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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan MatsonSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon and Schuster Children's on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 449 (hardback)
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what? Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find? Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

*I was given this book for review by Simon and Schuster. This in no way affected my review.*

So this review is far later than I planned :( . One for school and stress and part-time jobs. But also because I thought I’d posted it months ago! Sucks for me. Without further ado, here is my review that should hopefully make you want to read SYBG


Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favourite Summer books and was such a brilliant read. Emily is your average girl who hides behind her best friend Sloane. Yes, the premise is a bit cheesy (aren’t the MCs always boring and average?) but it’s relatable. Sloane abruptly leaves, and Emily is left friend-less all Summer. In the post she recieves a letter from Sloane with a list of things she must do. The list includes things like ‘dance at midnight’ and ‘hug a jamie’, I thought this list brought a fun element to the story and integrated nicely with the romance and ‘finding oneself’ plot.

This writing is along the lines of Gayle Forman’s, in which the romance isn’t the driving point of the novel, but rather Emily finding who she is without hiding behind an enigmatic best friend. I really liked Emily, and I surprisingly liked Sloane. Usually in these type of books where the friend leaves, the MC becomes insufferable and whiny. I know they’re missing their friends, I know. But I’m not reading this book to slog through pages of whining about their loneliness. Sorry.

Emily handles the situation really well–at first she’s a bit thrown–but for someone who’s not massively confident, she isn’t annoying and wimpy. SYBG handles friendships, love, relationships, etc etc–all the stuff I love, if I’m being honest. I adored how the main point of the book was for Emily to bring herself out of her comfort zone and do things she normally wouldn’t do. Summer books are so great because they always feel like they have so many possibilities. Anything could happen. This feeling of endless outcomes and situations is my favourite thing to read.

Emily’s character develops and grows really convincingly as she puts herself in situations she wouldn’t normally put herself in. The minor characters were also really enjoyable, and I learnt to really like them. Frank wasn’t my type of guy, but I warmed to him more than I thought, and himself and Emily were a perfect match. I got really excited for all the chapters and things on the list to get checked off.

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT : What I didn’t like was how easily Emily’s new ‘friends’ wrote her off. One quick mistake towards the end and these friendships kind of fell apart, what’s that about? Suddenly I didn’t like her new friends nearly as much. Nah. END OF SPOILERS END OF SPOILERS.

This book was an awesome Summer read, and I think it’s a must-read for those who love their Summer books. Despite it now moving into Autumn and cold weather, this Summer book might be necessary to warm you while you’re stuck in the cold.

Rating: 4.5 Stars– Morgan Matson I am following your new releases like a my dog follows food.


Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Review: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin RaeWish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Series: Wish You Were...
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

*I was given this book for review, but it in no way affected my review or opinions–honest!*

This book. Man the cover is so cheesy I can’t get over it! It’s as bad as the old covers for Anna and the French Kiss (y’all who know what I’m talking about understand). However, this book has a lot to offer and I really enjoyed reading it!

Pippa doesn’t have the best relationship with her workaholic parents. For Summer they send her to attend an art course in Italy–something she’s not interested and doesn’t want to do. However, her mother told her about it a week before she was due on the plane. Her friend Morgan gives her a list of all the things she needs to complete for these 3 months (like the premise in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson), and one includes: Fall in Love with an Italian. As Pippa arrives in Italy, she realises she utterly does not want to do this course…and she has a lot of money from her parents, so she decides to screw it, and travel Italy by herself.

I loved the self-discovery aspect of this novel, how the relationship with her parents developed, and the adorable romance. These Summer books are my favourite. I adore reading about travelling, and the fact that this was set in Italy, makes me yearn to go there myself. The list element of things she had to do was fun and exciting, it gave Pippa the push she needed to reach outside of her comfort zone.

The romance in this wasn’t sizzling or particularly amazing, but it was sweet in a way that is not always easy to find! Despite the fact that it wasn’t anything majorly exceptional, the romance was a really great addition to the story and fit nicely. I loved how his curly hair was a running joke between them!

I had a brilliant time reading the amusing and entertaining adventures Pippa goes through, along with the characters she meets and how she develops as a character in her 3 months in Italy. It’s amazing how something like this can make a person grow. It’s not an emotional romance or gritty or anything like that, it’s just a simple, pretty story to read in the sun. It’s feel-good, sweet, and a great Summer book. It will be going on my Summer recommendations pile!

Wish You Were Italian is the second book from the series Wish You Were…, however it can be read as a standalone, as I have not read the first. The cheesy covers are really off-putting, however I’m really interested in the other books now!!


Rating: 3.5 Stars




Okay so you might notice (if you’re a regular) the changes on this blog. Imma talking ’bout the design, for those clueless, but also the gradual changes you will see in this blog as a whole concerning the name, posts etc. I have been specifically a book blog for nearly 2 years now (since September 2012) and I’ve loved every minute of it–seriously. Discussing with other people that are also passionate about books has been so much fun and will always be awesome. The continual support is amazing and lovely. I adore writing about books, fangirling, tweeting and the overall craziness of book blogging. The fact that this blog is my very own space that is all mine and that I can change it on my whim inspires me.

However, my life does not revolve around books, nor do I want it to. I love reading and I do it daily, talking to people about books is so much fun. I feel like I’ve been blogging for so long now, I have made many a mistake concerning other bloggers, blog design, posts, publishers, you name it. I have grown and spent hours and hours on the blog tweaking, utterly changing and writing post after post. Blogging is hard and the amount of enthusiasm and effort needed to with-keep a blog has to be a lot. You have to be passionate about what you’re talking about.

