Friday, December 23, 2016

Have a Bookish Christmas!

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I'm currently watching my favourite film for Christmas which is Love Actually (RIP Alan Rickman 😒) if you can't tell from the gif above. Another one is The Holiday too...Christmas romances that's all I seem to watch these days. Haha. 😍

Anyways moving on... this will be my last post till the new year really. I'm off to my families house tomorrow and having a well earned break. Yay! I know I said I would be back with blogging the last few weeks but work has certainly kept me busy - trying to organise your own library takes a long time - my head says its like moving into your own house, you will change things until you have it how you want it. So hopefully 2017 will be a different story. Can you believe another year has passed. I can't and what a whirlwind it has been. But a great year none-the-less. But more of that when I'm back on January 1st - then back at work on the 3rd. What I love about working in a school is you do get 2 weeks off for Christmas. Haha. So as it is the last post of 2016, I would like to share with you my top 16 books of the year. I admit I haven't read as much as I wanted nor have I completed my Goodreads challenge sadly but still I've read some amazing books and discovered some new ones too. 

Girl Against the Universe by Paula StokesBilly and Me by Giovanna FletcherWhat's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly BourneBuilt by Jay CrownoverOur Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland26255907What I Couldn't Tell You by Faye BirdThe Black Key by Amy Ewing
...And a Happy New Year? by Holly BourneThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Witch's Kiss by Katharine CorrDid I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle MaskameThe Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. ParkerFlawed by Cecelia Ahern

Might as well choose 16 as we are in 2016 I couldn't just choose 10 thats for sure - there has been so cracking books hasn't there?! Well there is lots of Holly Bourne - I can't not this has been the best series of the entire year. I actually didn't realise just how many books were released by her. Plus 2016 marks the end of the Spinster Year too. As well as the finale of the DIMILY series and of course the best dystopian series to date - The Lone City series by Amy Ewing. New books, authors and genres also feature Paula Stokes, Giovanni Fletcher, Cecelia Ahern, S.M. Parker, Krystal Sutherland and Faye Bird. 

So that's my bookish 2016!!! An awesome year it has been.... So I guess it's time for me to say Happy Holiday's to all and wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Magical New Year. See you in 2017!


Thursday, December 08, 2016

COVER REVEAL - SALVAGED by Jay Crownover

Hello Everyone, I can't believe it's coming to the end of 2016 already and nearly time for new 2017 anticipated reads and I can reveal the cover of one of mine. Salvaged by Jay Crownover, Book 3 in the Saints of Denver series. So here is the cover... 

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Salvaged (Saint's of Denver #4)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - William Morrow
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Pre-Order - links above

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancΓ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

About the Author

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and make the reader feel something.

Monday, November 28, 2016

REVIEW - OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland


Our Chemical Hearts
by Krystal Sutherland
Publisher - Hot Key Books
Release Date - October 4th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

My Review

I picked this one totally randomly and I had a little help picking it too. I was stuck in the middle of the book and I need an out clause. I didn't want too but I was forcing myself to struggle which isn't the way to enjoy reading or books for that matter. But this one, oh wow, did I fly through it, and did I love it - YES! Do you know why I loved it because it was the first time in a long time that I stayed up to finish it. I was tired in the morning but it was a price I was willing to pay. 

I went totally into the unknown with this book - I didn't read the description, I got picked the book and I read and it was the best feeling when it's a totally moving and gorgeous book. Told by a male protagonist named Henry Page, he wants what his parents have - a truly magical and inspiring love like when his dad moves, his mum moves with him. He's been lead to believe and want this love more than anything. He's never fallen in love and the first person he kissed turns out shes a lesiban and he's never lived that one down...until this day La, has been his best friend ever since as well as the Ozzy named Murray. (Hilarious might I add.) So when Grace Town comes into school, unkept, messy hair, wearing boys clothes and using a cane, he shouldn't really think anything about it apart from she's weird. But it's her oddity and the unique persona that shouts from the end of the hall that draws Henry in. But is it for the right reasons...

