Friday, April 20

Early Review: How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?
Holly Bourne

Published By: Hodder and Stroughton
Publication Date: June 14, 2018
Date Read: April 13, 2018
Genre: Adult - Contemporary
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.'

Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?

There's no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.

Her long-term boyfriend won't even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. And when her best friend Dee - her plus one, the only person who understands the madness - falls in love, suddenly Tori's in terrifying danger of being left behind.

When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.

It's time for Tori to practice what she's preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?

The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties

"Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was when I heard about this book. I am already a huge fan of Holly Bourne's, having read every single one of her YA novels and I love them. Although I mainly read YA, I have a major soft spot for adult contemporary books. I adore books from the likes of Cecelia Ahern and Paige Toon and just as I got excited when they, my favourite adult authors, released a YA book, I was super excited that one of my fave YA authors was releasing an adult book. I knew this adult debut from Holly Bourne was going to be true, gritty and hilarious... and I was right. I absolutely loved How Do You Like Me Now? it was everything I could have possibly hoped for.

How Do You Like Me Now? follows Tori, a best selling author who is under preassure from her publisher for a follow-up book. But Tori is out of ideas and as she travels around talking about how put-together her life is, the one thing she is hiding is that she doesn't actually know what is happening in her life. Everywhere she looks her friends are getting married or having babies and Tori is stuck in an unhappy relationship, feeling like she can't leave. Is she brave enough to follow the advice she gives to others?

I loved Tori. She is honest, true and hilarious. Holly Bourne has not held back in this book. She hasn't sugar coated her characters and I loved that. There are thoughts that Tori has that can be seen as 'bitchy' or 'mean' but if you're being honest with yourself, they're things that everybody thinks about others. I loved how true this character was. She is completely flawed and that is so relatable. She doesn't pretend to be perfect and I absolutely loved that. I was on board with Tori right from the very start.

I hated Tori's boyfriend... like hated him. He was such an ass and everytime he was interacting with her I just wanted her to leave him. It was such a toxic relationship and a part of me was irritated that Tori was staying in this relationship, but the more I read the more I loved that fact that she was growing as a character and I was left with the hope that she would leave him.

Holly Bourne is a fantastic novelist and she has proved that not only can she dominate the YA market but the Adult one too. I could not put How Do You Like Me Now? down. I was completely taken away with this story and the characters. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen and couldn't read it fast enough. I love how brutally honest and true it is about what society depicts as what is acceptable life events to have happened by the time that you're thirty and how actually it's okay if that hasn't happened to you. It's okay to be single and childless... that doesn't mean you've failed. I loved that it had this incredibly important message. As a 27 year old who is single, childless and still living with parents I loved this message.

I will most definitely be recommending this book to everyone in their late twenties and older. This book is brutally honest, true and just downright hilarious. It is so uplifting as well and I seriously have so much love for this series. It is utter perfecting and I can honestly say Holly is officially sealed in my fave authors ever list. I will read anything this woman writes... I don't even need to know what it's about if Holly's wrote it I'm reading it. So honestly... what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go read Holly's phenomenal adult debut. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"I’m so much happier. Don’t get me wrong, I still hope I meet someone, but I also know I’ll be fine if I don’t, you know? My life is mine, totally mine."

Wednesday, April 18

Review: Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)
Alwyn Hamilton

Published By: Faber and Faber
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Date Read: March 18, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 506

From Goodreads:
Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero...

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan's armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

"It did not matter if he was a rebel or a traitor or a hero, all men were only mortal in the end."

After finishing Traitor to the Throne, I couldn't wait to jump right into the finale of this incredible series. I was absolutely heartbroken at the ending of Traitor to the Throne and I absolutely couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to all of my favourite characters. Hero at the Fall was everything I could have possibly hoped it would be and more. It was the perfect ending to an absolutely incredible series.

With many of the rebels captured and the Sultan wreaking havoc on his city, Amani must gather the remaining rebels and come up with a plan. They must rescue the captured rebels before it's too late and take back the throne from tyranny. But will the Rebel Prince be able to take the throne... and will everyone survive to see it?

Hero at the Fall was definitely the most emotional book of the series. I knew going into it that it was going to completely and utterly break my heart. I absolutely adored all of the rebels and I really wanted all of them to survive... but this is war and we never see the end of a war with all of our beloved characters in tact. I cried so much at this book... and I mean completely and utterly sobbed. It was so heartbreaking but the ending is so perfect it was worth every tear and crack in my heart.

Amani and Jin remain to be my favourite characters in the series, as you would expect. The more I read the more I just needed to see how their story was going to end. Whether they would survive this to see what they have been fighting for for so long. I loved seeing the ending of their story. It was beautiful, romantic and stunning.