I have become comfortable in this bloggy environment, and I am working to expand this blog’s overall purpose. Books are not my entire life. I am passionate about many things, and I would like to share them with you! This does not mean I expect you to read a post about beauty etc if you’re not interested. However, you might be interested in some of the things I post, and I will certainly continue to post book reviews, book hauls and all that jazz. I will just post more outside of books–because why shouldn’t I be able to? I’m a 16 year old girl, so of course I have a lot of interests that I would love to discuss with you. There must be other book bloggers out there also interested in: beauty, fashion, lifestyle posts, school posts, diy, tv shows, pets…anyone? ;)

I could have created a separate site, granted. But apart from the palava of 2 blogs, I wanted my passions in one place, and I didn’t want my book blog to be left and hours of posts made redundant.

I may hate writing outside of books, I may love it. The point is that I will never know until I give it a go. So please support me in this endeavor and know that I’m not abandoning the book blogging community. Love y’all <3.


[Rant] Unprofessional Authors

When I first started blogging I got some requests to review some indie authors books and I excitedly obliged as I was new to the whole book blogging business. However, some of these were published by small publishing companies and/or were indie authors. Let me just say I have nothing against indie authors, I just have never found an indie book I have LOVED, but I guess I haven’t been looking hard enough. Anyway, I quickly found out that I hated writing the negative reviews and then emailing the authors personally. They had worked so hard on something they love, I know that. But I would never destroy the integrity of my blog by lying or being too nice in a review.

However, what annoyed me the most was when I specifically told them the review was going to honest, and when I didn’t like their book they raged at me! Some in private messaging, some via email, and frankly, it was disgusting. I get it, you think I’m totally wrong and I completely missed something or I didn’t pay enough attention. Didn’t I understand that this will be explored later?? Well this pissed me off. I am a book blogger and I have a right to express my views. It is unprofessional and rude to message me telling me why I’m wrong. I never understood what this was meant to achieve. Was I supposed to say, ‘oh sorry, no you’re right, I’ll just go change all of my opinions and my review’. No. It just makes you come across badly and will guarantee whenever I hear your name I will shake my head in disgust and not go near any of your other books.

It makes me sad because it gives authors a bad name, when so many are the nicest. I know it’s so hard taking criticism, but I don’t have to like your book and I will not be bullied into it.

I don’t often write scathing reviews–the only reason I do is because it probably has something like misogyny, rape done badly, or tough issues that I have to be completely honest in my opinion. I don’t think I have ever given a review without some good points in and tried to be as nice as I could–most authors were accepting.

However, there was this one book, where I hated it. So freaking much. I don’t want to link to it and out the author, but if you go right to the beginning of my reviews, you will most certainly find it. I will say that to this day it is the worst book I have ever read. Most readers will agree that that is an impressive feat. When I emailed the author my review he messaged me guilt tripping me and saying his wife helped him write it and she cried reading the review. Feeling awful, I replied saying not to worry, there will be good reviews, and I was only one! Then he replied and told me how all my opinions were wrong and why. He proceeded to patronise me because I was 15 when I read and reviewed it! How dare he imply that my views aren’t as valid because I happen to be under the age of 18. I’m a teenager–not an idiot. I guess I just shouldn’t have replied and that’s not something I will be doing in the future.

However, some authors have been great, like Aurelia B Rowl author of Popping the Cherry, Shannon Eckrich author of Other Side of Forever, Kelly Van Hull author of Tent City (actually asked if I could beta read her next book, really took my opinions in). It’s not like I didn’t enjoy their books, but I had some problems with all of those and they were incredibly nice about it.

They were so professional and lovely–it’s not like I enjoy giving out bad reviews!

Sorry about the rant! Tried to keep this short…haha. Have any of you guys had this experience before, or something similar? Are you an author who regrets doing this or does it for a particular reason?

Review: Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)

Review: Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)The Assassain's Blade by Sarah J, Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's, Bloomsbury Children's on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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.

I want to congratulate the person who designed these covers, they are freaking amazing!

Okay so this review is months overdue and all I can do is apologise and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s finally Summer. After requesting a copy of Throne of Glass last year on a whim, it has fast become one of my favourite YA series. That’s a tough feat. I adore reading about Celaena’s antics and these short stories were fast-paced, intriguing and had my constant attention. Maas is able to bring out every emotion possible from me including laughter, fear for the characters and sadness. I am not afraid to say I cried a little at the end, that was emotional shiz.

Celaena is the kind of protagonist I love reading about because of her awesome fighting skills and attitude (heellooo, Hardcore Heroines); whilst at the same time I openly wish I was as badass as her. Maas craftily weaves the romance, tension and intrigue together, leaving plenty of room for the interesting sub-plots and back-story. What with that and consistent character development, you’ve got yourself a winner.

I don’t know what to tell you if you haven’t read this series, apart from that it continually amazes and rarely (if ever) disappoints. I’ve read three of this series now and not once have I been let down, which I don’t think has happened to me before with such an intense, Fantasy world. I urge everyone to read this, even if you’re not a major fan of Fantasy because it’s really a fantastic series that offers a lot. It’s the kind of series that will be right at the top of my recommends pile yet I will hand out with caution to my friends in case they spill something on it. (I’m looking at you, Lois).

I want to be Celaena’s best friend, talk books with Dorian and learn to fight with Chaol. I cannot wait for what’s in store for Heir of Fire. I have no reservations on whether it will disappoint as Maas has proved her reliability and each book gets better and better.

Rating: no less than 5 Stars!

Tell me what you think of the series in the comments!

**This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury, however this didn’t affect my review or thoughts on the book one iota’s worth**



Things Every Booklover Needs in their Suitcase

Hey guuuyyys! Hope everything’s okay with you all. I’ve just finished my exams! I’m recovering from the biggest book slump of my life and trying to get back into reading, blogging, vlogging etc, the whole she-bang. I really love all of the bookish communities, but it’s really hard to start back and gain momentum when you’ve been absent for so long. I’m finding it really hard. I haven’t found that book that I can’t stop reading no matter what, for a while and that is incredibly disappointing. I will find that damn book if my life depends on it. Hopefully then I will slide back into reading, especially soon as there are a lot of summer reads I want to dive into!

