10 December 2014

Review: A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?

Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.

As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree! 

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?

As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!


Source: NetGalley Request

5 words: family, love, christmas, making time.

Damn, that was sweet! So sweet. I think my teeth hurt.

This book takes a very well used story line of a super-rich work-obsessed single dad who hires a nanny/au pair/party planner and all sorts of warm fuzzies ensue. And this book does it so well.

I actually loved every single character. Every one of them. I couldn't help it! Carrie tugged at my heart strings with all of the love she had to give, Olivia was just freaking adorable, David was seriously cute and Adam sounded delicious.

This story really got me in the mood for Christmas, and I loved the underlying message. You should always make time for your loved ones, and it's something you can very easily forget to do.

07 December 2014

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

Do you know how excited I am about the books this week? First we have some Christmas reads (yaaay!) and then we have the entire short-list for the North East Teenage Book Awards.

Go UKYA!

THE HAUL

When it comes to Christmas books, Carole Matthews sure knows what she's doing. I've never read Milly Johnson before but my sister loved The Yorkshire Pudding Club that she read when she was pregnant so when I saw A Winter Flame, I thought I'd give it a go.


Then we have this marvellous UKYA haul. It's the whole shortlist for this years' North East Teenage Book Awards and I'm so excited. Not only have I been dying to read a few of these for a long long while, but I get to meet (hopefully) all of these authors for long enough to get them signed at the awards themselves.


05 December 2014

Review: Christmas is Cancelled by Aurelia B. Rowl

It’s impossible to forget…

Matilda ‘Tilly’ Carter has had the week from hell – and now, with all trains cancelled, it looks like Christmas will be too! With a mascara-streaked face, a broken heel and nowhere to go, there’s never been a worse time to run into the man who once broke her heart. Especially when he looks better than ever. 

The one that got away…

For Dean, Christmas has always been hard. The Tilly standing before him is no longer the firecracker of his memories—even if the way she makes his heart race hasn’t changed at all. He is determined to uphold the promise that kept them apart nine years ago. But spending a cosy Christmas with Tilly would break a better man and each accidental touch, heated look and stolen kiss is taking its toll on Dean.

After all this time, can the magic of Christmas bring Tilly and Dean together at last?


Source: NetGalley Request | Purchase

5 Words: Passion, love, tradition, family, HEA.

What a great story! I wanted it to go on and would happily read this story again. It's a heart-warming, steamy, passionate, sensual tale of that first love working out after all those years. And I loved it.

Tilly was a great character, she knew what she wanted and she went for it. And boy, did she want Dean. Her love and passion for him was almost addictive.

Then Phil comes along and throws a spanner in the works and everything goes a little crazy and because Tilly doens't know what's happening the reader doesn't either and that was a fantastic piece of writing.

This was a quick Christmas read and really got me in the mood for the festive season. And I just noticed that it's part of a series. IT'S A SERIES GUYS! I can't wait to read about Phil, he was a bit of a dick, but there's definitely something there.


03 December 2014

Review: French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton

On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her. 

There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride. 

The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?


Source: NetGalley Request | Review Consideration | Purchase

5 Words: Heaven, passion, love, blackmail, culture.

The best thing about the International School series is this weird mesh of different cultures. It's a situation you don't come across often, even in books. And all of the misunderstandings and miscommunication and the sharing and learning and love... Man, it's perfect.

Which would explain the mass of pink highlights throughout my copy.

I adored Max's infatuation with Fleur. If I tell you about it, it will just sound creepy, so I deleted that whole paragraph of my review. You just gotta go read the book to know what I'm on about, it's the only way you'll understand.
Other guys might have fantasized about porn stars or lingerie models. I fantasized about Fleur Marceaux.
I love Fleur, and when I found out she was getting a book of her own I was so excited - she was just so freaking intriguing in the first two books, despite being a supporting character.

