Thursday, January 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: THE WITCH'S TEARS by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE WITCH'S TEARS!!!! 
This week has been a week of blog tours for me and a week of releases that's for sure. One of which is this beauty. I've read both in one week and they are incredible. I haven't read a witch/fantasy book like this in a long time. My reviews will be up shortly. But before I go onto my post for the tour, I wanted to say that I met these lovely sisters, at my school, at my event that I created and it was amazing. The students loved it and the atmosphere was just something to be deeply proud of. Plus I was just as excited as the girls too, almost like a dream this job. Ha. 

Anyways back to the blog tour, The Witch's Tears is the second in the series. So before you read the synopsis of The Witch's Tears - which maybe have to subtle hints about what happened in the first book, you HAVE to read The Witch's Kiss first (obviously)!


Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?


Can true love's kiss break your heart...? The spellbinding sequel to THE WITCH'S KISS by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. It's not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She's drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry's not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they'd be mad not to take it...Some rules were made to be broken, right? The darkly magical sequel to THE WITCH'S KISS burns wickedly bright.


Our Favourite YA Boyfriends

This has been a tough post to write, particularly given the number of gorgeous, (and, let’s face it, often very brooding) YA boyfriends out there! But here is a selection of our favourites. They’re all from fantasy YA, but that’s how we like them…

Baz – Carry on, Rainbow Rowell

‘And when I felt myself slipping too far, I held on to the one thing I’m always sure of. Blue eyes. Bronze curls. The fact that Simon Snow is the most powerful magician alive. That nothing can hurt him, not even me... And I’m hopelessly in love with him.’

After spending several years as roommates at Watford’s School of Magic, Baz and Simon have cultivated a mutual and steadfast dislike of one another. At least, that’s what Simon believes. As far as he’s concerned Baz (a smug, ruthless ‘tosser’, who also happens to be a vampire) is just waiting for the chance to kill him.

The truth, however, turns out to be quite the opposite. Baz is in love with Simon, even though he’d much rather not be; a lot of the time he regards the scruffy and rough-around-the-edges ‘Chosen One’ with disdain. He doesn’t for one second expect Simon to reciprocate his feelings (Simon has a girlfriend), but he can’t stop himself being in love with him.

What makes Baz one of our favourite YA boyfriends is that he loves Simon for who Simon is, not for how Simon makes him feel about himself. It’s romantic love at its purest. On top of that, Baz is smart, funny, good-looking and possesses superhuman strength – who doesn’t love a YA love interest with superhuman strength? A sort of bad-tempered, sarky, less-weird version of Edward Cullen. We think he’d be a great boyfriend.

Prince Ash – The Iron Fey Series, Julie Kagawa


‘Then, through the trees, I a saw him, a lean figure on a huge black horse. The boy from my dream…His cruel, angelic face wore a smile as he drew back a large bow, an arrow, glistening at the tip.’

Ash, a faery prince from the Winter Court, is in many ways the archetypical brooding YA boyfriend: mysterious, handsome and powerful. Not only is he an accomplished warrior, as a member of the Fey, he also possesses various magical powers.

The first time we meet him he is in pursuit of his sworn enemy, Puck, a faery from the Summer Court. Meghan – his future love interest – simply gets in the way. From then on there is a lot of Ash either trying or threatening to kill everyone, including Meghan. Of course, by the end of The Iron King, Meghan gets to see the other side of Ash and the pair fall in love. Turns out, that underneath his ‘treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen’ exterior, Ash is a beautiful soul; caring, deeply honourable and committed to keeping Meghan safe from harm, no matter the personal cost to himself.

A sort of bad boy version of Legolas from LOTR (at least initially), we think he’d be an interesting individual to go out with. Indeed, as writers and lovers of all things fantasy, we find Prince Ash highly appealing…

Lucas Delos – Starcrossed Series, Josephine Angelini

‘He had short black hair and a dark end-of-summer tan that brought out his white smile and his swimming pool blue eyes. Meeting his eyes was an awakening. For the first time in Helen’s life she knew what pure, heart-poisoning hatred was.’
The fates seem to be determined to keep Helen and Lucas apart. As members of opposing Houses, and as descendants of the gods, they are sworn enemies, and are thus compelled to try to kill one another. However, eventually, in the face of their obvious mutual attraction, and after Lucas saves Helen’s life, they overcome the compulsion to hurt one another and become friends.