Speaking of Summer reads, I know a lot of you guys are going on holiday so I thought I’d put together some things booklovers will appreciate having in their suitcase:

(Yes I missed out the ‘s’ in ‘needs’. I am not making this graphic again for that.


(From top, left onwards)

Flight/Road: Pillow|TFiOS Audio-book|Party at Gatsby’s tee|Bookish Owl Reading Blanket (hard to see above, but it looks pretty darn cool)

Beach: Phone Case| Books and Stuff bag | Carpe Read ‘Em cup| If I Stay by Gayle Forman (film coming out in August!)

Evenings: The Mortal Instruments Rune Tattoo (I know the film was pretty shite guys, but the books are still awesome and the runes look badass)| Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish in Cool Blue| Bookish shoes (I actually have no idea where these are from, but that’s the link where I found them)| Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick (because Isabel Lightwood looks badass wearing it, so why can’t you?)

Tweet me, message me, comment what you’re currently reading, and what I can read to get my pulse racing and glued to a book! Hope you’re having an amazing Summer and hopefully I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks!


Top Tips: Buying Books without Breaking the Bank {IMA BACK GUYS}

*I have not been blogging as much as I want to at the moment, because I’m about to do my GCSE’s. I’m scared, and not out of the woods yet. But, afterwards, I have an extra long Summer holiday and can hopefully blog until my hearts content. I have also been going through a huuuuge book and life slump where my motivation is null and I’m in a rut all the time. I’m still going through that but I’m trying to get myself back on track :’(  SO TALK TO ME ABOUT BOOKS*

Okay, so we all love books here, right? We all hear about them on a daily basis. “Read this, it’s the best” “OMG, THIS SERIES THOUGH.”  ”You simple haaave to read this book”. It piles up and the next thing you know you have 50 books in your Amazon basket and no idea which ones to delete. We’ve all been there. That’s the whole thing about books, you don’t know which one is going to be the better read.

Below, I have compiled some top saving tips on buying books. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. No matter what, it’s always good to be saving as much so we can buy more books. I know that publishers and authors etc deserve their money, but I don’t have that kind of money to spend all the time. A year ago, I relied solely on my mum’s money, but now with a part-time job my money is more flexible, thankfully. I always feel like that girl from Confessions of a Shopaholic, in books format. The books speak to me!!

Also, some of these will only apply to the UK, I’m not entirely sure how much books cost other places around the world, I would guess they’re around the same though.

Friend: Tilly, you have a freaking massive-arse bookshelf and you haven’t read half of them. Put that book down.
Me: But, it’s so pretty and I want it.
Friend: No *snatches it away*


Waterstones is the leading book shop chain in the UK, and it’s pretty much the only book chain there is. It’s everywhere. Books on average cost £7.99. Even the teen section which annoys me to no end. Encouraging teens to read, are we? What normal teenager has enough money to spend so much on ONE book? Amazon generally is £1/2 cheaper, and if it’s an older book, even cheaper. I know, I know, it’s not supporting bookstores, but logically, people who buy so many books don’t have that money. You do have to be careful though, sometimes it’s not as cheap as it seems when factoring in postage, so don’t get caught out.


twoThere are three websites that I use to look at reduced books. They are The Book People, The Works and Book Outlet In fact, I just saw they have Eleanor and Park reduced and I have been wanting that FOR AGES I’M BUYING IT NOW (it’s the pretty cover)! Similarly, shop at your local supermarkets, places like Asda have their books massively reduced, so does Walmart I hear. I bought a copy of The Immortal Rules from Asda for £1 the other day!


threeAt all the sites I shop at, the prices can vary by not much money, but considering the amount I buy it might be worth it to take the extra time and look around other sites to compare prices. It’ll take two seconds.



As much as you can, there are always great books out there. Especially YA at the moment–it’s everywhere.



fiveIt’s easy to want a book RIGHT NOW. That’s fine. But most of the time, I buy books and add them to my never-ending book tower. If a book has just released or is in hardback, it’s going to be expensive. If you like hardbacks, fine, but for people like me who don’t care either way, it’s better to wait. Also, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bought a book on Amazon, only to find it at a charity shop, or reduced somewhere, which is SO frustrating.


The cover may be pretty and look nice on your bookshelf, but if it has a 2.45 rating on Goodreads, it’s probably not worth it.


Thanks for reading guys, it feels good to be back! Come and talk to me as I miss talking about books. Recommend me a good one, I haven’t read a decent one in a month and it’s making me so so sad. *Cries* I’m going insane.

I have not forgotten about your blogs! I have been reading them and will make the effort to comment very soon! <3 <3

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish DollerWhere the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on September 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

I did enjoy Where the Stars Still Shine, but didn’t think it lived up to expectations. Everyone I’ve heard reviews from loved it–where as I was a bit disappointed. Callie was kidnapped by her mother as child and has been on the run for as long as she can remember. She only has distant, snapshot memories of her past life, but she knows she was kidnapped. Callie’s mother has a mental disability, and has not taken her prescribed tablets in years. Something happens that causes Callie to be re-united with her father and she has to dramatically change her lifestyle quickly and is expected to abide by a certain set of rules that weren’t in place before. This of course, causes issues.

Callie’s father, Greg, was such a sweet guy and I really loved him for it. They’re strangers to each other, Callie is 17 and grew up without a father figure. Callie has also grown up with abuse from her mother’s boyfriend/s. This is really the heart and trauma of the book. It affects Callie’s perception of men, and herself involving men. Callie adapted to this new lifestyle really well, but obviously she makes a lot of mistakes and has the tenancy  to run when things get hard.

