Monday, 17 July 2017

Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag

Hello, so i saw this tag on Bookmark Lit a few weeks ago an decided to do it since most of my July posts are Tags anyway and i haven't done a tag in ages. And there are a few Questions that i am going to skip over purely because i don't have any answers for them. 

How long have you been a blogger?

Ummm, on and off for about 3 years . I started this blog in 2014 but it has been very on and off because of other commitments unfortunately.

At what point will you stop blogging?

At the moment, i cannot see myself stopping. I may take breaks from time to time but when i do take breaks i miss it terribly so i think i will carry on until i stop and no longer miss it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

Finding people who love the same things and connecting with them also sharing my love of books.

What is the worst part? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst part is probably having a schedule and not being able to stick to it, or it would have to be the fact i end up spending far too much time on my laptop.

How long does it take you to make/find pictures?

I don't use pictures a lot, but when i do i make them using Canva and it is so easy so it doesn't take long at all.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

It depends on the time of day, if it is in the morning workout gear, the rest of the day i am normally in jeans and a blouse and if like right now i am writing at night i am in my Pj's (Christmas PJ's in July)

How long does it take you to prepare?

Not long, but it depends on the post, spoiler reviews take longer to prepare for than spoiler free and Tags i just answer them as i write.

So that is it for now
Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Monday, 10 July 2017

Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Hello, so i should probably put this up on the 31st of July but i feel like being a rebel and putting it up on the 10th instead so this is a tag i found while literally searching for Harry Potter Tags in Google and the one i found doesn't have a creator so if you know who created it please comment below so i can correct it. Thank You....
Lets Get Started ......

1) Favourite book?
Prisoner of Azkaban
I don't know why but i think it's probably because of Lupin and Sirius.

2) Least favourite book?
Goblet of Fire
i honestly don't know why but i just never liked it.

3) Favourite movie?
Deathly Hallow's - Part 2
It is just a brilliant film for a book to movie it's good and just for a fitting end to an era

4) Least favourite movie?
Deathly Hallow's - Part 1
I just think most of it is irrelevant and i know a lot of people will disagree with that but most of it was the golden trio sitting in a tent.

5) Favourite quote?

“Do you remember me telling you we were practised non-verbal spells?”
“Yes sir.”
“No need to call me sir, professor.”

6) Favourite Weasley?
I just really like him and i don't know why, but i feel like Mrs Weasley i don't want to choose between my babies.

7) Favourite female character?
She is the best female character ever to be created in any bookish/film world.

8) Favourite villain.
Because everybody has known an Umbridge in their lives be it in school or at work.

9) Favourite male character?
I always loved Lupin and the whole lonesome thing he has going on and his entrance just like here eat this chocolate. 

10) Favourite professor?
'Have a biscuit Potter' 

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Wash Snapes hair
i would kill Lockhart and then be expelled for killing a professor, if i had to listen to him ramble on. Snape's hair i could hack that for like 10 minutes.

12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly?
A Elated Bellatrix
Purely because she will get distracted easily and Molly is scary AF when she is angry.

13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car?
Hogwart's Express
No doubt in my mind, the Hogwarts Express seems more magical.

14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Kiss Voldermort
It doesn't say where i have to kiss him and even if if was on the lips, Toad face would be naked and i am pretty sure i would throw up.

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt?
Hippogriffs are a bit temperamental and i could handle the broom better.

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
They changed her so much from the books instead of being strong she just seemed really flat and boring.

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
The Books are always better than the films, hands down.

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Michael Gambon
I loved both, but preferred Gambon in the end.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?
Tonks and Lupin Relationship
It was there but not much. 

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
Half Blood Prince
I would make it closer to the book

21 Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
Only because i am book smart

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
That was about two years ago, and i took it again when they relaunched Pottermore and i was still Hufflepuff, i enjoy being a hufflepuff and an proud of it. 

23) Which class would be your favourite?
History of Magic
History is my all time favourite subject. And i cannot imagine not loving History of Magic.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
I am forever losing things so this would help a ton.

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
I relate to Book Ginny so much and she is like most of my friends in the real world

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
Invisibility Cloak
Sneaking around and being able to hide with no effort, yep that is my kind of object.

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
Not really, but if i had to choose it would be Vernon getting his comeuppance.

28) Favourite Marauder?
Padfoot, Mooney, or Prongs
I'm not choosing, you can't make me.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
His death still kills me, i understand why but i don't like it.

30) Hallows or Horcruxes?
You have to commit murder to make a Horcrux and i just don't have that in me.

