Falling Behind on Friday # 15: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Friday, 31 July 2015 0 comments

Falling Behind on Friday is an original weekly feature created at Moirae the Fates. The idea is that each week you pick a book that you are ashamed to admit has been on your TBR pile for a longtime and showcase it to your audience. You can find out more about this feature here.

This week I am falling behind on:


Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Why am I falling behind?
I'm really disappointed that I'm falling behind with this book because I absolutely adored The Darkest Minds! It was a little bit slow at times but I've heard that this one really wipes the floor with the first book and how it's so much better than anyone expected. I think because of all of the hype and speculation, I don't want to go in and be disappointed considering how much I enjoyed the first book. I even own the third book, In The Afterlight, so I intend to marathon the entire series sometime soon!

What books are you falling behind on this Friday?

Let me know in the comments below, or over on any of my social media platforms. I'd love to read which books you guys are falling behind on.

July Wrap Up and August TBR

Thursday, 30 July 2015 2 comments

So I thought I would start a little segment on my blog that I know is very popular around the book blogging community and that is to discuss what I read in the previous month and what I intend, or hope to read in the following month. So here goes nothing, this is my July Wrap Up and my TBR for the month of August!

So July for me was a very quiet month in terms of work because obviously being a primary teacher, the schools break up for the summer holidays in like the second week, which meant I had a lot of time to sit down and actually get through lots of books uninterrupted! It was beautiful! I miss being in the classroom with the children but it's nice to actually have some time to sit and chill after such a busy year! However, as it is now officially the summer holidays and I have a trip to Italy coming up next week, on which I plan to do nothing but slob and read, I expect to get through quite a few books! So this month I managed to read 12 books, made up of 9 full books, 1 novella, a graphic novel and I started but DNF'd a 10th novel. I am extremely satisfied with that! I've read some brilliant books this month and I've also read quite frankly, some terrible books as well, but we'll get into them in a minute! This month was filled with some great surprises and some horrible let downs of anticipated reads, which was a real shame so it's quite a mixed bunch! In terms of my reading challenge, I have read 51/50 meaning I have completed my yearly challenge! I am so impressed with myself as this is the first year where I've actually kept track of my reading habits so it's really nice to see that I'm clearly doing above and beyond my own expectation. Technically however I should only be on 49 as I've DNF'd two books but Goodreads counts them as read so I'm going with that! So lets see what I read this month and my opinions on them!

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (4/5 stars)
This was a very dramatic and intense read and I'm not surprised with all of the hype it is getting - it's definitely worth all of the praise. I'm so glad that the publishers decided this book was worthy of a sequel because there was no way that story could be left as a standalone because it's left me craving more of this world. It will definitely be interesting to see where this book takes off from. It makes me sad that we have to wait almost a year before the next book is out!

2. The School for School and Evil by Soman Chainani (3/5 stars)
The premise of the book sounds so intrinsic! When a princess and a witch are switched schools, they have to discover things about themselves that they never once knew. This was a really fun and engaging take on the fairytale genre. It has set up a lot of things for the following sequels so I'll be interested where this story could take us from here. If you love fairytales, you'll definitely want to give this one a try!

3. Chopstix by A.T. Raydan (1/5 stars)
It's always difficult when you receive a book for review that you are sure you are going to love, but then it turns out to be a book that you really don't gel with. The premise sounded amazing and I was so happy when it arrived. I could not wait to start it. A chinese superhero who uses chopsticks to deal out justice in a world of crime. I tried so hard with this book but I just couldn't do it. I think there is definitely something to be said about a book when you can't even get past page 33. I do try to believe in giving books a second chance and to try and stay positive but I just couldn't with this book.

4. Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples (4/5 stars)
I loved Saga! I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to this graphic novel series because everyone who is anyone has been ranting and raving about how amazing this series is and how it just gets better and better with each instalment. They couldn't be more correct! I've only read the first volume but the illustrations and the story just pulls you in and you can't seem to put it down. It's set in a futuristic galaxy where two worlds are at war with one another, and two budding young citizens have fallen in love and given birth to a child. The only issue is they're from two very different worlds and they're on the run!

5. Armada by Ernest Cline (4/5 stars)
For fans of Ready Player One or all things Sci-Fi and nerdy comes a fantastic instalment by acclaimed author Ernest Cline. This novel was an quick witted, action-packed, nerdy dedication to the little gamer inside me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it attributes to all those who enjoy Sci-Fi, video game culture, and sporting rememberable characters. Cline has a unique way of integrating decades old pop culture with modern storytelling and it works fantastically well in the Sci-Fi settings he creates.

