The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Fun, cute, and romantic, Nicola Yoon’slatest book definitelyhas the “awww” factor! Its a YA contemporary that will give you the feels and keep you entertained! Ok. So yes there was some i16230968_426183081058186_8893793838745780224_nnstalove going on, and usually I really hate that, but with The Sun Is Also A Star it somehow seemed to work really well. It was unique and touched on some really important issues while still keeping that adorableness that keeps you smiling and turning those pages!

It follows Natasha, an immigrant from Jamaica about to be deported, and Daniel, son of Korean immigrants and a total romantic. On the day Natasha is about to be deported, they meet in New York City, and after MUCH persistence from Daniel they end up spending the day together. Natasha is doing everything she can to stop the imminent deportation of her family, and Daniel is there for a college interview…but somehow in the midst of all that they find each other. Although Daniel is definitely a lot more doe-eyed and dreamy than Natasha, they both begin to fall for each other…but it just can’t be that simple!

I enjoyed reading The Sun Is Also A Star, and I was really happy with the way the issues with immigration and deportation, family, first love, race, etc. were handled. It was powerful and moving, and put personality to some real problems! I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but the ending definitely packed a punch! And not what I was expecting at all!

If you want a YA contemporary that is both fluffy and meaningful then look no further! The Sun Is Also A Star and Nicola are taking the book community by storm at the moment so I definitely recommend you jump in on the action and pick it up!


Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

So, first off, this review contains spoilers for Hard Rules! Be warned! But its spoiler free for Damage Control!

Damage Control is the second book in Lisa’s Dirty Money series, and wow what a sequel it was! I’ve read a few of Lisa’s books now and this series is definitely shaping up to by my favourite! I gave the first book 4.5 stars and this one a solid 4! I’d definitely recommend it – its the perfect mix of  romance, mystery, and excitement. Go on, read it!

A little synopsis for you! Damage Control[411]

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart… 

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

The story picks up after the cliff hanger that Hard Rules left on – thankfully after that I could immediately pick this one up! There was a lot of character development going on in Damage Control, particularly for Emily. We found out a lot more about her past in this instalment of the series and, in my opinion, we saw a much stronger side of her! I find that sometimes in romance books the girl is weak and has little personality…those books really annoy me…but that wasn’t the case here at all! And not just Emily too, I loved that there were a lot of really strong female characters in the Dirty Money series – I loved Jessica and Shane’s mum is really clever!

The plot thickens further in Damage Control, with more secrets coming to light about Brandon Sr, and Derek’s involvement with a drugs cartel. Its intense! Every time I think I have the story all figured out something happens and I have to rethink all my ideas! It definitely kept me on my toes. And alongside the swoon-worthy romance between Emily and Shane I really couldn’t have asked for more!

And of course I’m so excited to learn more in the next book which comes out in August!! I’m sure it’s going to be just as good!!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Stalking Jack the Ripper – historical fiction, mystery, romance, steampunk…all rolled into one amazing book! Another great book to start off the year!

The story follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a girl with great breeding, but with a penchant for forensic medicine A girl who loves forensics and biology?! Gasp! A completely unheard concept for 1800s Britain! Audrey Rose is secretly honing her skills with a scalpel with the help of her uncle, working on cadavers of London’s deceased, when the infamous Jack the Ripper begins brutally butchering women in the city. As the corpses begin piling up in her Uncle’s laboratory, Audrey Rose gets pulled into the investigation, and she soon realises that she’s a lot closer to Jack than she could have imagined!

I just have two words for you – Thomas Cresswell! At first I thought he was going to be your typical YA love interest – broody and arrogant. But wow was I wrong! Thomas was funny, loyal, witty…and a bit of a rebellious gentleman! Definitely one for the book boyfriend list! As for the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose, I thought it was really well done! It was a bit of a slow burn, but fitting with the manners and customs of the period! I can’t wait to see what becomes of this pair in the sequel!

One of my favourite things in the book was, of course, the stalking of Jack the Ripper! It was all very Sherlock Holmes! so I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t say too much! But I will say its really clever how it all fits together! I’d guessed Jack’s identity about half way through the book but that didn’t ruin it for me at all – I loved reading on to find out if I was right or not! I’ve read some other reviews and it seems a bit mixed as to whether people guessed the real Jack, so why not read and see if you do?!

If you love an entertaining book with a pull-you-in story line and a great leading heroine, then I’d definitely recommend Kerri Maniscalco’s debut novel! Stalking Jack the Ripper is fun, immersive, and imaginative! I’d definitely recommend you pick it up asap! 5 out of 5 stars!

Black Hearts by Karina Halle – Cover Reveal!

