31 October 2016

ARC Review: Not If I See You First, Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First

Title: Not If I See You First
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Published: 31/12/2015, HarperCollins Children's Books
Pages: 321
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3.5/5

"Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances.

When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem.

Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not."

30 October 2016

The Sunday Post (30 October)


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27 October 2016

ARC Review: Unnatural Deeds, Cyn Balog

Unnatural Deeds

Title: Unnatural Deeds
Author: Cyn Balog
Published: 01/11/2016, Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her."

25 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Books on My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten scary books on my TBR. Well... books I've put on  my horror shelf anyway... I'm don't think I really have many scary books...

24 October 2016

Book Review: The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls

Title: The Shining Girls
Author: Lauren Beukes
Published: 04/06/2013, Umuzi
Pages: 384
Source: Gift from work colleague
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"The girl who wouldn’t die. Hunting a killer who shouldn’t exist.

Chicago 1931. Violent drifter Harper Curtis stumbles upon a house that hides a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature: it opens onto other times.

Harper uses it to stalk his ‘shining girls’ across decades – and cut the fire out of them.

He’s the perfect killer. Unstoppable. Untraceable. Until one of his victims survives and turns the hunt around.

Chicago, 1992. Kirby Mazrachi’s determination to find the man who tried to kill her has taken over her life.

The cops no longer return her calls. Her mother copes by writing morbid children’s books. Her only ally is Dan, the burnt-out ex-homicide reporter who covered her case.

As Kirby closes in on her would-be killer, what she finds is ... impossible. Murders scattered across the decades along with evidence that makes no sense. Meanwhile, Harper is closing in on her, too."

23 October 2016

The Sunday Post (23 October)


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18 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Character's I'd Name a Child After


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is eight characters I'd name a child after. Well... names I like anyway...

17 October 2016

Book Review: Get Back, Imagine... Saving John Lennon, Donovan Day

Get Back, Imagine...Saving John Lennon

Title: Get Back, Imagine... Saving John Lennon
Author: Donovan Day
Published: 01/10/2015, Park Slope Publishing
Pages: 268
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: DNF (33%)

"Imagine going back in time and befriending The Beatles at the height of their fame. Imagine seeing “the boys” interact onstage and off, hanging out with them in the dance clubs of London, visiting John & Paul at Paul’s house across from Abbey Road Studios. 

Imagine all the questions they’d ask when they learn you’re from the future – questions about how music is recorded, whether their music will last, if anyone will people remember The Beatles. And then John Lennon asks the biggest question of them all – “What will become of me?” 
That last question sets 17-year-old Lenny Funk off on the adventure of his young life with a goal that seems impossible – to stop John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman! 

Lenny Funk is able to time travel thanks in part to his grandfather’s old iPod Nano which is loaded with classic music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Together with new friend Yoko (yes, she’s named after that Yoko), Lenny “time slips” backwards to a world he thought he’d missed where he meets some of his musical heroes, including the Beatles, Jim Morrison and James Taylor, among others. 

Lenny must make some difficult and heart-breaking decisions. Should he change the course of history or not? And what are the consequences if he does? Would John reunite with Paul? Would he remain married to Yoko and, if not, who would be his next wife? 

The year 2015 marks what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday and also the 35th year since his murder."

16 October 2016

The Sunday Post (16 October)


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13 October 2016

Book Review: Our Zoo, June Mottershead

Our Zoo

Title: Our Zoo
Author: June Mottershead
Published: 09/10/2014, Headline
Pages: 288
Source: Gift from parents
Format: Hardback

Rating: 4.5/5

"When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin or polar bear - for June, they were simply family.

The early years were not without their obstacles for the Mottersheads. They were shunned by the local community, bankruptcy threatened and then World War Two began. Nightly bombing raids turned the dream into a nightmare and finding food for the animals became a constant challenge. Yet George's resilience, resourcefulness and tenacity eventually paid off. Now over 80 years since June first set foot in the echoing house, Chester Zoo has achieved worldwide renown.

Here, in her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humour, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood."

11 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read Because They Were Recommended


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is eight books I read because they were recommended across the blogosphere.

09 October 2016

The Sunday Post (9 October)


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06 October 2016

ARC Review: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1), Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Title: Stealing Snow
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 06/10/2016, Bloomsbury Childrens
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3.5/5

"Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave… 

She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate…

A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige's irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up."

04 October 2016

03 October 2016

ARC Review: Holding Up the Universe, Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe

Title: Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Published: 06/10/2016, Penguin
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2.5/5

"From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone - and love someone - for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours."

02 October 2016

The Sunday Post (2nd October)


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01 October 2016

2016 Reading Challenges Update - September

BookishResolution Challenge 2016

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 2016 to 31st December 2016 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2016.

