Wonder Woman Book Tag

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I don’t know where this tag comes from, or who created it. I’ve had it on my draft page for a very long time now. Thanks to whoever the creator is. So, who doesn’t love a superhero?? I’m definitely more of a DC fan than Marvel, and Wonder Woman is definitely up there!! Who’s your favourite? Are you a DC fan or a Marvel fan?


Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…

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Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

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Hogwarts. I really want to go to Hogwarts. Please can I go??

London: A hyped book that let you down…

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The Rosie project by Graeme Simson, and The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

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All of the covers for Strange The Dreamer are beautiful, and the story inside is just as beautiful.

Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

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Not so much hate but just disliked. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You. had an amazing amount of potential, if you’ve read my review on this recently you’ll know my feelings.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I don’t need to think about this one.

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

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The Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy. I just can’t hate him.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

I can’t really answer this question. It doesn’t changed my opinion on any books, or makes me want to pick a book up or put it down. There are obviously books out there that people think could improve with the representation but I wouldn’t know which ones.

Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

Everyone!!!!

Wednesday Words #5: Happiness

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Every week, I shall choose as a theme and find 3 quotes for that theme. The quotes will either be from books, films, or people.
If you want to be involved, please don’t hesitate! I’d love for people to be involved. If you wish to know my upcoming themes then please contact me! I’ll add a contact form at the bottom of my posts.


Quote 1:

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Quote 2:

“Maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue. And maybe we can actually never have it no matter what.”  The Pursuit of Happyness

Quote 3:

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn






5 Book Covers I Love #1

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Ok, I know I’m supposed to be on a break from blogging but recently I’ve been thinking of ways to get more posts out there in to the world, and it’s only so fast I can read and keep up reviewing so have been coming of ideas on how to keep my blog active every day. Or at least posting every other day. So far, I’ve established my Wednesday Words posts, and now it is time for Book Covers I Love! This will probably me a monthly post, and it’ll be any covers that I have seen, that I own, that are due to be published or have been published for any length of time. It’ll be 5 covers, once a month. I’ll probably go along with some sort of theme but I’ll see how that goes.


This month, I have chosen books that are being or have been published this year.

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First up is Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian.

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I love both covers that I have seen for this book,they both seem to promise so much. This is due to be published in June.
Description: The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save, The throne you were meant to claim Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess. When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

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Circe by Madeline Miller is due to be published in April, and in all honesty I found myself in love with this cover. I’m extremely tempted to purchase the hardback copy just to have on my shelves! It looks incredible.
Description: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is everywhere at the moment, and from what I can gather for very good reason!! I had to buy this book as soon as I saw it on the shelf, it’s a stunning cover. It’s magical, intriguing and such an intense look in the eyes! This book was published at the beginning of March.
Description: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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The Toymaker by Robert Dinsdale was published in February. I can’t quite pinpoint why I like this cover though. To me, it’s got a very Victorian feel about it (even though it’s not set in the Victorian period), and that little pop of red really brings alive the rest of the cover.
Description: It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own…

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The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso cover looks amazing. I’ve got the first book to read, but just based on the cover this has ended up on my TBR. It’s due for publication in April.
Description: Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.
Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire


Book Review: The Reading Group by Della Parker

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Published: November 2017
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781786489722
Source: Bookbridgr and the publishers, thanks lovelies!!

Goodreads | Amazon UK

Description

Grace, Anne-Marie, Kate, Jojo and Serena are as different as can be but each month they meet in Serena’s beautiful cliff-top cottage to discuss a good book – and their lives, which are sometimes stranger than fiction! Between new loves and old flames, cheating husbands and wayward children, there’s always a surprise around the corner…


My Review

I liked this story. It was fun, well written and a very likeable group of women. I did find it a bit odd to begin with when it was Anne Marie’s story but it got better.

Anne Marie was probably my least favourite character. She came across as a little naive, a bit of a spoilt child. She seriously didn’t think a 22 year old would want anything to do with a 17 year old romantically did she?? Well.. I’m glad that side story didn’t work out. Anyway, her romance story didn’t really grab me and I didnt feel there was any chemistry between her and Thomas.

Kate was probably my favourite. She took no shit from her husband in the end and she was all the better for it. Her romance with Bob seemed the most realistic, if a little predictable but I still liked it.

JoJo was another of the characters I didn’t really connect with. She seemed to just float between all of the other women and didn’t really work for me. I found Daniel a little creepy, and I really didn’t think g the oukf be the sort of man he turned out to be.

Serena. I liked Serena. She was caring and loving, even towards her family who were not the best family in the world. She obviously cared for the children in her school. Her slow building romance with Mr. Winchester was a nice, simple romance. Even if the ex wife is a bit of a psycho.

Grace. I didn’t know what to make of her. I felt like we didn’t really get much from her, she didn’t really have a tale to tell so to speak. The only thing we got from her was that she had money problems, and that was about it really.