Callie annoyed me in a lot of ways, because I felt she never tried to help herself. I could never, ever, understand the torrent of emotions and what she’s going through. However, sometimes she made things harder for herself and that frustrated me. Also, I never got a strong impression of her personality. She felt quite two-dimentional to me, because a lot of the book is obviously focused on her reaction to her situation, she felt a bit plastic. I’m not sure if this is intended though, because Callie’s never really had the opportunity to have a personality. Anyway, the whirlwind of emotions that tore through her was written beautifully and felt spot on–despite never having been in this situation myself. Callie’s torn between her wanting to love Greg, but wanting to be loyal to her mother; and even though she kind of hates her mother, her mother’s all she’s ever known.

There is romance, which I think added to the growth of Callie, because it caused her to overcome a lot of issues. Alex was a lot more sweeter than I thought he would be, but at the same time their relationship annoyed me. I thought they should have taken it slower, right from the beginning to contrast to her other relationships and show that it was different. I felt like she never really learnt anything, even though Alex helped change her perception of men.

Overall, I’ve never read anything like this before and enjoyed it originality the set-up. Even though I didn’t think it was outstanding, it was still a pretty amazing book and I would recommend it!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland
Published by Macmillan, Square Fish on April 11th 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

Enclave was a really awesome read about ZOMBIES. I’m pretty obsessed with zombies at the moment, so this was facilitating my zombie love because they were a significant part of the novel. However it wasn’t like most zombie apocalypse books, where the entire book is about surviving the zombies. Zombies, or “Freaks”, were a big part of the plot, but there were a lot of other obstacles the characters had to overcome.

Deuce is part of an enclave underground and has been training her whole life to become a Huntress. They patrol the grounds, learn to fight and keep the Freaks away from the enclave. No one in the enclave has been aboveground because if they do, they believe they will die.

Deuce reminded me of Katniss, because of her slight unfeeling nature toward some things. She’s slightly ignorant towards people and doesn’t have a lot of emotional intelligence. However, I did like her, and simply felt sorry for her in some instances. She’s been living underground her whole life, and random things would crop up sometimes that seem obvious to us, but a revelation to her. Things she never knew about, like what chocolate was. C’mon. NOT KNOWING WHAT CHOCOLATE IS. I have to admit, that stood out to me more than some of the other instances.

The entire community of the enclave is corrupt and downright awful. Understandably though. None of the people brought up there were taught differently. Still, I did wonder why none of them actually though for themselves! Their whole community was a bunch of sheep, not questioning anything. The fact that they were underground, meant they had no idea of what was surreal. They could have been told marshmallows fell from the sky and believed it.

This is a book I’ve not heard much about but really recommend. The world is completely different and interesting. I read a whole book on it, yet I could read two more and still be fascinated. The characters have room for growth, and even developed in this instalment. I’m really interested to read about how Deuce changes, but also the more minor characters. There’s even enough romance to satisfy me, but again, there was this reminder of The Hunger Games and similarities between the two. I’m not going to delve into that now though, it’s complicated to explain, but if you’ve read it, comment and tell me if you understand! The only thing that was really lacking throughout Enclave was humour. The lack of humour gave this novel a brittle edge, and was hard to read at times because it’s so bleak.

Rating: 4 stars.




Non-Fiction Aversion

I’m one of those people that read to escape, to get immersed in a world that’s not mine, and think about things that aren’t something I actually have to worry about. I like it. It’s relaxing, and I love getting caught up in relationships, and craving the next page because I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I like the creativity of books, and the worlds I would have never otherwise thought about. Also, the characters, God, the characters I never would have experienced, fell fictionally in love with and been best friends with.

I don’t read Non-fiction. Non-fiction is scary:

It’s real life, where I can’t escape. It takes up precious reading time, when I could be reading about Celaena Sardothien or St Clair. The covers aren’t very pretty, and you can’t leave it thinking “jeez, I’m glad this isn’t actually happening and the world isn’t secretly getting taken over by Strigoi”.

I’m interested in world affairs. I read, discuss and form (very strong) opinions. I deal with it all-day everyday, and so this isn’t something I want to read at 9 at night when I’m trying to de-stress myself (because life can get SO STRESSFUL sometimes).


I feel like I’m doing it wrong. I’m sure there are a lot of Non-fiction books that I would be really interested in, but don’t get the chance to hear about. They don’t have to be about a heavy topic, but simply something I would enjoy reading about. Pottering about in a Fiction orientated bookish community, I have Fiction books I want to read coming out of my earlobes, but I hardly ever, ever, hear anyone talk about Non-fiction. Perhaps because people don’t want to clash their views with others, or because you guys don’t read it either. I don’t know.

I feel like I should make an effort to look for some Non-fiction, and you know, read it. Learn something that isn’t the language of Elvish in the Lord of the Rings series.

What about you guys? Do you read much Non-Fiction, or do you think it takes the pleasure out of reading? Feel free to share your recs, I’d love to hear them!

Níniatha n’i lû n’i a-govenitham!

Beautiful Bookends

I wanted to post a DIY bookend video/post, and I was looking for some inspiration. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve made and how you can make it! I’ve been wanting to do DIY videos/posts for ages!

Anyway, here are a couple that I saw and really liked:


(Links to buy on the numbers below)

1. I thought it was funny and creative!

2. Trees can be really pretty and they represent life, so I like how the books would be in the middle, because you live a lot of lives while reading.

3. Elephants are wise and gentle.

4. Star Wars! This one really makes me laugh, it’s so funny and creative, whoever made it is awesome.

5. This Marvel one is also really funny. I’d love to put some Marvel comics between them.

6. I think this would be really cool if you could put all of your romance books inbetween.

7. I love this one! It’s a nice fairy tale symbolism, with the girl and the frog. I have one that my brother got me that’s similar. I adore it!

