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!

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US

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!

You can find the author over on:

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Shadowhunters! Thoughts so far…


Shadowhunters…one of the most controversial book to TV adaptations ever! I spend a lot of time on Instagram and over there, there has been a lot of debate about how good of an adaptation it is, the characters, how well its sticking to the story etc.

Here in the UK we have to watch Shadowhunters over on Netflix so we’re a little bit behind! Right now I’m watching episode 11 “Blood Calls to Blood” as I write this! Tomorrow there will be a new episode up to watch! I try and keep up to date but I fell behind this week!

So, starting at the beginning…I thought the series started off well but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It was definitely straying away from the book a little! And Clary – I really wasn’t a fan of her! Or at least the actress that plays her. I just can’t connect her with the character I read about in the book! However I was definitely willing to give it a shot! As the series has went on, the storyline has definitely developed a lot. But it is very different from the book, little changes that I’m worried will change the way it all plays out in the end. The ending of last week’s episode for example took a HUGE step away from the plot of City of Bones! I’m nervous but intrigued to see how that all turns out! In my head I’m trying to separate the book from the TV show, to see it as two completely different things so that I won’t compare them…but that’s so difficult!

As for the characters, there are some I’m quite ‘meh’ about and others I really love. My favourites at the moment are Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle. Alec and Magnus…sigh…I totally ship it! They are so cute! Magnus is so funny, he has so much dramatic flair! And when with Magnus, Alec is totally awkward – its adorable. Simon is hilarious, he has some great one liners, he definitely creates a lot of humour in the show. What I didn’t expect was for Hodge to be so young! I know in the book he’s described as being one of the youngest members of the Circle, but for some reason when I read the books I pictured him as an old man! So seeing him as a young – and quite attractive! – man was a bit of a shock! I’m still waiting to pass judgement on Jace, I can’t decide if I’m liking how he’s portrayed or not!

So, so far I’m enjoying watching Shadowhunters…and I literally just finished this episode and OMG!!! It’s all kicking off right now!! The only thing that would make it better would be more Malec! I need that in my life!!

Tea and Book Club Review!

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I have wanted to subscribe to a bookish subscription box for ages now! Every month my Instagram feed is filled with wonderful pictures of subscription box hauls – Owlcrate, Uppercase, etc. But they’re often based in the US/Canada, and have crazy high shipping costs. Not that I blame them, it is silly the cost of international postage! But, it has put me off buying them!

However, recently I discovered the ‘Tea and Bookclub’ subscription box that is run by Louise over at Bookishly. I’ll leave the link to the website at the end! It’s a UK based subscription which is perfect for me – although they do ship worldwide at only a small extra cost! The box itself is very unique! Each month you receive a vintage paperback – a type of book that I’m very excited to start collecting even though my bookshelves are currently overflowing! As well as this you also get some tea to experiment with, and some great bookish stationary! I am a tea newbie but very excited to be exploring the different types! And as for stationary….well beside books stationary is my all-time favourite thing! This box is perfect for me! So of course I had to buy one!

So yesterday my box arrived, and fitted through the letterbox!! It’s always a pain having to go to the sorting office to collect a parcel! The book itself had such lovely packaging! It was wrapped inside a road map! I LOVE maps so I squealed a little when I saw it! I tried my best to carefully unwrap it but I did accidentally rip it! In future I’m going to go into surgeon mode and remove it with skill so that I can keep it haha!

The book I received was The Ladybird by D.H Lawrence. This edition was published in 1960, so over 50 years ago! I may not have heard of the book before, but I’m very excited to read it, and to add it to my collection! The cover is so nice!!

The tea is ‘Honeybush tea’ – great name!! I’ve had a little google search to find out more about it, because I’m weird and google had all the answers! It’s created by Jenier Teas, and it is a herbal tea with no caffeine! And it is meant to be really good for relaxing, and a good detox! Apparently it has a bit of a honey taste to it, so I’m very excited to give it a go!

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And the stationary that I received in this box was this set of three bookish cards! They are so pretty and have quotes on them – two are Shakespeare and are from Much Ado About Nothing, and the other is a quote by Louise May Alcott.  I will not be giving these cards to anyone, they’re too pretty! I think they’ll be in a lot of my Instagram photos for the next few weeks!

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At only £12, the bookishly box is definitely an affordable box when you compare it to some of the other popular subscription boxes! Especially if you’re from the UK since the postage is free! It’s also something a little bit different, and so nice! I’d definitely recommend this box if you’re looking to try out a subscription box!