I loved the little hints we got about Maggie and Samir, but I would have loved to find out more about Mya too - she's always been this peripheral not-really-there character that seems to make up the threesome when it's convenient.

This was a sizzling, steamy romance, and I loved it. How passionate and desperate it was yet how they still tried to take it slow... Ish.

I was sad when I got to the end... Because this really is the end :(


02 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #22

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015.

This was a difficult one to write... Mainly because I rarely look even a week ahead when it comes to my next read! The result is that these books are mostly books I am looking forward to because I've already read the previous books in the series. But there are a few standalone gems and new starts, and of course some UKYA.
  1. Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas
  3. Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin 
  4. The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson
  5. Angel of Storms (Millenium’s Rule #2) by Trudi Canavan
  6. Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger
  7. Emeralds & Ashes (At Somerton #3) by Leila Rasheed
  8. The Devil's Angel by Kevin Brooks
  9. Persist by Melvin Burges
  10. The Beloved by Alison Rattle
The Throne of Glass series is absolutely at the top of my list. The series just goes from strength to strength and I'm sharing the love this week with a giveaway. It gets even busier this month with the Christmas Readathon, where seasonal books and another giveaway are on the cards.

What do you have on your list?





01 December 2014

Review and Giveaway: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. 

Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?


Source: Purchase

5 Words: IT'S SO FREAKING KICK ASS!

When I finished this book I just sat there, staring at the gorgeous back cover. Because. Because...

I read that ending twice. TWICE. And I still can't get my head around it and WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK ALREADY?

This series truly goes from strength to strength. I cannot get enough of it. I've pushed it on my friends, my family, strangers in the street. Really, I have. I gush about it and tease people with snippets.

With every book, I understand Celaena a little bit more. And I love her more and more with each page of her story.

This story introduced so many new characters. SO MANY. Really. Lots and lots. And there were some I didn't like at the start, who I now can't wait to read more of, and one who I'm not quite decided on.

GIVEAWAY

Christmas Readathon

The Christmas Readathon is a one month event that runs through December, where you read and share seasonal books of any length or genre. Whether it's one book in the whole month or one book a day, it's about having fun and getting yourself all excited for present-swapping day.

If you haven't signed up already, head over to the Sign Up Page and link to your introduction post.

I already have a selection of e-books on my kindle and books I've picked up when browsing bookshops.


I'm most excited about My True Love Gave To Me, a collection of twelve winter romances. I have a thing for short stories, they fit perfectly into my breaks at work and mean that I don't end up getting sucked right into a full length book and running over my break time. They're perfect for bus rides too. And if it turns out that I don't like one, I don't need to give-up the whole thing. I just head on over to the next story.

Christmas Readathon Sign Up

The Christmas Readathon is a one month event that runs through December, where you read and share seasonal books of any length or genre. Whether it's one book in the whole month or one book a day, it's about having fun and getting yourself all excited for present-swapping day.

When it comes to this time of year, I just can't help myself... It's seasonal reads all month! And I have so much fun that I just want to share it.

You could win a £10 Amazon GC!

Look out for flash-fun and random give-aways of books and gift-cards and swag.

You can challenge yourself to read as little as one book for the whole readathon, or you can go all out and make this month the month you only read seasonal stories.

Sign-up is open all month. All you have to do is post an introduction to your readathon, a kind of prediction about the books you're planning on reading. After that, each weekly check in gets you an extra entry into the gift card draw, just check back here and link up in the Check In post (posted each Monday).

Link Up






30 November 2014

Showcase Sunday #19

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

Fantastic haul this week! And behind the scenes we have a large box of books for presents. Books are the best gift and I think I've gone a bit OTT on how many I've bought already for other people.

THE HAUL


And what a great haul it is! That one all wrapped up pretty is Thornfield Hall, it's just too gorgeous to open just yet. And I didn't even realise that Rose Bride was out, so as I have Wolf Bride on my kindle, and a signed copy of Rebel Bride, I just splashed out on the paperbacks so I could have all three matching.