So I have a very exciting little post for you guys today! A cover reveal! It’s for Karina Halle’s upcoming release, Black Hearts! Karina is one of my favourite authors, and she’s just such a lovely, lovely person. I always get so excited before one of her releases, and I’m always in awe of the covers! EVERY SINGLE TIME! They’re fabulous! SO…let’s get on with it! Here it is…the cover for Black Hearts!

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Isn’t it great? It definitely makes me want to read the book even more!! Its a spin off to Karina’s other series, Sins and Needles and Dirty Angels, but it can be read as a standalone! So there is no excuse not to pick this one up when it comes out later in the month! I’ll be reading and reviewing the book sometime soon, so keep your eye out for that!


Roseblood by A.G Howard!

Now, we may only be a month into 2017, but I’ve already read one of my favourite books of this year! Roseblood by A.G Howard! It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I can definitely say it didn’t disappoint!

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Roseblood is a YA retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, and its full of lyrical language, intriguing characters, and a fascinating storyline! Rune Germain is a teenage girl with a haunting, beautiful compulsion to sing opera. It may sound like a blessing, a talent, but for Rune it feels like a curse. Once she hears the music she can’t help it, she just has  to sing. It’s caused her nothing but problems, especially since the death of her father a few years earlier. Sent to a private music conservatory in France to try and get some control over her talent, Rune is thrust into a dangerous game of  music, romance, and, of course, the Phantom.

So, I was a little apprehensive going into this because I’ve never actually read/watched Phantom of the Opera…so I was worried it might just go over my head a little bit. But, I needn’t have worried because really there was no need to have any prior knowledge of the Phantom, it all just flows nicely into the story! So if you’re hesitant to pick up Roseblood because of that then you really don’t have to worry about it! It has definitely made me want to watch the film ASAP!

I love A.G Howard’s writing style – it’s really beautiful, and wordy in a way that isn’t too wordy! And the plot is original and super imaginative. It’s a bit of a slowburn, but in the best way. You really get a feel for the Conservatory, for Rune and her friends, for Thorn and the Phantom. Considering this is a standalone, I felt like it was absolutely full of imagery and detail without leaving you feeling like you’re drowning in it! If it wasn’t for the creepy Phantom and the fact that I have no musical talent whatsoever, I would LOVE to have gone to school somewhere like this!

I don’t want to give too much away about the romance or Thorn…I think maybe it’s better to just go into it and enjoy it! Either way, I really liked their romance! One of my other favourite things about Roseblood was that it wasn’t all about the romance. Friendships and family play a big role in Rune’s life and that’s definitely reflected in the story. Her friends were great! They supported Rune, worried about her, tried to help her out in dangerous situations…definitely the sort of friends you’d want if you’re being lured in by a creepy Phantom intent on your death!

Overall, I gave Roseblood 4.75/5 stars! I thought it was exciting and imaginative….and I’m still absolutely amazed by the cover! I’d definitely recommend it to both the Phantom fans, and the Phantom newbies like me! Go on, give it a read!

Belated 2017 Goals!

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Wow. Another year gone. 2016 went by so quickly, I can’t believe its 2017 already. So I’m not usually one for doing New Year’s Resolutions – I ALWAYS FAIL! But…I feel like since 2016 wasn’t the best of years for me I need to try and make 2017 a good one. Combine that with my love for organisation and BAM! Time for some 2017 goals! 😉 ok, maybe that was a tad dramatic! But it’s true, I definitely want to set myself some goals for this year.

So what do I have planned for the upcoming year? Well, in 2016 I managed to read a few classics and really enjoyed them…but I want to read a whole lot more. I have two shelves full of beautiful editions of classic books and only a handful have been read. One of my goals for this year has to be to make some progress with that. Some of my top classic tbr books are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum….I could go on and on! I’m going to aim to read at least one classic every month!

Another goal for 2017 is to use my blog more. Ok, so I completely neglected Bookish Wonderland for the last few months and that has to change! I love writing reviews and just generally fangirling over books so I want to get back to that this year. I have some really exciting things planned so keep an eye out! While I’d love to say I can commit to posting two or three times a week I really can’t promise that. University is just too much sometimes and I just know I can’t do that…but I want to update it at least once a week. Anymore and it’s a bonus right?

What else? Oh yes, my goodreads goal! Well this year I’m setting my goal at 100 books. In 2016 I read 132 books, and in 2015 I read 213 books…so you never know I might get higher! But I don’t want to set myself up with a completely unachievable goal when I know how busy 2017 is going to be for me. I just have to keep telling myself “READ! READ! READ!”

