Friday, 20 July 2018

BLOG TOUR: SERIES REVIEW - ACCESS ALL AWKWARD by Beth Garrod

Today I'm so so excited to end this incredible blog tour, why because I think I've found one of my favourite series this year. For the past month I've been binge reading this series so I can could get the final book. I've done it and it's been simply the best month of reading. Anywho I digress, today I share my SERIES review. So not just one review but three combined together. I promise there will be no spoilers but there will be some awkward fangirling of this series. So before my review, here is a little bit more on the latest installment Access All Awkward

The brand new, laugh-out-loud bestseller. Funny, sunny, feel-good fiction with a cool festival vibe! Bella Fisher is stuck in EXAM HELL - with only the promise of a weekend at the RebelRocks festival with her mates as a reward afterwards. OK, so she can't actually afford a ticket and will have to work as a litter picker and toilet scrubber, but it's still going to be epic: the best bands, her best friends and best-boy-in-the-world Adam, with not a parent or teacher in sight. But when she arrives to find annoying older sister Jo has been sent by Mum to keep an eye on her, things go from bad to worse. BFF Rachel is hanging out with some mean girls, awful ex-boyfriend Luke pitches up with his model girlfriend and her pristine Hunter wellies, and the drummer in her favourite band is exposed as a sexist pig. All the face glitter and flower crowns in the world can't save the day... can they?


This book has been on my shelf since it first came out and I'm feel awkward that I haven't honestly read them sooner. What pulled me was the cover and the fact that it was book that even looked awkward and that’s the best bit! No actually the best bit about it has been having such a month of reading full of joy and laughter, I've binge read the entire series and I've honestly loved it, you can't put them down and I’ve never had a series that has kept me hooked from page 1 of book 1 of the series. 

Bella Fisher's journey begins with her dressed up as a cereal box with an arrow through her in the middle of a caravan park. She meets the hottest boy in the middle of the forest whilst doing star jump, or and she accidentally hits on the head with her shoe.  Bella, it wouldn’t be her without something going wrong or her mouth decides to starts talking for her. Things go from friendly to unfriendly quite drastically! Her ex is a complete tool bag who just wants to ruin Bella’s life, but her online life as Plum.... on PSSST seems to be a big hit! 

It continues with Bella going Zero to Hero in a matter of 1 book when Bella seems to be the key person win the biggest band to come to her school and do a concert. So you know a lot of pressure, awkward pressure. Friendship fails and potential boyfriend alert with TMIGTM - the man I going to marry! Mumbles dislodging a penis from a statue - read and you’ll find out! And ice statue blunders! Copious amounts of fangirling with the Helicans! 

Finally, it all comes down to this book. Bella is stumbling through life, the reality of her final year at school, her revision for her GCSE's is non existent whilst looking at various breeds of doing on Instagram. She's feeling awkward finding a time to admit how she really feels about Adam and she's fighting a social media battle with the removal of The Session after their sexist comments on their new merch. It's all in an honest day's work with Bella Fisher. 

What you will find with these books that there is no shortage of cringy-worthy-goodness and that Bella Fisher isn't that different from you. How you revel in her awkwardness and also her struggle to make the mean girls or even boys pay in these books. Bella is so loveable, she pretty bonkers. She’s unafraid if keeping her personality hidden even if it does get her into trouble! But she also has the bestest of friends, all so different but each radiant when they are together! Her mum is slightly away with the fairies I think and her sister, like any sister! She has her moments but she will always be there for her! That's what I loved, as read through the series they get closer, They support their mum more than anything especially with her new store Give a Dog a Cone which left me very emot you guys. Oh and the WhatsApp group has me in fits of laughter. Her mum can be just as bad as Bells, she is not discreet that's for sure.

These stories on teenage life are just so entertaining and hilarious that you will devour it. Beth Garrod writes such relatable fiction that it can be quite emotional because it's so true especially the last book with the perils of social media and Bella facing the reality of life and pressures of exams. I think the cure of any teenager or adult is Bella Fisher, we all need a bit of Awkward in our life and this series has started the revolution. We need to embrace this! It’s a book you will devour when you’ve had a bad day and need cheering up. 

The Awkward Series is a book guaranteed to make you not only laugh, but snort - snaughing - and it will not be pleasant! It’s book that will have your tummy in stitches! Super Awkward Is Laugh Out Loud Kind of Book - SAILOLKOB - there’s a lot of this of this and caps too! Beth Garrod is one of the funniest author of teen fiction and one of my favourites to date! It’s a series I recommend to all my students especially if they loved Geek Girl and Waiting for Callback!