Bookishly link –  http://www.bookishly.co.uk/

Tea and book club link – http://www.teaandbookclub.com/

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton!

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Time and Time Again is a very unique book, one that was completely different to my usual reads, but one that I’m so happy to have picked up! I’m not really sure what genre I should class it as. There was a mix of historical fiction, time -travel, science fiction, thriller …it really had a bit of everything thrown in there.   If any of those genres interest you then I’d definitely recommend picking this book up, because it really is a page turner from start to finish!

Hugh Stanton is an ex-soldier grieving from the recent death of his wife and children, drifting through his life, waiting for the day when he’ll die. Then, he is recruited by his old university lecturer to save the world – to travel back in time to 1914 following very specific instructions left behind by Sir Issac Newton! It all seems farfetched to Hugh, but within a couple of months there he is in Sarajevo in 1914, planning to stop the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and to stop World War One from ever starting.  However this is time travel, so of course it really doesn’t go to plan. In fact, things end up going very wrong!

I’m a history nerd, so one of my favourite things about this book was the history side of it! I loved the 1914 setting, the brewing tensions of the time period…ok I could go on forever! It all seemed very historically accurate, but told from the point of view of a man from the 21st century. This was a lot of fun for me! My only complaint – and it really is only a small complaint – was that Bernadette seemed a bit too modern for the time period, a little bit too forward with Hugh! I’m pretty sure that a woman of this time, an upper class lady at that, wouldn’t have propositioned a man the way she did!

Professor McClusky asks Hugh the question if you could change one thing in history, one event that is important to the world, what would you change. And in the end they settle on 1914 and the assassination, which of course was the date that Issac Newton calculated way back when. Some of the time travel things were a bit confusing at times – you had to read carefully, and I had to go back and read some sections just to fully get my head around it. But actually the way the story twisted and developed was really clever. It definitely went down a route that I certainly didn’t predict!

Time and Time Again is a hard book to explain but it is well worth a read! I gave it 4.5 stars so I’m totally singing its praises. If you’re looking for something interesting, something a bit different, then you should try Time and Time Again!

Happy Birthday The Dreamcatcher!!


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Today is the release day of a very exciting novella – The Dreamcatcher by EJ Mellow! Its a long awaited release for me, I’ve been dying to read from Dev’s point of view for so long now! So far I’m about half way through and really enjoying it! I’ll write a full review once I’m finished with it…but from what I’ve read so far I would definitely recommend it to any fans of this series! The Dreamland series is one of my favourites – its a contemporary fantasy series that strikes the perfect balance between magic and reality! Dev is one of my top book boyfriends; he’s funny, sweet, and a little bit of a bad boy at times! If you loved him in The Dreamer/The Divide then I’m sure you’ll love this novella!

I’ll post the synopsis for The Dreamcatcher and some info about the lovely author down below!

He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes fromThe Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!

*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*

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E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy, The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is currently working on the third and final book in her series.

Here are the amazon links if you want to check it out! I’d definitely recommend that you do!

Amazon UK link

Amazon US link

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Salt to the Sea is a YA historical fiction that is taking the book community by storm at the moment .Goodreads, Instagram, youtube…everyone seems to be talking about it! So even though you probably already know just how amazing this book is, I’m going to tell you my thoughts on it!

So Salt to the Sea is set in WW2, and is inspired by the little known maritime disaster that was the Wilhelm Gustloff.  This was a German transporter ship that in January 1945 was sunk by a Soviet submarine while evacuating civilians and officials from the approaching Red Army. Roughly 9,500 lives were lost yet there are very few people who know about this disaster – including me!

The book follows four main characters – Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred. They each come from different countries within Europe, but have all been brought together to this ship in East Prussia. The characters are so well developed; even the secondary characters feel totally important to the story! I loved Emilia and Florian’s characters – they were my favourites! – so I was rooting for them to survive from the start! Actually…I was rooting for most of the characters to survive! But given the nature of this time period – and the maritime disaster the book is based on – I knew that not everybody would make it.

Not many books can make me cry but this one did make me sniffle! It was such a beautifully written book full of raw, intense emotion…how could I not get upset by this? Especially with that ending! I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read the book yet…but wow it’s totally going to kill you! I reread the last ten pages or so a few times, waiting for it to finally sink in! Even now, a few weeks after I finished reading Salt to the Sea I am still thinking about the story and these characters.

Young adult historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, although I will admit I haven’t read a whole lot of it! But I have to say this is my favourite book in this genre so far. It is captivating, hear breaking, and so immersive. Pick this book up and I promise you won’t regret it! This was my first Ruta Sepetys book, but I’ll definitely picking up her others. If they’re anything like this one then I know I’ll love them!

