Wednesday, July 19

Review: The Last Piece of my Heart

The Last Piece of my Heart
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 18, 2017
Date Read: June 14, 2017
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31573350-the-last-piece-of-my-heart
From Goodreads:
When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture ... Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change.

Paige Toon has forever been one of my favourite authors. Ever since I read her debut novel, Lucy in the Sky, back when I was in college I fell in love with her writing, her characters and her story. Her books inspired my love and passion for books so it's probably down to her books as to why this blog exists for me to be writing this review. I have read every single book she has ever wrote and I can't put into words how much I loved this book.

Bridget has had many relationships. She's fallen in love over and over again and lost a piece of her heart in every single one of them. When she rekindles her romance with her first love he persuades her to travel around and see all of her past boyfriends to ask them for the piece of her heart back. It would make a wonderful book idea. But when Bridget can't sell the idea she is given another job. To ghostwrite the sequel of a bestseller after the author tragically died. Now she is living in Cornwall and spending time with the deceased author's grieving husband and small child. As Bridget grows closer to them both Bridget's travels and her blog and her boyfriend seem a million miles away.

I loved this book. I mean LOVED it. I already loved Bridget before I read this book. She was featured in two or three of Paige's previous books and I already adored her as a character. In The Last Piece of my Heart I loved Bridget even more. You see different sides to her and I just felt like I went on this emotional rollercoaster along with her.

I loved every moment of this book. The romance, the emotion... everything. It was one of the most perfect books I've ever read and it is right up there rivalling Lucy in the Sky as my favourite Paige Toon book. Lucy in the Sky is still up there as my favourite but this one was very very close. If you love a good romance book I cannot recommend Paige's books enough. They are totally perfect and well worth the read.



Wednesday, July 12

Non-Review: Countless

Countless
Karen Gregory

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2017
Date Read: June 10, 2017
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34299826-countless
From Goodreads:
'Is there anything that's concerning you?’ Felicity says. ‘College, home, boyfriends?' Though she's more or less smiling at this last one.

I don't smile. Instead, I feel my face go hot. Silence stretches as wide as an ocean.
When I look up, Felicity has this expression on her face like she's just seen Elvis. Slowly, she leans forward and in a gentle voice I've never heard her use before she says, 'Have you done a pregnancy test?'


When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory’s debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can’t be counted. Perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt and Sarah Crossan.

Countless was a book that I stumbled across while looking at the authors that were attending this years YALC and this one caught my eye with it's beautiful cover and it's intriguing plot line. Plus it says perfect for fans of Lisa WIlliamson, Non Pratt and Sarah Crossan and I absolutely adore all 3 of those authors. I really really wanted to love this book... unfortunately I just didn't.

The plot of this book is really intriguing and I was expecting some emotional, amazing and raw storyline but I just felt like the pacing of the book was a bit all over the place. It was so rushed in my opinon. I just really couldn't connnect with the characters at all and I found myself really bored.

Countless has good potential and I have no doubt that this book will be loved by many. It just wasn't for me.



Wednesday, July 5

Review: The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2)

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2)
Elizabeth May

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: November 19, 2015
Date Read: June 8, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 362
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19401348-the-vanishing-throne
From Goodreads:
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.

Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .

"For the girl whose gift is chaos. Death is her burden. Wherever she goes, it follows. They say she can either save the world or end it."

The Vanishing Throne is a book that has sat on my bookshelf for what feels like absolutely ages. I read The Falconer, the first book in this series, as a review book just before it released and it absolutely blew me away. It still is one of my all-time favourite fantasy books of all time and I couldn't wait to continue. So why wait so long to read this one, I hear you ask? Well The Falconer had one hell of a cliff-hanger and I expected the same of The Vanishing Throne so I decided to wait till closer to the release of the third and final book in the series. I am so glad I waited but at the same time I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner because of how good it was.