6. Nick and Charlie: A Solitaire Novella by Alice Oseman (5/5 stars)
This was absolutely adorable. To revisit two of my favourite characters from Solitaire and to find out they have their own novella was just perfection. I'm sorry Alice but I need more from Nick and Charlie. This novella brought on all of the feels as you slowly progress into the story. You fall in love with these characters all over again and then watch as they face trials in their relationship. It's definitely a novella that will tug on your heart strings and I'd go as far to call you heartless if you couldn't agree in the slightest.

7. One by Sarah Crossan (5/5 stars)
This was a heartbreakingly touching novel that has clearly become one of my all time favourites. I laughed, loved and cried at this novel. It brought out all of the emotions in me and I can't say that many novels can bring me out in all of the feelings. It's so impressive to see the reactions it can bring out in the reader with so few words. It's truly amazing. A novel that truly open's reader's eyes, minds and hearts to the idea of what it is to be truly whole. Together, we are one.

8. Trouble by Non Pratt (4/5 stars)
Trouble was a very striking and influential book that balances so many important topics that need discussing. The novel really speaks out to it's reader and it's very clear to see why it was a nominee for the YA Book Prize. Non captures the teenage experience so vividly and creates such contrasting characters that work so well together in this story. By capturing the brutal reality in each of her character's lives, it was exciting to see the 'heart on the sleeve' approach to their reactions.

9. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (2/5 stars)
I have to admit this book was quite a bit of a let down in comparison to it's predecessor. Adi Alsaid's thought process for some of his characters was quite worrying to be honest, especially with how amazing I thought his character development was in Let's Get Lost. Hopefully this was just a graze in Alsaid's work because the passion he feels for his books really makes me want to pick them up, so hopefully I'll enjoy his next work more than I did this one. Although I'm questioning whether my generous rating is based on pity, I look forward to seeing where Alsaid's work develops from here on out.

10. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward (4/5 stars)
With a bright, vibrant cover and a quote from Zoella plastered on the front, The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward probably wasn't going to be my first choice of book to pick up. In honesty it screams teenage girl doesn't it? However, this is seriously one to read if you're slightly wary about it, it may just surprise you! This was a very light-hearted and easy read. I can definitely see why the marketing team have pitched it at the level it's at because whilst the book is action packed and adrenaline pumping, it does have some very younger novel tropes. However, besides it's faults I'm very glad I read it. It got me out of the mood I was in after reading my previous book.

11. Killer Game by Kirsty McKay (4/5 stars)
Killer Game was an enthusiastic and budding read for anyone who wants to feel that the exhilaration of teenage mischief with a dark and foreboding twist. I think if you're going into this it's best to go in blind and to enjoy the characters development for what is there and try not to focus too heavily on working out the culprit. Everything reveals itself in due course.This book is definitely one I will be re-reading in the future. Although I know the outcome and the culprit, it will be interesting to re-read the book baring this in mind and looking out for all of the clues.

12. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett (5/5 stars)
It's very difficult for a book to bring back beautiful memories of falling in love. Real love. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett accomplished that easily. The story is absolutely beautiful, focusing not solely on the love story which is what I really enjoyed about it. It actually had substance and a main plot and then the beautiful love story was weaved throughout it. The characters were dynamic and their individual struggles were emotionally touching. Definitely a new favourite to add to the shelf!

So those were the 12 books that I picked up in the month of July, but what do I intend on reading in August? As I mentioned earlier on, I'll be going on holiday to Italy and just chilling, so I plan to get through lots of books. When I'm on holiday I tend to read a book in an average of 3-4 hours depending on what I'm doing so I've taken some bulkier books to keep me occupied! After I return from holiday, I expect to be reasonably busy because I'll be in London and then taking in the pleasures of having a brand new puppy who I can imagine is going to be a handful! So without further ado, here are some of the titles I'll be getting to in the month of August:

  • Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Currently reading)
  • ILLUMINAE by Alie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (ARC)
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Managuan and Deborah Biancotti (ARC)
  • The Baby by Lisa Drakeford
  • The Body Electric by Beth Revis

But that's not all! This month is going to be a little different because I'm going to include a bit of reader interaction! Below is a poll that I'd like you to vote on to decide which book (amongst the othersI have) that you think I should read in the month of August! I'll be interested to see what you vote for out of the options I've chosen!