Hero at the Fall was everything I could have hoped for and more. It was utterly perfect. It was packed to the brim of action and adventure. Love and heartache. I loved every single second of it and I found the entire book, as stunning as it is, bittersweet. I loved seeing the ending and what happened to these beloved characters. But now one of my favourite series is over and I was definitely not ready to say goodbye to them. I really cannot recommend this series enough. If you, like me, are a huge fan of YA Fantasy novels then this is definitely the series for you. It's exciting, romantic and full to the brim of fantastic characters. It is definitely one that I will read over and over again in the coming years. And it is a series that will stay with me long after the last page has been turned.

"All that I am I give to you, and all that I have is yours. Because the day that we die, it's not going to be tomorrow."


Sunday, April 15

#TackleThatTBR Readathon Wrap Up

Hey Guys,
So in these past two weeks I have been taking part in the #TackleThatTBR readathon. I have loved taking part in it and have managed to read so much during these two weeks.

Here are the books that I have managed to get through (and finally get them off the TBR, yay) during the readathon:

The challenges of the readathon were:

A book you really need to read - How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
A book in a series - The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
A standalone - All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
A book that's been on your TBR for over a year - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Read 5 books - see above

I've so loved taking part and I cannot wait for the next one.

Wednesday, April 11

Review: Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)
Alwyn Hamilton

Published By: Faber and Faber
Publication Date: February 2, 2017
Date Read: March 12, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 570

From Goodreads:
This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

"God, I knew I was in trouble even then. I was running for my life, bleeding on your floor, and all I could think about was kissing you and damn if we got caught."

After reading Rebel of the Sands, I absolutely couldn't wait to carry on this series. However, I did something that I always do... wait for the final book in the trilogy to release before continuing. Due to it being over a year since I read Rebel of the Sands I decided to re-read the first book before continuing and I am so glad I did as when I was reading it I had forgotten so much since my first read. After devouring the first book in the series and loving it, for the second time I couldn't wait to jump into Traitor to the Throne and it was everything I could have hoped for.

Amani is the legendary 'blue-eyed bandit' and is known as such an esteemed member of the Rebel Prince's followers. But when Amani finds herself in enemy territory she has to hope nobody finds out who she really is. Amani is in the perfect place to get information to her fellow rebels but will she survive the Sultan's scrutiny to be returned to them?

I really enjoyed reading Traitor to the Throne. It was a much longer book then the first one in the series and it took me a lot longer to read, however I enjoyed every moment of it. Once again Alwyn Hamilton has shown her fantastic story-telling abilities and had me swept away in this incredible tail of sand, rebels and a fight for the throne. Everything I could possibly want in a fantasy book.

I was already in love with so many of the characters from the first book and I was so excited to read about them all again. Honestly, although I still enjoyed every moment of this book I found the pace was a lot slower than the previous book. As Amani was seperated from the other rebels and it's told from her point of view I really missed seeing what was going on with them. I especially hated the fact that Amani and Jin were seperated because let's be honest, I'm a hopeless romantic at heart. It most definitely picked up the pace in the final third of the book and that's what I loved.

Traitor to the Throne was definitely a case of 'middle-book syndrome'. It was a bit slow but was putting everything in place for what I have no doubt will be a heart-stopping and fantastic finale to this series. Traitor to the Throne had me on the edge of my seat by the end and my heart broke slightly during that ending. I definitely shed a few tears.

If you haven't read the start of this fantastic series then I urge you to pick it up. It's such a fantastic action-packed adventure in an exotic setting. I cannot wait to see how it all ends in Hero at the Fall. I know it's going to break my heart and I will probably cry my eyes out but I trust Alwyn to give us one hell of a finale.

"I give a damn about you and you are this place. I thought I had to do without you if you were so determined to leave the world. But then you were gone and I would have torn the desert apart looking for you."


Monday, April 9

Blog Tour: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Hey Guys,
I'm super excited to be a part of Bloomsbury's Spring Titles Blog Tour. I'm here to share my review of the amazing More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer. I seriously adore Brigid's books so much and if you haven't read any of them I seriously cannot recommend them more.

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2)
Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: 6th March 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback

Buy From Amazon
Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

There are no words to explain how excited I am to be writing this review right now. To have actually read this book so early. I love Brigid's books so much and when I was asked if I wanted to review her new one I jumped at the chance. I loved Letters to the Lost and Rev was a character I fell in love with when reading that book so to find that More Than We Can Tell is Rev's story I really couldn't contain my excitement. I loved every single moment of this book.

