'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Friday, 28 February 2014

Bookish Chat: The Never-Ending TBR Pile

Tackling the TBR Pile

A small section of my TBR
One thing that is a plus but a minus of being a book blogger is the never ending to-be-read pile. It's something I love but also something that occasionally gives me bouts of anxiety. I love that I'm now aware of so many fantastic books that are out, but also amazing books which have been out for years that I haven't picked up yet. This also causes me to feel a little frantic sometimes. How will I ever read all of the books that I want? I've increased my book buying habits massively; it started off with a book every few weeks, but now it's rare that I go a week without picking up a book that I have to read.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Harry Potter #53

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.  

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

EARLY REVIEW: Flirty Dancing - Jenny McLachlan

 Flirty Dancing - Jenny McLachlan
Flirty Dancing
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

INT GIVEAWAY: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Emma at Bloomsbury was kind enough to provide a copy of The Assassin's Blade for my to review pre-publication. Because of this, I've decided to host a giveaway for you guys to win a pre-order of The Assassin's Blade or any paperback novel by Sarah J. Maas and to spread the Throne of Glass love! I'm so excited for this book to come out - the novellas combine into one beautiful and brilliant novel in five parts and I can't wait to see it explode across the blogsophere. So here are the rules:

  • Open INTERNATIONALLY as long as The Book Depository ships to you :)
  • Please leave an email address to contact you on if you're the lucky winner.
  • I reserve the right to disqualify anyone who breaks the rules of this giveaway.
  • Fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter and the winner will be randomly decided through the same site.
  • The winner has 48 hours to contact me about the giveaway otherwise another winner will be picked.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) 
Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin.
 
As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free?
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday #47


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish

Monday, 24 February 2014

REVIEW: Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why
You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #66

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Clean our your E-Reader Challenge

March 2014 COYER Signups
I stumbled across this wonderful challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and I have to take part in it! Here are the rules:

  • Go through your E-readers and select books you’d like to read during the challenge. The book must have been Free or Nearly Free: under $5, Kindle Deals, Netgalley, Edelweiss & author review requests only (Blog Tour reviews are not accepted this time, sorry). Anyone caught not using a free book or a book that is pirated will be removed from challenge.
  •  Sign up with the linky below letting us know that you plan to participate. Between now and March 8th create a post announcing that you’re participating and a list of books you hope to read during the challenge (this can change). If you don’t have a blog this can be done at the Goodreads group “Two Girls and A Challenge” Any participant that doesn’t have a starter post up by 11:59 PM EST March 8th (giving you procrastinators a little more time!) will be ineligible for the grand prize.
  •  Start reading your books (starting March 1st) and reviewing them, either on your blog or Goodreads, Booklikes, etc. Put the link to your review (to the review URL, not your Web Address) on the review linky available March 1st, listing your blog name and the name of the book you reviewed. When you write your review, you MUST include the challenge logo and linky somewhere on the post so that we can all check out the reviews.
The Levels
Each person who participated will be able to grab an award ribbon at the end to put up on their blog announcing your accomplishment. Since we were amazed with how many books some participants read last time we’ve added another level.
What will your goal be?
Lightly Clean – 1 to 4 eBooks
Spring Clean - 5 to 9 eBooks
Deep Clean - 10 to 14 eBooks
Xtreme Clean - 15 or more eBooks
The books : Deep Clean
House of Ivy and Sorrow - Natalie Whipple
Death Sworn - Leah Cypress
Dangerous - Shannon Hale
The Fearless - Emma Pass
The Fever - Megan Abbott
The Eye of Minds - James Dashner
Faking Normal - Courtney C. Stevens
Tease - Amanda Maciel 


REVIEW: The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)
Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin.
 
As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free?
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
*Received in exchange for review*
*Thank you Bloomsbury*

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Harry Potter #52

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.  

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #46

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/ Reader

Sunday, 16 February 2014

EARLY REVIEW: Chasing Stars - Helen Douglas

Chasing Stars - Helen Douglas 
Chasing Stars (After Eden, #2)
The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile ...which will leave Eden separated from him - the one person she can't live without - and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

The mesmerising sequel to the author's wonderful debut, After Eden.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*

Showcase Sunday #65

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentines Day: My Favourite Couples

Hello you beautiful people! Hope you're all spoiling yourselves and having a lovely day. I thought I'd do a little something to celebrate Valentines Day in a bookish way. I was thinking it's the perfect opportunity to share our favourite bookish couples and all of the reasons why we love them. These are a few of my absolute favourite couples to exist, ever! Don't ask me to pick a favourite, because that would be absolutely impossible! Feel free to share yours in the comments :) I look forward to seeing whether we share any.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

REVIEW: Cress - Marissa Meyer

Cress - Marissa Meyer
Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Harry Potter #51

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

REVIEW: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #45

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #64

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Queen of the Genre: Q & A with Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Today I'm overjoyed to share my blog with the Queen of the Genre, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Barbara is here to talk all things Cavendon Hall - her latest novel - and answering some questions we'd all love to know from a pro! 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Review of The Seers by Julianna Scott


The Seers by Julianna Scott
The Seers (Holders, #2)
After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike... but is he willing to help? 



Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out for Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim. 

A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Strange Chemistry*

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #44

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books That Have Made Me Cry

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Showcase Sunday #63

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

January Blog Recap

Matt Haig at RH Blogger Brunch
So January has been another pretty hectic month for me! I had a mini holiday in London with my partner and attended Random House's Blogger Brunch. It was absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to go to more of them. Everyone that works there are absolutely lovely and I chatted to a few very nice fellow bloggers! We got given copies of Bird by Crystal Chan, Echo Boy by Matt Haig, The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns and Running Girl by Simon Mason. They had a guest attendance of Matt Haig who was absolutely brilliant. He was very open and entertaining and kindly took the time out to sign everyone's copies of Echo Boy. Alongside the Blogger Brunch I also started a job as a part time librarian at a college. It's great to have a bookish job to put on my CV :).

Bloggers and Matt Haig @ RH Blogger Brunch
I'm at the back on the right!
Photo provided by Jasmine Joynson

REVIEW: Beauty - Sarah Pinborough

Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Beauty
Beauty is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.