What book should I read this month?
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (re-read)
Solitaire by Alice Oseman (re-read)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Poll Maker

Let me know in the comments below what books you read this month and one book you're looking forward to reading next month! Are any of you going to be reading one of the books I'm reading this month?

Waiting on Wednesday # 16: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 0 comments

Waiting on Wednesday is an original weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine. The idea is that each week you make a post that spotlights upcoming releases that you're eagerly anticipating. You can find out more about this feature here.

This week I am deciding to spotlight:


Publication date: 27th September 2015

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

I have wanted this book ever since it was announced. I don't know what it is about it but the plot sounds like something I would really enjoy! Just the collection of characters I can tell that it's going to be a very intense novel that I'm sure I'd enjoy. Now as it's set in the Grisha world, I feel really bad that I haven't actually read the Grisha trilogy yet. I'll get to it eventually because it also sounds like something I'd really be able to sink my teeth into. From what I believe this is a totally separate sorry so it's not necessarily to read the other trilogy. If I enjoy this book then I'll definitely delve into the Grisha series.

So what is your Waiting on Wednesday pick this week? 

Let me know in the comments below, or over on any of my social media platforms. I'd love to read what your picks are!  

Book Review # 57: Killer Game by Kirsty McKay

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 0 comments
Please note that before you read this review that I am reviewing this publication for Chicken House. I received an advanced readers copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. In no way is my opinion influenced by the fact that I received this free of charge. Now on with the review.

Title: Killer Game
AuthorKirsty KcKay
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: July 2nd 2015
Pages: 352
Review Copy from Publisher

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At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it's different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate's the next target. Can they find the culprit ... before it's too late?

When I read the very brief synopsis of this book, I knew that this was going to be something that I would enjoy. I love heart pounding and breath taking novels, so when I found out this one was going to be about a bunch of 'murder' pranks going wrong, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. In the past I have tried to enjoy books with very similar themes. Panic by Lauren Oliver is an example of this. Unfortunately I was extremely let down by this book - I just wanted something exhilarating. Luckily the lovely Jazz from Chicken House supplied me with a review copy of Killer Game by Kirsty McKay and I am so glad that she did because this book was exactly what I needed. So what did I think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday # 16: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list that you have to answer. You can find out more about this feature here.

This week's feature is:
 Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. Now this can be characters that love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore ect. It doesn't have to be limited to one means, as long as they share a passion for books! In theory this Top Ten Tuesday topic should be quite easy as YA is full of teenagers who love to read, so without further ado, here are my ten characters who are fellow book nerds!

1. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
3. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
4. Dorian Havilliard  from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
5. Grace from One by Sarah Crossan
6. Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
7. Caleb Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth
8. Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicker
9. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
10. Aunt Elinor from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

If you know of any other characters who adore books and you think I should know about then please let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading my list! Feel free to share your thoughts on these book loving characters in the comments below, or over on any of my social media platforms. If you feel like doing this then feel free to do your Top Ten Tuesday post and link me it, I'd love to read what you come up with!

Book Review # 56: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Monday, 27 July 2015 2 comments
Please note that before you read this review that I am reviewing this publication for Mira Ink. I received an advanced readers copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. In no way is my opinion influenced by the fact that I received this free of charge. Now on with the review.

Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: ARC
Publication Date: August 13th 2015
Pages: 384

SourceReview Copy from Publisher
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Never date your best friend.
Always be original.
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow; like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

It's always difficult when it comes to writing a review for a book that you didn't enjoy as much as you had hoped, especially when a publicist has been nice enough to send you a copy for an honest review. Saying that, I am going to be honest in this review as best as I can, and I have to openly admit that I didn't enjoy this book. That doesn't go to say that there weren't positives in this book, because there were and from the positives I read I did enjoy them. But to say that I almost DNF'd this book three times speaks volumes. Lets take a step back a minute and take a look at the author himself, because his debut Let's Get Lost, in my opinion was a phenomenal novel and I adored it. Unfortunately for Mr Alsaid, I think the unfortunate hype of living up to a great first book was too much, because Never Always Sometimes crumbles in comparison. However, lets take a deeper look into my initial thoughts. So what did I think of it?

The Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hey guys, I'm here again with another blogger award! Oh my how I feel special. Three awards in the space of a month? Guy's, I'll just take my BAFTA now! Wait.. there's no trophy? Oh. Ah well, one day! 

So I have been nominated for the Sisterhood BROTHERHOOD of the World Bloggers Award! I was given the privilege to be a honorary sister for the day, but I think it's about time we celebrate the awesomeness of men in the book blogging community! Am I right lads?!

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate some blogs.
So thank you very much to Gill at The Happy Reader (links for her Twitter/Blog here). Gill is an awesome, awesome person and I love reading the posts she puts up. If you haven't checked her blog or her Twitter out then you totally should! You're missing out on some classic content!

On to the questions! Gill has provided me with 10 questions to answer so without further ado, let's get started! 

Question 1. What's the best ARC you've received this year? 
Oh this is a difficult one because I've received so many awesome ones! Remix... One... Night Owls...Ahh Gill this is hard! Okay, okay I think I'll have to go with my most recent one, ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It's the 'best' one for me because it's also the first blogger's brunch I'll be attending for an ARC. I'm very excited!

Question 2. Paperback or Hardback, which is best and why?
Once again, very difficult. I prefer both for different reasons! I enjoy hardbacks for the way they look on the shelves and their durability but I also like paperbacks for their flexibility and their ease to hold. I prefer my contemporary books in paperback because I think it fits well with the theme but any Sci-Fi/ Fantasy or Dystopia have to be in hardback! Also, hardbacks tend to have a standard size unlike paperbacks which can come in the majority of sizes and that bugs me to no end. BOOK OCD!

Question 3. Do you have an eReader and do you prefer it to a physical copy of a book?
I do have an eReader in sense. I had a Kindle until it died so now I'm forced to read eBooks on my iPad which is not preferable. Too much glare! On holiday I think I prefer eReaders because there's not always room in the suitcase for all of the books I read. If I can get myself a physical copy of a book then I totally will. Book collector at heart!

Question 4. Whats the first book you remember buying and how old were you?
Ooh the first book I remember buying? Good question Gill! Whilst my memory is good, trying to remember what the first book I bought was is tricky. One of my earliest recollections of physically buying a book was actually at the release of an independent author's book. I walked into Borders (my local bookshop at the time) and there was this man signing copies of the first two books in his series. The series is called Aqua Crysta and they're written by James David. The first two books came out in 2004 so age wise I would have been 11. Wow. The books are signed and personalised to me which makes me really happy! 

Question 5. What fictional character would you like as your best friend?
A best friend.. Ooh easy! Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I don't think I have to explain why but I will anyway. Leo is hilarious, sarcastic and just a very upbeat character. He would make an amazing friend. Team Leo all the way!

Question 6. Who is the nicest author you've ever met or chatted to online?
Nicest author I've met or chatted to online. Difficult... Very difficult. I'll go authors I've met because they're not many. Sarah J Maas was lovely but we didn't get a great deal of time to chat due to the popularity of her signing so I'd have to go with E.Lockhart. Emily came to visit Newcastle not so long ago and because there wasn't a huge turnout for the event, it means we got to spend time chatting to her and really taking in and enjoying what she had to say. She was an absolute delight to meet and I would happily do so again!

Question 7. What book has been on your shelf the longest that you just havent gotten around to reading?
Ha, ha, ha. Basically anything on my shelf. I've had books on there for years that I haven't touched so we'll go with the first book I see... The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Bought the hardcover years ago, and I'm yet to touch it. I will get around to it eventually!

Question 8. What book parents would you like to have as your own?
Ooh book parents! Well it would have to be ones that genuinely seem to care but have that sarcastic and witty personality to match that of my own parents. I'd have to say Hazel's parents from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As cliche as it is, there's a quote in the book about throwing Hazel out on the street because they're not sentimental people. Now naturally it's a joke but it instinctively made me think of my mum and dad and the jokes we'd have when I was a child.

Question 9. Which book could you read over and over again if your TBR pile wasnt so overflowing?
Oh a nice easy one. This book goes with me wherever I move to, even if I have to leave all my books at home but it's cliche and an obvious one. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. That book encouraged me to read and opened my mind up to a world of magic and endless possibilities when I needed it most in my life. Definitely would read it over and over for the memories it has.

Question 10. Explain your love of books to an alien who has just landed on planet Earth? 

