Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Anticipated Releases for 2016


There are SO many amazing books coming out this year, and after reading the reviews of lucky bloggers who received ARCs, I can safely say that I am excited for all of them - so, I thought, why not get all of you guys excited too? You never know, you might find another good book to add to your ever-growing TBR (Sorry!).

I have also noticed that I post a lot of lists, so please be assured that I am working on some different stuff too. :)

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas:
This awesome book comes out TODAY, and I am lucky enough to have it on preorder, so I will have it in my hands within a couple of days, and will have a review coming later on this month. For that reason, I don't want to say too much about the book, but rest assured, it is going to be SO good. The Queen Sarah J. Maas never disappoints.

2. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch:

I have the other two books in this series and I can't wait for the 20th September so that I can buy this beauty. I had to take a break from fantasy for a while, so I'm only really half way through Snow Like Ashes, but I'm already hooked on this series. Think ACOTAR, but a little different.

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake:
Also releasing on 20th September is this pretty one. I've seen this get so much love on Instagram, and if I saw it in a store, the cover and the title would be enough to make me pick it up.

4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo:

I have yet to read Six of Crows, but it's on my TBR for this month, and so many people are obsessed with this that I can't ignore it.

5. The new Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling:
To be honest, I don't think I'll buy these because they seem like novellas on the side, and I'm not really interested in things that aren't the main series, but maybe I'll give them a try. Harry Potter is Harry Potter, right?

Anyways, those are 5 of my most anticipated releases for this year. Let me know of any others that you're excited for!

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Things That Annoy Bookworms!

I've seen this done many times before, but there are some things that just don't get old, ya know? Being a bookworm is great, but sometime you just get annoyed to the point of screaming.

Anyways, here are some things that annoy me, personally, as a bookworm.

1. Interruptions:
I'm not reading because I'm bored. I am not sending out an invitation to talk to me. I'm busy, and I'm in my zone. Do not ruin the peace and balance, okay? That's just polite.

2. Recommending us books that we recommended to you ages ago:
This is just rude.

3. "You don't need to read the book if you've seen the movie!":
They. Are. Not. The. Same. Thing.

4. "Bringing a book with you is rude.":
I bring my books everywhere with me. It's a habit. How would you react if I said bringing your phone with you is rude???

5. "I hate reading." / "I don't see the point in reading.":
How??? Are you??? So dumb???  Do you not kow the magic you're missing out on???

6. Returning a borrowed book. Damaged. :
If I have let you borrow one ofmy books, it means that I trust you with one of my precious children. PLEASE do not be so disrespecful.

7. "Sooo... what do you do to relax?" / "What do you do when you're not reading?"
I...Don't understand. I don't do anything except for reading.

8. "UGH. Can we talk about something other than books?"
Fine. Next time you're talking about your favourite thing in the universe, I'll interrupt you and hurt your feelings.

There will probably be a part 2 to this sometime, but for now, I have run out of ideas. :(

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Monday, 22 August 2016


Ahh.. OTPs and NOTPs. Every reader has them. Some are more popular than others. Some are voiced louder than others. And yet, they all cause deep feelings (good or no) to occur within the reader's poor heart. 

This week, I am going to tell you all about my personal OTPs and NOTPs; I hope that you guys will let me know some of yours too. 


1. Rowan Whitethorn and Aelin Galathynius from the Throne Of Glass series. 
A lot of people disagree with this ship, arguing that Rowan is "abusive", but I truly believe that they were meant to be together. I mean, remember that time when Aelin jumped into his arms because she missed him so much? And how he reminded her of home, and how he swore the blood oath to her? Yeah, me too. 

2. Dorian and Chaol from the Throne Of Glass series. 
The way that they are both fiercely protective of eachother, and told eachother secrets, and trusted eachother even when they knew they shouldn't just shows how close they are. And I, for one, can totally see them both being bisexual. 

3. Feyre and Rhysand from ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
Come on! They're mates! Feyre brings out Rhysand's soft side, and Rhysand makes Feyre confident. They bring out the best of eachother in hundreds of different ways. Okay, maybe not hundreds, but LOT. 

4. Nikolai and Vika from The Crown's Game.
I can't describe this much without revealing so many spoilers, but basically, they too bring out the best in eachother, and they were just meant to be. 

5. Manon and Elide from the Throne Of Glass series. 
I don't know. I just feel like they trust eachother so much, and Elide did reveal a pretty big secret to Manon, soo yeah. 

