Saturday, 12 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

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Happy New Year everyone! 

Another year gone, but a blank page is a head of us. After last year with how it panned out I'm feeling quite optimistic for 2019, granted it may have its bumpy spots but I'm ready for it. 

There are many things I plan to do this year and of course, one of them is to read more! However I will go into further detail in a moment. 


Last year had a lot of downs but it had some ups too! Mr. B and I went to our first festival and it was brilliant seeing Queens of the Stoneage and others.

We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall as well as Silsden in our lovely little cottage, even though cut short for my admittance to hospital for 3 days. 

It ended on a lovely high though by spending our first Christmas away from home together and it was pure bliss, it ended the year on such a great note and it truly didn't matter about all the bad stuff that had happened throughout the year.

I managed to read 18 books last year which I'm really pleased about as I haven't read that many since all the way back in 2014. Plus, seeing as I ended up having so many health problems, I don't think I did too bad. 


This is the year guys! I have really good feeling about this 2019. I'm planning to read 30 books this year, which is the most I've ever read but I won't be disheartened if I don't get to that goal, so long as I read and enjoy it that's all that matters. 

I truly feel like I've come back to my normal reading self after last year, I mean, I finished Shadow Kiss today (post to follow soon after the back log from last year) and it was great just to be able to read and thoroughly enjoy it the way I used to, I've missed it so much. 

I can't remember the last time when I felt compelled to finish a book into the early hours of the morning, to sit and read 5-7 chapters in one go and to read for 2-3 hour sittings at a time, I've truly missed it and I plan to do it more this year and I seriously can't wait. I totally forgot how much I loved YA novels too, like guys, there are some brilliant ones out there that I have missed out on over the years!

As always, I hope you all have a brilliant new year, read plenty and most importantly, enjoy reading! Don't think about how many you plan to read, how many likes and follows you'll get! Or your friends are reading more, read what you want to read not what society tells you too, read what makes you smile, laugh, cry anything you want to read or find comfortable reading!!

Wishing you all a lovely, happy, reading fuelled year! Keep those pages turning!

Much love, 

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Vampire Academy * Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. 

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. 

But most of all, staying alive.

Rose Hathaway is in a bit of trouble after being on the run with best friend Lissa. When found, they're forced back into the world of St Vladimir's but not without a catch. 

To become a true guardian to the elite Moroi, Rose must do everything possible if she wants to protect Lissa. She must sacrifice a great deal in order to serve, including her new tutor Dimitri. 

But with everything threatening to get in her way and something sinister happening on Campus, Rose needs to be on high alert, not high on lust. 

With exams, new queens of the school, boy problems and a best friend on the brink of madness, could it get any worse? Oh yeah, there's a school dance to attend. 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, is the first instalment in the Vampire Academy series and let me tell you, I haven't been in love with a series like this since way back in the day to The Morganville series by Rachel Caine. 

I literally couldn't put the book down and as soon as I finished reading it I rushed to buy the second one. Now, at first I thought Rose was a bit of a pain but as the story progressed, so did her character and we see so much more of who she really is, as well as all the other characters. 

I found this book highly enjoyable, fast paced and full of great humour as well as some shockers. I would highly recommend this series for teens as well as adults, because who doesn't  love a bit of YA every now and then?

Although great, there are some slight flaws in the book with how some of the characters whined on, which is the only reason why I will be bumping it down a couple of marks. 

I will be giving this book 8/10

Monday, 17 December 2018

The Girl Before * J.P Delaney

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. 

After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. 

Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

Would you live in a house with pristine walls, works surfaces with state of the art technology and all for a good price? 
Would you still stay if you couldn't have no books, music, DVD's, magazines or children for that matter? 

Jane is looking for an a place to escape from her past, she wants nothing more than a minimalist life and she thinks she's come to the right place. Though One Folgate Street has something sinister lurking within its walls, and its not until a tragic accident, that the walls start to crumble. 