They are on their way to becoming lovers when the fates intervene once more. Helen and Lucas are told (falsely) that they are blood relations, first cousins in fact. Mortified, they try to stay away from one another, but of course they find this almost impossible to do so.

Lucas makes the list of favourite YA boyfriends for various reasons. Obviously, he is a total ‘hautie’ (over six foot tall, athletic, tanned and muscular – what’s not to like?). And as a demi-god he has a whole host of supernatural powers, including the ability to fly. What makes him most loveable, however, is his complete devotion to Helen, even when he thinks there is absolutely no chance of them ever being able to be together.

What follows are lots of fights between Lucas and other demi-gods in his attempts to try and protect Helen (and her honour). It’s all a bit swoon-worthy.

Puck/Robbie - The Iron Fey Series, Julie Kagawa


‘Hi, princess. Sorry I’m late. Traffic was a bitch.’

Puck is Prince Ash’s former friend, and the other guy vying for Meghan’s attention. In the mortal world Puck posed as Meghan’s best friend, Robbie, his task being to keep her safe from all things Fey. When they cross over into the NeverNever (the Fey world), Puck continues to appear at exactly the right moments to save Meghan from various dangers, whilst tormenting the life out of Prince Ash at every available opportunity.

We have a real soft spot for Puck. He’s an extremely mischievous and meddlesome faery, with a truly wicked sense of humour. Unlike Prince Ash, he rarely stops joking around. Okay, so he’s a little bit ‘Jacob Black’: completely devoted to Meghan, even though Meghan is completely devoted to Ash… But, he still deserves a mention on the best YA boyfriends list.

Not only is Puck devilishly handsome (wild red hair, captivating green eyes), he too has magical powers, including the ability to change himself into a raven. He’s also really fun, providing some of the best dialogue in the series. There’s no chance of a date with him being boring. And he definitely doesn’t brood.

Magnus Bane – The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clare

‘I’m tired of watching you be in love with someone else – someone, incidentally, who will never love you back. Not the way I do.”

‘You love me?’

‘You stupid Nephilim,’ Magnus said patiently. ‘Why else am I here?’


Magnus Bane - an extremely powerful Warlock - is also ‘very, very sexy’, attracting the attention of men and women alike. On top of that, he’s rather sparkly and likes to party. Hard. But there’s another side of him, revealed as he develops feelings for Alec Lightwood, one of the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. When they first meet, Alec is in love with fellow Shadowhunter Jace Wayland. However, after Magnus saves his life, and then keeps turning up to help his friends, Alec starts to see Magnus in a different light, and the pair embark on a secret fling. Alec finally acknowledges the relationship by kissing Magnus in front of his family.

We love Magnus. Not only is he the experienced older man (roughly 800 years old), he’s also sarcastically funny, sweetly patient, and cute (spiky black hair, a lean, muscular build, and the green/gold eyes of a warlock). We also love Magnus because of his fashion sense: glittery eye-shadow, bold lipstick choices, rainbow leather pants and a blue sequined hair band – can you tell that we’re jealous? He definitely knows his designers. All in all, there aren’t many other YA boyfriends quite like him…



About Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
We are sisters and best friends (try writing a book with someone else and you’ll see why that last bit is kind of important). After spending our childhood in Essex, we now live ten minutes away from each other in Surrey. We both studied history at university and went to work in London for a bit. When we both decided to write novels – on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious we should do it together.

Stuff Katharine likes: playing instruments badly; dead languages; LOTR; loud pop concerts; Jane Austen; Neill Gaiman; Loki; the Surrey Hills. Killing off characters.

Stuff Elizabeth likes: sketching, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cinema, long baths, kitchen discos, Terry Pratchett, Thor, London. Saving characters.