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh!

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So today is the release day for a new YA novel – Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh! What better time is there to post a review.  I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of Burning Midnight from Netgalley so I decided to pick it up last month!

Burning Midnight is said to be a fantasy book but to me it read more like a contemporary with some dystopian elements thrown in there too! The dystopian ‘thing’ in this book are spheres – spheres that when burned give you abilities/advantages. So one day these spheres just randomly turned up all over the world, some with basic, more common abilities and others with more rarer, sought-after abilities attached to them. Our main character Sully sells spheres for a living, to try and make ends meet for his mum. After he meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding hidden spheres, they set out on a mission to find some of the rarest Spheres  to solve both of their money worries.

Overall, I enjoyed this book – in the end I decided to give it 3.5 stars. When I first read the plot for this book I was immediately intrigued, especially about the Spheres. Unfortunately it had quite a slow start, it took me a while to get into the story. But, after about 25% I definitely started to enjoy it more. I’m glad that I pushed through because it was an enjoyable story. I liked the Spheres, I thought they were an interesting twist. The way they gave those that burned them abilities was a really unique idea. So that was my favourite part of the book! However, they could have been explained better. The author didn’t really look at how the Spheres arrived, or how people figured out how to burn them etc. There just could have been a lot more explanation that would have made the Spheres a lot easier to understand. There is a big twist regarding the Spheres towards the end of the book – and I totally didn’t see it coming! Big plot twist!

As for the characters, they were a bit hit and miss for me. I liked Sully, he was kind and loyal to his mum, and his friends were nice too. But these three felt a bit flat at times! As for Hunter – I didn’t warm to her at the start and as the book went on, and her decisions became more and more stupid, I disliked her more and more! She just made the stupidest, most selfish, decisions without considering how they would affect Sully and the others. The characters overall were ok, but nothing special.

So I know I’ve ranted about Burning Midnight quite a bit, but I did like it – especially as the book progressed. And while the characters weren’t anything to write home about, the plot itself was unique and interesting. I’m curious to learn more about the Spheres, especially after the big reveal at the end! I’ll definitely be picking up the next book when its released!

Random Words Wednesday!

This week I’ve decided that my Random Words Wednesday topic is going to be about my auto-buy authors! I think everyone in the bookish community has auto-buy authors! There are just some authors whose books we buy just because those authors wrote them – we don’t even have to know what the book is about because we know they’re going to be epic! For me, a girl with a serious book buying addiction, this applies to a lot of authors! But I do have a few top favourites!

The first is Jodi Picoult, an author I’ve been obsessed with for a few years now! She mainly writes adult fiction, that looks at some really intense topics! Her books really get you thinking about things, and by the end you never know how to feel! My mum reads these books too and we always end up debating about them once we’ve finished reading one her books! So far I think she’s wrote 23 books and I’ve read at least 15 of those! I really want her to bring a new book out in 2016!

Next is Sarah J Maas! She is one of my absolute favourite YA authors, and the perfect example of an auto-buy author. I loved her Throne of Glass series, it has the best characters and one of the most well developed worlds I’ve ever read! So when it came out that she was releasing a new book, A Court of Thorns and Roses,  I knew that I had to pre-order it! I knew absolutely nothing about the book other than it had a fantastic cover, but I bought it anyway! And, of course, when I did read it I loved it! So when Sarah releases more books I will definitely be buying them!! She won’t let me down!

Last year I discovered a new favourite author! Anna Todd, the wonderful author of the new adult After series. A series that had me hooked! It was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, and for me it was definitely a 5 star series! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve still got Before on my tbr shelf waiting for me to pick it up! I promise I will do soon! I’ll most certainly be buying any and all of her future books!

The fourth author on my list is Cassandra Clare! I think she may well be the Queen of young adult books! I love, love her writing! Her Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series are some of my all time favourites – I can’t get enough of the Shadowhunter world! I am very excited for her next book, Lady Midnight to come out in March! I am also really intrigued by the new Shadowhunters TV show – but more on that in an upcoming blog post!

Finally…the last auto-buy author on my list is Marissa Meyer! The Lunar Chronicles came to an epic close recently, and I still don’t know how to feel about it! I loved the final book in the series, Winter; it wrapped everything up so well! And at over 800 pages it gave me a long goodbye with some of my favourite fictional characters! But it’s still over! And I never want the Lunar Chronicles to be over! Given that I’m in love with Marissa Meyer’s current books, I’ll no doubt be obsessed with any of her future books too! And I need more books by her…like right now!