So that is it for this tag
Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Friday, 7 July 2017

Breathless In Love - Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

Title - Breathless in Love
Author - Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully
Series - The Maverick Billionaires Series #1
Genre - Romance - Contemporary
My Copy - Purchased
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Amazon UK - Amazon US
Will Franconi has a dark past that he’s kept a closely guarded secret―very few people have ever heard his real story and he plans to keep it that way. After surviving a hellish childhood, he’s now living the dream life where everything he touches turns to gold. But something’s missing. He doesn’t quite know what until a simple letter from a teenage boy brings Harper Newman into his life. A woman who just might fill up the empty places inside him…if only he could ever be worthy of her love.
When a man has more money than he could possibly spend in five lifetimes, Harper has to ask herself what Will Franconi could possibly want from a woman like her? She’s learned the hard way that rich men always get what they want no matter the cost. If it was just herself she had to worry about, Harper would manage, but she’s guardian to her younger brother who depends on her for everything. After nearly losing his life in a car crash, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt him ever again.
Still, sometimes Harper can’t help but long to change her story from one of an always-cautious woman to an adventurous tale of a heroine who’s wild and free…especially when Will’s kisses and caresses make her utterly breathless. And as he begins to reveal his story to her, she discovers that he’s so much more than just another wealthy, privileged man. He’s kind and giving, and he fills up all the spaces inside of her heart that have been empty for so long. Together, can they rewrite their stories into a happily-ever-after that neither of them had previously thought was possible? 
First let me start by saying Bella Andre is one of my favourite romance authors and all her series are sort of connected her characters pop up in each of her series, and that is an aspect i love, but i was hesitant to start this series as i have found with a lot of other authors like Andre that each series gets repetitive but i have found this is not the case with Andre's series. 

I didn't know much about this book going in, and i am glad about that, i love going into these sort of books 'blind' it made me fall in love with the story as i was reading it. 

The story is much like every other romance, boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy does something they brake up and then get back together. That isn't a spoiler it is literally what happens in 95% of romance books. On the other hand i loved the twist of her caring for her younger brother as a carer for a family member myself i can fully relate to her on that aspect. The main reason i gave it four stars and not five was purely because of the format that is like every other Romance book.

Harper is such a strong female lead and that is something that i have gotten used to while reading Andre's books, but Harper seems stronger than most and she was the best part of this book. Will was also a big plus as well. Will's interactions with Harper's brother really shine in this book and those were some of the scenes that shone the most and made my heart melt.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series the Maverick Boys had me captivated.

Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Boy's South of The Mason Dixon - Abbi Glines

Title - Boy's South of The Mason Dixon
Author - Abbi Glines
Series - South of The Mason Dixon #1
Genre - New Adult -- Romance
My Copy - Purchased // Borrowed
Format - Kindle // Scribid
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Indigo - Amazon UK - Amazon US
The only thing hotter than the weather South of the Mason Dixon line are the boys. Worn, faded blue jeans, slow Southern drawls, and those naughty moments in the back of pickup trucks a girl never forgets. 
Welcome to the world of the Sutton boys. 
Five brothers who fight, party, drink a little too much, but more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart… until the girl next door wins more than one of their hearts. 

First things first, it took me a long time to read this book. Not because i didn't want to read it but Kindle was killing me and it only had the first two chapters and even now if i download it, it only has the first two chapters so i found it on Scribid and signed up and read the book there. 

I am honestly not too sure on this book, i normally love every book i have read by Glines but i just couldn't connect to this one. I don't know if its because i personally found it similar to The Vincent Boys by Glines. Don't get me wrong i enjoyed it but i am not eagerly anticipating the next one like i do with her other series. 

i found Dixie to be a bit boring compared to other characters, and i don't like feeling that about the main female character in a book. So that marked this book down quite a bit and to me some of it seemed rushed as well, like after the huge secret came out everything after that seemed to go in a blink of an eye. The Sutton boys were Ok, but again i felt like she has similar characters who are more developed and i didn't connect with any of them. 

All in all, it was enjoyable but not something i would pick up again, and i am still undecided if i will continue with this series. 

Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Monday, 3 July 2017

Salvged - Jay Crownover

Title - Salvaged
Author - Jay Crownover
Series - Saint's of Denver #4
Genre - New Adult -- Romance
My Copy - Purchased
Format - Kindle
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Waterstones - Barnes & Noble - Indigo - Book Depository - Amazon UK - Amazon US
Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancĂ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes. 
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him. 
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.
I like many readers of this series have been waiting for Poppy's story since she was first introduced and watching her grow in the background of each subsequent book. And we met Wheeler a few of the books as well, it was a fitting tribute to two characters who have been handed the roughest deal in the series. 

