Wednesday, December 6

Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: April 6, 2017
Date Read: November 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35547617-letters-to-the-lost

From Goodreads:Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.

Brigid Kemmerer is already one of my favourite authors. I absolutely adored her fantastical Elementals series so I was super excited to read more from her. I really wish I had read Letters to the Lost sooner and I'm actually so sad it sat for so long on my shelf unread, because once I picked up this incredible book I seriously couldn't put it down.

Letters to the Lost is the story of Juliet, a girl who is utterly heartbroken over the death of her mother. In order to work through her grief she starts writing letters to her dead mother and leaving them at her grave. She never imagined somebody might actually be reading them. Declan finds one of Juliet's letters while doing his community service at the cemetary. Moved by Juliet's words he writes back and they start on a secret life lived through their letters to each other... but slowly something else starts developing between them.

I absolutely loved Letters to the Lost. I absolutely loved both of the main characters as well as the secondary characters as well. Juliet is going through such a hard time and I really felt for her. I just wanted to reach into the book and hug her and tell her everything would be okay. Declan is such an amazing character and I felt for him so so much. He was also having such a hard time and as I learnt more about him, I started falling for him even more.

Brigid's writing style is so perfect and beautiful. I was only a few pages in and I was already hooked and couldn't stop reading. I devoured this book in such a short space of time because I loved it so much. Even after I finished it I just wanted the book to still continue. It was beautiful and real and it just makes your heart swell.

Letters to the Lost is just the most perfect book. I loved every single moment of it. It was stunning and beautiful and I loved seeing all of the characters growing and developing throughout the novel. I really can't put into words how amazing this book is. I highly recommend it to everyone. It will break your heart and then heal it again. If you want a beautiful, romantic and emotional book then this is one for you. It's not to be missed.



Sunday, December 3

Wrap Up: November 2017


Hey Guys,
Can you believe it's December? I'm so excited! I adore the Christmas season. It's my favourite time of the year.

Here's my month in books:

Book Haul

Hardcopies:


Bought:

Undecover Princess (Rosewood Chronicles #1) by Connie Glynn

Illumicrate:

Artemis by Andy Weir
The City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy #1) by SA Chakroborty

For Review:

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer



E-Books:

Bought:



Illumicrate:

This month was an Illumicrate month... my favourite months. Check out this months box.


Other

This month I got something a little bit extra. I am a huge fan of candles and wax melts, especially bookish ones. I got this amazing bookish winter themes wax melt box.



 Books Read in November 2017


Brave (Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Long May She Reign by Rihannon Thomas - DNF 
Into the Garden (Dividing Eden #0.5) by Joelle Charbonneau 
Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
A Christmas Wedding (Thirteen Weddings #1.5) by Paige Toon
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in November 2017

2017 Challenges Update:

This year I am challenging myself to:
  • The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge
  • The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
  • The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
  • The Zoella Book Club Challenge


The Totally Doable 2017 Challenge



I finished this one in August.



Challenge Total: 12/12
The 2017 Debut Author Challenge

Unfortunately I was unable to read any other debuts this month.
Challenge Total: 4/5
The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge


This month I read Brave, the final book in the Wicked Trilogy.

Challenge Total: 4/5



The Zoella Bookclub Challenge 



Unfortunately I didn't read any more for this challenge this month.
Challenge Update: 7/16
Due to me only reading three books this month there is no Top 3 for September. 
What did you read this month?

Wednesday, November 29

Review: It Only Happens In The Movies

It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne

Published By: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Date Read: October 21, 2017
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34564400-it-only-happens-in-the-movies

From Goodreads:
Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn't mean things are easy. Because real love isn't like the movies...

The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clich├ęs. Oh, and zombies... YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

It Only Happens in the Movies is one of the 2018 releases that I was looking forward to the most. I absolutely adore Holly's books and it's set in a cinema and centred around movies. I loved this premise and I knew it was going to be the sort of book that I would love.

Audrey has had her heart-broken and she's sworn off romance. She is over all of the movie cliches and is totally cinical. Until she starts working at the local movie theatre and meets bad boy Harry. He is your typical bad boy who is every cliche all in one. Yet Audrey just can't help but fall for him.

