ARC Review: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
Published: 22nd September 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Ebook
Pages: 322
ISBN13: 9781786810700

Available to purchase
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This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

My Thoughts

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Bookouture, for my copy in exchange of my review.  This book has definitely pulled me out of yet another reading slump.

I found this book to be a delightful, heart-warming read.  It was festive (where can you go wrong with that??) it was loving, it was funny, tearful and just brilliant. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, nearly cry and feel extremely happy.

Pip is fed up with travelling the world, being a mystery guest in some fabulous places.  She decides her next job will be her last for a while.  When she gets to her hotel, the last person she is expecting to see is her teenage years ex-boyfriend, Gabe.  I loved Pip, she is an independent woman, with baggage, with a history.  She was real if that makes sense?

Gabe, for me, was a perfect gent.  Protective, a wonderful father, loving, and for Pip, an amazing lover.  His daughter Wren is a wonderful character, and a true young child! Especially being Frozen mad!!! They make a wonderful little family, and made me feel like I should hug my own child more often!

Other characters that pop up in the book often were fantastic.  They’ve all got their own stories about why or how they’ve ended up on Juniper Island and I would love to hear all of them. Neve and Luke were wonderful additions to Luke’s family, with Neve’s story being the next book.  I hope to hear Luke’s story eventually as well.

Holly Martin has created a perfect Winter Wonderland in this book, her writing style drew me in straight away and I didn’t come up for breath until I had finished every single page.  So much so, that I dived straight back in with Christmas Under a Starlit Sky (review to come next month for publication day!!)

I highly recommend this book to add to any Christmas book reading list! Just superbly wonderful.  I wish that I could visit, and maybe even just move straight in!! Loved it!! A huge, gigantic 5/5 from me!!

A little add on note from me:

I go on holiday for a week on Monday 26th and I very much doubt I will have WiFi where I will be so there will be complete radio silence from me for a while now.  I will be writing reviews but they will all be posted once I’m home and the mountains and mountains of washing is done!!!

Thanks for reading!!!


Book Tag: Mid-Year Freak Out 2016

I saw this tag on Keeper of Pages and Jill’s Book Cafe and really enjoyed reading their posts so I thought I would do my own!! Why don’t you head over to their posts and read about their mid-year favourites??

Best book you’ve read yet in 2016

I’m going to have to pick my top 4 of the year so far.  I’m stuck between these 4:
Letters to the Lost   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story   Last Dance in Havana   We Are All Made of Stars

These books have all made me laugh, feel happy, gripped me and made me lose sleep.
Letters to the Lost
One Hot Summer
Last Dance in Havana
We Are All Made of Stars

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

Again, I can’t choose.  This time it’s 2 books.  I always tend to start a series and rarely finish it, but these are the sequels I’ve made sure I’ve read.  Neither are newly published books, but I don’t think anyone really cares do they?
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)   Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
The Invasion of The Tearling
Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm introduced one of the best characters of the series, and The Invasion of The Tearling has left me with even more questions than I started with!!

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

This one is easy, as it was published a few days after I finished the first book, An Ember In The Ashes. The sequel, A Torch Against The Night, has been on my wishlist ever since!!
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2) by [Tahir, Sabaa]
A Torch Against The Night

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’ve got this on my Kindle reading for reading and reviewing and I have loved every other single book by her.
Small Great Things by [Picoult, Jodi]
Small Great Things

But, saying that, Victoria Hislop has a new book being published as well so maybe I’ll add that:
Cartes Postales from Greece by [Hislop, Victoria]
Cartes Postales from Greece

Biggest disappointment

I’ve been disappointed by so many books this year!! There’s been loads that people have raved on and on about, building the hype and they’ve just fallen flat on their face for me. The 4 I can think of straight away are:
The Girl on the Train   All the Light We Cannot See   The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane: The funny, feel-good read of the summer  The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline   Roberts

The Girl on The Train
All The Light We Cannot See
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

Biggest surprise

Hands down, it has to be Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake.  Anyone who read my review will remember that I tried starting this book god knows how many times and failing to get into it. I was determined and stuck with it and ended up giving it 5/5.  I loved this book and still highly recommend it!!!
Escape to the Riviera
Escape to the Riviera