Aileana tried her best to save the human race for the awful fae destroying her world and taking over. But there was only so much that she could do and now she finds herself taken captive from one of the worst fae imaginable and with no idea what has happened to her world and her friends.

The Vanishing Throne has quite a slow beginning in my opinion. I loved every moment of it but it wasn't until Aileana came to fight back and there was more of an action packed storyline that I got totally into it and started loving it as much as I loved the first one. The Vanishing Throne introduces us into some new characters and I adores them. They added so much to the storyline and it made me read this book so fast because I wanted to know more about the new characters as well as to know what was going to happen with the original characters too.

Aileana really comes into her own in this book. We saw a totally different side to her from her actions and behaviour in the first book. In the first book Aileana is totally overtaken by her need for vengeance but we see a much more vulnerable side of her in this one. We see Aileana try to stay strong throughout her captivity but see a part of her starting to give up. She still stays strong and kick-ass but you really see a new, more softer side to her. After that, we see her become even more independent and kick-ass as she starts to grow into her powers.

I absolutely loved Kiaran, as I did in the first book, and my love for him just grew and grew the further I got through this book. I loved Kiaran's sister in this book. She was one of the newer characters in this book and she was so amazing. I loved seeing another fae that really wanted to be on the sides of the humans in this war.

The Vanishing Throne was absolutely amazing. I loved every single moment of it and I was right about the ending. It ended in yet another cliff-hanger and I cannot wait to read the third and final book and see how it is all going to play out. Where we are in the story at the moment I can't see how it is all going to be solved by the end of one more book but I can't wait to see how Elizabeth does it and if she can't wrap it all up I am hoping for a spin off series. I just adore Elizabeth's writing and want her to continue this amazing series forever.

If you're looking for a new YA fantasy series to becomes obsessed with and fall in love with then I highly recommend The Falconer series. I loved every single moment of it. Roll on the The Fallen Kingdom.

"Perhaps he’s my curse. Perhaps I’m his weakness. Together we left the world in ruins."



Saturday, July 1

Wrap Up: June 2017


Hey guys,
Can you believe it's July? This year is going by so very fast. I'm so excited it's July. I'm going to London twice this month. To see the Harry Potter play and then for YALC. So exciting. Anyway, June was an awesome reading month for me. I read quite a lot.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:





Who Runs the World by Virginia Bergin
Ink (Skin #1) by Alice Broadway
Moondust by Gemma Fowler
The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Show Stopper by Hayley Barker
Seven Days of You by Cecelia Vinesse
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Countless by Karen Gregory
A Conjuring of Light (Shade of Magic #3) by VE Schwab
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5) by Ransom Riggs


E-Books:

Bought:


For Review:


Books Read in June 2017:


The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2) by Elizabeth May - 4 Stars
Countless by Karen Gregory - DNF
The Last Piece of my Heart by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
The Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer #3) by Elizabeth May - 5 Stars
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt - 4 Stars
We Were Liars by E Lockhart - DNF
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in June 2017:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S Jae Jones
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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 Reading Challenge


I am so happy with my progress in this challenge so far this year. Like last month rather than selecting books for the categories I just read what I wanted and then saw if any of them fit.

This month I didn't read any more for this challenge but I am currently reading one that will apply so watch this space. I should finish this challenge in the next month or two.

Challenge Total: 10/12
The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
This month I read One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Challenge Update: 3/5
The 2017 'Continue A Series' Challenge
This month I completed my third series, The Falconer Series by Elizabeth May. I re-read the first book last month and this month I read The Vanishing Throne and The Fallen Kingdom. I highly recommend this series.
Challenge Update: 3/5
The Zoella Bookclub Challenge
This month I read We Were Liars by E Lockhart.
This month it was also announced that the Zoella Book Club is back for 2017. I am intending to see how I go with this challenge and maybe having Round 3 added in later in the year or a possible 2018 challenge.

Challenge Update: 7/16
Top 3 Books of June 2017:
What did you read this month?