Friday, 25 May 2018

QUESTION FRIDAY! 25/05/18 REQUIRED READING?




This week's question is;
Q) During school and colleague I had to do a lot of required reading.  So my question is, did you ever come across a book that you had to read, but that you ended up loving?

A) I took English language and Literature at A Level and there was a lot of required reading.  Some of the course literature I had already read, such as Frankenstein.  So it wasn't new to me.
We read Hamlet but I find reading plays difficult, as they're meant to be performed I sometimes struggle to really enjoy the experience of reading them.
So my A level reading, I would say not really.
However during school, kind of GCSE age I think, we read Holes by Louis Sachar.  And I have to say I loved it.  Really hooked me into the story and I didn't want to put it down.  Ended up reading ahead and finishing it because I just couldn't wait for the next lesson to read the next chapters.
We also watched the Disney movie adaptation in class, which I also loved.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Waiting On Wednesday 'Stay With Me'




Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.

This week the book that I'm waiting on is Stay With Me by Kirsten Proby, #9 in the With Me In Seattle series.  This is the first series I ever read of Kristen Proby, and it's the series that got me into her books.  The series was 'over' but now we're getting a new book!  Can't wait to delve into it!
Released 29th May 2018.

40027109From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes Stay With Me, an all new addition to the series that has sold more than a million copies to date, her beloved With Me In Seattle Series!

Amelia Montgomery has left her past behind her. With a beauty and fashion career that’s skyrocketing and a loving family around her, everything else is just junk in the rearview mirror.

Until it’s not.

When she has to drop out of the public eye, her cousin Jules offers her a new, temporary life on the Puget Sound. Her past may be catching up with her, but hope for the future is in Seattle.

Wyatt Crawford can’t figure out the enigmatic beauty who’s living next door. As an architect, he’s usually good at looking beneath the surface—but she barely even leaves her house.

Until she needs his help.

When she knocks on his door, how can he resist? It isn’t long before Wyatt and Amelia become more than just neighbors. But when he finally learns the truth, will the skeletons in her closet be too much for him to handle, or will he stay?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

TEASER TUESDAY: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo




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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

-Grab your current read


- Open to a random pageShare two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

Teaser from the 81% mark.

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I stop dead and the rest of the crew stills alongside me.  Elian's gloved hand hovers dangerously close to mine, and though I feel the air spark and warm between us, I don't look at him.  I can't.  I can only stare ahead my feet elves farther into the snow the longer I stay still.  But I can't move either.  Ahead there are wonders.  There is the palace, carved from the last breaths of my goddess Keto.

Synopsis
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby--it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sick Fux by Tillie Cole

34967829When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.


I'm not sure what I make of this book if I'm honest.  I love Tillie Cole's books, and am an avid fan, particularly of her Hangmen series, which is pretty dark. 
Sick Fux is described as dark...which it is, but I'm not sure that I loved it as much as her other books.  When I was reading I didn't feel that love for the characters.  I didn't feel completely invested in the story.
Dolly and Rabbit were interesting characters...but I didn't love them.  I felt so awful for them for what they went through as children as it was really awful, and hard to read to be honest.
I understood why Dolly and Rabbit (real names Ellis and Heathan) created an alternate world and identity for themselves. 
Over all, I'm glad I finally read this one, but I think it was a little disappointing.  It just wasn't as the same level as her others books that I've read.
Beware this could be very triggering for some as not only is the violence pretty graphic, the child abuse situations are very disturbing.
2.5/5 stars.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Grow With Me: A With Me In Seattle Story

40134777I love the With Me In Seattle series, and Kristen Proby's books in general.  And Play With Me was one of my favourite books in the series.  So when I saw that Kristen had released on her website a short story about Will and Meg I was really excited.  I really enjoyed this short story- and it is a short story.  Just a little catch up with them and where they're at in their relationship.  It was really sweet and cute and I loved seeing those characters again.  I hope we get some more short stories, catching up with other characters from this much loved series.
4/5 stars.

Friday, 18 May 2018

QUESTION FRIDAY! 18/05/18 FORMAT?



This week's question is;
Q) What format of book is your favourite? Paperback or hardcover? eBook? Audio book? New or second hand?

A) For me as a book lover, I love having a physical copy of a book.  Nothing better than holding a book, turning the pages, and smelling that book smell.  However over the last few years, I've been buying less physical books than I used to, for no other reason than space.  I have limited bookshelf space and do not want to reinforce the floor!  I just don't have the space for unlimited paperback or hardcover books, as much as I love having them.
I do really enjoy reading on my Kindle Paperwhite.  I like that I can travel with hundreds of books, and yet they weigh almost nothing.
Another bonus for eBooks is that for the majority of the time, they are significantly cheaper, saving me both money AND space.
When it comes to paperback over hardcover I do like having hardcover books from my favourite authors- they're just more sturdy.  I like that I can take the dust jacket off while reading, and when finished, can pop it back on and it and have it look like it's never been read.

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