(For those of you who don't speak Klingon, first of all what is wrong with you? It's a vital language you need to know if we ever get invaded! Second of all, here's the English translation: Where do I even begin with my love of books? I adore books for the escapism they bring to everyday life. It's also sometimes really nice just to sit back and enjoy the stories of other people. Watching them have adventures and just wishing that one day you could go on your own. Adventure is out there in multiple possibilities, we've just got to find the right story to take us there.)

So there we go, there are my answers to Gill's questions. Now I'm supposed to come up with 10 questions but I'm not overly creative and I really like Gill's questions. So if I tag you then you need to answer the questions above!

As I have changed this to the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award, I think it's only fair we celebrate some dudes up in this blog. So, without further ado, here are the people I'm going to tag!

Kieran @GayMonst3r
Stephen @DarkReaders

If you're going to accept this nomination for the award the usual rules apply, link me on your blogpost and on Twitter so I can read it and genuinely just have fun doing it. Enjoy!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Sunday, 26 July 2015 2 comments
Hey you guys! So today I am here with a very special post because I was nominated by the lovely Kirstie from Kirstiekins Blogs (link here for her Twitter and her blog) for the Versatile Blogger Award! Now personally I haven't heard of this award but it's the second that I've been nominated for this month so I am feeling extremely grateful! Kirstie is a lovely, lovely person so you should definitely go and check her out!

Now as for the rules to this award you have to thank the person who nominated you (check), include a link to their blog (check), tell them 7 facts about yourself that they might not know and then tag a bunch of bloggers who you follow regularly and think are worthy for the award.

So on with the facts about me. I've had to think quite hard about some of these because I'm not usually that open to discussing about myself, but here we go!
Fact 1: As ambitious and dynamic as I seem on my blog, and on my Twitter, I'm actually ridiculously shy. Put me in a social situation and I am bound to linger towards the back and hide from everyone. I try to avoid going outside as much as I can and when I do, I walk very quickly to and from that place, aiming to get back home as soon as I can. Whilst the idea of BEA or YALC excites me it also terrifies the living daylights out of me.

Fact 2: I'm currently taking driving lessons at 22 years old and whilst my driving instructor calls me a natural, I have a distinct fear of anyone on the road. As soon as I see another car my mind goes into natural panic that I'm going to hit it, so I have been known to drive very slowly and then speed up when the car has passed. My instructor hasn't noticed it... yet.

Fact 3: In less than 4 weeks I will be getting a new puppy! Unfortunately my first dog passed away last year and I've been dying to get a new dog. The house just feels to empty without him. The new dog is a Springer Spaniel called Oscar and he is adorable! I can't wait to bring him into the family and smother him with love. (Don't worry guys,  you'll see plenty of pictures on my Twitter and Instagram!)

Fact 4: When it comes to book OCD, I think mine really takes liberties. I recently bought new copies of the Harry Potter books in the new UK paperback editions. Whilst I wanted the hardbacks, they were just too expensive. For every book that arrived, I found a fault. I have a stack of 'damaged' paperbacks just sitting at the end of my bed waiting to be sent back to Amazon. Some of the paperbacks simply have grease prints on them. It's just unacceptable to me. They need to be pristine.

Fact 5: I've recently fell in love with collecting Funko's Pop Vinyl figures and I cannot wait until the Harry Potter set are released so I can collect them all! Goodbye bank account!

Fact 6: I am petrified of falling. It's probably my biggest fear and get I have the biggest urge in the world to go skydiving. It's on my bucket list. I know, crazy right?

Fact 7: My favourite TV show at the moment is Once Upon a Time. I'm obsessed with fairy tales so naturally I think this one is amazing. Regina is my favourite, obviously, she's bad ass. Also, Season 5 needs to premiere, like now.

So there are the 7 facts about me! I hope you guys learnt something new about me, and hey if you already knew some of those then yay, you're awesome and obviously I class you as a good friend! Now to tag some people! In the original post it's suggests that you tag 15 people but in reality, who got time for that. I shall tag 5! 

If I tag you there is no obligation for you to actually respond to this award but I think it would be nice. If you do respond with a post, don't forget to tag me on Twitter and in your post so I can see it and find out some awesome information about you!

I tag:

Joshua (@JoshuaJVlogs)
Charnell (@reviewbookworm)
Kayleigh (@K_Books)

I hope you all enjoy being nominated and I look forward to seeing what facts you guys come up with! Good luck!

