29 May 2016

The Sunday Post (29 May) (Late Edition)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

26 May 2016

Book Review: Please Pretty Lights (Pretty Lights Series #1), Ina Zajac

Please, Pretty Lights (Pretty Lights Series Book 1)

Title: Please, Pretty Lights
Series: Pretty Lights Series #1
Author: Ina Zajac
Published: 21/07/2014, Booktrope
Pages: 340
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"It's September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick--best friends, bandmates, and bouncers--do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don't realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape.

She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.

Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction--until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?

Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, domestic violence, sexual content, and drug use."

23 May 2016

Book Review: The Duff, Kody Keplinger

The DUFF

Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Published: 25/02/2015, Hodder Children's Books
Pages: 341
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

"Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone."

22 May 2016

The Sunday Post (22 May)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

19 May 2016

ARC Review: The Loneliness of Distant Beings, Kate Ling

The Loneliness of Distant Beings

Title: The Loneliness of Distant Beings
Author: Kate Ling
Published: 19/05/2016, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"'It is that quick, it is that strong, it is that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.'

Even though she knows it's impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It's something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you're floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. For a while he becomes the Sun for her; and she can't help but stay in his orbit. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.

In the end they must decide what is most important: loyalty to the only home they've ever known, or to each other?"

17 May 2016

16 May 2016

The Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

I have seen the Intimidating TBR Pile Tag floating around now for quite a while (including on Sarah's Chapter and Ariel Bissett's Channel on Booktube to name a couple) and thought it would be really cool to give it a go. you never know it might just persuade me to tackle my pile.

15 May 2016

The Sunday Post (15 May)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

12 May 2016

Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Published: 02/10/2013, David Meredith
Pages: 155
Source: David Meredith, in exchange for an honest review
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone? 

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing: 

The king is dead. 

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old. 

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means? 

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White."

10 May 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Websites I Waste A Lot of Time On


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten non-bookish websites I waste a lot of time on. I moslty waste time on bookish websites, this is the few non-bookish ones I've been wasting my time on recently...

09 May 2016

ARC Review: The Last Days of Summer, Vanessa Ronan

The Last Days of Summer

Title: The Last Days of Summer
Author: Vanessa Ronan
Published: 05/05/2016, Penguin
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3.5/5

"She can forgive. They can't forget.

After ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, Jasper Curtis returns home to live with his sister and her two daughters. Lizzie does not know who she's letting into her home: the brother she grew up loving or the monster he became.

Teenage Katie distrusts this strange man in their home but eleven-year-old Joanne is just intrigued by her new uncle.

Jasper says he's all done with trouble, but in a forgotten prairie town that knows no forgiveness, it does not take long for trouble to arrive at their door."

08 May 2016

The Sunday Post (8 May)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

05 May 2016

ARC Review: The Square Root of Summer, Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Published: 03/05/2016, MacMillan Children's Books
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood."

03 May 2016

02 May 2016

ARC Review: Wild Swans, Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans

Title: Wild Swans
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: 03/05/2016, Sourcebooks Fire
Pages:304
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…."

01 May 2016

The Sunday Post (Late Edition) (1 May)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
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