8. Birds are pwetty.

9. These are so imaginative and DIY. I think they’d look really awesome and artistic on a shelf.

I hope you liked the bookends I picked out! There are some really inventive ones out there. I can’t wait for you all to see my DIY bookend post, and what I choose to make. Do you guys have bookends, or do you simply use bookshelves?



Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan MatsonAmy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon and Schuster Children's on May 4th 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

After Amy’s dad dies in a car accident, her mother decides to move to Connecticut. Whilst Amy’s brother is in rehab, and her mother is getting the house ready in Connecticut, Amy is alone in her house in California. She hasn’t driven since her father died, so to get to her new house in Connecticut, Amy’s mother organises her to be driven by her old childhood friend–Roger.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was a fun read with serious undertones, but not something that astounded me. Ultimately, because the romance let it down. (Romance is very important to me and this didn’t tick all the boxes, sadly.) I felt very much for Amy on a personal level, because my father died of cancer, and Amy’s dad died in a car accident. This made it a pretty emotional book to read at times, because I could relate to a lot of her regrets and thoughts. There’s a lot of messages about loss, family, love and life that anyone can identify with.

I loved the travelling aspect of this, because Amy and Roger travel over a whole lot of states in America. America is somewhere I’ve always wanted explore and go on a road-trip to. The UK is so small, that it freaks me out how huge North America is, therefore, I found it so cool to find out that some restaurants  and chocolate bars are only in certain states. Every couple of chapters there’s a list of songs that are from Roger’s playlist, which was really fun, and every chapter there were pictures and recipes which added to the exciting imagery of travelling.

An aspect that I really enjoyed is how Amy steps out of her comfort zone, by defying her mother and by spending a lot of time with a cute guy, when she has spent the last 3 months in her house alone.  Amy’s mother annoyed me beyond belief. Her father dies and her mum decides to move house. I understand the reasoning behind this, but after such a massive change, Amy now has to deal with a new house, new school and all the other stresses that comes with moving states. On top of that, Amy’s mother refuses to have a proper conversation with Amy, and leaves her alone in the house for THREE MONTHS, after her father has died. Neglect anyone? That is simply not okay, and means Amy has to mourn alone. There are so many more things that made me hate her mother, but that would probably take up pages so…

Roger was a cute guy, but was a bit lost and blind to what he wanted. The romance is slow-building and sweet, but nothing mind-blowing. However, it’s not really supposed to be. The last couple of romances I’ve read have left something to be desired! UGH. Anyway, when they realised their feelings together, the novel was pretty much done and there was really no room for any scenes together, which disappointed me. I like to see how the characters are in their relationship and how it develops.

Overall, a cute novel and something I would recommend because it has a lot to offer (travel, dealing with death, romance, stepping out of you comfort zone), and really it was the romance that let it down. Otherwise, it’s a really great book.

Rating: 3.5 stars


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MY FIRST VIDEO (cue hyperventilating)

I finally, FINALLY filmed, edited and uploaded my first video. I’m so nervous, because I am a fail at editing and lighting and everything to do with this. Plus, it’s really hard putting your face out there for the first time. It’s all very well putting up a post, but a video is with you actually speaking and saying stuff…! I tried to be as natural as I could, but ultimately, I was talking to a camera and that’s not something I’m used to. My hands were itching to write up a post!

I hope you like it, hopefully I will get better at editing (I know it’s not the best it could be and I’m sorry!) Also, the lighting at the end was really bad because I was desperately trying to film it at dusk, which I know is an awful thing to do and all the video people will be mocking me and wincing. Oh well.

I won’t be posting any more of my videos on here, as this is my blog and it doesn’t involve vlogging. I know some bloggers hate watching vlogs, but I wanted to post it to show the people who might be interested.

You can watch it HERE.

Thanks guys! :)

(I’m now going to read to get my mind of this whole nervous debacle. I’m reading Enclave, has anyone read it? It’s GOOD.)


Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Charles Dickens:

I really want to read A Christmas Carol, but every time Christmas comes round, I’m always so busy and have never taken the time to.



Sarah Dessen: Honestly, I’m not sure why I haven’t read any of her books, because they look like my thing, but I’ve never gotten the great urge to buy them.




David Levithan: I now have Two Boys Kissing by him, so I will have read him soon. I think I’ll love it as well, as everyone’s reviews are beaming!

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Dan Brown: Apparently The DaVinci Code is amazing. I would have no idea.



Libba Bray: I own Beauty Queens, and hopefully will read it soon. I also hear A Great and Terrible Beauty is awesome! So hopefully I will read that soon as well.



Stephen King: I saw the trailer for Carrie and thought it looked really good but generally, this kind of horror isn’t my thing.



George R. R. Martin: I have the first! I will get to it soon! Honest.



Ransom Riggs: I have the first and can’t wait to read it!



Rick Riordan: I simply haven’t gotten round to these, but they look amazing.



J. R. R. Tolkien: They’re just so big, and everyone says getting through The Lord of the Rings is so much effort!



Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by My Kinda Book on September 10th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 445
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

This book is all kinds of adorable and I loved it. Cath is a fangirl–if you hadn’t worked that out–and this is something many readers can relate to. Cath has a twin and does pretty much everything with Wren, because why wouldn’t she? However, when it comes to university, Wren doesn’t want to be roommates with Cath in a bid to be more independent. I really liked Cath’s character, because she was bookish and shy. She does not want to be rooming with some random person and make eye contact with them…and stuff. Therefore, she’s a little hurt, and turns into a slight recluse in her room.

