The ABC Book Challenge: ‘K’

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Memorable titles that start with the letter “K”

  • Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan
  • Kiss Don’t Tell by Avril Tremayne
  • Kiss The Girls by James Patterson

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Books Starting with “K” on my TBR

  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Kin by Snorri Kristjansson
  • KILLER T by Robert Muchamore
  • Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance

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Some Of The Best Looking Books on My Shelves

This post is pretty easy to understand. This is all the books that have amazing covers that I own physical copies off. I love a good looking book, and yes I am guilty of buying a book based purely on the cover. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by the cover but sometimes it cannot be helped. For a good looking cover, I look for colour, uniqueness, and maybe just something that just looks pretty.


35050106.jpg City of Circles by Jess Richards

CITY OF CIRCLES is an entrancing love story between Danu and Morrie, two circus performers, and Danu’s Lewis Carroll-esque odyssey through the magical city of Matryoshka, that ends with a heart-warming yet bittersweet twist.

Danu is a tightrope walker who is mourning her parents, after a disease has ravaged the circus where she grew up. Her mother has entrusted her with a locket that hides a secret.

Over the years, Danu pushes away her grief and develops elaborate and successful high-wire acts with Morrie, a charismatic hunchback who wants to marry her. When the circus returns to Danu’s birthplace, Matryoshka, Danu is enchanted by the temples, spice mists, and pleasure seekers within the intoxicating outer circle district.

Here, she finally gains the courage to open her mother’s locket, and discovers the name of a stranger who lives behind the locked gate of the Inner Circle. Fated to remain in Matryoshka, Danu attempts to resolve this mystery . . .

Will she and Morrie ever be reunited, or will something far more unexpected be waiting for her in the mysterious heart of the city?


39860004 The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

Masha is drowning.

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.

Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.

But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…


32938187 Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

‘We’re going to be fine.’
He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right.

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
None of this was supposed to happen.
But, perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…
Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return.
For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?

Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other.


37832984 The Memory Shop by Ella Griffin

The most important things in life . . . are not things at all.

Nora is fleeing London for her childhood home in Dublin after her heart is suddenly torn apart. Back home, she learns she has inherited all of her grandmother’s worldly belongings – a feather shrug, a Tiffany mirror, a gold locket, and many more precious things besides.

With no means of keeping them, and not able to bear auctioning everything off, Nora decides to open The Memory Shop so each object is matched to a perfect new owner.

Soon Nora begins transforming the lives of those around her through the items she pairs them with, helping them find new happiness in unexpected ways. Now if she can only let go of her own past, she might just surprise herself …

An uplifting novel set in a charming Irish community, about love, family and finding your way.


34610036.jpg The Waking Land by Callie Bates

It’s been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she’s come to love as a father.

Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again… but this time by her father’s mysterious righthand man.

Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy… or revenge.


32827036Ink by Alice Broadway

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

 


36187690.jpg Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

THE DREAM CHOOSES THE DREAMER

Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opporunity presents itself – in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legandary warriors – and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

 


34728667.jpg Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were 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 an enemy.



What good looking books have you got on your shelves?

My Favourite TV Shows

I know I’m pretty much an exclusive book blogger, but when I’m not reading or doing housework, spending time with the family, I’m normally watching TV. I watch quite a few shows, some are very firm favourites and some are ones that I have recently discovered and have binge watched obsessively. This post is split in to two parts, my favourite shows and the shows that everyone raves that I’m just not interested in. Make that 3 parts actually, there will be a list of shows that I plan to watch as well.