Favourite new author

This one is Kat French.  The 2 books I’ve read this year have been fun, funny, romantic, and her men are real men who I have falling madly and deeply in love with (I’m still looking of my order form for my own Robinson).  I laugh, cry, fall in love, fall out of love, and feel every other emotion when reading her books!! I’ve added another of her books to my bookcase in the last few weeks as well.
Her books published so far are:
Undertaking Love   The Piano Man Project   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story
Kat French Amazon Page

Newest fictional crush

This book is on a roll on this post!! This will be the third time it’s popped up! It’s Robinson from One Hot Summer by Kat French. Complete knee weaking, swoon-worthy hunk of an American cowboy… Gosh….  I can imagine Scott Eastwood **Fans myself from hot-flushes!!** playing him if it ever gets made into a film.
One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story

Newest favourite character

I have two, both from the same book.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Laia and Elias from An Ember in The Ashes.  They worked perfectly together, had a great chemistry and were written beautifully.  It was great to read his story as well as hers, we always just get the girls!

Books that made you cry

This one is easy, there have been a few this year.  It’s been an emotional year for me, and I do love to have a good weep from time to time!!
We Are All Made of Stars   Letters to the Lost   The Last Letter from Your Lover

Book That Made You Happy

What book doesn’t make me happy?!  But I’ll say this one as it’s the first one I thought about:
Late Summer in the Vineyard
Late Summer in the Vineyard

Favourite book to film adaptation

Hmm.. This is a tough one.  I don’t think many of the books I’ve read have been turned into films recently so I’ll say:
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Me Before You
Me Before You has to be my book of 2015.  I’d been putting off reading it for months and months, probably even years but then I thought to myself “It’s Time”.   So I read it, I cried.. A lot.. And the more I thought about the book afterwards, the more I cried.  I watched the film when it was released earlier this year and guess what, yep, I cried. A lot.  they portrayed the book perfectly I thought, and although I originally couldn’t see the people cast in the roles, it worked out wonderfully.

Favourite post you’ve done this year.

Probably this one. I’ve only got one Blog Tour under my belt, with another on the way.  I’ve yet to do any author Q&A’s or giveaways.  Plus, this one has made me really think about what I’ve read this year.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Just a select few from my shelves (or should I say the ones I remember???):

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   Christmas at the Little Village Bakery  Holding                               You And Me, Always   The Thousandth Floor


August ’16 Wrap Up!!

Oh my goodness, what an awful but brilliant month.  Sadly, we lost my Grandad this month. He was 85 years old, married to my Nan for 60 of them, so he had a full happy life.  He will be missed massively within our family.

But, on a happier note!!! The Man-Child FINALLY proposed to me on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEKK!!!! Sounds like I’m overreacting right? We’ve been together 10 years this New Years, I moved nearly 300 miles away from my family for us to have a chance, and we have a child. Not overacting, trust me!!!

So, the books.  That’s what we’re all about, isn’t it?
Reading wise, the beginning of the month started fab, I read a huge amount.  I also had to change the number for my Goodreads challenge, again. This time I upped it to 150. And then well, it went downhill.  I couldn’t find my mojo, I think I must have left it with my sanity somewhere.  God knows where that’s been hiding.  Then we went to visit my Mum and I surprisingly read 3 within 3 days. Boom, mojo has been found!! On that note, if you see my sanity then please guide it gently this way!

Before listing books – I shall be skipping my review copies this month, and whatnot, I feel like I need to state something about the amount of books I purchase.  For Ebooks, I very very rarely pay full price.  I always wait months for them to drop down to anywhere between 99p and £1.99.  Even better when I pick up a glorious freebie!! I get a lot of Freebies.  It takes time looking for them but it’s worth it.
With the physical books I pick up, again they are never full price.  I never buy books from Waterstones or other big booksellers.  I tend to do The Works (3 for £5), or occasionally Asda’s 2 for £7.  I always buy a lot of secondhand books from sellers on Ebay or other places.  I never tend to use charity shops for my books as they are always ridiculously expensive in my area. I always find my best bargains online.

As for review copies, I do read them and review them all.  I may not put a post on here but I will review it on Goodreads, Amazon and Netgalley.  If I do a blog post, I always add it to Bookbridgr.  Always.

The only reason I’m clarifying all this is because I was asked recently about the amount of books and how I can afford so many.  I always had 100s before starting this blog so it’s not like I’m never going to stop buying them!