Book Review # 55: The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

Saturday, 25 July 2015 0 comments
Title: The Potion Diaries
Author: Amy Alward
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: July 2nd 2015
Pages: 320

Review Copy from Publisher/ Maximum Pop Books

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When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

No big deal, then.

With a bright, vibrant cover and a quote from Zoella plastered on the front, The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward probably wasn't going to be my first choice of book to pick up. In honesty it screams teenage girl doesn't it? Clearly that is the direction in which the marketing people at Simon & Schuster are going with book and that is totally fine! When the lovely people at Maximum Pop Books were advertising books to review for S&S, I felt the need to request one. As I had heard a bit about what this book was about, it initially intrigued me. The concept sounded wonderful but I kept being put off by the marketing design. Was this going to be the book for me or was it going to be a cheesy teenage flop? Well, what did I think?

Falling behind on Friday # 14: The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

Friday, 24 July 2015 0 comments

Falling Behind on Friday is an original weekly feature created at Moirae the Fates. The idea is that each week you pick a book that you are ashamed to admit has been on your TBR pile for a longtime and showcase it to your audience. You can find out more about this feature here.

This week I am falling behind on:


It all starts, as these things sometimes do, with a dead man.

He was a neighbour, not someone Abby knew well, but still, finding a body when you only came over to borrow a tin of tomatoes, that comes as a bit of a shock.

At least, it should.

And now she can't shake the feeling that if she hadn't gone into Simon's flat, if she'd had her normal Wednesday night instead, then none of what happened next would have happened. 

And she would never have met Melody Black . . .

Wild and witty, searing and true, THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK is about the fine line that separates normal from not - and how life can spin, very swiftly, out of control.
Why am I falling behind?

I feel awful about this book because this was one that I received from a publisher to review and I still haven't read or reviewed it yet! Bad Blogger, I know, slap me on the wrist. At the time I was really excited to read about it but as I gradually got to reading it I just completely lost interest it. I'll pick it up eventually but unfortunately I think this might be one I'm going to struggle to read! We shall see!

What books are you guys falling behind on?

Let me know in the comments below, or over on any of my social media platforms. I'd love to read which books you guys are falling behind on.

Book Review # 54: Trouble by Non Pratt

Thursday, 23 July 2015 0 comments
Title: Trouble
Author: Non Pratt
Publisher: Walker Books UK
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: March 6th 2014
Pages: 384

Source: Bought
PurchaseThe Book Depository / Waterstones

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

Trouble is the second book of Non Pratt's that I've read and also her debut, and I have to say I have never been disappointed with her work. Similar to Remix, I adored Trouble. It was a heart-touching novel that tackles strong themes, and did so perfectly. Non openly admits to not beating about the bush, she targets her audience and writes the books she wanted to read when she was younger and makes sure to keep in all of the nitty gritty. That's what I loved about Trouble. The author was never afraid to delve into themes and openly explain everything in detail. It worked really well. So in more depth, what did I think of it?

The 1989 Book Tag

Hey guys, I'm here today with a tag created by Charnell at Reviews from a Bookshelf (link here to her blog and to her twitter, go check her out she's awesome!) The whole point of this tag is to answer a load of questions that match up to the songs from Taylor Swift's album '1989'. Nice and simple! You don't need to actually know the songs to take part, but we've all been encouraged to take part anyway! Now in the original tag Charnell does a few questions for each song but I'm just going to pick one for each to make it easier!  So here we go!

Question 1: Welcome to New York. A book with LGBT themes.

This one is easy! Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It's a touching contemporary novel focusing on the coming out story of a teenage boy called Simon. Except it doesn't go as smoothly as planned when somebody finds out about the email correspondences he's been having with an anonymous boy named Blue and threatens to leak them on the school's Tumblr if he doesn't cooperate! It is easily one of my favourites of the year!

Question 2: Blank Space. A book that hit you right in the feels but was totally worth it.

I could quite easily say Simon for this question too but I'll go One by Sarah Crossan. I read it recently and it is beautiful! Easily another favourite. It's a book told in free verse about conjoined twins who have to face the real world of high school when the money runs out to keep them homeschooled. They have to venture out into a world of stares and comments made behind their backs, but while they're busy surviving and making friends in the tough high school society, something is looming in the background that will change the fates of the girls forever. Utterly heartbreaking this book, but so, so worth it!