Edward Monkford is a man of many talents. He's charming, sophisticated and very intelligent. Though when things don't go the way he planned, whats the highest price he's willing to pay?

All you have to do, is sign on the dotted line at the very end of the contract, then watch your new life unfold before your eyes...even if it is a little maddening.

The Girl Before by J.P Delaney, is the first book I have ever read by the author and it certainly won't be the last. I loved this book from the get go and it has easily become one of my favourite reads of 2018. I couldn't put the book down, I think since reading The Girlfriend, this was my second book into the world of Psychological Thrillers and I can't wait to read more of its kind!

The whole plot behind the story is brilliant and it works so well. It is enough to make you read until the early hours, just so you can get one more chapter in, even though your eyes feel like they're full of sand. It certainly gave me chills and there's a very creepy feel to the book which I loved.

If there's a book that you need to read next year, I would highly recommend The Girl Before it will not disappoint. The book has since been picked up by Ron Howard for film rights and there is a second book out called 'Believe Me', which I can't wait to sink my teeth into in the New Year.

I will be giving this book an excellent and well deserved, 10/10 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Lockout * Maya Cross

Lockout by Maya Cross

Who is Sebastian Locke? 

Sophia had never felt attraction like that before. Raw. Electric. Irresistible. Swept off her feet by the dashing, enigmatic billionaire Sebastian Lock, she was taken on a journey of self-discovery, taken to places she never dreamt she’d go.

But things are never as simple as they appear. Sophia’s trust is a fragile thing, and Sebastian seems insistent on testing it. He has his own demons to battle, and nobody has brought them to the fore like she has.

Sofia's trust is fragile, Sebastian doesn't seem to care. He loves pushing all her buttons, more so than some and he's testing it at every angle possible. 

Though theres something not quite right about Sebastian that Sofia can't grasp, some secret that he's not letting her in on. As Sophia continues to to break his high barriers and try to see who he really is, she's soon asking herself whether she really wants to know. 

What does his tattoo mean? Why does he keep pushing her away when he knows everything about her? And who is the woman on his phone? 

Sophia will find out about her lover, even when theres red light warnings ahead. 

Lockout by Maya Cross, is the second instalment in the 'Alpha Group' series, and I loved it. Its much more in-depth than the first one 'Locked' it feels a lot richer in the sense of the plot and Cross delves deeper into each character to find out what really makes them tick and more about them. 

I am thoroughly enjoying Sofia's character, she's nothing short of a pushover, she's very much the opposite. She stands no messing with Sebastian and is willing to go out go her way and behind his back to find out what he's really up to.  

It's such a great read and I can't wait to get started on the next one in the series, which I'm happy that it still follows on from Sofia's and Sebastian's story rather than going onto other characters in the book. So much more went off in this book, it goes deeper into the story and you find out more about Sebastian's past. 

I will be giving this book 8 out of 10

Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Man Who Didn't Call * Rosie Walsh

The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh 

Imagine you meet a man, spend six glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 
So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call. 
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

On the 2nd June, Sarah comes to the same spot, at the same time to remember the tragedy that ruined her life. What she didn't think would happen, was that she'd fall madly in love with a complete stranger, that she's only known for seven days. 

Seven wonderful, marvellous, days she'd spent cooped up with Eddie David's. Then out of nowhere, he just vanished without a trace or even a phone call. 

Sarah can't shake the feeling that something is wrong; they shared life stories, dreams and even a little wooden mouse! So where did he go? When did it all go wrong? 

As Sarah battles with a loss she never knew she had, a love so fierce it may send her into madness and heartbreak so strong, that it physically hurts. One things for certain, she has to find Eddie David's before its too late and who he really is.  

The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh, is the first book that Walsh has written under her real name. Before, she has written under the pen name 'Lucy Robinson'. You can't begin to imagine my excitement when I realised this revelation and I couldn't wait for it to be released. I adore Rosie's writing, and her stories are just so beautiful. 