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Let’s start with Grey’s Anatomy. I discovered Meredith and the rest of the interns whilst on maternity leave. I became an addict. Sleepless nights were covered with the show, and within a couple of weeks I’d caught up completely to match up to what was showing at the time. What do I love about it? I love the fact that it’s pure escapism. I love that it’s so relevant to things that happen in today’s world (especially newer episodes), it gets me thinking, but most of all it has to be the characters. They make me laugh, cry (ugly cry). I love having that hour every week of sitting down with them and living in their world. My favourite character has to be Karev probably. He can be sweet, loving, and yet he’s got this bad boy streak. I really hope the next season is a good one for Meredith. She deserves some happiness.


supernatural_poster43.jpgSecond, it’s all about the Winchester boys of Supernatural. What is not to love about these boys?? You think they’re dead, oops maybe not! They have an angel as best friend, they have regular conversations with Lucifer (who is fantastic by the way!). There’s monsters, humour (at inappropriate moments), pie. And the occasional half naked Jensen Ackles. My favourite character is Dean, of course it’s Dean. He is passionate, he only ever wants what’s best for his brother and his friends. He also gets the funny moments, the touching moments. I also love Crowley. I think the main is hilarious, and is definitely a missed character within my house. The ending of the latest season is not sitting well with me, but I’m really intrigued to see Dean as Michael.


So we’ve had Doctors, we’ve had hunters, so now it’s superheroes. One of my favourite the-flash-season-4-4.jpgsuperheroes is The Flash. I love the TV show, yes some of it’s pretty bad acting but it’s what makes it great! My favourite character is Cisco. He’s funny, in fact he’s hilarious. The first series is one of the best series, and then it sort of went downhill. But the last series it picked up again. It had that fun feel again. I’m very excited for the next series, I want to see where it goes.
600x600bb-85.jpgWhile we’re on superheroes, I’m going to throw in Supergirl with The Flash. I enjoy this programme, it’s simple fun and always makes me laugh. Sometimes that’s down to how bad it is, but the majority of the time it’s just the show in general. My favourite character is Mon-El, yep it’s based purely on looks there. I’m not going to deny that.


Moving on, we’re coming to another rescue service. Chicago Fire. This show is just, I love it. I really do. Once I get started with it, I always want to watch more. There’s just chicago_fire_poster3.jpgsomething about that keeps me coming back to it. There’s humour, good looking men, touching moments. More ugly crying moments. There are some fantastic episodes tucked away in the ones that aren’t that great. I don’t have afavourite character, it would be impossible to pick one. But I do have a least favourite character: Gaby. God she annoys me. I find her quite selfish as well. She annoys me, and doesn’t let Casey have his own say on things that should be decided together. Frustrating!!!


teen wolf posSo, back to the paranormal world. Teen Wolf. I have only discovered this show recently, and I know I’m late to the party. It’s quite cheesy, predictable, and a touch of awful acting, but I like it. There’s something about it that has made me watch it obsessively recently. Favourite character has to go to Stiles. I think he’s fantastic. It helps he’s still human, an ordinary person. He’s funny, he’s a got a cheeky grin, he sees things for what they are. Stiles in Season 3 is the best Stiles I think. I actually like Lydia as well. I think she;s got the unfair deal to be honest. Human, but Banshee. Pretty crappy if you ask me.MV5BMjM3ODA3ODE5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjg0NDU2NjE@._V1_.jpg


The next show is one that has only just really got extremely popular. I’ve watched it from the start and I think it is amazing. This show is Lucifer. Tom Ellis is amazing, he really makes it worthwhile watching. The other characters all work well together as well. I also love Ella. Her upbeat personality fits perfectly into this show. I’m so glad that it was picked up again after being cancelled.


On show I have to mention is Outlander. This series has outdone what the books are in my opinion. I love them. They could not have got a better person to be Jamie. In fact, there probably isn’t anyone else who can be that gorgeous! I don’t think I can really say much about it all in one go. I just love it. Besides Jamie, I think my favourite character is Fergus. A french boy, called Fergus. It just works. I love him. I’ve never been a massive fan of Claire though. I’m not sure why, she just irritates me and I find her selfish, needy and a little cold. It’s probably just me who thinks it. Anyway, their story is my favourite love story. And seeing it on the screen is perfection.



Shows Everyone Raves That I’m Not Interested In

Same of these are probably going to be pretty unpopular opinions… But I don’t care. I get it a lot, “Oh why don’t you watch it? It’s the best thing ever!” Yeah well, I feel that about the shows that I watch what you don’t watch… So, whatever.