I absolutely loved being part of Henry's story. It's really hard to say what it was but it was unlike I've read this year in terms of Henry's narrative, his persona and even the relationships/friendships he has. His group of friends, Lo and Murray are just the bomb (I don't know where that came from) Murray is the comedic, Lo is the heart of the group I think and Henry well he's the intelligence. But I did feel quite sorry for him actually, because he's been mislead of the idea of love and his big heart was completely genuine in this story when the person he fell in love was the mostly unlikely person of all. That for me was the beauty of it. 😍😍

I feel that his relationship, his first love with Grace was a whirlwind and certainly not one he was counting on. He just wanted to mend Grace's broken self and I want commend him for that. One could say it's dysfunctional relationship- beautiful on the outside but very dark and twisted in the inside when you get to see the real truth to Grace's story. But Grace has her own demons but she wants someone who will make her let go in a familiar sort of way.

What I actually loved was reading from a male POV. I don't rarely read it from a male's narrative and I'm not being sexist, promise but sometimes I find I don't connect with the character at all, it's different from a dual protagonist  y'know! I think for me its what I'm used too. But with this new job I'm finding I'm reading so many different novels than I usually would. If you haven't seen it, pick it up and give it a try you won't be disappointed.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, November 14, 2016

REVIEW - THE BLACK KEY by Amy Ewing

The Black Key (The Lone City #3)
by Amy Ewing 
Publisher - Walker Books Ltd
Release Date - October 6th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The third book in Amy Ewing's New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, The Black Key is perfect for fans of The Selection and Red Queen.

Violet and the Society of the Black Key are preparing to launch an attack on the royalty, and Violet has a crucial role to play. She must lead the surrogates as they infiltrate the Auction and break down the walls of the Lone City. But with her sister, Hazel, imprisoned in the palace of the Lake, Violet is torn. In order to save her sister, she must abandon her cause and her friends and return to the Jewel.





My Review

It's a spoiler free zone!!
I finished this last night... IT'S THE END PEOPLE and I really can't put into words how emotional, sad and yet utterly ecstatic as to how it ended. I'd like to say first that this is an amazing series and one of my favourite dystopian series to date! It's beat Divergent and Hunger Games and anything else you can throw at me, I can tell you that The Lone City beats it hand down!!!

The Black Key continues on from the horrifying cliffhanger of The White Rose (waiting over a year for this is torture I might like to add.) Together Violet and the surrogates are stronger than ever. Whilst recruiting more surrogates and showing them their true destiny, The Black Key a cult/ a society against and standing to fight against The Jewel and the royals are nearing their final battle, their final step into destroying the wall between slavery and cruelty to win pure freedom. From the days of the Jewel, Lot 197 no longer exists...Only Violet Lasting, and now is the time to prove and believe in who she is!

It's quite hard to tell you about this book as I don't want to spoil it for you. From the moment I started page 1 of The Black Key it's like I never left the world of the Lone City. But what you need to know is that it is glorious, emotionally touching, amazing and raw and quite simply a stunning finale to such a unique and poignant dystopian series of these last few years. Violet has grown stronger and fiercer than ever, she knows that although being a surrogate was a brutal and soul destroying reality of the Jewel, it was in a way a gift to break out of her shell and be the woman that she is now. Violet was meant to be a born leader and she has come such a long way from "Violet becomes a nobody, just a shell to be protected and shown off to the other Houses." - from my review of The Jewel. Violet is like a star, she been in the darkest of places, but if you look closely she has become the brightest of stars to shine. As a reader I really couldn't be more proud of her... she is truley an exceptional, inspiring and one of the bravest characters I know in this genre. 

Not only did The Black Key, or the Lone City series have a kick-ass heroine, but she had a family of characters. The relationships between each of the characters is quite moving and special in every way. Her best friend Raven, oh wow what a friendship, it reminded me of my best friend. Raven and Violet are like sisters that destiny forgot to give each other. But they are so much more powerful than that too. Violet and Lucien are more like father and daughter in so many ways and it's such an emotional relationship as we get to the final moments of the novel. Finally, Violet and Ash....awwww, I just adore them. Together they are just magnificent, they build each other up and they give each other the belief, strength, hope and most of love of all things they need to achieve.

The Black Key is where it all comes together for the better and/or for the worse. That's for you to decide if you read it...WAIT!!!! NOT if, WHEN!!!!!!! Like I said at the beginning, I'm so pleased that Walker sent me a proof all those years ago, because every book of this trilogy has been my most anticipated every year. Oh and can we just take a moment too, to appreciate the cover for these, I mean both UK and US are simple gorgeous in their own right...


I will say this again The Lone City has been and will continue to the best YA dystopian ever! It should be nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards thats for sure. It's addictive, mesmerizing, raw and totally unforgettable! It is the end for Violet Lasting but it's only the beginning for Amy Ewing. I can't wait to read her next novel coming 2018 - The Cerulean, a duology!

