was brilliant and different to what I’ve seen before. The storyline was also brilliant and kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing! Cashore’s world building is immense and she has drawn a vivid picture of the seven kingdom Graceling resides in which you can really emerge yourself in.

Character wise, i thought Katsa was perfect. A strong, kick-ass female protagonist who we really see develop in the book from a slightly naive young girl in to a strong minded woman; I loved it! Po was also a great character as not only did he bring humour to the story he also helps our protagonist develop. The romance in the book was more mature and very unexpected which I really enjoyed as Po helped Katsa believe in herself and overcome her fears. Their relationship is so lovely as both Katsa and Po understand each other and fall in love, without needing to end up at the altar and live happily ever after.

However my only criticism character wise was the antagonists; King Leck. I wont give too much away but he was really creepy and I wished he played a larger role in the book or at least learn more about him as we were only given a snippet! For me he was the perfect villain and needed a bigger role!

Overall i thought this book was fabulous and a must read if you liked the ‘Throne Of Glass Series’. I am happy to award it with 4.6/5 stars; a great read with adventure behind every page!

The One – Kiera Cass

I have no words to express how much I loved these books and their storyline! ‘The One’ had everything from fantastic characters to a cliffhanger ending – I don’t want this series to finish, they’re just too good!

The competition is coming to an end and soon Prince Maxon must choose his wife whilst trying to save his county and battle his relationship with his father. With only four girls left each one of them must battle it out to win the hand of the prince (writing that it sounds like its The Hunger Games!!). America is still in the competition but by just a hair and must try her best to sort things out.

Everything happens in this book, I won’t give it away but a lot of the time I never saw it coming. Poor America, a lot of the time she was affected by what happened but it helps makes her a stronger and more loved character. We also see America express herself more (even though she is standing on thin ice) and show her passion for getting rid of the castes. This book is once again darker and has more involvement with the rebels making it more action packed and in my case more addicting! But the series also never got deep enough for me to take the political stuff seriously. Everything was all on the surface, even when rebels were introduced as a real threat. It happened in a rush.

Now let’s talk about the ending. WHAT! I have to admit I didn’t expect that, it all happened all at once and I was on the edge of my seat for the whole chapter! But I am pleased with the outcome and I don’t think that I can wait until May 2015 when the final book is released. I hope I the last book we see more about the rebel attacks and the efforts of making Illea a better place.

Update: I’ve recently discovered that the next installment is called ‘The Heir’ and is set about 20 years after the events of this book. I need more of America and Maxon so fingers crossed that we get to see more of their relationship as they grow old together.

Overall I love this series and especially this book – it’s the best in the series – and I would definitely rate it 5/5 stars. I wish everyone read this series as in my opinion they are fab!! If you are interested in reading this series check out our spoiler-free review on ‘The Selection’ and the ‘The Elite’.

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancy

I was a huge fan of the first book and I’m still a fan of the series but this book in my eyes wasn’t anything special. The writing, world, and characters were all fantastic, but the story was hard for me to get into, especially in the first 100 pages as i felt it just dragged on and on. But the story did once again leave me on a cliff hanger ending which in some ways I loved but at sometimes it left me thinking Why!!?!

The Infinite Sea picks up not long after The 5th Wave and we join the group in fighting for survival against the alien attack. However my only criticism is that this book dragged on, as we spent half of it in the same hotel fussing over injuries and aliens. Even though so much happened in the hotel i just wished that they would get up and move! Invariably, I was gutted when, something or should i say someone – stopped them and the plot from properly kicking off. The pace, was all over the place.

Several false starts in, many things start to happen. A certain dead dude is resurrected; a new recruit inspires paranoia; whilst one of said survivors, sick and tired of waiting for the hammer to fall, strikes out on her own – Ringer. She is what makes this book and I’m so glad we learn more about her past and her character. Everything about her makes her a loveable character; how badass yet caring she is, the fact we don’t know her name (but we do find out!!) and finally how deep down inside she is really just a young scared girl in the midst of an alien invasion! She’s just so cool!

It’s not only Ringer we learn more about and experience most of the book through as we also briefly learn more about Poundcake. From the first book we all knew Poundcake as just another member of the team who hasn’t died yet but in this book he starts to become a real character.

Overall this book wasn’t the best (well sequels aren’t normally that great!) but this book is filled with action and plot twists always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Character development is really what makes this book and I am defiantly looking forward to both the movie and the next book!! I give this book 3.5/5 and I would certainly recommend this series!

I also did a spoiler free book review on The 5th Wave a few months ago for those of you thinking about reading it!!

We Were Liars – E.Lockhart

We Were Liars, is like marmite, you either love it or you hate it but in my case i really liked it! Although the writing style was very different than any other books i’ve read before, i really enjoyed it and would certainly read another. I picked this book up because everyone on ‘Booktube’ was raving about it and i wanted to know what all the fuss was about! I now understand why everyone was recomending it; including myself now!

One thing I loved about this book is the metaphors used; they were amazing! A few left me sitting in shock however I learned to love them as they really showed the true pain Candance was going through which in my opinion helped the reader really connect with her.

The writing style was intresting too. The sentences told you the charaters thoughts and whats going on, but didn’t give you much more than that, which added to the mystery of it all.

The story itself was also in my eyes very clever, it took you on a mysterious journey which left you experiencing many ‘feels’ by the end of the book. I’m not a “Sherlock Homes” and didn’t figure the mystery out but looking back at all the clues, it all adds up. The journey was certainly worth it.

I don’t want to give too much away as I feel it’s better going into this book knowing nothing; allowing you to experience it at it’s best!

I would certianly recommed this book to older readers due to the choice of language and even though it may only be a small book i found it a very hard read as you had to pay attention to every single detail.
Overall I give this book 4/5, certainly a great summer read!