Books Purchased:

1: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones
2: Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas
3: The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews
4: The Lonely Hearts Travel Club By Katy Colin’s
5: The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
6: Four Weddings and a Fiasco by Catherine Ferguson
7: High Tide by Veronica Henry
8: Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara
9: Undertaking Love by Kat French
10: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at The Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
11: Royal by Winter Renshaw
12: The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft Pre-Order
13: Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow Pre-Order
14: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by JL Bryan
15: Prosecco and Paparazzi by Celia Kennedy
16: Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox Pre-Order
17: Friends like Us by Sian O’Gorman
18: The Soul’s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff
19: Skin Deep by Catherine Barry
20: Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh
21: The Garden of Secrets by Jane Petken
22: All The Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty
23: Coast to Coast by Kate Dowling
24: Finding Home by Lauren Westwood
25: The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
26: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
27: A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore
28: Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerey
29: A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick
30: I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

I’m not putting in my review copies, if you would like to know what they are, have a look on the Books Reviewed menu at the top (Look Up!). Hopefully I Can list them all! I’ve been on bit of a binge recently, that and there have been some amazing books released on Netgalley this month.  I’ve got my Christmas books lined up for review in September.  It’s early I know, but who needs Christmas just once a year???

Books Read:

1: The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Remnant
2: Late Summer at The Vineyard by Jo Thomas
3: City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown
4: Royal by Winter Renshaw
5: The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver
6: The Piano Man Project by Kat French
7: The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas
8: The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
9: Backpack and a Red Dress by Madrid Jane
10: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
11: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
12: The Genius and The Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
13: Milkshakes and Heartbreak at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox
14: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
15: Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
16: Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
17: The Rejected Writers Book Club by Suzanne Kelman
18: Recreated by Colleen Houck
19: Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas
20: Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh
21: Currently Reading: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Best Book of August:

Tough choice!! For a light hearted read, I’ll have to choose The Piano Man Project by Kat French.  She writes such brilliantly, funny, gorgeous men.  She knows her stuff!!
For everything else, I’ll choose either Posion Study by Maria V. Snyder.  It kept me gripped until the last page, didn’t lose me along the way, and it wasn’t completely outrageous or too soppy for the book of it’s style.

Worst Book of August:

I’m going to sound harsh and say I have 2 this month.  First one, The Rejected Writers Book Club just didn’t really do it for me.  Yes, it made me chuckle, it made smile, but it just dragged a hell of a lot for me.  It didn’t seem to move anywhere quickly or make me want to pick it up.  Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because I was in the car with nothing else to do.
The second one is The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane.  Please do not hate me, and hear me out.  It dragged.  I gave it a 3 because it was a a fantastic idea.  It was a brilliant idea.  But did it really have to drag me on for nearly a damn week?? I finally got into it, then it ended.  Just like that.  Bookshop up and running, year later, the end.  Also, the way it done random parts from someone else’s view.  Like at the university? What was the point?  I know this book is highly popular at the moment but I sort of regret reading it, no not regret but put off reading it while other reviews came in on it.

Book looking forward to in September:

Out of all the review copies I’ve received this month, it’s very difficult to choose one I’m looking forward to.  Obviously I’m looking forward to them all, but the one that stands out which I’ve not read yet? Hmm… Chasing Embers by James Bennett is up there, and so is Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. They are both looking good.

Events for September:

I have a place on the Chasing Embers blog tour, starting the 26th September so I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing that.  I’m also possibly going to do a UK giveaway for 2 people to receive a copy each of a book.  I’m also looking at planning an international giveaway with another author, but watch this space for that.

 So, that’s August wrapped up, and September in full plan mode.  Fingers crossed my mojo loves me enough this month not to abandon me!!!!!!!