As i said Poppy grows so much and if you read the Marked Men series then you will feel so proud from seeing where she comes from to this book, she is an underdog and we British love an underdog. Wheeler is a good character he is well written and he feels so real, like everybody knows a Wheeler in there life in some shape or form and he is a good guy and for once the good guy didn't finish last.

The story was different, it was more about healing and learning to love again, rather than blinding passion. So on that note it was like a breath of fresh air. I loved the innocence around their relationship and the way it progressed it was so natural and it didn't feel forced.

I don't think there are more to this series, forgive me if i am wrong but the ending felt like the ending to a series and there were no set up for other characters that i could plainly see. I will be very sad if there is none but i will forever hold this series and the Marked Men series in my heart as some of my favourites. 

Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Friday, 9 June 2017

Always and Forever - Sian O'Gorman

Title - Always and Forever
Author - Sian O'Gorman
Genre - Adult > Romance
Format - Kindle
My Copy - E-Arc Netgalley
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Barnes & Noble - Indigo - Amazon UK - Amazon US
How can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost?
Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole’s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer and lothario Patrick Realta.
Soon Jo enrols with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall?
Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward...
The first thing that drew me in was the cover, i was scrolling through Netgalley and found this then i read the synopsis and it drew me in even further. I have been in a reading slump for well over a year now and i am very late getting this review up. 
Always and Forever was a wonderful feel good, bittersweet novel and one i fell very deeply in love with. It reminded me of Cecilia Ahern's novels and so i will say if you love her books you will most certainly love this one as well. 
The main character Jo went on such a journey throughout this book and you feel yourself rooting for her because she is one of those underdog characters, one that every reader seems to love. 
I don't want to say too much about the love interest or interest's what ever way you want to put it because i feel that that would spoil a lot of the novel. and i don't want that because it was wonderful to read it without knowing what was going to happen, but i will say it is wonderfully written and dealt with in a excellent way. 
If you love chick lit, and romance i really suggest this book it is charming and a wonderful book to curl up with on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and i really want to read more from this author and i suspect you will too.
Until Next Time
Happy Reading

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare - Spoiler Free Review

Title - Lord of Shadows
Author - Cassandra Clare
Series - The Dark Artifices #2
ISBN - 9781471116650
Genre - YA > Fantasy
My Copy - Purchased
Format - Trade Paperback
Where You Can Find It - Goodreads - Waterstones - Barnes & Noble - Indigo - Book Depository - Amazon UK - Amazon US
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honour. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

I finished this book about an hour ago, and i am still trying to put my thoughts straight and actually regretting reading the book so quickly purely because we will not be getting another for quite some time.
I have been in a reading slump since reading Lady Midnight last year and i didn't even know if i was going to be able to read this book but once i started i couldn't stop and i read far into the night. 

Going to the start of this book, i was worried i wouldn't remember what had happened previously but it all came flooding back when i opened the book. 
I may mention spoilers from Lady Midnight or any of the other previous books in the shadow hunter world. So if you haven't read them i don't suggest you should read this.

Now onto the review, I am still not sure what to think of this book, my initial reaction is to give it 5 stars but i am so confused about things and all of those things cannot be discussed here but it will be in my spoiler review. 

The relationships in this book were everywhere and we finally know why Clary refused to marry Jase but then it was never mentioned again, that is one of the things that confused me, why didn't Emma question it when Clary told her. The Relationships going on, well you need a map to remember them all. I don't remember any other Shadow hunter series being like that. 

The story flowed to an extent but i felt like it could have been shorter, there were so many parts that were really unnecessary. It felt like the book wrapped up about halfway through then there was something else that they had to deal with. 

I could see the set up for the Last Hours series with the picture of Lucie, Tessa, Cordelia and James. Then we have all of the Herondale brilliance with Kit even calling Will and Idiot. I really wanted a bit more though but that is just because the Infernal Devices is my favourite in the chronicles, and i have a feeling the Last Hours will be just as loved. 

I don't believe this is as good as Lady Midnight or any of their predecessors so for that reason my rating changed from 5 to 4 as i still loved it and it made me smile, laugh and cry. I think that is the problem when you love a series that has so many books, every new book has a very high standard and sometimes it cannot live up to it. 

Until Next Time
Happy Reading