6. Aedion and Lysandra from the Throne Of Glass series. 
Don't ask why. I just feel like they should be together at least for a lil bit. 

7. Lucien and Elain from ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
I feel like Lucien has had to put up with a lot, and he needs a gentle soul like Elain to help him forgive himself and to heal.

8. Cassian and Nesta from ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
They both love a challenge, they're both fierce. They're like two halves of the same heart or coin or soul or something. 

9. Azriel and Morrigan from ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
Azriel really likes Mor. Idk how she feels about him but I guess we'll see.

10. Cassian and Azriel from ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
An Illyrian's wings are their most prized possession. If a wing gets damaged, so does their pride and such. Cassian protected Azriel with his wings. WITH HIS WINGS. Tbh I ship this more than the above two. Sorry not sorry. 


1. Dorian and Celaena/Aelin from the Throne Of Glass series.
I feel like while Dorian is powerful, he wouldn't be able to contain Aelin, and wouldn't understand everything she felt. While they should definitely remain good friends, and while I know that they are both very protective of one another, I don't think they should be together romantically.

2. Chaol and Celaena/Aelin from the Throne Of Glass series.
I respect that Chaol was Aelin's first sexual partner, and that they work well together in battle, but Chaol just doesn't understand Aelin's position, and I just don't feel like they'd be good together. 

Anyways, I have lots more OTPs and NOTPs, but I thought it would be best to cut it short. Maybe I'll do a part two in future. Let me know if you want to see a Part 2, and also let me know your OTPs and NOTPs. You can comment on here, or contact me through my social medias which I will leave down below as usual. Until next time, readers! 

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Monday, 1 August 2016

I Raided My Mum's Bookcase and This Is What I Found


I have decided that I'm only going to post once a week now so there's a heads up.

I decided to do something a little different this week, soooo I raided my mum's bookcase. Here are some of my findings:

1. She has a LOT of mysteries and thrillers. And when I say a lot, I mean her bookcase is basically filled with them. Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg seem to be her favourites.

2. She doesn't have any system of organisation. At all. And quite frankly I am a bit annoyed with that.

3. She has loads of books that I want. Like The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden, and The Kite Runner. I have separated these and put them to the side along with others that I am interested in. She's fine with it.

4. Almost all of her books are ones she hasn't read yet. I know she's very busy, but the ratio of TBR to  Read is about 8:1. I'm serious.

5. She doesn't have any thin books. I don't know why.

6. She keeps some of her books in our living room bookcase because she doesn't have space for another set of shelves in her room, and her shelves are already overflowing.

To be honest none of my findings have particularly surprised me. Although some of them (ahem, inadequate organisation) have bugged me quite a lot.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

~RELEASE BLITZ~ + Review & GIVEAWAY - Captive's Kiss by Sharon Kay


So today I have something very exciting for you all, and that is my very first release blitz & giveaway! The book that I'm doing this with is Captive's Kiss by Sharon Kay. I'm really excited for this, so let's jump right in!

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Summary -
It was only supposed to be one hookup. One hot night to ease the mating urge of his race’s fertile period.

But after scorching, up-against-the-wall sex in a darkened club, Tanner can’t get Saige out of his mind. And when he spots her the next day, in league with an enemy, he’s determined to uncover more about her than her delectable curves.

Saige knows Tanner is one of the good guys. And that’s why she can never see him again.

Her life has crumbled into a horrific turmoil, forced to aid criminals in kidnapping men for bloody arena fights. Held against her will, she has no hope of escape from her captors.

Determination rages through Tanner until he tracks Saige down. But rescuing her from her jailers’ sadistic whims means entering her underground hell. Posing as her victim and locked in a cell, he must find a way to save them both before he is pushed into a fight to the death.

Summary provided by Goodreads.

My Review -
I gave this book a rating of 4/5 stars.

There was only one thing I didn't like about this book, and that was the overuse of "what the hell" and other rhetorical questions.

Other than that, the writing was fluent, and the story got straight to the point. The description was enough to make you able to clearly picture the scene, without being boring, and I found it very easy to slip into, however, I also didn't have trouble tearing my eyes away from the story, which I think is quite a good thing sometimes.

I'll be honest, I didn't think I would like it, but I was so wrong. It was shorter than I'm used to - I read it in just over 2 hours, and it was a different style to what i'm used to, but I thought it was a blend of genres that had been pulled off extremely well.