ARC Review: Backpack and a Red Dress by Maddie Jane

Backpack and a Red Dress
Backpack and a Red Dress by Maddie Jane
Published: August 15th 2016
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Format: EBook

ISBN: 9781489217370

Available To Purchase
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A fresh contemporary romance about a lonely girl looking for love, family and the perfect dress.
Managing a flailing second-hand clothes shop in an English village is not part of Cally Kirkwood’s life plan. But she’s travelled across the world to meet her birth father and she won’t leave until he acknowledges her.
But life happens when you’re busy making plans, and Cally soon finds herself completely invested in converting the grungy shop into a beautiful vintage clothing store, despite the opposition of her new employer’s son, Sam Hunter.
Sam is instantly attracted to Cally but can’t figure her out. There’s something she isn’t telling him and he doesn’t know whether to trust her—yet he can’t stay away.
An unexpected discovery means Cally must decide whether her true loyalty lies with her father or Sam. She thought she’d do anything to find love; but choosing between her past and her future may leave her with no love at all.

My Thoughts:
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

While I enjoyed this book, I felt it was missing something. I can’t quite put my finger on what though it is exactly though.  While the characters are good, they lacked a little depth.  While the storyline was good, it lacked a little flow and oomph.  While the chemistry was there between Cally and Sam, it was nothing spectacular.  If anything, it was a little predictable.  Although it was predictable, it was very easy to get in to and find what was good about it.

Cally was a likeable lady, she came across as strong, independent, and very determined.  Yet at the same time, she’s soft, fragile and maybe a little bit naive thinking that she would sort of slot right into her estranged fathers life.
Sam came across as the stereotypical moody, hunk.  He ended up being soft, just as fragile as Cally, and even more of a gentleman than he was at the beginning of the book.  He becomes less of a workaholic, and moves past any troubles he had.
Other characters in the book, for example Emma and Jackie, would have been great characters to expand on.  They added humor, sensible words, and witty comments.  There is one ot two characters that could have been left out.  One of them being Tabitha Eldridge.  She added nothing at all, her “threat” seemed to have been said and then completely forgotten about (however stupid it was), and she then just completely disappears from the story.  Or will there be a second book to carry on where it left off??

I’ve never read anything by Maddie Jane before, and this book is a perfect starting ground to discover her others.  It was a nice, easy read, with the predictability that I was sort of expecting from the first couple of pages.  While the story didn’t flow as well as I was hoping, it did keep me entertained and of course had me wanting the obvious happy ending.

My Rating: While predictable, and lacking certain things, I still enjoyed this book.  With easy reading, likeable characters, and the happy ending, I give this book 3/5.

Blog Tour: Don’t You Forget About Me

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for this book, it’s been a great opportunity to get out there and flaunt my blog on social media, to other bloggers, other passionate readers and most importantly to read such a heart-warming, funny book.

This is Liz Tipping’s second book, and the first – Five Go Glamping – is now definitely on my To Be Read pile. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as this one!!

Here’s the other blogs involved:


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Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Carina
Format: Ebook
Goodreads Link


An athlete, a princess, a brain, a criminal, a basket case…

Cara Dunham is definitely one of them. But stuck in her small hometown, with no prospects of escape, she’s struggling to find her thing. Her life is more book club than Breakfast Club and there is no Judd Nelson in sight!

So when Cara is invited to a school reunion she knows this is her chance to channel her inner Molly Ringwald and grab her John Hughes moment, once and for all. Because her teenage love, Daniel Rose will be there, the coolest boy at school and the one that got away.

But transforming into an 80’s icon isn’t easy and Cara enlists the help of her oldest friend, Stubbs, to teach her all she needs to know about being cool and quirky – a la Ringwald.

Except Stubbs thinks she’s perfect, just as she is and takes it upon himself to show Cara that her life might not be ‘movie perfect’, but there is always another take to get things right. And maybe the hero she’s dreamed of has been under her nose the whole time…

My Thoughts:

Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and Carina for the chance to read and review this book. I really enjoyed it and found myself rooting for Cara to get the right man in the end!!

Cara was a likeable character, she was a bit stuck in the past, but she had a certain charm that I liked. Stubbs was a great character, I liked him a lot.  I could imagine him being one of my friends.  The additions of Divvy – sorry, Dave – and April weren’t really anything special for me though.  I understand that April plays a big part in Cara’s life, especially in the past, but she wasn’t anything special.  I would never have guessed that she was helping Stubbs in the way she was so that was a surprise.

I liked the references to numerous 80’s and 90’s references, being a child in the 90’s I understood it all – which was a delight! I can’t say I’ve watched all of the films mentioned but I’m planning on it!! I can remember watching The Breakfast Club but not for a very long time. The bands mentioned I know off, and am a fan so that’s always a big bonus!!!! I was able to picture some of the places mentioned, being a regular visitor to the area.