Rating - 5 Stars 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A FOREVER RECAP - where I've been?!



Hi, Ello, Howdy, Whats up?!

Happy November my friends!! It's been a long time hasn't it and it feels that way to me. I've literally been swamped under with this new job of mine but I absolutely love it. I didn't realise starting a fresh could take such a long time to settle in but like my Head says it's like moving into a house, it takes you ages to get the place how you want it. Plus I want to make this new library my own and it's getting there...slowly but surely.

Whilst with the new job I haven't read much at all it's taking me 2 weeks to read 1 book and I hate that especially when I'm working in the books I love. But sometimes when I come home I just needed to zone out or binge watch a series rather than read at the mo. What I have read have been some good books and today I read an amazing book which I think has broke the reading funk of mine. So I think with the start of a new term I can finally breathe a little and start doing what I love which is read and blog.

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                     ★★★★★            ★★★                  ★★★★!!!

But lately in the last few weeks I have done some awesome things like going to the London Literature Convention at the Southbank where I met my favourite author again, Holly Bourne who is amazing as well as seeing two talks one on How Hard Can Love Be? based on Holly's book with Femi Martin and Steven Camden - who's book I really can't wait to start. He was hilarious at the event. The best part was that it was open to the audience too which I really wished I asked a question or two now. What I loved about it was that I started to jot down bits from it to create a post but I got so entranced by all the authors reactions that it was so amazing to be part of. I also bought far too many books again, which I definitely need to reign in.

  

And last week I was on a well earned and rested holiday for the entire half term which right now I really do miss. Working in a school makes  holidays go super quick don't they?! We did loads of walking and trails and it felt so good to be away and relaxing. I want to be back there...

  

So this week I will be catching up on some short reviews of the recent books I've read, a Spinster special and I will try and keep to blogging at least once or twice a week if I can. If I'm not always here I do try and update my Instagram @nverjudgeabook regularly so make sure you follow me there and say hello too. Hope your doing all well my lovelies and can't wait to speak to you all.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

REVIEW - HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR by Clare Furniss

How Not to Disappear
by Clare Furniss
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Release Date - July 14th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody.

Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to 'find himself" and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby.

Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one even knew existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery — Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.

My Review


As part of my new job I have a summer reading list to work my way through and this beauty was on their. They beauty of my job is reading things I would never read at all, and I think I will be doing that a lot in times to come. But How Not to Disappear really reminded me much of Non Pratt's Trouble that it was indeed going to be a special novel to divulge.

My first book from Clare Furniss tells a truly gorgeous and beautifully written story between two generations on a road trip of self-discovery. Hattie has just discovered she is pregnant and no matter how many times she takes that test, the same result appears and to be honest she doesn't really have a clue what to do. All her friends are away, Kat is off with her all controlling girlfriend that doesn't let he do anything, and her best friend and very more than likely father of the baby is off doing a searching for himself whilst travelling with his long lost father and any girl he can get with. Whilst her mum and soon to be step dad is on holiday whilst having wedding dramas. Add in her pregnancy and your having a teenage meltdown, not to mention receiving a phone call from a friend of her long lost great-aunt Gloria to go a visit her as she is sadly very ill and at a crucial point in her life.

For me the highlight of the book was Gloria, without a doubt. She was just a glowing, unique and vibrant mature lady. With each moment and memory that she shared with Hattie, the more she relaxed into her own character. Each passing page or conversation, it was emotional when you see her struggling to be the person she is trying to remember whilst also being the person that she has had to be because of her condition. The emotions are so raw, scary and delicate even that seeing the life of such an adventurous lady that go and come back so intermittently and also generally witnessing someone going through this on a daily basis. Gloria, never fails to make me laugh, with personality and her insistence to wear heels no matter the conditions and martinis, or gin at any hour. She never fails to try and be the person she really is and for me that is the most poignant moment of the novel.