The big one first, let’s get it out of the way. Game of Thrones. Just nope. I read the first book, hated it. I’ve watched the first 3 seasons and I still don’t get it so I just haven’t watched anymore. It doesn’t appeal to me, and I really don’t care how popular it is. There’s too many people to keep track of, there’s just too much information for me.b507c5e4a8e2a3c565f1f57ebe565330.jpg


This is probably going to be another unpopular one, but The Walking Dead. I’m not sorry about this at all. Zombies just do not do it for me. I just don’t like the idea of it. I’ve tried watching this and it just bored me… I probably fell asleep, or turned it off but it didn’t even last a whole episode.the-walking-dead-logo.jpg


Breaking Bad. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve tried more than once with this. I’ve really tried. But every single time, I’m asleep within minutes. If a show does this to me, then it just isn’t going to work between us. bb.jpg



I normally give any TV show a try, no matter how hyped they are. If I don’t like them then I definitely do not force myself to watch them to fit in. It just doesn’t work for me doing that. Why watch something I don’t enjoy??


Shows I Plan To Watch

  • Into The Badlands
  • This Is Us
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Peaky Blinders
  • The Alienist
  • Vikings
  • Black Sails

What are your favourite TV Shows?
Which ones have never taking your fancy?

I Spy Book Tag V. 2.0

So, I’ve already done this tag before but as I was recently tagged by Yesha over at Books Teacup and Reviews, I thought I might as well do Version 2.0. It’s not very often I’m tagged to do these so this was a nice surprise, and you should definitely go check Yesha’s answers on the link above. In fact, just check her whole blog out!!! I just want to add that all the books on here are books that I have on my shelves.


The challenge this time is: 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!!


Food

The Cake Shop In The Garden by Carole Matthews

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Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.


Transportation

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.


Weapon

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274 If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Animal

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

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is a matter of listening to the heart….
Jodi Picoult’s powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment….For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent — and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.


Number

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156 Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first


Something You Read

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended by Katarina Bivald

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Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.
All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.


Body of Water

The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

33654072.jpg Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a surprise phone call from her old college friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia and is married to Italian hotelier, Fabio.

When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer break in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to recharge her batteries and think about her future. But then Charlotte tells Faye that there’s something more behind the sudden invitation: her friends Marisa and Alessandro are looking for a designer to renovate a crumbling old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu. The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she’s letting herself in for if she accepts this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . .


Product of Fire

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

37766209 Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here

Royalty

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

12891111.jpg Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.

From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.


Clothing Item

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

12262741.jpg At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


Family Member

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

35925736.jpg Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew’s soul.
There is a new darkness in the town, too–frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice’s blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he’s become, Alice is desperate to intervene–and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew’s reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.
Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission–and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils–before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.


Time of Day

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9361589 The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.


Music

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

cover120891-medium.png Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.


Paranormal Being

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

10459837 Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 


Occupation

The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell

35527110.jpg Set in the blistering heat of Singapore, The Maid’s Room follows the lives of two Filipina maids – sisters Dolly and Tala who are working hard to send money back home, and British ex-pat Jules who has left her job as a midwife to move to Singapore with husband David.

Told with humour, heart-breaking detail about daily life as a maid, and with an exhilarating spirit that is ultimately uplifting, this book will resonate with anyone who has struggled to have their voice heard.


Season

Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels

34350340.jpg Newly-qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her fiancé Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in. There, she will help out in her parents’ surgery whilst they’re short-staffed. Mandy’s life has always revolved around her work with rescued animals, and Welford offers an opportunity to work with creatures of all sizes, from hedgehogs and puppies to farm stock and even wild deer.

But rural Yorkshire is very different to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Mandy must work hard to be accepted by the close-knit village community, and convince them of her abilities as a vet – especially Jimmy Marsh, the gruff owner of the local Outward Bound business, with whom she just can’t seem to get along.
When some long-neglected animals are discovered in a critical state on a nearby farm, Mandy is determined to prove herself as a confident and fearless vet. When it comes to protecting animals in need, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes…


Colour

The Wisom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

39860004.jpg Masha is drowning.