Book Excerpt-

Saige threw back the shot, savouring the burn as it flowed down her throat. If she didn't grab that male, there were dozens of others to choose from. Her captors preferred the most dangerous predatory species. They liked Deserati demons, butthey also loved Lash demons, and she was certain she'd seen a group of Watchers walk in.
She glanced around, not spotting them at the moment. Probably already in rooms with females. Dudes as big as that had ladies hanging off them like vines at this time of year. She looked to the dance floor, which was just a packed mass of bodies. It was hard to tell where one creature ended and the next began.
Her skin tingled, responding to the groping and kissing all around her. She needed to get relief, then she could do what she needed to.
She set down her glass and squared her shoulders, ready to sidle into the mass...and found her way blocked by a solid wall of muscle and a scent that almost brought her to her knees.
Smoke and a hint of dark spice clung to him. Well over six feet tall, he had short dark hair and green eyes that already gleamed with lust as he perused her from heels to hair. His eyes locked with hers, and she froze under the weight of his stare. Need, power, danger. And interest.
"Your name?" His deep voice rumbled around her, through her. His full lower lip looked bitable and her pulse quickened. He was a Lash, her species, and he was in the same hormonal boat she was. She could tell, even though she couldn't resist a quick peek at the bulge behind his zipper.
"Saige." She took in his enormous biceps and shoulders and inhaled once again. He was intoxicating, dreamy, sexy, and hot as hell.
A group of males pushed to the bar behind her, jostling her, and the Lash's arms went around her shoulders, tucking her close. Her breath hitched at the sensation of being pressed against that wide chest, and she took another greedy inhale. She rubbed her cheek on the soft black cotton of his T-shirt.
"I'm Tanner," he said, and she felt the word vibrate from his body the same way she heard them in her ears. "Let's go somewhere quieter."

Author Biography -

Sharon  Kay
Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and one weekend the idea for her Lash Watchers and tough leading ladies formed in her head, refusing to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.


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Saturday, 2 July 2016

July Bookstagram Challenges I'm Taking Part In + July TBR


There are soooo many awesome challenges out there, but this month I've managed to narrow it down to 4. Believe me, it was a hard choice.

1. #julywithcj - this is being run by two of my favourite bookstagrammers, and I just HAD to do it.

2. #acourtofchallenges - I need this to help me with my ACOMAF feels.

3. #redwhiteandbookedjuly - IDK it just looked cool.

4. #dawntoduskjuly - another one of my favourite bookstagrammers was doing this one and it looked so cool I just thought why not.

July TBR -

I don't normally set TBRs for the month but it was in the challenges so I did.

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyss

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (currently reading)

3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

4. Addition by Toni Jordan

5. The Heir by Kiera Cass

6. When We Collided by Emery Lord

7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

8. Captive's Kiss by Sharon Kay (Release blitz and giveaway coming next week!)

Sooo yeah. That's probably a little ambitious but we'll see.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Book Review - Saturday Requiem by Nicci French


I've been away 2 days, but I really missed my blog! I have so many eARCs to review, and I was getting really stressed out about the fact that I was only a third of the way through it, so I decided to just let it go and do my review now. Enjoy!

General Information -

Title - Saturday Requiem
Author - Nicci French
Series - Frieda Klein
ISBN - 9780718179649
Price - £16.99 (GBP)
Publish Date - 30th June 2016

Summary -

Frieda Klein reluctantly faces a case that penetrates to her very core. Saturday Requiem is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems . . .
***Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.
When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn't right all those years ago.
And as Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves . . .

My Thoughts -

This book is the sixth in a series, so I haven't read as much into it as I could have. This was also my first time reading a psychological thriller/mystery, and to be honest I don't think it's a genre that I like. Bearing that in mind, I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

I found this book hard to get lost in. I know it's not just me, because I can pick up other books perfectly well. I just found that while the plot was rather interesting, it wasn't something I couldn't put down, and I got distracted quite easily.

The story also seemed to go a bit fast. I found that they were interviewing one person after the other, after the other, and I didn't really have time to fully process all that had happened.

The characters seemed too stiff for my liking, and there were many different scenarios with different people, so I was never sure of who was speaking or where they were. It's the same as in conversations, there's a lot of speech with nothing else, and then you get lost and find it hard to know who's saying what.

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