Together Gloria and Hattie are quite the team both remembering and creating memories. I believed that whilst Gloria told her story, Hattie was starting to create her own. Hattie learns a lot from Gloria, when she herself is so lost in her own life and also the future of the life that is growing inside of her. In a way they both were a like and going through a similar journey but at different stages in their own life. Told through alternating POVs as well as their past and present, it really lends a touching and realistic story-telling of two individuals, generations between them searching and not disappearing within their own lives and living for the ones that will carry their story on. A story that every reader needs to experience.
"I live. I love. I remember. I forget. But still I live. And still I love. Still I am."
Rating - 5 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

REVIEW - BILLY AND ME by Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me #1)
by Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher - Penguin 
Release Date - May 23rd 2013
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

 My Review

I stumbled upon this book when I saw an interview with McFly's Tom Fletcher not really knowing that his wife Giovanna was an author and I guess I was very much intrigued to see what this was like. Then I saw this book on Zoella's WHSmith Book Club picks and although I'm not really a massive fan of her generally, it made me even more curious and it quite simply is unputtadownable. 

In a small village of Rosefont Hill, Surrey Sophie May is incredible shy, after a very emotional ordeal in her childhood - her grief over her father and problems with her mother at home, she has felt very reserved and basically held off all of her dreams of travelling and going to university because of it. However a small, quaint little tea shop of the hill saved her more than she could ever imagine. When Billy Buskin, teen heartthrob actor ends up in Rosefont filming as Darcy in Pride and Prejudice he really didn't know what to expect of a small town. Probably something very boring to everything else he has in London or LA. But when he enters the little tea shop, he didn't know that a slice of lemon drizzle cake is the only thing he was going to enjoy but also the person who served it. 

I loved Billy and Me, have I said that!? You really are drawn right fro page 1 and you can't put it down. Fletcher has such a way with words but also how infectious the types of characters their were. I adored Billy and Sophie, it was how a passion for something else both drew them together but also filling the void that they've lived with all their lives. They were literally suited each other two a tea. Despite all the "famous stuff" it was evident that their would be trouble ahead but nothing that a cup of tea and a slice of cake won't help. But for me, Molly was my favourite character, owner of the Tea on the Hill, she has literally saved so many lives including Sophie's, mending Billy's and influencing so many other villagers including Sophie's mum at finding love. Molly is just such a character really, she is the town's gossip as well as being the most loving, caring, vibrant personality of the entire book. It's what every village and ever novel should have. Molly is basically the Guardian Angel of Billy and Me! Her shop Tea on the Hill is where love begins, thrives and has infinite possibilities. 

It's been a long long time since I read anything like this and it was such a refreshing change. What I loved about it was the innocence of it. It was just your simple, heart-stopping and beautiful romance between a girl and a boy who quite simply found each other.  I really did love it. The characters, the story and also the setting it really was a sweet and cute romance that you can't help but curl up with. Oh and some tissues maybe in order to sob into at the end. It's your perfect escapism.

Rating - 5

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HOT NEW YA COMMUNITY by Simon & Schuster called...

Twitter: @hashtagreads

Hello Everyone, I haven't been around much as I'm enjoying my time off. But Simon & Schuster asked me to post about their wonderful community for the fans of YA just like me. So don't stop reading when you hear about competitions and big authors such as Cassandra Clare on your screen. 

YES YES YES!!!! If you haven't heard of it already then now you have - right now! It’s a great place for readers to find out about the latest YA reads, hear more from their favourite authors, read exclusive material and enter the hottest competitions.
If you love the Shadowhunter series by none other than Cassandra Clare, the romantic musings of Morgan Matson, Going on a Royal Journey with Amy Alward or enjoying the horror that is Darran Shan's Zom-B series which has recently gotten a makeover, then this is the place for you. 

You can get all this in your inbox like right now people - #Hashtag Reads are launching their brand new newsletter and you can even win your height in books!!! How awesome is that!!! All of these authors straight to your inbox. 

What about the likes of hearing about new releases like Nerve that has recently been released as Motion Picture as well talking about a The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid which I really can't wait to read myself. 

 
If that doesn't convince you then I've have just finished reading Claire Furniss's How Not to Disappear  and can I say how amazing, emotional and raw that book was. It really opens your eyes to seeing the world and making decisions and choices in a new light. Discovering a life's journey. 

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To round off my post here are some of my favourites from Simon & Schuster that I've adored over the years, they include Waiting for Callback - I absolutely love this mother/daughter authored book who created the musings of Elektra and can't wait for book 2! After binge reading Morgan Matson last year she is my "go to" author every year. And destined to be more than friends, Emmy and Oliver was a great contemporary of 2015!


Oh and did I mention a competition such as winning your height, yes your height in books!!! 
So I would look no further and sign up right this second!! Like right now so GO GO GO!!! and Don't forget to stop by their media channels and website to see that I'm really not kidding. 

Twitter: @hashtagreads


Happy Reading and Speak to you all soon. 

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