13 November 2015

Book Beginnings #12

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin.
Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueak, SqueakSqueakBang, SqueakSqueakBang, SqueakSqueakBang, SqueakSqueakBang, SqueakSqueakBang.

"Oh!"

SqueakSqueakBang.

"Oh!"

SqueakSqueakBang.

"OH!"

SqueakSqueakBang.

"OH!"

SqueakSqueakBang.

"OH GOD!"

BangBang.

"OH GOD!"

BangBangBangBang.

"OHHHHHH!"
Hahahahahahaha. What a freaking hilarious start. I hope that the rest of this is as funny! I felt like a right tit typing that out though, especially as the font is so big. The word "squeak" now just looks completely wrong to me.
 
I'm now into Day 2 of the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon and I'm loving the festive reads. This is the second White Cliff Bay book and I've read a lot by Holly Martin, so I know what I'm in for.

11 November 2015

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon 2015

http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2015/09/ho-ho-ho-read-a-thon-november-12th-through-the-17th-sign-up.htmlThe Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon is hosted by The Book Shelfery and Caffeinated Book Reviewer. For this read-a-thon you must read holiday themed or winter setting reads between 12th and 17th November, and I can't wait. This is my favourite time of year and although I usually only read festive through December, I'm only too happy to start early this year.
 
There's a Twitter party on the 17th November and until then you can tweet using #HoHoHoRAT. Best of all? There are prizes to be won!
 
Over the five days, I plan to read five books. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I manage to sneak an extra one in somewhere since this spans a weekend. Wish me luck!
 

Reading List

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies
 
 
  

10 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #45

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'd Love to See on Screen.
 
OK, so today should really be Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch but I'm not excited about any of that. Certainly not enough to write a list. I can't even think of one...
 
What I am excited about is my own fantasy wish list of what I've love to see on the big screen. Or the small screen as an epic series. You know, so everything fits in... Onwards to five series and five films!

5 TV Series

  1. The Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  2. The Parsol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  3. The Finishing School by Gail Carriger
  4. The DCI Ryan Mysteries by LJ Ross
  5. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

5 Films

  1. Darkmere by Helen Maslin
  2. Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  3. The Poppy Factory by Liz Trenow
  4. Pirates! by Celia Rees
  5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Which books would you most like to see on screen?

 
 

06 November 2015

Blog Tour - Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23868734-the-little-bookshop-on-the-seine
Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris… for Christmas?
Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!
Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.
But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…


Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration | Purchase

5 Words: Paris, love, Christmas, relationships, books.
This was a perfect Christmas story and a fantastic continuation of Sarah and Ridge's story from The Bookshop on the Corner. It was also the perfect introduction to the Little Paris collection and I will absolutely be reading on.
From the very first page, that was me. Sucked right in. This book is pretty magical, perfect for the festive season. But it is also startlingly realistic. It isn't a fairy-tale. It has me craving gingerbread lattes and bread and cheese and cheap red wine. I want to get my Christmas decorations up now, a whole month early.
I loved how this story tested Sarah and Ridge's relationship. It forced them to change, to develop, to grow. And it forced them to acknowledge some home truths. It felt like their relationship really went to the next level.
You can read this as a standalone, but it's definitely better if you read The Bookshop on the Corner first. And I don't know how you'd be able to resist reading the other Little Paris books, because I'm itching to get my hands on them!

Book Beginnings #11

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan.
 

Skylar Tempest stepped out of her hotel and lifted her face to the sky. Soft, thick flakes of snow drifted down from a sky of midnight blue, dusting her hair and blending with the wool of her white coat. It was like standing in a snow globe.
 
I can barely contain my excitement. I love Sarah Morgan's writing and I love Puffin Island. Add Christmas to the mix and I'm in heaven! There have been so many excellent reviews already for this final instalment to the series that I can't wait to jump in.

04 November 2015

Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway: Rescued by Phoebe Rose

At 23, successful entrepreneur Thomas York has to be one hundred percent focused on his latest startup. He has no time for dating and even less time to deal with the litter of stray kittens who've claimed his patio as their new home. Falling for the pretty and passionate animal rescue volunteer who shows up to help with his feline problem is not on his agenda.

A born nurturer, Tessa Cantalupe is used to caring for everyone but herself. She has a history of giving too much and getting too little, and she has no doubt a sexy, ambitious businessman like Thomas has nothing more to offer her than one more dead-end relationship. But can a guy who loves kittens be all bad? Maybe it's time she let someone rescue her and give her lonely heart a forever home. 

RELEASE 10th NOVEMBER

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Love, family, discovery, change, loneliness.

I knew pretty much straight away that I was going to like this book. I loved the writing style and although I had rolled my eyes a little when I first read the synopsis, it worked. It really really worked.

The characters are rather complex and passionate, and their relationship? It was on fire. Wowsers. I haven't read anything like that for a while. Excuse me while I go cool down...

Although everything happens quickly, it's no insta-love. Even when he buys her first class ticket to Hawaii less than 24 hours after meeting her, it strangely works. It's right.

The cats and kittens in this book made me gush a lot. Little cuties! I can't wait to read more Alley Kitten stories.

I loved how so many different types of relationships were explored. And there was a nice dose of poisonous-relationship, which is my ultimate catnip.

There's nothing like standing kissing-close to a beautiful stranger to make you really feel your loneliness.