The writing style was easy to read, and matched the book perfectly.  There wasn’t any ridiculous long paragraphs, or chapters, that would have put anyone looking for an easy read off from picking this up. It’s definitely a mini walk down memory lane for people who grew up in the 1980s.

My Rating: With likeable characters, a storyline that flowed well with a light-hearted theme.  Superb for people who grew up in the 80’s.  I’m giving this big a very strong 4/5.

ARC Review: Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas

imageLate Summer in the Vineyard
by Jo Thomas
Published: 11th August 2016
Publisher: Headline Review
ISBN: 9781472223722

Available to purchase from
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Emmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it’s time to put down roots of her own.
Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn’t know a thing about wine – beyond what’s on offer at the local supermarket.
There’s plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy’s new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there’s her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets.
But Emmy will soon realise that in life – just as in wine-making – the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there’s romance in the air…

My Thoughts:

Firstly, thanks to the publisher and Bookbridgr for the opportunity to read and review this great book! Again, as with my last 2 reviews, look at the cover!! This is bright, cheerful, and instantly you know it’s going to be an amazing book. The digital image does nothing for the actual physical book.

My goodness. What a beautiful, heart-warming, gorgeous *insert whatever warm fuzzy word you’re thinking here* book. It’s certainly left me with that warm, romantic, loving feeling.
This is the first book I’ve read by Jo Thomas, I regret not reading The Oyster Catcher, which I’ve had for months, sooner to find out that she is an outstanding author.

Emmy is an excellent character. She’s down on her luck, looking for a means to help out her Dad. So what does she do? Throws herself so far outside her comfort zone, and succeeds in every way you want her to. She grows, becomes more confident and falls in love along the way. Isaac is the lone, travelling wine-maker, looking for somewhere – and someone – to settle down. He’s handsome, charming, and just utterly perfect for Emmy.

The chemistry between them sizzles off the page and I just love it. Every character adds something special to this book. Madame Beaumont is just the perfect character for, she is by far the best old lady I’ve come across recently in books.

Jo Thomas’s writing style has left me with a warm feeling, and has definitely left me wanting more. I would love it if there was a second book following Emmy and Isaac. I will be hurrying to pick up everything else by Jo Thomas now.

France is a perfect backdrop, set in a quaint little village that I really want to visit now. Or just visit France in general, anywhere in such a stunning country would be fine!!! I seem to be having a European reading spree at the moment!

My Rating: With excellent characters, a wonderful French setting, and romance pouring from pretty much every page, I give this book a huge sloppy kiss and an even bigger 5/5. This book is perfect for settling down with on a late summer’s evening, with a glass (or 2) of wine.

ARC Review: Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake

Escape To The Riviera by Jules Wake
Published: 30 June 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, Avon
Format: EBook:
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780008185305

Available to Purchase:
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Carrie Hayes has a job she enjoys and a perfectly nice boyfriend. She’s sorted. Isn’t she?

But Carrie’s life wasn’t always like this. As a young, wild drama student, she married fellow actor, Richard Maddox, after a whirlwind romance. Life back then was full of possibilities, but when Hollywood beckoned Richard, Carrie was left behind.
Now an A-list superstar, Richard’s life couldn’t be more different to Carrie’s, so when their paths cross in glamorous St Tropez, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.
But with lovely, sensible Alan in tow, Carrie knows she needs to do the right thing. The only problem is, Carrie and Richard never quite got round to getting a divorce…
Lose yourself this summer on the French Riviera, the perfect read for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jane Costello.

My Thoughts:
Firstly, Thank You to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my review!!
How stunning are the colours on that cover?? That’s the main reason why I requested this book! I’m not afraid to admit it, it was all about the cover!! I barely paid attention to the description, and too be honest I’m sort of glad I didn’t.

I will be honest, it took me quite a few attempts to get into this book, but I did eventually! Once I got going, it was impossible to detract the kindle from my hands! I’m only a little bit ashamed to say that I nearly, very nearly, forgot to feed my child…. Is that bad??? It’s rare that I really struggle to get into a book and continue to read it, but I’m absolutely delighted, no ecstatic, that I stuck with this and finished it.