Thank you so much to Katherine and Elizabeth Corr for being part of my blog and part of my week. Don't forget to follow the rest of the tour this week and read these amazing books!


Monday, January 23, 2017

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - WAITING FOR CALLBACK: TAKE TWO by Perdita and Honor Cargill


Hi Everyone, and welcome to DAY 1 of Waiting For Callback: Take Two Blog Tour. 
I reviewed this books only days ago and it's the highlight of my month so far, just scroll down a little further and your will find a glowing and fangirling review. I would recommend it as it's just makes you smile and love so much. 😍 Not only is their sequel is even more amazing than the first, but Perdita and Honor are the loveliest of people too. The tour is themed by incorporating the stages of movie/book production and as I'm first up and it's all about PRE-PRODUCTION - What we learned from book one and there is also a SIGNED Copy of Waiting for Callback: Take Two up for grabs at the bottom so make sure you enter! But before my post, here is a little bit more about the book. 


Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.
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It’s Day One of our Take Two Blog tour and Hon & I are chatting all things Pre-Production. – how we got here and are we older and wiser now we’ve got a second book coming out?

The short answer is that we’re definitely older (debut year is like being aged in the mystical flames…) but the ‘wiser’ bit needs a bit of interrogation.

Amazing things we learned  

H : Seeing a real actual book you’ve written on a real actual shelf is unreal. And signing is extremely satisfying. I possibly got a bit over-excited, there were occasions when the sharpie had to be prised from my hand. If left alone in Waterstones I’d probably have started signing everyone else’s books too.

P : Hearing from kids that like your book is an amazing feeling.

H : Let’s not lie, hearing from anyone that liked our book is an amazing feeling. People have been lovely to us and I bet they have no idea how much it means when you get positive feedback. That probably sounds super needy but, yes, it’s so nice! Also authors are less intimidating than I thought they would be (maybe that’s a children’s author thing?). There was a whole ‘come on in, the water is warm’ vibe.

P: And ‘if it gets stormy we’ll try and stop you drowning’. There was that vibe too…

The hardest things we learned

P : For me definitely the hardest thing was stress.

H : The stress of waiting for reviews?

P : Not only that - just about everything. You know me; I worry. *Hon shakes head despairingly. When you’ve got a book coming out you want it to do well and you don’t really know what that means. You don’t want to let anyone down. Also you feel quite exposed. It’s like standing naked on stage. OK, how I imagine that might feel…

H : I wish you’d come up with a different simile. It’s a lot of work. It should be a lot of work. I’m OK with that and I’ve learned a lot, not least how to juggle the writing with exams and now Uni stuff. But I’ve made big sacrifices - Binky is having a baby and I don’t even know who the baby daddy is. This is serious.


The wiser bit - what we will do differently with Take Two

H & P: Be more chill. That’s it. That’s all we’ve learned. But it’s a good lesson. More of an aspiration than anything else but we’ll try!

And breathe…


Thank you so much to Emma for hosting us! Tomorrow we’ll be talking about ‘Scouting’ (all the fun we had researching Take Two over on Book Lover Jo. Come and join us!


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About Perdita and Honor Cargill
Perdita Cargill: I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise in the English Courts. Frankly it was a relief all round when I hung up my gown & wig and turned (after a bit) to writing. I'm a bit of a wimp. On the upside I do like teenagers. Actually I like quite a lot of people.

Honor Cargill: I'm in my first year at Oxford University studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (niche...). I've done loads of acting mostly just school plays but a tiny bit of professional too and although I'm nothing like Elektra I feel her pain because her most humiliating moments are strangely similar to mine. Actually she has it easy not only was my first kiss on stage but it was in front of my parents and my headteacher. So naturally I decided to write about it so all you guys can mercilessly take the piss out of me too. Enjoy.

GIVEAWAY!
It is an UK ONLY (Sorry INT!)
It will end at the 6th February 2017!!!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ARC REVIEW - WAITING FOR CALLBACK: TAKE TWO by Perdita & Honor Cargill

Waiting for Callback: Take Two (Waiting for Callback #2)
by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Publisher - Simon and Schuster UK
Release Date: 26th January 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.