My 2016 resolutions are:

Bookish resolutions
  • Get Netgalley ratio up to 80%
    • January - 57%
    • February - 57%
    • March - 52% (This better start going up real soon!)
    • April - 54%
    • May - 56% 
    • June - 54%
    • July - 54%
    • August - 56%
    • September - 60%
  • Read 20 physical books I already owned prior to 1st January
    • January - 2
    • February - 4
    • March - 8
    • April - 9
    • May - 10
    • June - 10
    • July - 12
    • August - 14
    • September - 15
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 2
    • March - 2
    • April - 3
    • May - 4
    • June - 4
    • July - 4
    • August - 5
    • September - 6 - Well it's safe to say I've smashed this one!!
  • Finish 6 series
    • January - Finished/Up-to-date = 2
    • February - Finished/Up-to-date = 3
    • March - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • April - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • May - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • June - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • July - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • August - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • September - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
  • Reach my Goodreads goal this year (65 books)
    • January - 8
    • February - 14
    • March - 23
    • April - 33 (I've hit the halfway point! I may just have to increase my goal...)
    • May - 39
    • June - 40
    • July - 44
    • August - 51
    • September - 57
Blogging resolutions
  • Finish updating all blog posts to current layout
    • January - A few updated this month
    • February - All reviews updated! Just to update all other posts and make a few tweaks.
    • March - All Top Ten Tuesday posts tweaked.
    • April - Don't think I've done anything this month...
    • May - Again, I don't think I've done anything
    • June - This month has been a rubbish month all around for the blog
    • July - Slight changes to blog template
    • August - I actually can't remember if I done anything - I may have made a few tweaks at the start of the month
    • September - I didn't do anything this month.
  • Visit 4 blogs a week, so 16 a month (not including memes) (by visit I mean comment on)
    • January - 9 (Need to be better)
    • February - 12 (Getting there)
    • March - 16 (I made it! Woo!)
    • April - 9 (I really hope last month wasn't a fluke)
    • May - 2 (I'm sorry! I'm such a bad person!)
    • June - 4 (Yeah this is just one massive fail! I'm sorry!)
    • July - I'm not actually sure if I've commented at all this month, I can't remember! I will honestly try better in August!
    • August - 8... It was going so well the first week, then due to personal reasons I've not been around as much as I'd hoped.
    • September - 1... yeah I'm going with the same excuse as last month... but I promise I will start visiting other blogs soon!
  • Blog ahead - get to at least 6 weeks ahead
    • January - 2 weeks ahead (I think...)
    • February - 1 week ahead
    • March - 0 weeks ahead (Hopefully, I'll get a few scheduled next week...)
    • April - 0 weeks ahead (However, I was ill so I kind of expected this to happen)
    • May - 0 weeks ahead (Well... it looks like this on is heading for failure...)
    • June - 0 weeks ahead (In fact, I'm probably in minus figures at the moment...)
    • July - Still 0 weeks ahead... This is just turning into a massive fail!
    • August - ...still 0 weeks...
    • September - ... 0 weeks... I've a feeling this one just isn't going to happen now...
Personal resolutions
  • Start going to the gym again
    • January - I'm joining tomorrow...
    • February - On hold indefinitely... need to save money
    • March - Still on hold...
    • April - ....I did install the FitBit app onto my phone....
    • May - I went to the Gym 4 times! (But I no longer have the FitBit app as my phone broke)
    • June - I went to the Gym once (and had one of my dizzy spells 10 minutes in so sat out for the rest of the class)
    • July - Nope not been
    • August - Nope...
    • September - Nope...
  • Start learning Spanish again
    • January - Haven't started yet...
    • February - Still haven't started....
    • March - Maybe next month...
    • April - ....
    • May - ....maybe next year....
    • June - ...nope...
    • July - Still not started...
    • August - ...and nope...
    • September - ... definitely next year...


New Release Challenge 2016 - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The second challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Bookreviews and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!. The aim of the challenge is to read as many books released in 2016 as possible. Sign up is open until 15th February 2016.

As this is my first year participating in this challenge and I'm wanting to read more books that I already own, I'm going to set my goal as New Release Pro so 16-30 books.

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    The third challenge I want to participate in is the 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2016. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

    As this is also my first year participating in this challenge (and I don't know how well I'll do reading from a set list), I'm aiming for level 1 so 12 books and 1 book a month. These are the books I plan to read over the year:


    The fourth, and final, challenge is the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish Lifestyle. The aim is to read as many books (published in or before 2015) from your TBR as possible. Sign up is open until 31 November 2016.

    I'm going to set my goal at A Friendly Hug so 11 to 20 books. I have now passed original goal in July so I'm going to up my goal to First Kiss so 21 to 30 books!

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