I didn’t feel that we needed the addition of Mikey in the final part of the story. He didn’t really have the same chemistry with the ladies than they all had together. It just seemed a little rushed and not really thought about.

I loved that we got a whole section for each of the ladies. It’s obvious that the book was all separate before coming together all in one but it works really well. I liked how their lives seem parallel with the books that they are supposed to be reading. It was a nice twist on it all.

Overall, it is written brilliantly. The characters were great. There was a true sense of friendship, love, and fun.

Book Review: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

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Published: October 2017
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Format: Ebook
ISBN13: 9781471407086
ASIN: B0728MXS1C
Source: NetGalley and the publisher, thank you lovely people!!

Goodreads | Amazon UK

Description

36 questions guaranteed to make two strangers fall head over heels in love with each other? What’s not to like. A clever, wry, funny, rom-com. For fans of The Rosie Project.

Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its “Modern Love” column, this contemporary YA/crossover is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park, Jo Jo Moyes, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cecila Ahern.

Two random strangers. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love.

Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for taking part in the psychology study (in Paul’s case it is the $40, in Hildy’s the reasons are significantly more complex). The study poses the simple question: Can love be engineered between two random strangers?

Hildy and Paul must ask each other 36 questions, ranging from “What is your most terrible memory?” to “When did you last sing to yourself?” By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they’ve laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back again. They’ve also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide.

But have they fallen in love?

My Review

I very rarely write a review for a book I didn’t like but for this I’m making an exception. I don’t know why I feel the need to say something about it. I’d normally just let it go but this time, I just can’t.

So in all honesty, I’m so disappointed about this book. The idea was fantastic, the story should have worked but it didn’t. It really didn’t. The cover is gorgeous as well.

I think it would have worked if they were adults, or if we were given clear details. I couldn’t grasp if Hildy was supposed to be 16 or 18, in high school or college/uni or… God knows what. She was naive, childish, self centred and I just didn’t like her. I really didn’t like her. I found her irritating and whiney, someone needed to tell her to sort it out. Paul didn’t set the page alight either to be fair but he was described as the extremely attractive man. Nope, didn’t feel it. I just found him grumpy, humourless, a tad annoying and a little stalkerish. Mind you, Hildy wasn’t any better on the stalking front either.

You get where I’m going with this review yet? I just think that there was an amazing amount of potential but it just didn’t live up to my silly high expectations.

There are maybe 2 or 3 things I did like about it, surprisingly. One of them was the layout of the story, what I mean is the way it was written when it was just Hildy and Paul. It was easy to keep track of who was who and what was being said. Another thing I liked was the actual idea of the story. 36 questions, that’s all it’s supposed to take but we learnt more about the characters in those 36 questions than we would have normally. Unfortunately, that is all I can think of what I liked about the book.

Overall, if it was written differently, or at least the characters were written differently, I think this book could have been something. I found it boring, slightly predictable and I really didn’t like the characters. Shame really as it really could have been an incredible story.

Mini Reviews #4

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This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Published: June 2016 Goodreads

I liked this story. It was a nice change for a YA book to have no love story involved, it was refreshing. I’m actually glad I read this book. Sounds strange but it was what I needed to get myself out of a continuous boring book rut. This is the first book if read by this author and I will be picking up another. The writing style was gripping, the story was great. I liked the characters and I didn’t see that betrayal coming. Well written and am definitely going to pick up the second.


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Published: July 2014 Goodreads

As normal, I really enjoyed this story. I loved Jesse, Tanzie, Nicky and Ed. Its definitely a touching story, it’s a complete opposites attract story and it was great. Jono Moyes writing style always grips me, she has got this ability to really make you feel for her characters. Even the four legged ones. It had me laughing in places and then close to tears in others. Fantastic story, well written and great characters.


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Published: October 2015 Goodreads

I liked this story but I didn’t really like Elle. She was a little selfish, a little rude and a very determined woman. She does change throughout the book, but I wish someone had kicked her up the arse a little. I liked Penny, she had the most fun story. I always enjoy Melissa Hill’s books and this one was no different.


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Published: June 2017 Goodreads

Another special book from Jaimie Admans. I liked Wendy, and Julian, the chemistry between them was great. Jaimie Admans writing is amazing. This book wrapped you up in a sense of home, the château may be falling down, damp, but it definitely felt like a home. I loved the setting, and of course Jaimie Admans writing style. I loved the story, I loved the idea of them bringing this château back to life, or maybe was it the château bringing itself back?? I highly recommend!


Wednesday Words #4: The World

 

beautifulEvery week, I shall choose as a theme and find 3 quotes for that theme. The quotes will either be from books, films, or people.
If you want to be involved, please don’t hesitate! I’d love for people to be involved. If you wish to know my upcoming themes then please contact me! I’ll add a contact form at the bottom of my posts.


Quote 1:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Quote 2:

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Quote 3:

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey






For the people who may want to get involved, here is your contact form!! Just pop your email in and I’ll get the list of themes sent to you as soon as I can!!