I related to Cath in a lot of ways, particularly how much she loves books and in this case, a particular series. Except, I’m not her kind of fangirl. I don’t write or read fanfic, however, I do have posters and T-shirts like her. I loved that Cath was a really popular fanfiction writer, and loved writing about those characters.

Cath is a really shy person, and doesn’t really go out of her room at the beginning. She hates the idea of going to the cafeteria for the first time and having nobody to sit with. I get that, but everyone’s in the same boat at this point, so you might as well get it over with. Personally, I would make friends with my roommate or the people in halls, then go sit with them. But Cath just sits in her room and lives on protein bars for a couple of months! Oh my! By the time she makes her way down there, everyone’s already got their groups. So Reagan helps her out, and practically forces her down there to eat. Her roommate Reagan was so awesome. She’s my kind of person 100%. She says what she feels and doesn’t skirt around on bullshit. You know what to expect from her. Some think she’s rude, but really she’s just being real with you. I was more like Reagan personality-wise than Cath, because I’m not as shy as Cath. She’s really good to Cath, she helps her a lot, and without Reagan, Cath would have been a complete hermit. We all need friends that help us in ways we can’t help ourselves.

Then there’s Levi. Levi. Levi. I love Levi. So different from a lot of guy characters currently in YA books. He’s just so happy and smiley and genuine. He supported Cath in a lot of ways, and didn’t push her. He also has a very weird way of learning. He’s a dependant on auditory learning, and listens to lectures instead of reading. But he wasn’t stupid, he just learns in a different way and struggles with how things are taught, so he works harder. I could relate so much to this, except I’m a visual learner, and sometimes I find things harder to process–but I’m not stupid. I’m generally an A/B student, but I identified with Levi a lot in that respect. Cath is naturally a genius, and she gets a little lazy at times. It was so great how Levi just didn’t allow her to be lazy, because he works so hard for his grades and would kill to get amazing grades as easily as her. You go Levi.

Fangirl’s Cath has an obsession with Simon Snow, a character from their world’s Harry Potter. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I’m a bit young and kind of missed the party on that. Therefore, I didn’t entirely relate to that aspect, but the overall Fangirl parts I did relate to.

I really, really loved this book. It was sweet, funny, interesting and something I could completely relate to. I’ve not read anything quite like it, and will re-read this again and again. This will definitely be added to my Contemporary Romance recommendations, and if you haven’t read it, you really need to!

Rating: 5 STARS!!



The Ultimate TBR Pile of a Book Blogger

As a book blogger, I accumulate a lot of books, as the book bloggers reading will agree. Publishing events, signings, buying them ourselves, receiving them for review, they are everywhere! Avid readers will probably understand as well. If you’re active in the bookish community, whether it be blogs, vlogs, or book clubs in real life, we get recommendations. People rec us stuff. We want it. ALL THE TIME. Furthermore, I have a book buying problem. After getting a part-time job, I now have more money to buy books, and I have no restraint to stop me.

Perhaps some of you have seen my Instagrams, or book hauls, with my TBR list in different photos. Well, I thought I’d show you all my Ultimate To-Be-Read List. As in, aaaalll the books I haven’t read that I own. Note: I don’t have many classics on there because I read them on Kindle, and there will be some not in the pictures that are either lost in my room, or also on Kindle.

Without further ado:


Those are all of them together^^






























What do your TBR list look like? Do you have less or more? Do you keep buying more books, or read the ones you have?


The TMI Tag


I was tagged by Stephanie, from Love, August to do the TMI tag. It looks pretty cool, so here goes! This is about to get deep.

1.What are you wearing? Jeans, a Christina Perri tour shirt and comfy knit socks.

2. Ever been in love? Lol, no.

3. Ever had a terrible break-up? Once in year one, a boy broke up with me for one of the popular girls.

4. How tall are you? About 5’6″.

5. How much do you weight? Pffft, none of your business.

6. Any tattoos? No, and I don’t think I ever will have, unless for a very good reason.

7. Any piercings? One on each ear, and trying to persuade my mum to let me get a nose piercing…so far unsuccessfully.

8. OTP? I’m gonna go with Romitri.

9. Favourite Show? THE WALKING DEAD. And Friends…because it always will be a favourite.

10. Favourite Bands? This is hard, because at the moment I’m listening to playlists with so many artists where I’ve only heard a couple of their songs, but I love them. Imagine Dragons, American Authors, They Might be Giants, Florence and the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, Arctic Monkeys, The Civil Wars.

11. Something you miss? My dad <3

12. Favourite song? I don’t ever have a favourite song, but I’m currently digging Believer by American Authors.

13. How old are you? Sweet 16.

14. Zodiac Sign? Aquarius!

15. Quality you look for in a partner? Someone who’s not intimidated by my bluntness and sarcasm. I’ve had conversations with people where I’m being 100% sarcastic and they thought I was being serious! Also, someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

16. Favourite Quote? ”I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly, and then all at once”–John Green.  I just…siiighh.

17. Favourite Actor? Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.

18. Favourite Colour? Red…and I love indigo.

19. Loud or soft music? Soft music usually, to chill and relax.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? I either swim it out at the pool, or go to bed and read.

21. How long does it take you to shower? Without washing my hair, around 15 minutes. When I wash my hair it takes about 35 minutes. You have no idea what it takes to tame my hair.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Generally, about 10 minutes. As much as I love make-up, I stick to the basics before school, because who can be dealing with that at 7 in the morning??

23. Ever been in a physical fight? I’ve hit one of my older brothers, but it never ends well so I don’t do that anymore!

24. Turn on? Someone who’s really good with kids. I’m the younger sister in the family, and with two older brothers, I got a bit left out at times. But, mostly my brothers were really sweet to me, so seeing a guy playing with their little siblings is just so cute.

25. Turn off? Someone who doesn’t understand reading, or loving fictional characters.

26. The reason you started blogging? I saw other people doing it and wanted to join in the fun by talking to others about something I’m really passionate about.