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you so much to Emily at Scholastic for letting me be part of this tour and sending a copy in exchange for an honest review(s).

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

BLOG TOUR: EXTRACT - A BAD BOY STOLE MY BRA by Lauren Price

Happy Wednesday Everyone, for me it's the last Wednesday of term so I'm pretty happy. Only two more days till I can finally start reading my huuuge TBR pile. 

The reason I tell you this is because this is one of the books on the TBR, today I'm very excited to be part of this blog tour with a extract from the book. Instantly when I read the blurb, I am very intrigued and sounds like such a funny book, so I can't wait to get a moment to finally sit a read this book. So here is a bit more about the book and make sure you enjoy the chapter, it's a cracker. 

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A Bad Boy Stole My Bra
by Lauren Price
Release Date - July 12 2018
Publisher - Black and White Publishing
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find your new neighbour dangling out of your window. And not only is he dangling out of your window, he’s also clutching your tattiest bra in his hand. What. The. Actual. Fudge.

When notorious bad boy and new kid on the block, Alec Wilde, moves in next door to Riley, sparks fly. Alec is everything that Riley despises – he’s cocky, obnoxious and annoyingly handsome – and after their ‘unconventional’ introduction, Riley is determined to get her own back. Alec picked the wrong girl’s bra to steal!

A furious prank war ensues, and it’s clear Alec has met his match in Riley. But behind the playful give-and-take, Riley is barely holding it together. Her family is struggling to cope after her cousin’s death, her cheating ex-boyfriend is back in town and maybe, just maybe, she’d like more from Alec than banter and practical jokes. But how can Riley get through to the real him when she can’t even take herself seriously?
Chapter Extract


"“Mario wins again!”"

"As the cheesy, overplayed music comes to a close and the screen goes dark, I drop my controller into my lap in defeat. Be it the stuffiness of this room or the fact that this is our sixth tournament today, I lost my first game of Mario Kart in months . . . to my eight-year-old brother. I watch through narrowed eyes as Jack catapults around the room in victory, lifting his shirt over his head to reveal his pale torso. Seriously, what is it with boys and showing their chest when they win something? Is it some sort of animalistic display of dominance originating from our monkey ancestors? I can’t help but snort in amusement as I consider this. He’s such a little show-off. My hands dart out to grab him by the sides and I tug him down to tickle him."

"“You wish, monkey boy,” I scoff. “We both know that I"

"kicked your butt on the other games.”"

"Jack squirms to free himself from my hold, shooting me a glare as he brushes himself down. He hates me tickling him. “Monkey boy? I beat you with Mario, not Donkey Kong.”"

I’m way too lazy to explain my thought process to him so I just roll my eyes.

“Riley, can you come here please?” Mom calls from downstairs. If it wasn’t for the urgency I can hear in her voice, I would probably make more of a scene asking why she can’t just come upstairs to me, but she sounds excited about something. There’s a spark of vitality in the words that I haven’t heard in a while and it intrigues me.

Mumbling my protest instead, I swing my legs from the beanbag and give Jack a warning look with a clear subliminal message: Steal my seat, I steal your life. Of course, by the time I’ve reached the door, he’s already sitting there. Oh, how I

miss the days when I had some kind of authority over him.

As I enter the kitchen, I’m hit with the heart-warming aroma that signals Mom’s baking: cupcakes and coffee, like the inside of a Starbucks, but much cosier. It’s something that I haven’t smelled for quite a while, and my sourness at having to walk all the way down the stairs disappears in a second at the sweetness of the nostalgia. I can’t help but smile as I see her standing behind the kitchen counter in an apron. She looks up and brushes her hands off immediately. There’s icing sugar in the curls of her hair.

“Come and look at this,” she says, beckoning, abandoning her half-iced cupcakes. She leads me over to the kitchen window and pulls back the plaid drapes ever so slightly, just enough for me to peek through. Shooting her a look of bewilderment and wondering if this has anything to do with the new geraniums she bought yesterday, I squeeze my head into the gap and look out at the neighbours’ driveway. I was expecting a potted plant, so what I see instead surprises me greatly.

We have new neighbours.

Parked next door, in the house that has been empty for almost six months now, is a large removal truck. The giant green anomaly overshadows the small car beside it, and my eyebrows rise further upwards as I watch the family climbing out of the vehicle. A woman steps out first, and reaches into the back to grab a small girl from the back seat. Her dark curls are scraped back into a clasp, and her features are delicate and feminine. It’s nice that someone around Mom’s age is moving in next door – my mom could use someone to talk to living so close by. The girl the woman carries is around the age of four or five, with the cutest baby face I’ve ever laid eyes on and two brunette bunches on either side of her head. Adorable.

