27 February 2017

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling

Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)

Title: Quidditch Through the Ages
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 2009, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Pages: 105
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

"If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This edition is a copy of the volume in Hogwarts School Library, where it is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis."

26 February 2017

The Sunday Post (26 February)


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.

23 February 2017

Book Review: Hooked, Carrie Thomas

Hooked

Title: Hooked
Author: Carrie Thomas
Published: 12/11/2015, Blue Tulip Publishing
Pages: 229
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Millie Diamond is your typical high school senior. She has great parents, a younger brother, and two best friends who round out her better than average life. Her future is planned out, thanks to her police officer father, who strictly enforces the rules with a firm, but loving hand. Millie is a kind-hearted soul and proper daughter who respects her dad’s authority…until she meets a mysterious new student who stirs emotions in her she’s never felt before. 

A drug deal gone bad in South Boston, leaves Cash Davis’ mother no choice but to move him to Tennessee. His life hasn’t been easy, but Cash is tough, and plans on making his future better than his past. Those plans include keeping his head down and finishing high school… but nothing ever comes easy for Cash. His connection with Millie surprises him, and as hard as he tries, he can’t stay away from her. 

Millie’s dad arresting him before their first date is definitely not ideal for Cash, and it causes friction between Millie and her parents. Can Millie convince her parents that Cash is the guy for her? Will she still want to after secrets from his past are revealed?"

22 February 2017

Book Review: Motocross Me (Motocross Me #1), Cheyanne Young

Motocross Me

Title: Motocross Me
Series: Motocross Me #1
Author: Cheyanne Young
Published: 26/06/2013, 336Love
Pages: 262
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"When Hana Fisher moves to the small town of Mixon, Texas to live with her dad, she dreads having to work at the boring pile of dirt he fondly calls a motocross track. But when she gets there, she finds the rinky-dink dirt bike track from her childhood has grown into the most respected racing track in the state.

Now popular by association, Hana endures the pain and sweat of working in the summer heat in order to fit in with a sport she’s growing to love. She gets a real family, a best friend and not just one, but two of the fastest racers trying to win her heart.

When Hana abuses her status as the track owner’s daughter to help the gorgeous Ryan Russo cheat in the biggest race of the year, she risks more than just losing her job. Every good thing in her life is at stake now- her friends, her dad’s trust, and Ash Carter- the kind-hearted racer who may not be as alluring as Ryan, but is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last."

21 February 2017

Two Year Blogoversary

So, it's my two year blogoversay today!! I cannot believe I have stuck with this blog for two whole years! Sure, I've not always been as active as I would have liked (I'm looking at you Summer of 2016!), but I've kept at it.

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I can't thank you all enough for all the support, views, comments etc and making me feel do welcome. I've learnt so much over my two years blogging and I can't wait to learn more. Thanks to you guys I've met so many fantastic people and discovered so many new favourite authors along the way. Of course, I still feel like baby blog compared to many others, but the more I learn the more I love the blogging community.

And as I go into a brand new year of blogging, I definitely plan to become far more active in the blogging community ad get to know you all far better than I currently do. I also definitely need to update my blog and work on a new layout/design as soon as possible because, to be fair, it is a bit too plain for me. I feel it needs more excitement!

So as a thank you, I'm holding a little giveaway. I'm giving you the opportunity to win ANY BOOK you wish up to the value of £10 from the Book Depository. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (as long as the Book depository ships to your country) and will run until midnight next Tuesday (28 February).


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is books I loved less than I thought I would.

20 February 2017

ARC Review: You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David Levithan

You Know Me Well

Title: You Know Me Well
Author: Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Published: 07/06/2016, St Martins Griffin
Pages: 248
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time."

19 February 2017

The Sunday Post (19 February)


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.

16 February 2017

Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To, Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To

Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Series: My Life Next Door #2
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: 09/06/2016, Electric Monkey
Pages: 496
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard..."

14 February 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Gal-entines Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is all about romance tropes/types. But, I'm going to ignore that and list my favourite Gal-entines reads because me and my friends had our own Gal-entines this year. Basically, just books with great female friendships.

13 February 2017

Book Review: Cruel Crown (Red Queen #0.1-0.2), Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown (Red Queen, #0.1-#0.2)

Title: Cruel Crown
Series: Red Queen #0.1-0.2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 21/01/2016, Orion
Pages: 208
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta's bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl's resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Small Scars
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow."

The Sunday Post (12 February)


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.

09 February 2017

ARC Review: A Seven-Letter Word, Kim Slater

A Seven-Letter Word

Title: A Seven-Letter Word
Author: Kim Slater
Published: 24/03/2016, Macmillan Children's Books
Pages: 305
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3.5/5

" 'My name is Finlay McIntosh. I can see OK, can hear perfectly fine and I can write really, really well. But the thing is, I can't speak. I'm a st-st-st-stutterer. Hilarious, isn't it? It's like the word is there in my mouth, fully formed and then, just as it's ready to leave my lips . . . POP! It jumps and ricochets and bounces around my gob. Except it isn't funny at all, because there's not a thing I can do about it.'

Finlay's mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable. Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online. But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?

A Seven-Letter Word is an evocative and heartfelt story from the multi-award-winning author of Smart, Kim Slater."

07 February 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Had More Pages


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books I wish had more X in them... so I'm going to go with ten books I wish had more pages. Basically, books I could have just carried on reading.

06 February 2017

Book Review: Dancing in the Athenian Rain, Katie Hamstead

Dancing In The Athenian Rain

Title: Dancing in the Athenian Rain
Author: Katie Hamstead
Published: 09/09/2015, Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 293
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She's forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues — being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built."

05 February 2017

The Sunday Post (5 February)


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.

02 February 2017

Book Review: Crash, J.A. Henderson

Crash

Title: Crash
Author: J.A. Henderson
Published: 01/04/2008, Oxford University Press
Pages: 293
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

"Who the hell is Dodd Pollen?

Bobby Berlin needs to find out. Because his father has woken up convinced he's a teenager with that name. He thinks the year is 1977 and, for reasons he can't explain, he's obsessed with getting to the Tay Bridge.

But the journey to the bridge turns into a terrible ordeal for Bobby. His father's behaviour is increasingly sinister and the events unfolding around them are as mystifying as they are horrific.

Bobby Berlin has GOT to get rid of Dodd Pollen.

Before Dodd Pollen gets rid of HIM."

01 February 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - January Update

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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% (I think that's an increase of 4%, so I'm more than happy with this!)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9 (a pretty damn good start to the year)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1 (so I'm off to a bad start, but to be fair it's COYER just now so I'm focusing on my ebooks)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0 (not started, but I've got plenty of time. Just need to get back into using Serial Reader and I'll be laughing)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0 (no rereads yet, but again, there's plenty of time)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426 (not a bad start if I say so myself)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep (been updating this list as soon as a review is published and it's so much easier to keep up)
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks (not bad, although I was four weeks ahead just before Christmas)
Personal Goals
  • Get my own place
    • January - December - I'm actually going to keep this secret until I know something is actually happening. I don't want to jinx anything.
  • Lose half a stone
    • January - lost 2 1/2 lb so far!


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The second challenge I want to participate in is the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2017. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

This year 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:

Odd and the Frost GiantsQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)The Tales of Beedle the BardStatus Update (#gaymers, #1)
Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemOh Myyy!Coraline
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)Peter PanThe Ocean at the End of the LaneCasino Royale (James Bond #1)


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