Rev has had a really troubled childhood and he is just starting to deal with it when he gets a letter from his abusive father it sends Rev back into despair. His father still holds some sort of power over him and Rev doesn't know what to do. Emma's life is also spiraling out of control. Avid gamer and game designed Emma is subjected to harassment from an online troll. When Rev and Emma meet they finally find they have someone to talk to. But can their trust in each other stay when everything else seems to be against them.

Now I adored Letters to the Lost but holy crap I think this book just blew the others out of the water. I loved More Than We Can Tell even more. It was utterly perfect and I couldn't put it down. I had already fallen in love with Rev in Letters but this was just so beautiful and perfect and I fell in love with him even more. Rev is just such a beautiful and unique character. Often in YA books you find the female character who has had a very traumatic past and the guy helps her get over it. It was really unique and beautiful to see the guy in that position and that it can be just as hard, if not harder, to get over in the opposite sex.

More Than We Can Tell is one of my favourite books so far this year. I loved it so much and I couldn't put it down. I was taken away on this amazing journey and it made me laugh, cry and fall in love. It's certainly a big emotional rollercoaster and I loved experiencing it all throughout the book. If you haven't read any of Brigid's books I highly recommend them all, but especially this one.

More Than We Can Tell is the perfect journey of trauma, life and love. It has everything you could ever want in a book and it was utterly beautiful. It was raw and real and I adore every single second of it. It's not to be missed.

About the Author:

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost and the YALSA nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, with several stops in between. Brigid is now settled near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and children.


Wednesday, April 4

Non-Review: Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1)

Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1)
Alice Hoffman

Published By: Scribner UK
Publication Date: June 13, 1995

Date Read: March 1, 2018
Genre: Adult - Magical Realism
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages:  288

From Goodreads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...

I had no idea Practical Magic was a book until a few months ago and I was so freaking excited. I absolutely adore Practical Magic. It is one of my all time favourite movies and I could just watch it over and over again and never bore of it. I was so excited to finally read the book that it was based off. I mean it was bound to be magical! I so so wish I was right. Maybe my expectations were just too high but I was so disappointed with this book.

I seriously cannot stress enough how much I wanted to love this book I really did but I just didn't. I started off loving it as it told the background of the Owens sisters. I was so excited as it reminded me of my love for the movie and made me want to watch the movie all over again. But the more I read the more I started realising this book is completely different than the movie, which is fine the movies are always different but I felt like the movie was far better and superior to the book.

The characters in this book are so unlikable. I didn't like any of them. The movie massively changed the characters for the better. They made them likeable. While reading this book I couldn't believe that the sisters, and Sally's daughter, was so bitchy. What happened to those amazing loveable characters? I don't know but they were not present in this book.

The biggest reason I was so disappointed in Practical Magic was the lack of magic. I mean come on it's in the title! And everyone who has seen the movie will know the major presence magic has in this story. I got almost 100 pages in and there was no magic. No acceptance or even acknowledgement that they were witches. I was so disappointed.

I wish I'd loved Practical Magic and honestly I'm devastated that I couldn't even finish this book. I was bored and I just wasn't interested in it. I will definitely stick to the movie for this one.

Sunday, April 1

Wrap Up: March 2018

Hey Guys,
Can you believe it's April already? This year is going by so quickly. Well I'm super happy as tomorrow marks my first day of my two-week holidays so I intend to do a lot of reading in the next month.

Book Haul


The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green
The Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout
State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury
Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand #1) by CV Wyk




The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen #0.1) by Jodi Meadows
The Glowing Knight (The Orphan Queen #0.2) by Jodi Meadows
The Burning Hand (The Orphan Queen #0.3) by Jodi Meadows
The Black Knife (The Orphan Queen #0.4) by Jodi Meadows

Books Read in March 2018:

 Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman - DNF
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton - 5 Stars *RE-READ*
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton - 4 Stars
Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton - 5 Stars
Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire - 5 Stars
The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green - DNF
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson - 4 Stars
The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen #0.1) by Jodi Meadows - 4 Stars

Review Posted in March 2018:

Top 3 Books of March 2018:

What books did you read or get this month?


Friday, March 30

#TackleThatTBR Readathon

Last time I was off work at Christmas I took part in the incredible #TackleThatTBR readathon hosted by The Bookish Fairy. I absolutely loved taking part in it and managed to read around 5/6 books. Well she is now hosting round 2 and I am absolutely taking part again.

It runs from today (March 31st) until April 15th and it is very relaxed. There are a few challenges but you don't have to do the challenges. Now normally this is where I would post about which books I would be reading during the readathon but this time I am not going to do that. As you can see from the pictuer above I have recently selected around 30 -35 of my unread books and put them in a 'TBR Jar'. I will be selecting titles from this jar to read during the readathon. I am keeping it a surprise to myself what I pull out and read.