I’m not sure who I was expecting to see get out of the car next, but it definitely wasn’t the alluring, moody boy that I see now. He looks around my age, and from what I can see of his ebony hair and angled jaw . . . he’s hot. No doubt the entire population of the student body will completely swarm this one. I can’t help but watch as he threads his fingers through his hair, slightly entranced. I’m a bit of a scientific hermit when it comes to the species of “the hot”, so the fact that I have an attractive male now living next door is enough to make my stomach flip.

I pull the drape further to the side, but to my complete horror, the boy’s head snaps up at the movement. His eyes latch onto mine as he notices me ogling. Oh. I pull away quickly, bumping back into Mom’s shoulder. I can already

feel a blush burning my cheeks. He must think I’m such a creep. Surprisingly though, by the time I’ve recovered enough courage to peek through again, he doesn’t look affected in the slightest. Bored almost, which reassures me.


Friday, 13 July 2018

BLOG TOUR - THE YEAR OF LIVING AWKWARDLY by Emma Chastain

Hi Everyone, I'm so excited to be part of this blog tour. Last year I discovered Chloe Snow's Diary Confessions of a High School Disaster courtesy of the lovely people at Simon and Schuster and it was the funniest book I read in a long time, it's one you can't stop smiling and laughing throughout. These are the books that will get you out of reading slump, easy to read, relaxing and completely contagious of laughter. Read my review here.

Sadly due to work, I couldn't read this book in time but it's on the Summer Holiday to be read pile. So today, I have a Chapter 1 of The Year of Living Awkwardly. So enjoy it and definitely buy it, it is out now! 

But as an intro here is a little bit more about the book.

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It's Chloe Snow's sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated.

Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, she's just a lowly member of the ensemble. Chloe’s best friend, Hannah, is no help: she’s been sucked into the orbit of Lex, evil Queen Bee of the class. Meanwhile, Chloe’s dad is busy falling in love with Miss Murphy, and her mother is MIA in Mexico with her much younger bullfighting boyfriend, Javi...

If only Chloe could talk to Grady about it - he's easy to talk to. Or he was, until he declared his love for Chloe, she turned him down because despite all her rational brain cells she can't seem to get over Mac, and then Grady promptly started going out with Lex. GAH!

As the performance of the show approaches, Chloe must find a way to navigate all the messy elements of her life and make it through the end of the year.

Read Chapter 1 of this cracker of a book... and don't forget to follow the rest of the tour. 

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Wednesday, August 10
OMG. I think Grady likes me.

Maybe! I mean, I’m not positive. But work today was weird.

It was hot, but there were big rain clouds overhead, so no one came to the pool. Grady and I sat on our stools in the concession stand, eating Twizzlers and talking about where we’d most like to live when we finally escape our hellishly pleasant New England suburb.
Grady said, “Probably Berlin, or Istanbul.”

I said, “New York, definitely. Or maybe Bermuda, so I can ride around on a scooter.”

He shook his head. “No way. It’d be too boring, living there forever. We could go there on our honey-moon, though.”

I whipped my head to the left to look at his face. My mouth was hanging open from the shock. He’s never said anything like that to me before! He’s a year younger than me! He knows I just got dumped by Mac, my pre-tend boyfriend who had a girlfriend but made out with me constantly anyway!

He looked a little nervous, but also pleased with himself.
“Sure,” I said finally. “I hear they have pink sand.” The thing about Grady is, he’s basically my height, so it’s easy to stare into his eyes, which are deep-set, and to notice his eyelashes, which are so long they get tangled sometimes.

I see that he’s handsome, but I don’t feel it in my bones. Could I ever like Grady? Good old Grady, my co-worker, the guy who burps the alphabet for my enter-tainment when we get bored?

Thursday, August 11


OK, I think yesterday was all in my head. It was about a thousand degrees in the concession stand today, and I was dying.
“I’m sweating like a pig,” I told Grady. “I think I for-got to put on deodorant.”
He tried to smell my armpit and I pushed his head away.
“You definitely forgot,” he said, fanning his hand in front of his face.

This is how we normally treat each other: like sib-lings. Disgusting siblings.

Then we talked about (a) whether or not dogs have a sense of the future, (b) gross smells we secretly like (gasoline, skunks), and (c) earbuds versus over-ear headphones. Hardly a sexy, tension-filled conversation, thank God.