And my final goal, at least for now, is to keep myself involved in the book community! I’m obsessed with bookstagram, its like a therapy for me! For the past couple of years it has been nothing but supportive of me and I am so, so grateful for it!

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Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole – blog tour!


Its finally in the world!! Yes, Deep Redemption is here! And it is glorious!

Deep Redemption is the fourth book in the dark and addicting Hades Hangmen series, a much anticipated release for me! I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I finished Souls Unfractured last year. What’s even more exciting is that I get to be a part of the blog tour!

I loved being back in the world of the Hades Hangmen, although this book has a greater focus on Rider/Prophet Cain and the religious commune. Cain has spent all his life in seclusion, training to be the next Prophet, with only his twin brother for company. Shielded from the worst parts of the commune, he’s now questioning his entire life and the religion he was always part of, as we
ll as dealing with his brother’s betrayal. Beaten and locked away, Cain encounters Harmony – another captive of the commune – and while he falls for her, things go from bad to worse in New Zion.

He was born to ascend.

He wasdestined to lead.

He was never meant to fail.

This book was just as dark and intense as the previous three books, in fact in some parts it was probably a bit darker! I love the dark intensity of these books – they hook me from start to finish!! I’d highly recommend them for anyone wanting to read a romance unlike any other! Definitely a 5/5 star series!

Here are the Amazon links!

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Happy Release Day! Smut by Karina Halle!

Today is a very special day! It’s the release of a new romantic comedy, Smut. Yep indeed that is the title! A bit of a tongue-in-cheek homage to the main characters’ writing career! Karina Halle is one of my favourite authors – she writes some of my favourite romance/contemporary books! I’m going to download my copy of the book ASAP, and I can’t wait to read it today! I’ve been loving Karina’s teasers, so I just KNOW this book is going to be fantastic!

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Here is the summary:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?


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New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson – blog tour!

Hello everyone! Today I have something special for you! A blog tour post for the upcoming release of New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson! In case you missed out on the cover reveal, here is the beautiful cover! I really love it – although I do still have a soft spot for the old cover!

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So, let’s just start with me saying go and pre-order New World: Ashes right now! It’s awesome! I promise you won’t regret it! When I saw that there was an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour I put my name down immediately! This series is one of my favourites so of course I wanted to gush about it to you guys! I’m lucky enough to have read it before there series was picked up by Of Tomes for republishing, and I can honestly say I loved it!

New World Ashes is the second book in Jennifer’s New World series – following on from New World: Rising.  The first book introduced fantastic characters, and a fresh new dystopian world that totally immerses you! I often find that the second book in a trilogy is a bit of a filler book – but this certainly wasn’t the case here! It was just as action packed and exciting as the first installment in the series! It is filled with action, intrigue, friendship, and romance! New World: Ashes really is a book that breaks the mold!

Here is the Goodreads description!

After Phoenix, a 17-year-old orphan rogue, sacrifices herself for her loved ones, her world again takes an unexpected turn. She may have forgotten her past, but it hasn’t forgotten her. A war is coming and her role in it will be pivotal.

That is… if she survives.

Go show an amazing author some appreciation and pre-order this wonderful book! And if you haven’t read New World: Rising yet then I suggest you pick it up ASAP! New World: Ashes releases 7th June!

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The Good Mother by A.L Bird – blog tour!

The Good Mother

Recently I’ve been in the mood for thrillers, I don’t know why, but I’m rolling with it! So when I was given the opportunity to read The Good Mother, a new psychological thriller, how could I resist? I’m so glad that I read this – it was intense, fast paced, and full of twists. If you want a book that keeps you questioning what on earth is going on, then I’d definitely recommend you pick up The Good Mother!

Here is the Goodreads description!

The greatest bond. The darkest betrayal.

Susan wakes up alone in a room she doesn’t recognise, with no memory of how she got there. She only knows that she is trapped, and her daughter is missing.

The relief that engulfs her when she hears her daughter’s voice through the wall is quickly replaced by fear, knowing that whoever has imprisoned her has her daughter, too.

Devising a plan to keep her daughter safe, Susan begins to get closer to her unknown captor. And suddenly, she realises that she has met him before.

The Good Mother is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller for fans of C L Taylor, Kathryn Croft and S K Tremayne.

Sound interesting? I definitely thought so! I read this book in one sitting, I flew through it! It starts with Susan waking up in an unfamilar room; alone, confused, no memory of how she got there, or where her daughter is. Cara is her priority – making sure she is ok. But when she discovers that Cara is being held in the room next door, she is determined to find a way escape her captivity to save her daughter.

I don’t want to give too much away about this one, it really is best to go into it knowing as little as possible! But I will say be prepared for some unexpected twists, especially towards the end!

Rating – 4.5 stars!

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