The challenges I will be doing as part of the readathon are...
  • A book you really need to read
  • A book in a series
  • A standalone
  • A book that's been on your TBR for over a year
  • Read 5 books
The book I am starting with is a book that's a standalone.

Hoping to see you on twitter, use the #TackleThatTBR to see what I'm reading and my progress throughout the readathon.

Wednesday, March 28

Review: Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1)

Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1)
Scott Reintgen

Published By: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: September 21, 2017
Date Read: February 14, 2018
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from Illumicrate
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384

From Goodreads:
Every life has a price in Scott Reintgen pulse-pounding new sci-fi adventure, Nyxia, as a group of teens are taken to the far reaches of the universe and forced to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden-a planet that Babel has kept hidden-where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

Nyxia is a book that I hadn't really heard much about before receiving it in my Illumicrate box. Honestly, I probably wouldn't have picked it up had it not been in the box, but I'm trying to read all the books I get in Illumicrate even if they don't sound like my kind of book. Boy am I glad I gave Nyxia a chance because this book completely blew me away and I loved every single moment of it.

Nyxia tells the story of Emmett, a boy who finds himself given the most amazing opportunity. He is part of a team that has been chosen to leave Earth and set off into space, destination Eden - a planet that has been hidden by Babel Corporation. Babel need Emmett and the others to go and mine Nyxia, a substance that has great power and is fast becoming the most valuable material. But Babel are keeping secrets and Emmett just isn't sure that he will arrive at Eden in one piece.

Nyxia is one of the most well written books that I have come across in the past few years. Right from the first page I was completely sucked into this incredible story. Usually I have trouble getting into books with male narrators. I have nothing against them I just find myself able to associate with female narrators more. This was not the case in Nyxia. Right from the start I completely understood and associated with Emmett. He was not the only one going on this journey... I was right there on the ship with him.

Nyxia is a fast-paced, action-packed story that you find yourself unable to put down. I loved every moment of it. It reminded me of some other YA novels in places, but not enough that I felt like I had read this story before. It's a completely unique premise but it did remind me of Divergent a little, in terms of the charactrers having to compete for their spot to progress.

I loved Nyxia so much. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was left needing more. I loved the storyline, the setting, the characters, everything. You may think this is going to be completely action-packed and you would be right, but there are also other elements running underneath. It's a beautiful story of humanity and having true friendships and what's more important to people: winning and hurting your friends or saving them. It was emotional and beautiful and at points I was so close to tears.

If you love action-packed stories in an incredible setting, with amazing characters and a little hint of romance then Nyxia is the perfect book for you. I loved every single moment of it, which was totally unexpected. I am left reeling dying to get my hands on the next book. Nyxia Unleashed cannot get here fast enough. I'll be counting down the days until it lands in July. I would recommend this book to everyone!

Wednesday, March 21

Review: Second Best Friend

Second Best Friend
Non Pratt

Published By: Barrington Stoke
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Date Read: February 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Copy from Barrington Stoke
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152

From Goodreads:
Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky.

So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.

Second Best Friend was one of the 2018 releases that I absolutely couldn't wait for. I have been a huge Non Pratt fan ever since reading her debut, Trouble, and since then I seriously cannot get enough of her books. I have read and loved all of them and Second Best Friend was no exception. Non once again writes about an incredible important and relevant issue in teens and I feel like this is the more raw and real story so far.

Jade and Becky have been best friends forever. But Jade is finding herself repeatedly jealous of Becky and as she starts comparing herself to her best friend she finds herself falling onto a path and she can't get off. She needs to prove herself better than Becky on at least one thing... but the farther Jade goes the more likely it is looking that she will lose her best friend forever.

Once again Non is tackling a very important issue that you see far too often in teenagers. Them comparing themselves to each other, especially on social media which results in them developing mental health issues and issues with their self-esteem and view of themselves. Non has done a fantastic job of showing just how dangerous this behaviour can be and she has done it in a totally unputdownable story.

I loved reading about Jade and Becky and even as Jade began spiralling farther and farther down this awful path I just couldn't put it down. Second Best Friend is a fantastic short novella and I loved every second of it. You don't need a full-length novel to associate and love Non's story and characters. I was so invested in this story and couldn't put it down.

The one thing that fell down for me was I really wanted to read more. I felt like the ending was a littel abrupt. Non has spun this incredible tale and when it was over I just wanted to know what happened next to these characters. What happened to Jade? Did she and Nick end up working things out? I just feel like the ending left much to be desires and I have so many questions. I really wish it was longer, or that Non would write a follow-up.

Second Best Friend is an amazing realistic short story that anyone will enjoy. If you're looking for an amazing, addictive read that won't take you too long to read then I highly recommend you pick up Second Best Friend.