This book is one of the books that I will recommend to everyone and anyone – who will listen to me rattle on about it anyway!!  The whole storyline was fantastic, I loved the fact it wasn’t following normal rules of the first falling in love storyline, it was about falling in love all over again.  It was about finding who you are, and taking life by the horns and going for what you actually want.  I’m glad the whole storyline didn’t revolve around the movie star status, that would have been a bit tedious.  Instead it was more about who he was before, the man he was before.  The memories of Carrie and Richard made me smile, laugh (discreetly), and make me root for them even more!!

The 3 leading ladies were brilliant, they worked well off each other and I could have read about them for a very long time! Carrie is a superb leading lady, she’s funny, witty, determined.  Jade is a typical teenager – celebrity obsessed, technology addict – and Angela is the voice of reason behind everything. Richard…. Richard…. What can I say about I can say about Richard? He comes across as smooth, romantic, charming, gorgeous, and just…. Swoon-Worthy? The chemistry between Carrie and Richard is electric, and you can feel the love between them.

The setting of the Riviera was fantastic, and is perfect for a summer read. I love books set on mainland Europe, and this didn’t budge that feeing at all.  I rarely read books set in France but this has changed that.  I shall be on the lookout for more similar books!  It was written brilliantly, with witty moments, intense moments, and near happy tear moments.

My Rating: I loved this book. I loved the characters, the setting, storyline, everything.  it will stay with me for a lone time, and as I said, I will recommend it to be many people! On that note, I give it a huge 5/5.

ARC Review: The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James

The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club (Luna Bay Book2)
by Lynsey James
Published: 1st August
Publisher: Carina UK
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780008189952

Available to purchase:
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Emily Reed is having a bad day. Her mother has just dropped a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father!
Desperately in need of answers, Emily heads to Luna Bay covering her personal quest up as a work trip to Sunflower Cottage B&B.
Setting up the ‘Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club’ should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is. The only problem is brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, who is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.
Discovering the truth after all these years was never going to be simple, but Emily will stop at nothing to uncover her past… even if her heart is getting in the way!

My Thoughts:
Firstly, Thank you to Netgalley and Carina UK for the opportunity to read and review this book. This book is the second one in the Luna Bay series, the first is The Broken Hearts Book Club, which I have read and enjoyed.

Lynsey James is slowly becoming a firm favourite with me, she writes brilliantly funny and touching books. All the covers to her books are pretty, especially this one!! It’s gorgeous! I know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but we all do it, don’t we?!

It was great to have characters from The Broken Hearts Book Club as involved with this story, it was unexpected in a way but made everything feel familiar and like you were coming home.  Luna Bay is a perfect little setting for this book, it works so well.

The additions to Lucy and Jake’s story (from Broken Hearts) is fantastic and glad that we get a little glimpse into their lives.  All new characters – Noah, Rose and Emily’s family – all add something, and grow along with Emily in her journey.  Noah starts off moody, distant, and becomes loving, affectionate, and warm.  Rose is the sensible, grand-motherly voice throughout the whole book and wish I could sit down and have a cup of tea and a big bit of cake with her!! Emily’s family – especially her mum- adds that element which every family has – unconditional love, a home, and arms that are always open for a hug.  It may be a bit of a strange way of putting it, but that’s how I saw them..

I didn’t particularly like Emily much to begin with, she came across as selfish, demanding, and maybe a little bit too naïve.  BUT!! By the end of the book, she is as far from that as she could possible be.  She becomes more of an adult, more grown up, less like the teenager she originally come across as.  She’s stronger, happier, she’s in love – I know it doesn’t make much difference in our world, but in her world, it’s everything.

I’m secretly hoping that Book 3 (Yep, there is one!! YAY!!) will have more about Alice.  She was an intriguing character and I wanted to know that little bit more about her.  She seems to have so much potential, a clean slate in a sense.  But then, the theme of the books seem to be a young woman coming in and finding her true self.  Maybe it’ll be Diane’s daughter?? She comes home to find out she’s got a sister… I’m all for it, whatever happens in it!!

Lynsey James has a writing style that makes you feel warm, cosy, happy and content.  She manages to capture everything that the characters are feeling in perfectly formed words and makes you feel everything along with them.

My Rating: With brilliantly written characters, a cosy little village and that loving feeling, I give this book a huge 4/5.

Book Review: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
An Ember In The Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Ebook
Pages: 451
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Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.