Question 3: Style. A timeless classic that you love.

There's no question about it. The answer just has to be Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Easily. It was the book that inspired my love of reading and that created such a large bond between me and my mother. It still is present in our lives today and I owe so much to that book. I will read it over and over again until the pages fall out.

Question 4: Out of the Woods. A book that had vivid world building.

Ooh difficult one! There are so many books that I've read this year that have amazing world building! I think however I'll have to go with A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab. I loved it, it was absolutely brilliant and the alternate versions of London that Victoria creates are stunning and extremely vivid. You can definitely tell each of them apart just by their descriptions, theres no blending of worlds at all!

Question 5: All You Had To Do Was Stay. A book that you were eagerly anticipated, but ended up being disappointed with.

Chopstix by A.T. Raydan. I've spoke about my extreme disappointment of this book before in other tags, but when I put in to win a review copy of this book I was so pumped! A kick ass female protagonist turned vigilante with chopsticks for weapons! I loved the premise! It had so much potential and as soon as I read it I loathed it. I got 33 pages in. It was written like it was aimed at a seven year old when it was supposed to be YA. The character made so many childish choices for a college girl - it was very debatable!

Question 6: Shake it Off. A book/series that everyone seems to love but you can't help but hate.

Now I wouldn't say hate exactly, but more could not understand all of the hype but The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I could not wait for this book to arrive at my door. It sounded so intriguing and full of life and the first half was, but then it just fell completely on it's face at the end. I found it predictable and I wasn't in love with any of the characters. It just completely fell flat which is always a shame for a book you want to love. I just struggled to understand why it gets so much praise. Sorry!

Question 7: I Wish You Would. A book series you know you'll always love.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I'm counting both as they're just a spin off and it's a continuation of Percy's story! I adore Rick Riordan books. I will literally devour anything mythology related that he writes. It's literal perfection. I grew up with Percy very similarly to how I did with Harry Potter, but Percy's sass and amazing characterisation will stick in my heart forever. Also, Percybeth is adorable.

Question 8: Bad Blood. A character you once loved but grew to hate.

This is a difficult one! Very difficult indeed! I think I'd have to go with Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. If you've read the book you'll know exactly why I grew to hate him and it fits in with the story so well. It's not just not liking how his character was written but the actions he makes in the end of the story that make me want to throw a brick at his head. Victoria Aveyard does a superb job at making you loathe Maven's character.

Question 9: Wildest Dreams. A book that was far too predictable.

Hmm predictability. Let me see. I'm going to say All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Whilst I really enjoyed that book, I saw the ending coming from page 1. Especially as it had been compared to John Green's TFIOS. I mean come on, it's obvious. That doesn't go to say that I didn't get a bit emotional over it because Jennifer does an amazing job at building up tension in those final few chapters leading up to the event and then dealing with the after effects. Beautiful.

Question 10: How You Get the Girl. One of your favourite books where the guy got the girl.

Got to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So easy! Ron and Hermione! So much tension between those to characters the entire series, I could not wait until the kiss scene in the final book. I squealed so loud at that scene. It made me so happy! Especially with how much they had gone through throughout that book!

Question 11: This Love. A book that completely shocked you.

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. I haven't read Adult fiction in a while - I think it's just because I prefer the lives of young adults but I loved this little adventure story. It was amazing! In the beginning I thought it was going to be quite plain and easy to read but it was so much more than that. I never thought I'd fall in love with a little robot before. So cute!

Question 12: I Know Places. A book you didn't want to be seen reading. 

As much as I loved this book and promote everything it stands for, it would have to be Trouble by Non Pratt. Purely and simply because there is sperm all over the cover and when you're reading it on the way to work, surrounded by old people, you do tend to get some very questionable looks. Especially as a guy. They'd think I was reading smut!

Question 13: Clean. When the wait between books makes you forget everything that happened. 

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. There was such a long release date between books 2 and 3 that I completely forgot what had happened in the previous two books. I still haven't gone back and re-read them even though they're just sitting there on the shelf. Whoops!

And there we have it! That was the amazing 1989 Book Tag! Thank you to Charnell for creating this tag and even though I wasn't tagged specifically, I still really enjoyed it. Now I'm going to tag a few people. It's not compulsory to do it but I'd love to see the answers to your questions!

I'm going to tag:

Have fun guys! If you haven't been tagged and you still want to do it, go for it! 

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