I absolutely freaking adored this book. I loved the premise, I loved the characters and I loved Holly's writing. Ever since the very first chapter I couldn't put the book down. I loved every single moment of it and even though I knew the book was more than likely going to break me I just couldn't stop reading. Holly's writing style is just so beautiful and moving you can't help but fall in love with it. I've been in love with Holly's books ever since I read her debut Soulmates that made me fall in love and utterly destroyed my heart. It's still my favourite but this one is a close second. I really wish Holly's books had been there when I was younger growing up as they're so real and amazing and stunning and they really teach you about so many amazing things.

Audrey was such an amazing character and I loved every single second of experiencing this story through her. She was such a normal teenage girl who had had her heart broken and I loved how cynical she was. I really loved the fact that she totally destroyed all of these insane cliche's that are constantly present in chick flick movies but that we just totally accept.

Harry... Oh Harry. I know he's the bad guy and there was no way he was ever going to change for Audrey but I couldn't help but fall head over heels in love with him. He was so sweet and even though I knew it was all the cliche's and the kind of book that it is it wasn't going to end well I just loved him and was rooting for him and Audrey all the way through.

I adored every single moment of it and I cannot wait for Holly's next book. I'd love for another book about Audrey but I will genuinelly read absolutely anything Holly writes. If you're a big fan of romance and the movies then I highly recommend that you read this stunning and beautiful novel.



Wednesday, November 22

Early Review: Brave (Wicked #3)

Brave (Wicked Trilogy #3)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Publication Date: December 11, 2017
Date Read: November 5, 2017
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from JLA
Format: E-Book
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23149316-brave

From Goodreads:
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

I absolutely couldn't wait to get my hands on Brave, the final instalment in the amazing Wicked trilogy. I absolutely loved the previous two books and I knew Brave was going to be absolutely incredible... I wasn't wrong either.

After the insane ending of Torn, I absolutely couldn't wait to read the final book and it was absolutely amazing. It's no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I absolutely adore Jennifer L Armentrout. She is my absolute favourite author and I just fall in love with her writing every single time. Brave was no different. It took me less than a chapter before I was totally enthralled with this story. I loved being back with the most amazing characters and I couldn't read fast enough.

Yet again Tink completely stole the show. He is seriously the best character ever. I loved every scene he was in and considering Brave is quite a serious book with the events happening he brings that amazing much-needed humour to the book. I seriously love all of the characters in this series and Ren and Ivy were breaking my heart slightly but I totally trusted Jennifer to end it in the most perfect way... and she absolutely did.

Brave was absolutely stunning and an amazing yet surprising ending. I definitely didn't guess what was going to happen and I was so happy that Jen surprised me. I often find when I'm reading books that I can always guess what's going to happen so I always love it when I find a book/series that surprises me.

Brave was the most incredible ending of this series I ever could have hoped for. I loved every single moment of it and although I am happy with the ending I still want Jen to write more. It was such a stunning ending and I really urge anyone who hasn't already to read this amazing trilogy.



Wednesday, November 15

Early Review: Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1)

Moonlught Sins (de Vincent #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Avon
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Read: October 7, 2017
Genre: Adult - Romantic Thriller
Source: eARC from Avon Publishing
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068738-moonlight-sins

From Goodreads:
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .
"Incredibly sexy? Hot. Stunning. Extremely clever? No. Wait. I got it. I'm irrisistble and irreplaceable."

Moonlight Sins is a book that I didn't really know anything about before I started reading it. All I knew was that Jennifer L Armentrout wrote it and everyone who knows me knows that I will read anything wrote by this woman. She is my absolute favourite author and I have loved everything that she has ever wrote. Moonlight Sins is no different. This was such an incredible and amazing book.

Now... I'll be honest. When I first saw this book I thought it was the new spin off from the Lux series. Luc... Lucian... I guess the names were just too similar for my brain to cope with. Due to this confusion I was totally unaware that this was a romantic thriller. This is definitely not the kind of book that I usually pick up as I usually find any thrillers (regardless of whether there's a good romance or not) a little boring and I don't typically like them. However, Moonlight Sins was phenonenal and as always Jennifer is making me love genres that are not usually my kind of thing.

Lucian is a myterious and dangerous lead male character but he also has a really sweet side and this is the side that will make everyone fall in love with. He can be pretty threatening when it comes to anyone hurting those that he loves. Julia is the only woman that has ever caught his attention and when she moves into his house as the nurse for his sister he just can't stay away.

I loved that this book is told in two points of view and than we get to know Lucian and Julia really well. I loved both of these characters and I loved the romance that starts to develop between them. Moonlight Sins is mainly their love story with a little hint of a thriller along with it. I loved every sigle moment of it and I couldn't wait to get to Lucian and Julia getting together.