27. Fears? Being alone, failing, cancer.

28. Last thing that made you cry? Oh jeez…erm, I think it was when I had an emotional, hormonal day and cried at practically anything. Does anyone know what I’m talking about here?

29. Last time you said you loved someone? Well, I say it to my family a lot soo…

30. Meaning behind your blog name? I was reading Urban Fantasy and really loved kickass heroines. Still do. But yes, I really hate the name now.

31. Last book you read? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell <3 <3.

32. The book you’re currently reading? Harley Quinn comic and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

33. Last show you watched? Modern Family.

34. Last person you were talking to? One of my older brothers.

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted? School friend.

36. Favourite food? Profiteroles and spaghetti…preferably not together.

37. Places you want to visit? EVERYWHERE. America, Paris, Italy, Netherlands, Syndey, Hong Kong, India, Russia.

38. Last place you were? At the swimming pool.

39. Do you have a crush? Not even a little bit.

40. Last time you kissed someone? I kissed my nan on the cheek earlier. That so counts.

41. Last time you were insulted? My dog ditched me earlier for my brother. That still stings a little.

42. Favourite flavour of sweet? Raspberry. NOMNOMNOM. Who doesn’t like raspberries?

43. What instruments do you play? Acoustic guitar and voice. (I’ve got grade 5 singing next month and I’m FREAKING OUT.)

44. Favourite piece of jewellery? My dad got me one of those sphere necklaces and I wear it all the time.

45. Last sport you played? Dodgeball?

46. Last song you sang? 22 by Taylor Swift.

47. Favourite chat up line? Do you have a library card, ’cause I wanna check you out!

48.Have you ever used it? Lol, no.

49. Last time you hung out with someone? My friends and I went to a local restaurant the other day as a get-together in the half-term.

50. Who should answer these questions next? Francoise from My Crazy Bookish World, Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa, Sunny from A Sunny Spot and LUCY from Queen of Contemporary (because I love you Lucy)!! Considering you guys are book bloggers, you can do the book blogger tmi tag if you want, which Hawwa did HERE.

Of course, anyone who wants a go, can also do the tag as well! Link your posts in the comments and I’ll take a look.


Mini Reviews: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and Slammed by Colleen Hoover

by Alice Clayton, Colleen Hoover
Published by Omnific, Self-Published Genres: New Adult
Source: Bought

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

Wallbanger, now this was interesting concept. It was pretty refreshing to read a more adult romance-y book. I’ve heard lots of recommendations about this, but was put off by the blurb. I simply don’t think it’s as witty as it wants to be. Sorry. However, I was pretty busy when reading this, and wanted something easy to read that I didn’t have to commit to and this was pretty perfect. The romance builds from the main characters hating each other, to friendship, to love. I really enjoyed all of the stages and how they grew to be the perfect couple. Simon and Caroline seemed to fit really well and I just loved reading about them.

I thought Wallbanger was funny (if a bit hit and miss at times), romantic and I thought Simon was pretty awesome and funny. It was great to read two people who didn’t take things too seriously, as some books are so melodramatic at times.

Rating: 4 Stars


Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Poetry is very prominent in Slammed, and although I wasn’t the biggest fan of poetry before, this book has made me realise that I haven’t read the kind of poetry I like yet. It blended really well into the romance and sad storyline. There’s an element of forbidden love here, not something I was massively keen on, but it ended up working out pretty well.

There’s a student-teacher relationship, something I don’t tolerate and think is creepy (with exception to Vampire Academy), but Will is only 21, and working as a teacher to pay the bills. His parents died and he’s had to take care of his younger brother since he was 18. I felt for his situation, which was ultimately awful, but Will’s utter love for Caulder was so nice to read.

These were some great New Adult novels, it was fun to explore this genre a bit more, and I will carry on looking for more great NA  novels.

Rating: 4 Stars


The Perfect Valentine’s Day Reads


Crash into You: People should know by now how much I loved this book. It gives the bad-boy image a shake-up and there’s an awesome drag racing plot-line, which I’ve never come across before.

Romancing Mr Bridgerton: There are no words for this series. It’s amazing! This is really the only Historical Romance I’ve ever read (although I’ve dabbled), and this is my favourite book in the Bridgerton series. If you want to try out HR or you’re looking for a new HR series–this is it. They’re so sweet and simply brilliant.

The Distance Between Us: The witty heroine in this really takes the cake for me. The main guy is rich, the main girl is poor. Together they deicide if love conquers societies constraints caused by money differences.

Anna and the French Kiss: This is so fluffy it filled me with warmth and fluffy goodness! Perfect Valentines read if you want a hilarious main character and *swooon* overload. (Plus a romantic setting in Paris!)

Skin Deep: If you want something emotional, thought-provoking and real. The main girl is scarred from a car accident and is living with the emotional effects. People treat her differently now…but not Ryan.

My Life Next Door: Literal boy next door. That is all.

Just One Day: A book in which accidents happen, and the main character goes on a journey of self-discovery.








Review: The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

Review: The Midnight Dress by Karen FoxleeThe Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Published by Hot Key Books on October 8th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
Quiet misfit Rose doesn't expect to fall in love with the sleepy beach town of Leonora. Nor does she expect to become fast friends with beautiful, vivacious Pearl Kelly, organizer of the high school float at the annual Harvest Festival parade. It's better not to get too attached when Rose and her father live on the road, driving their caravan from one place to the next whenever her dad gets itchy feet. But Rose can't resist the mysterious charms of the town or the popular girl, try as she might.