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.
Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.
But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.
Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…


Celestial Body

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

36044933.jpg Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn’t until after nightfall that Katie’s world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life – and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them – and everyone around them – forever.


Something That Grows

Sweetpea by C J Skuse

35720349.jpg Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…


I Nominate:

Everyone!!! This as fun. I probably found the books within the five minutes. It more than likely took me longer to sort the post out if anything. Have Fun!!

Have you read any of these? What books would you have chosen??

Blog Blitz Promo: The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

thumbnail_The Gathering Ebook.jpg The Gathering (The Uprising Book 1) by Bernadette Giacomazzo

Published: March 2018
Publisher:
ISBN13: 9781980613787
ASIN: B07BR19171

Goodreads

Description

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.


Purchase Links

Amazon USAmazon UK

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Author Bio

thumbnail_The Gathering Author.jpgWith an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

Social Media Links

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



Giveaway

Giveaway – Win a paperback copy of The Gathering (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Winner will be asked if they prefer a paperback or a digital copy. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Recently Added To The TBR Part 2

So, on the back of my recent TBR post, here are all the digital copies of books I’ve recently added to the ever-growing TBR. This list is a bit wild so there’s no book descriptions. Instead, I’ll link the Goodreads pages and pop the book covers on the end of the post.


Digital – Purchased

(Just a select few)

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Digital – Review Copies

(Just a selected few and some have probably been read since being added)

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The ABC Book Challenge: ‘J’

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Memorable titles that start with the letter “J”

  • {The} Jewel by Amy Ewing
  • The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
  • Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

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Books Starting with “J” on my TBR

  • {The} Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown by Katey Lovell

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Mini Reviews #10

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The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Not normally the sort of book I pick up but I actually enjoyed it. Imagine looking at your phone, your computer, anything connected to the internet or had some sort of coding in it, only to be possessed by a demon? Creepy right? That’s this book. Creepy. Frightful. But excellent. It was brilliantly written. A gripping, fast paced, adrenaline filled book. I only picked it up to read the first page and before I knew it I was a few chapters in. Interesting characters with fascinating backstories attached and an even more fascinating story. Highly recommend.


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Center Stage by Denise Grover Swank

I actually really liked this book. I’ve only read one other by the author and I wasn’t a fan. I tried this on a whim and I loved it. I wasn’t sure on Magnolia to begin with but she really grew on me. I liked the other characters, especially Colt and Brady. Looking forward to the follow up book when I get to it if it’s written anything like this one. I’ve got unanswered questions from thi sbook, and I hope to have it wrapped up in the future books. I kind of guessed the whodunnit in this one but it wasn’t very obvious.


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The Carrero Influence by L.T. Marshall

While well written again, I didn’t particularly like this book. It was just pretty much Jake using Emma for sex throughout the whole book. She’s moody, he persuades her with sex. She doesn’t agree with, she’s persuaded with sex. She doesn’t want sex, he persuades her anyway. It sort of felt like Emma lost a bit of the hard exterior she had in the first book, her identity wasn’t the same. In fact, it was like a completely different character and I didn’t like her for it. I’ll carry on with their story though, I have to know where the third book takes us. I have to know what happens after this cliffhanger.


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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sadly, I am not a fan. I loved the idea of the book, I loved the setting, the world building, but I didn’t particularly like the characters. I felt for Jude and her sisters to begin with, but by the end of the book two of them irritated me. It was blindingly obvious who Taryn’s love was, how Jude didn’t see it I don’t know. Out of all of them the only character I liked a little was Vivi. Disappointing really considering there was a whole troop of people in the book. The ending for me was little disappointing as well. I wanted more, but it just… finished. I know we’re getting a sequel but this one should have been so much more.


Blog Tour: The Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

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The Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Publisher: Choc Lit
Published: February 2018
Format: Ebook
ASIN: B078KCQ5G3
Source: I’d actually purchased this before being invited on the blog tour. Thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and Marie Laval though for letting me take part in the tour!!