The story was nothing like I'd expected, I suppose I thought it would be like her other ones, but the story just took me by surprise and what a fabulous surprise it was! It's very well written, the plot is great and the ending, oh that ending. If there's one book you should read before the year is out, please go pick this one up and give it a read, you won't be disappointed! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and seriously can't wait for more by Rosie.

I will be giving this book 10/10

**This book was read in June, this is a late review

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Locked * Maya Cross

Locked by Maya Cross

Who is Sebastian Lock?

The bar Sophia Pearce is in doesn’t look like much. The wine is bad and the decor worse. 

But when a sudden attack of curiosity leads her to sneak past security and into the back room, she discovers something unimaginable. 

The most lavish party she’s ever laid eyes on, in the most unlikely of places.

When Sophia and the girls are out on the town, anything goes. Secrets are shared, memories are made and bets get promised. Yet, when she sees a dainty, dimly lit room to the back of the bar, Sophia can't help but wonder what lays behind it. 

With some liquid confidence and a helping of motivation from her friends, Sophia soon finds herself sneaking through the door. Though when she does, her whole world is turned upside down. 

Sebastian on the other hand, is a man of many mysteries. Sworn to secrecy by the alliance, she shared very little about life, and his personality. Though he can't shake the need and desire to tell Sophia everything there is to know about him, but can he trust her? More to the point, can she trust him? 

But when Sophia plays hard to get, the game becomes very interesting for both players.

Locked by Maya Cross, is a great read and its the first instalment in 'The Alpha Group' series. I really enjoyed this book, if you have been following for a while you'll know that I'm always on the look out for books that are as good as the Night and Day series by Kitty French. I can happily say that I have found another series that is worth the read. 

I loved Sophia and Sebastian's characters so much, they're completely different yet the same, though they bounced of one another well which is wonderful. The plot behind the characters grew more and more within the book and so did the pace. I felt like it was a quick read but in the sense of something always happening. 

Of course, it was hot in its own ways but most importantly, the story was good, which is what I look for. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be reading more of the series. 

I will be giving this books 8 out of 10

*This book was read in August, so this is a late review. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Head Over Heels - Jill Mansell

Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell

Jessie has kept the identity of her son Oliver's father a secret for years. One glance at Oliver, and a little mental arithmetic, and Toby has the situation sussed. Meeting the son he never knew he had is the shock of a lifetime. 

As the attraction between them flares up again, Jessie just can't see her way to a happy ending. But no one is quite what they seem.

Interior designer Jess has lived in Upper Sisley all her life, she's built up a great business, brought up her handsome son Ollie and has the best friendship a woman could ask for with mum of three, Lily. 

So when Jess gets the call to decorate the luxurious Sisley house, she jumps at the chance. Though as soon as she hears the voice on the other end of the line, Jess can't quite believe her luck.

Toby Gillespie on the other hand is ecstatic to unveil that Jess has been hiding in the village all along. Though water certainly hasn't ran under the bridge, too many things have happened since they last met. 

Will Jess be able to live with herself once the secret is out in the open? 

Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell, is such a brilliant book. I read this as part of a mini book club with my mum and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The last couple of books by Mansell, I couldn't really get on with, though I feel like I have come back to the main reason why I started reading her books with this brilliant read. 

There are some places in the book where you feel you know whats going to happen, but let me tell you, the ending really did surprise me and I was quite shocked. I really thought that something else was going to happen but was pleasantly surprised. 

The characters are all well written, I felt that they had a read depth to them, they all had their own little stories that all mixed and blended in with one another. I loved that Jess had her own business and she was portrayed as doing  something that she really enjoys, which was lovely to read about. The book flits between all characters and it works very well.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Head Over Heels and I can't wait to get onto the next JM instalment on my shelves. 

I will be giving this book a 9 out of 10 

**This book was read in August, this is a late review