When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn are the rebels.

But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk…Laia’s very life is at stake.

There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined – and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

My Thoughts:

This book…. Although a simple read, it was highly enjoyable! My first thought when I finished it was like “OH COME ON!!!?!?!”
I can safely say I did not want it to end.  This book is full of promises, and the way it ends is a brilliant way to set up the second.

I wouldn’t be able to say which character I liked the most, they all have good and bad points. Laia was a little annoying and yet she was a good, independent leading lady, Elias was something kind of special but then on the otherhand he was just… ARGH!!!!!! Helene was a good, down to earth addition, although she was a bit stupid not actually knowing what her ‘best friend’ believed in or felt about things. Izzi was the only one that I would have liked to know more about.  Was she related to Cook? Are they Mother/Daughter? Also, on the subject of Cook… Was she the traitor? Was she responsible for Laia’s pain?

Laia’s attraction to Keenan is a bit… Unexpected if anything.  She has hardly seen him, hardly interacted with him and he just feels a little wrong.  The chemistry between them is nothing compared to the chemistry between Laia and Elias.  I’m intrigued as to who will be cast for the movie when they start – I’ve read somewhere recently that it’s being adapted.

Sabaa Tahir’s writing style is simple, yet effective.  It’s straight to the point, yet has an enchanted feel to it. I loved the way it would switch between Laia and Elias. How’s that going to work in the 2nd book as they will be together? I feel like it may be a little repetitive… maybe…I’m very very excited for it though. The world the book is set in seems pretty special, and I hope we get to experience more of it during the second book.

My Rating: With the enchanting writing, the very promising world building, and the characters, I rate this book an extremely high 4/5.

ARC Review: Daemoneum by Laney McMann

Daemoneum (The Primordial Principles #2) by Laney McMann
Published: 1st July 2016
Publisher: Jagged Lane Books
Format: Ebook
Pages: 361
ISBN: 9780996329569

Boulder, Colorado is too quiet, and no one needs to remind Cole Spires how unnatural that is.
In the aftermath of Dracon’s death, the Daemoneum have gone into hiding. Every known Hive has been shut down and evacuated, and for the first time in Cole’s memory, the Brotherhood, Kinship, and all common houses across the country and abroad are considering lockdown. Leygates are being systematically closed around the world, and the Primordial are waiting …
In the bunker underneath the Brotherhood, Kade Sparrow is as safe as she can possibly be, or that’s the idea, but no one can explain how her Astrum necklace found its way into her bedroom. There were no footprints, no traces of breaking and entering, no evidence of any kind that someone had infiltrated the Brotherhood common house. Yet the necklace still sat on her night stand, wound in a perfect circle of gold, the tiny star glinting on its chain. And the only person who could have put it there … is dead.
In the second installment of The Primordial Principles, strange occurrences are happening across the globe. Relationships will be tested, old players will become new, foes will turn into allies, and an unlikely adversary will force Cole and Kade to go on the run.
As the fallen rise, the Primordial must unite as one.
Or all could be lost.

My Thoughts:
Firstly, Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

It wasn’t what I was expecting to be honest.  It started up days after where the first one, Crystallum, ended and didn’t really get anywhere quickly again.   I enjoyed it, slightly, and read it just to get it over with.  Cole is still the only character I like even remotely, although the more in depth introduction of Heru added a little extra something as well.

The whole thing just read as a gigantic kissing session.  That feels like all I’ve read about in the last two days.  There wasn’t enough action happening, and the twists weren’t really all that surprising for me.  There were huge paragraphs what could have been skipped, and one to many declarations of love and staring at each other.  A lot of things kept being repeated which wasn’t really necessary and kind of bugged me a bit.

Saying all that though, I  somehow still managed to keep up and understand what was what, who was who, and what was happening. There were maybe one or two moments where I was questioning whether it was worth finishing but I’m glad I did.  I was very disappointed with how the book ended though, it could have finished a couple of pages earlier, if not a whole chapter.  But, it’s ended one another cliffhanger so I’ll just have to read the next one when it’s published next year.

My Rating: As with the first one, I’m giving 3/5.  While I enjoyed it, I felt there was a lot missing from this book.  For a book where I expected pages of action, all I got was a few pages.  Bit disappointed but it kept me going.