My Review
"I'd never been called am 'Artist' before, mostly because I was poor at art, but I liked it."- Elektra

I literally am on a happy book high right now. This being my most anticipated book of 2017 it certainly has a set a high standard for the year. For the entire year I've had to wait since finishing Waiting for Callback at the end of 2015. The smile and excitement when this came through my door was just sheer joy to have it in my hands. I think the bright cover and the wonderful signing my book too made my day or my weekend really. So it was no wonder that from the first to the last page I couldn't stop the smiling, the giddiness and the laughter that came from every page. 

Without going into too many spoilers, Take Two continues on from Elektra's moment of fame, being cast as the main lead of Straker, (still a working title) dystopian action-packed, apocalyptic movie that is going to be the best movie of the year...apparently. Whilst she is beyond excited and her love life is officially on the cards, life as a celebrity isn't as it sounds. Glam - nope, nadda, love-scenes - *cringe*, πŸ™ˆ dressing room - amaze-balls, being a heroine - hard and exhausting. Oh and Archie is on a film set with sexy vampire maidens in Transylvania, nothing to worry about of course. Life as a actress isn't as it's cracked up to be. What I loved was that Take Two didn't distinguish from the reality of being a teenage actress, and teenager with real-life family.school and love life problems. That's the beauty of these books - you just get so involved and carried away with the storyline that you yourself can't help but believe in them. With the additional touch of the actor quotes at the start of each chapter it really does give you a feel, a perspective of the actressing world.

The star of the show Elektra James, is nothing but a character to love. She's smart, funny, warm and just has the biggest heart much like her creators. This novel is meant to test her, to grow up and she does, living in the spotlight, you have too - but what I love is that she still keeps that innocence about her as a 16 year old girl. That's what we lack in these time, teenagers grow up far too quickly whether they have to or it, life will be waiting for you in a couple of years time.

The best part for me is the relationships in the book, between Elektra and her mum, immediately as you start the book she has already fallen in a bush from being excited at Elektra's news and that's on Archie's first meeting with her. She comes across as your ditsy, down to earth character, again similar traits to Eualie. Oh Archie and Elektra, there were so right for each other, that it's awkward both for me and for them, but being an 'artist' they really don't catch a break with each other. But their relationship is just totally adorable, cute and heart-warming it's hard not to get lost in it.

The mother-daughter duo that is Perdita and Honor, they are the most wonderful of authors as they are people. I haven't met them (but I hope that will change) but the messages and tweets we share are just so lovely. They really are your down to earth authors and that you can really see from the every word in their book. I think Take Two is their best, I think that their first was amazing but I see such growth and fluidity in their writing but also in each of the character's development, take for example Eulalie, she is absolutely the most eccentric, loud and sensational woman and possibly a bit bonkers too, but you need that in family don't you. I just loved when she came into the story, she just makes you laugh so much, it almost makes you take a step back and see a different perspective in life. She is also got quite the infectious personality too.

Waiting for Callback: Take Two fills you with so much love and laughter, it will brighten your day. It's completely catching in this book, there was so many laugh out loud, cringe worthy moment's your heart just beats that bit faster out of pure joy and happiness for this book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, January 16, 2017

REVIEW - HARRY POTTER and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling 
Publisher - Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date (this edition) - September 1st 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous - or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!



My Review

I read this when I was 7, that was a long time ago and it took me a year to read a book. I don't think I had fully come into reading or the type and genre of books I enjoyed. I guess I was still very new to the magical world of reading. I certainly started in a magical world with Harry Potter. But then I only read the first two and I don't think I fully appreciated the brilliance that is Hogwarts, and magic. I was in effect a Ruggle - Reading Muggle. Hehe. That's very bad but it's what came to mind.

Now Twenty *cough* something, I think I've truly enjoyed Harry Potter for what it is, a masterpiece of Children's Literature. You don't really need me to tell you what it's all about as you all know by now, whether you've read it or seen it. But there is so much more and here is just a couple of things I noticed: (Spoilers if you haven't read nor watched it!!!!)

