Wednesday Words #6: Lust

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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.


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I Spy Book Challenge

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I’ve seen this floating around for a while on many different blogs and I thought it looked like fun. So, here’s my post!! All the books are either on my shelves, my kindle or I have read in the past. I will also add, that I definitely did not do this in the 5 minutes it says!!!

There only seems to be one rule:

Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!


1. Food

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The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell. This whole book was a joy to read, and what made it even better was it was all about pies. Who doesn’t love a pie?!

2. Transportation

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Den of Shadows by Christopher Byford. I thought this book was full of potential but didn’t quite reach it.

3. Weapon

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. I love this trilogy, it’s incredible.

4. Animal

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I’ve no read this trilogy, but I have all 3 books. Maybe I’ll get to them soon.

5. Number

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Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson. I really liked this book. I love books with a happy ending.

6. Something you read

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved this book, it’s been a long while since I read it though. It’s got a sort of picture of a book so I’m claiming it as a win.

7. Body of water

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I’ve not read this but it does sound pretty good!!

8. Product of fire

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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. Again, I haven’t read it but do want to. It’s been on my Kindle a little while now.

9. Royalty

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I really liked this book when I read it a while back.

10. Architecture

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The Eternal City by Domenica de Rosa. I’ve not read this either, but again, it’s been on my Kindle for a while. But, any book featuring Rome, or just Italy in general, gets put straight on to the list.

11. Clothing

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No Way Back by Kelly Florentia. I’ve not read this, but I love the cover, every girl needs a pair of fab heels don’t they!!

12. Family member

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Dear Dad by Giselle Green. I love Giselle Green’s books, there always so thoughtful and touching.

13. Time of day

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A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.I enjoyed this, the second book to the series. I did not enjoy some of Laia’s decisions or actions in it though.

14. Music

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Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. This is on my TBR for the next few weeks, I really liked the first book.

15. Paranormal being

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The Golem and the Djinni by Helena Wecker. Ok, this one probably doesn’t count but I’m having it. I’ve not read it but I plan on it in the next few weeks.

16. Occupation

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss, I’ve got a mini review coming soon for this.

17. Season

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A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks. Definitely a book I highly recommend, I love Carrie Elks’ writing.

18. Colour

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The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughin. I loved this light-hearted read.

19. Celestial body

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Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. Another unread book sat on the shelf…

20. Something that grows

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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Another non-read book but I have it on my shelf and I must admit, it’s a very beautiful cover.

I’m tagging…

You, you and you!!

Mini Reviews #5

Mini reviews


35708042Bodyguard by CD Reiss

Published: November 2017 GoodreadsAmazon UK

Another great story from CD Reiss. Well written and had me gripped. Chemistry was instant and I’m slightly head over heels for Carter myself. A great story line and very likeable characters all round. I loved Phin, he was definitely a ray of sunshine in horrible times for Emily. Will definitely be reading this author again as I enjoyed the first book in the Hollywood A-List series as well.

25726443The Offer by Karina Halle

Published: June 2015 Goodreads | Amazon UK

A great second book to the series, was good to catch up with people from the first book and to get a new story from their friends. I loved how Nicola and Bram worked off each other and the chemistry was great. The addition of Her daughter was great, she was definitely a great character. Written well, with a touching story line. Will definitely be reading the next to the series eventually!!!

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Published: March 2015 Goodreads | Amazon UK

As normal for Jo Thomas books, I really liked this. She whisks us away to special places, with great characters, and a wonderful story. I liked Ruthie and Marco. We learn a lot about Ruthie and see her develop really well, but felt we could have got to know Marco and his family that little bit more. The story was written really well, and it keeps you gripped until the end. I did question where it was going to begin with but we got there and it didn’t change how I felt about the story.

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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36357865.jpg The Reading Group by Della Parker

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.