Moonlight Sins is such an amazing and gorgeous book. I loved every moment of it and couldn't read it fast enough. It's not my favourite JLA book but it was so so good. I really liked it and I cannot wait to read the other books about the other brothers. Even if you're not a fan of thrillers, like me, I highyl recommend that you give this one a try.

"I love you. And because I love you, I'm not going to give up on you - on us. I'm going to fight for you. So get used to it. I'm yours. You're mine."


 

Saturday, November 11

Blog Tour: Otherworld

Hey Guys,
I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing new YA novel, Otherworld.

Below there is information on the amazing book and then my spoiler-free review.












 Otherworld (Otherworld #1) 
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Published By: Delecourte Press / Rock the Boat
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Date Read: October 21, 2017
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: Review Copy from Nina Douglas PR
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35963670-otherworld

From Goodreads:
The Company Welcomes you To
OTHERWORLD
The new generation of gaming.

Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?

There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have created a brilliant and terrifying view of a possible future that’s not far away. OTHERWORLD asks the question we’ll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

Otherworld is a book that I came across in the summer when I was at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London and I already couldn't wait to read it. It sounded so awesome and something that I knew I would really enjoy. When I was given the chance to review it I couldn't turn that down. Otherworld is an addictive and fascinating book about our reliance on technology and what would happen if it consumed us.

Otherworld is the story of Simon. A typical nerd who loves video games and would spend all day in his little bubble playing them. When a revolutionary game is created called Otherworld, Simon can't wait to play it. But all is not as fun as it seems with Otherworld. There's characters that have a mind of their own and this game may be a little bit more dangerous that it first seems. Now Simon must race against the clock both in and out of the game to save his friend... and himself.

Otherworld is such a fascinating and interesting story about artificial intelligence and virtual reality games. I already find this topic area really interesting so I knew that it would be a book I would be really interested in. I loved the storyline and once I got into the book I really couldn't put it down. Now honestly, it took me quite a while to really get into this book. For the first 50-80 pages I found the book interesting but it just didn't grab me. However, once I pushed through and got to the main storyline going I couldn't put it down and finished the rest of the book within a day. I loved every moment of it from that point. So yes I found it a little slow but looking back I understand why it was slow. We really did need that time to set up the premise of Otherworld and the storyline.

I loved Simon. He was such a great character. Me being able to love and identify with Simon really shows the incredible skill of these two authors as usually when I read YA books that have a male narrator I find it difficult to identify with, you know with me being a 20-something woman but the authors really made me identify and get on board with Simon really quickly. He is a fantastic narrator and I was totally taken on this journey through Otherworld with him.

I loved Otherworld. It was a fantastic book and I really urge anyone who is interested in AI and VR games. It was a fantastic insight and I cannot wait for book 2 to see what happens next.



Wednesday, November 8

Review: Poise (Balance #2)

Poise (Balance #2)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: January 2017
Date Read: September 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30815128-poise

From Goodreads:
When everything hangs in the balance, would you do all that you could to stop it from crumbling down around you? Would you ruin lives? Separate lovers? Lie? Cheat? Kill?
The age old fight between light and dark rages on, while the innocent are caught between. Will love conquer all? Or will one fallen angel's love for a simple mortal destroy the world?
Sometimes, there simply is no happily ever after.

It's not surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore Janelle Stalder's books. I have devoured every single one of them and I am always left dying to read more. Poise was no different. I was so excited for this book after I absolutely adored Balance, the first instalment of this series. Poise was so incredible and definitely a must-read.

To be honest, I found Poise a little more on the slow side than Balance. I am such a huge fan of Vivian and Caleb and to find them apart (as it expected from the ending of Balance) just broke me. I wanted them together so much and with the flashback to the past in the beginning of this book I just found it took me a little longer to get into it than any of the other Janelle books. That's not to say that it's bad because once I got into it I couldn't put the damn thing down.

I completely devoured Poise and couldn't read it fast enough. I love the characters in this series so much and I am so emotionally invested in this series it's unreal. The whole thing had me on tenter hooks dying to find out what was going to happen. The ending totally broke me and I am so heartbroken. I need the third book like yesterday!

Poise was the perfect sequel to Balance and I cannot wait for the third book of this amazing trilogy to release. I know it will be utterly perfect. If you haven't read this series yet then I highly recommend that you do.