πŸŽ†In the Forbidden Forest, Hagrid takes 4 students for their detention. In the book it was Harry, Hermione, Malfoy and Neville. In the film it was Harry, Hermione, Ron and Malfoy.

πŸŽ†In the trap door, theres a series of traps for Harry to try and get to the Stone first. In the book there's, Devil's Snare, The Old Keys, Wizards Chess, and Poison or not Potions. In the film it was just the first three.

πŸŽ†Oh and there's a librarian called Madam Irma Pince which I never knew nor saw in the film either. Should would've been a brilliant character to have more in the films as the library is featured in it so much.

I admit that I did obviously see the films a lot more than reading the books, but then I don't regret reading them now when I find little things that makes it all the more magical. I know a film can't possible include every single detail of the book either, it just lends more imagination and perspective of the book.

So are you a Ruggle, do you need to read the books again or read them for the first time (I highly doubt that!) I'll be interested to know.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Friday, January 13, 2017

WING JONES PHOTO BLOG TOUR: Stop 17

I'm so excited to be part of this book photo tour, I mean it's Wing Jones, the most anticpated, uplifting book of 2017! This #WJPhotoTour follows Katherine Webber and her journey to stardom as a debut writer, of Wing Jones and the inspiration that lead to the inspiring words in this beautiful bounded book by Walker. From childhood memories that inspired her writing to her time living in Atlanta and Asia that influenced the book to authors she’s met over the years right up to receiving her first finished copy of the book, follow along to see Katherine’s author life unfold! Keep an eye on the hashtag to see the latest photos! 
Here is a little more about the book:

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With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants…
Wing Jones is the much anticipated debut novel from Katherine Webber, publishing 5th January 2017 in the UK. 



So today is my stop, Picture no. 17 - so we've met her brother and how that starts Wing Jones, through high school, trip to London in the summer then off to University, studying and falling in Love with Hong Kong and the rest of China, where Katherine met Kevin on this journey and then moved to Atlanta... the highlights of the tour so far and now hosting the next chapter in Katherine's journey...

 Ever since I’d graduated university, my two main goals had been to move back to Hong Kong and to somehow become a published author. So as much as I enjoyed living in Atlanta, when I had the opportunity to go back to Hong Kong with my job, I took it. It was amazing to be back in the city of my heart.
Gorgeous photo isn't - I admit I'd love to travel myself and so much of this has influenced Wing Jones then I can't wait to read it. 

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About Katherine Webber
Katherine Webber was born in Southern California but has lived in Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong and now in London. For several years she worked at the reading charity BookTrust, where she worked on projects such as The Letterbox Club which delivers parcels of books to children in care, and YALC, the Young Adult Literature Convention.
You can find her on Twitter @kwebberwrites


So don't forget the follow the rest of Katherine's journey via #WJPHOTOTOUR!  

Monday, January 09, 2017

MINI-REVIEWS Part 1....

...of all books I didn't get to review in 2016!

(So due to loads of things last year, there was some really great books that I never got to review so I thought I would so some really short reviews that would make me feel better for reviewing them and showing you just how amazing they are!)

Did I Mention I Miss You (DIMILY #3)
by Estelle Maskame
Publisher - Black and White Publishing
Date read - September 2016
Find my reviews for book 1 and book 2
Review - This is it, the end of the most addictive and sensational contemporary novel to date. What was annoying was that the date of the publication was put back a few times, so what I thought turned out to be a couple of months, it was half a year. These books couldn't be out like every year it would leave me feeling very frustrating, whether or not they would get together or not. Not to mention it's the hottest of romances featuring step-siblings. Yeah, it's a bit weird, but you can't help it and I think if the love they feel for each is real, there is no stopping it. This novel is quite surprising just from the character's POV, especially Tyler he is one to look out for because he is a inspiration. Estelle Maskame is a remarkable author to create such a series in a short time of publication, it was like she was on fire with this series, I could tell that through the romance, characters and their relationships. If you haven't picked up this series, then do. Your shelf shouldn't be without it. 