Today I'm powering through everything that's left on my Currently Reading list so I can get started on my Christmas Readathon tomorrow. Seriously, all I read in December is Christmas books! Want to join in? It's just for fun, but if enough people join I'll have a GC giveaway for participants :)

Also, coming up on the blog tomorrow is a giveaway for a signed copy of Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas and later in the week a signed copy of the prequel novella collection Assassin's Blade. How lovely am I?

29 November 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood - but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors - a captain and a prince - and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom...


Source: Purchase

5 Words: Secrets, tragedy, death, lies, betrayal.

5 More Words: Love, regret, heartbreak, magic, surprises.

This series definitely gets better as it goes on. Read the first book, even if it's only so you can read this one and know what's happened before because Crown of Midnight is the complete opposite of the Second Book Curse. I even gave it ten words instead of five, a very rare occurrence.

In Crown of Midnight we see the kick-ass assassin that the first book promised really come to life. She rips through the pages, tearing them to shreds. She is cold, calculating. But that's not the sum total of all her parts. We see different sides of this dangerous assassin and even a surprise dose of romance, affection and soul-baring love.

The only reason this book didn't get a full 5 stars is because I'm still not head-over-heels for Celaena. But she sure is growing on me. I understand her far more than I did before. I'm starting to fall for her. I don't care that she's often gazing in the mirror. Heck, I stare in the mirror long enough myself (even if I'm not thinking about how pretty I am) and I care about my appearance. Isn't that just a sign of the girl, the barely-a-woman adolescent that Celaena is?

After that ending, I can't wait to get on to Heir of Fire.


28 November 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


Source: Purchase

5 Words: Let me take a selfie.

So.

This book.

Well.

When I picked up this book I was expecting a kick-ass assassin. Someone who totally embodied girl-power and was dark and nasty and strong and smart.

But at the beginning of this, Celaena is a simpering, vain, arrogant and very silly little girl.

For all of her mutterings that she could take out everyone, kill everyone, maim everyone, there was some simpering in front of a mirror wondering how pretty she was and whether everyone was attracted to her or not.

I'm going to kill EVERYONE because I'm the best most kick-ass assassin in the world. But first, let me take a selfie.

That being said, I decided to stick it out with this book. It was hard going. Celaena is so freaking vain, she probably thought this book was about her. By the time I got half way I wanted to give up. But I'd gotten so far.

Just one more little push?

It was worth it.

Throne of Glass picks up so much towards the end. We finally get to see Celaena being that deadly world famous assassin she's always bragging about being. This book got very dark, very quickly within those last chapters, and I loved it.

But was it worth so much hard work with one of the most shallow characters I've ever read? Absolutely. I'm going to try the next one to see if Celaena will keep this wonderful dark persona that developed at the end.


25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #21

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

In December all I'm going to read is Christmas themed books. It's something I've only done for the past couple of years, but I look forward to it pretty much from January and snap up any holiday books I see. It's so much FUN. But since winter is more like 3 months than 1, I'd better shove a few none-holiday ones up there.
  • Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • Christmas is Cancelled by Aurelia B Rowl
  • A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale
  • Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge
  • Baby It's Cold Outside by Kerry Barrett
  • Driving Home for Christmas by A L Michael
  • Winter Seige by Ariana Franklin
  • Forever His Darling by Sarah Randall
  • The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver
  • The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper

What about you?

23 November 2014

Showcase Sunday #18

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

It's been a while since I did a post, and since the last there have been far too many books to put on just one post. So I'm just going to do this week and then try to keep up in future!

THE HAUL

This week, I picked up the next book in the Wesley Peterson series by Kate Ellis (yes, I'm addicted!) and got To the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham through the post thanks to Legend Press.

Then, I hit Net Galley. Because it's almost December and all I read in December is holiday-themed books, I went a little over the top with my requests. But next month is definitely going to be fun!