Pearl convinces Rose to visit Edie Baker, once a renowned dressmaker, now a rumored witch. Together Rose and Edie hand-stitch an unforgettable dress of midnight blue for Rose to wear at the Harvest Festival—a dress that will have long-lasting consequences on life in Leonora, a dress that will seal the fate of one of the girls. Karen Foxlee's breathtaking novel weaves friendship, magic, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and distinctly original.

*Thank you so much Hot Key Books for this review copy, this in no way affected my review*

The Midnight Dress is very hard for me to describe, because it’s not my usual read. I was really fascinated with the blurb and the whole idea encasing it, so I decided to take the jump and request it. It’s a story about friendship, mystery and things that are not as they seem. First of all, Foxlee’s writing style is probably the most beautiful I’ve read in a while. I have certain preference when it comes to author’s writing; for example, I really don’t like Cassandra Clare’s writing. As much as I love her fantastic world and characters, her description is stuffy and feels like it’s suffocating me. I’m no expert, but I simply want it edited. Anyway, Foxlee’s vivid description is the kind that washes over you when you’re reading it. I also loved the fact that it was set in Australia, which made the description that much more captivating.

It was very different the way Foxlee carried me through the book and let me discover things, about Rose specifically. We learn about her mostly through the story and not through her thoughts, because it’s in a certain style of third person. There’s an incredibly subtle magical element that intrigued me, and weaves in the story quite well.

The thing that I didn’t like was the epic slowness of the book. I can appreciate the build of tension, but Karen Foxlee builds tension throughout practically the whole book, and things aren’t made clear until the very end.

I loved that every chapter is named after a stitch, for example ‘anchor stitch’ and at the beginning of each chapter a little snippet of the ending is revealed. We see the missing person’s case through the detectives eyes, and little pieces of what happens at the end are shown carefully. I thought that was really crafty and well-written. Except, it kept me wanting to know more, and then I felt like the actual chapter itself was a bit anti-climactic and boring. I mostly enjoyed the tension, and the way the characters developed different relationships. So much of the book tells what’s happening to Rose and about everyone else and their antics in the town it seems as if the ending was an afterthought, except it’s always present. I can’t help but feel that doesn’t make sense, but if you read it, hopefully you would understand my ramblings better.

The Midnight Dress is very hard to describe without giving anything at all away, but I can tell you, the ending is a shocker. Foxlee cleverly played against my assumptions and twisted it into something completely different. I was pretty shocked. This is a great read if you like tension, beautiful writing, ambiguity and slow-burning mysteries. It’s not something to read if you want something fast-paced and conventional.

Rating: 3 Stars– I guess it was the slowness that put me off. Nothing really happened for a good portion of the books as everything builds up. However, I did simply adore the writing style and the way the characters relationships developed throughout. I will definitely check more of Foxlee’s books.



Contemporary Kick!

I was never a major Contemporary fan. Before I started blogging I though it was boring, depressing and uninteresting. I liked to stick to Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and all the Paranormal books in YA. I’d read Contemporary before and found it so disappointing.

Last year however, this all changed. Other bloggers started recommending me books outside of Paranormal, and I started to read out of my comfort zone. I was really surprised, because I found I was enjoying myself! Even though I read so much more Contemporary last year than I ever have, I still wouldn’t say I read it regularly. However, this year (even though Paranormal will always be my fav!) I have been in a complete Contemporary kick. I’ve read so many more than I usually do; including Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt, Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller and so many more. Mostly they have romance in them, because that’s the way I like them, but it’s still surprising for me.

I will continue to read this genre until I get bored, and I’m really enjoying all of the recommendations people are giving me! It also makes me want to read some Adult Contemporary, something I’ve read but never enjoyed. This just leads me to think that I haven’t found the right book yet. There is still a lot in Contemporary that I’m not ready to try yet, books that I might never like, but as long as I’m stretching myself, I’m okay with that.

Do you have manic phrases where you read loads in one genre? Can you give me some Contemporary rec?


Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Caymen and her mother live in an apartment behind their doll shop. Caymen’s mother (Susan) has issues with rich people. When Susan was young, she became pregnant and was given hush money from her boyfriends parents to keep quiet about it and disappear. Her boyfriend left without a backwards glance and her parents disowned her–this caused her hate for rich people. Susan believes that they have short attention spans and only care about appearance. I always thought this premise was kind of naive, because it’s such a massive generalisation and doesn’t make much sense. However, this affects how Caymen perceives people and when an attractive, rich guy walks into her mother’s doll shop, she knows not to get too interested.

Caymen’s sarasm and dry humour is practically identical to mine–except she’s way more witty than me! She’s so deadpan that sometimes people can’t figure out if she’s being sarcastic. Her reaction to Xander was actually really funny, and the book continues in this amusing fashion, with funny remarks on every page. Xander is not my favourite book boyfriend but he was really sweet and he got Caymen and her character. They were both a little lost and didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives. Caymen is really poor and trying to keep the doll shop afloat with her mother, and Xander is R.I.C.H. (seriously rich) and his dad expects him to take over his hotel business–something he doesn’t want to do.

The romance was full of miscommunication, doubt and insecurities. It was really interesting to see how the amount of money someone earns divides social groups in such a huge way. Caymen lives in a fairly small town and she hadn’t even met Xander before, because he obviously hangs around in completely different social circles and goes to private school. Caymen only really has one friend, but a sweet, genuine friend at that. The romance isn’t sizzling, which is what disappointed me the most. It didn’t make me want to fan myself or want to dive in the book and marry Xander because he’s so amazing. However, I felt like Caymen and Xander had a really great connection, in that they understood what the other needed, and got each other like no one else. That’s what made the romance special to me, but no, I will not be adding Xander to the top of my book boyfriends list, despite how awesome his name is.

The Distance Between Us was a really great read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Pivot Point (something Kasie West has also written).  I would recommend it, because the premise was different and entertaining, with a hilarious MC and fairly intense storyline.

Rating: 4 Stars.