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Book Review: The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2), Lauren James

Title: The Last Beginning Series: The Next Together #2 Author: Lauren James Published: 06/10/2016, Walker Books Pages: 352 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 3/5 Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kare and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

Book Review: Misled (Carnal Thirst #1), Sylvia Day

Title: Misled Series: Carnal Thirst #1 Author: Sylvia Day Published: 05/10/2005, Sylvia Day Pages: 117 Source: Gift Format: Ebook Rating: 3/5 Special Task Force agent Derek Atkinson has a craving for luscious vampire Sable Taylor. But Sable is a bounty hunter, which makes him direct competition in the capture of wanted criminals. Despite the obvious attraction between them, she won't give him a chance and after two years, he's tired of waiting for her to come round. So he's got a plan to give them both what they want... each other.

COYER Summer 2017 - Reading List

Once again I'm going to be participating in COYER. It's such a great way to reduce my TBR and have fun reading. COYER  is run by Berls @  Fantasy is More Fun , Michelle @  Because Reading  and Stormi @  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!  and this summer COYER is going to be a Reading List and runs from 17 June to 9 March. The challenge this time around is to either complete a Reading List of 30 books (these books have to be chosen by 17 June and for every 5 books read, 5 more can be added to the list) or to take part in normal any book goes COYER. I'm going to attempt the reading list to try and reduce my TBR. To sign up and full rules follow the link at the start of this paragraph. So my list of 30 books is as follows: Frayed, Kara Terzis Oh Myyyy, George Takei Gilt Hollow, Lorie Langdon The Way It Hurts, Patty Blount Nina is Not Okay, Shappi Khorsandi Detached, Christine Kilbourne Coraline, Neil Gaiman Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire The Midnight Watch

Book Review: The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), Audrey Greathouse

Title: The Neverland Wars Series: The Neverland Wars #1 Author: Audrey Greathouse Published: 09/05/2017, Clean Teen Publishing Pages: 302 Source: Netgalley Format: Ebook Rating: 2/5 "Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality. She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan'

Top Ten Tuesday: Mysteries/Thrillers I've Recently Added to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . This week's topic is ten books from X genre I've recently added to my TBR. This week I'm going to go with mysteries and thrillers because I don't read enough of these yet I nearly always love them.

2017 Reading Challenges - May Update

The first challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @  trips down imagination lane  and Michelle @  Because Reading . The challenge runs from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017. My 2017 resolutions are: Reading Goals: Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain January - 73% February - 76% March - 78% April - 75% May - 75% (I've not been reading Netgalley books so I'm happy with this) Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books January - 9 February - 15 March - 20 April - 22 May - 25 (Better than last month, but not great) Read 30 physical books I own January - 1 February - 3 March - 6 April - 8 May - 9 (I'm still optimistic) Read 10 Classics January - 0 February - 0 March - 1 April - 1 May - 1 (Don't think this is happening) Reread 5 books January - 0 February - 1 March - 2 April - 2 May - 2 (Still happy with this) Get my

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Author: Jesse Andrews Published: 06/08/2015, Allen & Unwin Pages: 308 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 4/5 Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukaemia - cue extreme adolescent awkwardness - but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books My Mum Has Attempted

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . This week's topic is a mother's day freebie (bit late for us in the UK haha!). I actually really struggled with this one! My mum's not a big reader, but I'm going to list the very few books that she has read or attempted to read in the past few years.

Bout of Books 19 - Wrap-up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 7

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 6

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 5

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 4

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Book Review: The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2), Isaac Marion

Title: The Burning World Series: Warm Bodies #2 Author: Isaac Marion Published: 02/02/2017, Vintage Pages: 500 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 3.5/5 A romance between a zombie boy and a human girl is bound to have its problems, but after battling against the odds and the undead, it seemed that Julie and R have earned their happy ending. But they soon must face a new enemy more terrifying than the walking corpses that still roam the wasted cities: a faceless and merciless corporation who are seeking control of the ruins of America. The key to survival and victory may lie in R's past life, but can he finally face his own demons? The Burning World take the Warm Bodies series into new and darker territory, upping the stakes.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 3

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Top Ten Tuesday: Genres on my Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . This week's topic is ten things on my reading wishlist. I''m going to actually go with genres I need to read more from.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 2

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5), Isaac Marion

Title: The New Hunger Series: Warm Bodies #1.5 Author: Isaac Marion Published: 24/10/2013, Vintage Pages: 165 Source: Bought Format: Paperback Rating: 3/5 Julie Grigio drives with her parents through the crumbling wastelands of America - a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home. A few hundred miles away, Nora Greene finds herself the reluctant, terrified guardian of her younger brother when her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle. In the darkness of a forest, a dead man in a red tie opens his eyes. With no memory of who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence - right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly... Two warped families and a lonely monster. Unknown to any of them, their paths are set to cross in a startling encounter that will change the course of their lives - or deaths - forever.

Bout of Books 19 Sign-up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog . - From the Bout of Books team.

Top Ten Tuesday: Animal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . This week's topic is a cover freebie. I'm going to go with ten books with an animal on the cover that I have on my physical bookshelf.

2017 Reading Challenges - April Update

The first challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @  trips down imagination lane  and Michelle @  Because Reading . The challenge runs from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017. My 2017 resolutions are: Reading Goals: Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain January - 73% February - 76% March - 78% April - 75% (I don't even remember requesting a lot...) Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books January - 9 February - 15 March - 20 April - 22 (Definitely a rubbish month for reading) Read 30 physical books I own January - 1 February - 3 March - 6 April - 8 (This one isn't looking too bad though) Read 10 Classics January - 0 February - 0 March - 1 April - 1 (Yep, need to get my finger out) Reread 5 books January - 0 February - 1 March - 2 April - 2 (Still happy with this one) Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)

A Little Break...

So, I don't know if some of you have noticed, but I've done a little bit of a disappearing act the past few weeks. I've barely posted, I've barely read and I've barely commented. I think I've hit a combination of a reading slump and blogging slump all at once. I just have no motivation to do either. So, I'm going to take a little unscheduled break from blogging for a couple of weeks to try and get my head back in the game...

Top Ten Tuesday: Harry Potter Merchandise I Owned (Back in the Day)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . This week's topic is a fandom freebie. So, this week I'm going to list Harry Potter merchandise I owned back in the day (I still own a few of these too).

Book Review: Stardust, Neil Gaiman

Title: Stardust Author: Neil Gaiman Published: 30/09/2010, Headline Pages: 243 Source: Amazon freebie Format: Ebook Rating: 1.5/5 Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separated the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristan Thron has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristan vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining...

2017 Reading Challenges - March Update

The first challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @  trips down imagination lane  and Michelle @  Because Reading . The challenge runs from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017. My 2017 resolutions are: Reading Goals: Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain January - 73% February - 76% March - 78% (I am so happy with this one! I am slowing down a bit with Netgalley books though as I want to get through my physical TBR) Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books January - 9 February - 15 March - 20 (Ahead of schedule still, but I did slow down a bit) Read 30 physical books I own January - 1 February - 3 March - 6 (Could be better but can't complain) Read 10 Classics January - 0 February - 0 March - 1 (Definitely need to be better with this one) Reread 5 books January - 0 February - 1 March - 2 (Happy with this goal though) Get my TBR under