    
      
    

I recently read Langdown Manor by Sue Reid but it wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm giving it away to the first UK blogger/reviewer/reader who asks. So if you want it just say.

Also, coming up this week will be my reviews of Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series along with more than one giveaway of signed copies. Keep your eyes peeled!

20 November 2014

Review: Pirates! by Celia Rees

Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. 

Told through Nancy's writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.


Source: Purchase | Library

5 Words: Swashbuckling adventure. Love, danger, life.

I always find it so difficult to review my favourite books. I just can't put my feelings into words. It's particularly hard when I have read that book so many times over the past decade that the pages are falling out and the cover's peeling off, because by now my love for the book has no reason, it just is.

Pirates! is such an adventure. It has so many twists and turns and shocks and some really sweet and poignant moments. It's a book that sets my heart racing, it's a book that has such a vivid world that I am lost to real life when I read it. It's dramatic and thought-provoking.

Every time I read this book, I get more out of it than before. It's one of those books that I itch to read at least once a year and turn to when life's just getting too much. It's a safety blanket make of pure escapism.

This book is wonderfully written, in a quirky style. I love the journey that Nancy takes, both physically and as a person.

It's a book I can see clear as day when I close my eyes. It would make an amazing film or mini-series.

Now that I'm kind of finished gushing (for now) I urge you to get out and grab a copy of this book and get stuck in.

19 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #6

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen To Paper and is a chance to share the book you're currently lusting after. It's weekly because we're bookworms and we love to read. A lot. So sometimes our MOST WANTED is quickly read and replaced.

I'll also be posting a non-book wishlist item. But it will probably be book-related because let's be honest, I can't help myself. Books are my life.

THE BOOK

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea.

But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

Prudence by Gail Carriger

I don't think this needs any introduction, or indeed any reason.

But in case you've never been introduced to Gail Carriger's FABULOUS steampunk world, here are five reasons to pick up any of her books.
  1. Tea
  2. Strong female characters
  3. Strong male characters
  4. The details are fabulously researched
  5. It's crazy imaginative
And shall I mention again the world? Amazing.

THE NOT A BOOK

Knock Knock Bookmarks

Shall I let you know a secret? I already have the green ones. These Knock Knock bookmarks are a reviewer's best friend.

I'm forever stopping and starting books and away from goodreads, so I use these to write down any thoughts that will come in handy when it comes to reviewing. Sometimes it's as little as one word (Argh!) and sometimes it's a few lines, but they make it much easier to review physical books.

I also use them to make nots of any quotes I particularly like, instead of using my old method of underlining them with a pencil.

18 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get.

You know when you start a book and you love it then you realise it's part of a series? How awesome. Here's my top ten next-in-series books I can't wait for, in no particular order.

What book can you just not wait for?

17 November 2014

Review: Goddess by Laura Powell

Strikes. Starvation. Riots.

Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known.

Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay.

But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.


Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: Cult, politics, revolution, mythology, prophecy.

When I started this book, it was with the thought "this is a pretty cover" running through my head. Because yet again I didn't read the blurb. But I think if I'd read the blurb I wouldn't have gone on to read the book, because it just doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

This alternate universe mixes mythology and magic with the political unrest and distrust that is evident today. And it's quite good.

This is quite a fast paced book for all that it sometimes feels like nothing is happening. I was never bored while I read it, and it kept me turning the pages. Because of the pace, it's a relatively quick read.

I liked Aura, and how she changed and the story progressed. She's almost unrecognisable from the quite girl you meet in the first pages, by the time you get to the end she's really come out of her shell. I also liked the complexities of the cult, and the corruption spreading throughout.

04 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #19 + GIVEAWAY

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books I Want To Reread.

There are some books that are just so darn awesome you have to reread them again and again. Then you get the amazing series that you have to reread. And these books are in order, starting with my number one reread.
  1. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  3. Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  4. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  5. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
  6. Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  7. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
  8. Junk by Melvin Burgess
  9. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
  10. Sundowners by Leslie Lokko

GIVEAWAY


03 November 2014

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. 

Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them. 

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.


Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: family, friendship, bravery, strength, loyalty.

This is a very quick read with a pretty fast pace. It's gripping enough to keep you reading, and deep enough to make you stop and think.

Edie is a character that I felt very sorry for but who I also thought was incredibly strong. It was definitely a little weird.

This story hooked me. It was pretty heavy reading for something so short and I feel that a lot of the issues and the other characters could have been explored more. If only there were more pages!

With some more pages I think this would have gotten a higher rating. But this book started fast, continued racing and then BAM it was finished. It was all over so quickly.

22 October 2014

Tour: Review and Giveaway: Third Time Lucky by Pippa Croft

'It's Sister Dixon from the Royal Infirmary here. I'm sorry to tell you that Captain Hunt has been involved a serious incident.'

Lauren Cusack should be on her way home for an holiday in Washington before her final term at Wyckham College, Oxford. But this call changes everything. Her relationship with impossibly handsome aristocrat Alexander Hunt has been turbulent and Lauren knows she needs to walk away. Yet now as she rushes to his side she knows she will be inevitably sucked back into his world.

And sure enough, Alexander - even a seriously injured Alexander - is an intoxicating cocktail Lauren cannot resist and despite everything that is sent to thwart them - and with Alexander there is drama at every turn - she finds herself happier than she's ever been.

But as her final term races by, and she is offered the perfect job back in Washington, the impossibility of their romance hits home.

Can there be a future for Alexander and Lauren?


Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration | NetGalley Request

5 Words: Passion, lust, love, conflict, family.

I have read all of the books in this series and I'm glad I have. As much as each of these books can be read as a standalone, you really get a better feel of the situation if you read all three. And you can experience all of the drama, passion, attraction and plotting.

I couldn't get enough of Lauren and Alexander. They're like an addiction, but also a little like that pile up on the motorway that you can't help but sneak a peek at as you pass.

This series has one of my absolute favourite love-to-hate characters. Valentina is one evil twisted bitch. I actually get angry when I'm reading about her. And I love that. I love that this book makes me feel so I angry I start to shake, that one character can provoke that within me.

The scene has been set in The First Time We Met, the passion builds in The Second Time I Saw You and everything comes to a fantastic climax in Third Time Lucky.

This is a series I will certainly read again. I loved it. It was fun and flirty and filled with passion, but it still touches upon serious issues and makes you think. And it even has a gorgeous set of covers, I could stare at them all day.


GIVEAWAY

21 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start .

So, it was supposed to be new series that I wanted to start... But there are so many series in general and I'm not really up to date with new series, so this is just a general list with some oldies that I've been meaning to read forever. As always, these are in no particular order!
  • Game of Thrones
  • Outlander
  • Sabriel
  • Boodlines
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Cormoran Strike
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone
  • On Dublin Street
What about you? Got a series sitting on your shelf just waiting to be read? I have a lot of the first books in these series but I haven't even started. And I'm ashamed to say that there's some of them I've had for years. Years. They've just sat there and been passed up but another book.

If you've read any on my list please link to your review. Maybe you'll tempt me to finally get started. Or not.

20 October 2014

Review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw


It’s 5:00 am on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand - just like Holly Golightly.

As the co-founder of a successful Tumblr blog - Oh Yeah Audrey! - devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has travelled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of.

Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself.


Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: Friendship, attraction, obsession, vintage, quirky.

This was a very quick read.

It's not the best quickie out there, but it was enjoyable. Especially if you're a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This is a great day-in-the-life of Gemma Beasley, and I loved how her story was told. It was sweet and fun and light and fluffy, and perfect for reading in your lunch break when it's raining outside and you need to cheer up a little.

Don't walk into this book expecting amazing revelations and a gripping story, you won't find that. What you'll find instead is a fun and flirty look at a teenager who loves all things Audrey and is struggling to grow up following the death of her mother.

And look at that cover. It's a stunner.