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Kobo

Description

Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …
Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …


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About The Author

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

Social Media Links –

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MarieLaval1
Blog: http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/


My Review

I loved this book. It was fun, gripping, entertaining, everything you need in a book. There was suspense and action, along with touching, heart racing loving moments and that glorious touch of mystery. There was also some laugh out loud moments, with myself having to control any random outbursts. I liked the writing style and the switch between Rosalie’s point of view and Marc’s.

I liked Rosalie and Marc. Their chemistry worked really well, and their moments were more than frustrating yet romantic enough for me to want to shout at them to sort it out!! I liked Rosalie’s character in general, she was caring and considerate. She had her funny moments and her sad moments. She the news of Marc’s arrival on the chin and was determined to get to the bottom of it all sensibly. It was nice to see a women do something out of the whole baking thing as well, I loved the fact she was doing something that is generally classed as man’s job. I also love the fact that it’s a pink taxi!!

Marc was a good character as well. He started off as this unemotional man, who didn’t really want anything. A cold hearted man. He turned into this… Emotional, loving, sensual man. He done what was right in the end and that’s what counts really. I would say his development was the biggest, and the best.

With the mystery side of things, I couldn’t decide who I wanted to be behind it all, or if I wanted to hazard a guess. One minute I wanted it to be one person, the next I wasn’t too sure on my choice. It was a different sort of twist and I’m glad it worked out the way that it did.

Overall, I really loved this book. I’m really excited to be given it a fabulous, bright and wonderfully pink 5/5


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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog. Her blog is fab, you should go over and check her out. Thanks for nominating me Bibi!!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  • List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

11 Questions from Bibi

1: Who would play you, in a film/series about your life?

Erm…. Probably some one who could pull of the stressed, over worked under paid mother sort of person.

2: What’s your favourite genre?

My go to genre is normally Romance. I don’t normally care which sort of romance, be it paranormal, supernatural, every day romance. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. I also tend to go towards YA a lot now as well.

3: Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook for my personal life, although I do have blog Facebook page. Twitter is for the blog. I find Twitter to be more friendly towards bloggers and less effort.

4: Do you organise and plan your blog posts?

I do now. I’ve got a pad with months spread over a double pages and there’s every post scheduled in with other little notes. Things are literally pencilled in until the post is scheduled on WordPress

5: What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write?

Probably posts like this. Occasionally I’m very passionate about a book and the review shows that which makes me happy.

6:How do you feel about books being adapted into films/series?

If it’s done well, then I don’t have much of a problem with it. If it mixes things from various books together, like Shadowhunters, then I get a little annoyed with it.

7:Do you re-read books, or is reading them once enough?

Depends. I’ve reread Harry Potter numerous times and I still love it. There are other books I will reread but there’s more that I wouldn’t reread.

8:What book release are you looking forward/did you look forward to the most?

Leigh Bardugo’s new book King of Scars. I actually don’t know when it’s due but I’m extremely excited for it. Also, Jodi Picoult’s new book A Spark of Light is due this year as well.

9:What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

How friendly everyone is, and the sense of community with everyone. Everyone seems to be happy to share each others posts and there’s not any “I’m better than you” crap that flies around everywhere else.

10:If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

I would probably write a cookbook. Full of recipes that I have taken from other cookbooks and adapted to our family of 3. Me and The Man-Child love trying new recipes but we always adapt them to our tastes and the little one.

11:What’s your favourite comfort food?

Chocolate, crisps, cakes, Ice Cream. All the stuff you shouldn’t actually eat. When I’m feeling ill, I normally eat eggs a lot as well which is sort of odd.


I Nominate:


11 Questions from Me to You

  1. What book would you want to see made in to a movie?
  2. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?
  3. What’s your favourite blog post in the last month?
  4. If you could travel to any fictional world, where would you go to?
  5. What series of books would you recommend to everyone?
  6. What was the last book post you received?
  7. Do you have a favourite author?
  8. What was the last book you highly recommend?
  9. Is there a book you wish you could read for the first time again?
  10. If you could meet any character from a book, who would you meet?
  11. What’s the best looking book you have on your shelf?