Rating -🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Big Lie 
by Julie Mayhew
Publisher - Hot Key Books
Date read - September 2016
Review - The Big Lie was another novel as part of the Hounslow Teen Read award that I was part of. It was most certainly an interesting novel. I got about 80 pages in and I wasn't sure if it was for me. But I had to persevered, I was after all I was voting the long list, and this became my second favourite of the list. (You can see just how good this shortlist is already.) What I liked was the storyline, it was intriguing, that Germany won the war and now a Nazi Britain was in charge and everyone else had to fall in line with that belief. However there are people such as young Jessika that doesn't really know what she believes let alone knows who she really is as well. The Big Lie deals with real-life issues in a very controversial and strict environment, her sexuality, boys or girls and how this isn't appropriate or correct in the society that she lives in. This novel has a lot going for it, however the let down was that it didn't follow through in it's potential of the story it could be and I'm sadly certainly getting that from my reading group too. Sadly this didn't live up to my expectations and I find that I'm somewhat undecided when it comes to her novels in the future. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟


The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Date read - September 2016
Find my review for book 2
Review - Well what can I really say that you don't already know...ha. I can't glorify this sensational series anymore than all the credit it has across the whole world. I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight when it was first released and I haven't read the other since. Maybe I'm wait for the all of them to come out before I have to wait a year for the next. But I read this just after Empire of Storms was released so I could truly reread it's series in all it's glory and I have to say that it really does give you a a whole new perspective of Celaena's character, the place she came from, how she became the Adarlan's Assassin, and seeing her fall in love with Sam Cortland. Out of all the stories, The Assassin and the Underworld is my favourite by a mile, shortly by the final story The Assassin and the Empire.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sunday, January 01, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's to 2017!

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Hi Everyone, and a very Happy New Year to all of you! 2016 has been a year for me and a brilliant one at that. Aside from the crap that's happened in the news personally long myself, and my family are happy and healthy that is all I care about. Before I end 2016 completely here is the highlights for me, both personally and bookish. 
Pic 1: Turning 21...I'm Old! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜œ- Ha I'm only joking, a big milestone but I don't feel any different. I had a very special day and my family and boyfriend each made it special in their own way. Plus Harry Potter's World was one of my gifts and it was truly amazing. I was buzzing for days after I went. It truly is magical. 
Pic 2: Bookish Events - #YALW at the Southbank was the only event I went to this year as every other was when I was busy - this was perfect. I thought the atmosphere was amazing, met new authors and discovered new books and the panels were amazing. #YALW outdid themselves thats for sure. 
Pic 3: New Job - It all happened last year - turning 21 and a new job from a Public Library Assistant to a Secondary School Librarian, a job that I absolutely adore. So much to do, it's still in the early stages of completely being how I want it to be too but hopefully 2017 was see the completion of it. 
Pic 4: 15 minutes of Fame - So when the Supermoon came around this year, I got my tripod and camera and took a picture of it. I tweeted it to a couple of weather people on TV and the next evening my picture was on TV for the entire day the weather was on. That was an amazing feeling. 

My Most Anticipated books of 2017
One of the most important things, when it comes to this post, which I think you would agree, is the books that I am most looking forward to reading for the next year. I've been lucky that last year I loved every book I anticipated and also new discoveries as well. There are some amazing books coming up and I'm lucky enough to have a few of these already as early copies from the lovely publishers. 

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Bookish goals
Last year I admit the only regret is that I didn't finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge, only managing 45 books isn't like me at all but with work and life it's been rather hectic. But with school holidays I should have much more time on my hand for reading. 
Another bookish goal is to read the Harry Potter books - your probably thinking 'you haven't read it?!' but I haven't not since I was 7 and I only read a couple of them so after getting the HP Hardback covers for Christmas that is one of my goal for 2017. 

In other news... I have lots planned for my work, I have a Book Week planned and two author visits planned including Sara Barnard and the Corr sisters. So it's going that's for sure. And Fifty Shades Darker is out in February which I seriously can't wait for!!! Ahhh!

So that's it, all there is left to say is Happy New Year and I hope 2017 is happy, healthy, wonderful and read lots of amazing books.