The Valiant by Lesley Livingston // Review

Title: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 14th February 2017

Synopsis: Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators–owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy. 



An action packed novel with everything a historical fiction book needs, from badass female protagonists to Roman soldiers! You’ll be thinking of this long after the final page.

I’d heard amazing things about this book before I picked it up, so I was already really excited to read it. However once I actually got around to it, I completely fell in love with it!

The story kicks in straight away, which I loved. It can be hard when you read a book with a slow start, but this was everything I wanted. I was hooked from the first page, and the story just kept getting better and better. The narrative in itself was brilliantly created, with such historical meaning behind it. I loved how we could see a clear divide between the Romans and the British, it made it feel so real.

Fallon slowly became one of the best female protagonists I’ve ever read about. I loved how she never gave up, and that her honour was the most important part of her life. She was so inspiring, and the journey of her having to learn to be a warrior was written beautifully. I felt like I was on the journey with her, and I felt everything she did.

The characters all worked together so well and I love the comradeship between Fallon and her friends. However it was also brilliant how Fallon still kept her need to be a warrior above all, it showed just how much of a strong character she is.

This book has everything you could want in a historical fiction novel; Romans, historical accuracy, badass females! It is exciting and dramatic from start to finish, and you’ll want the next book as soon as you finish!

You can buy The Valiant at all major outlets now!


Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee // Review

Title: Vermilion Tears by Tia Lee

Rating: ★★★

Release: 18th July 2017

Synopsis: Lydia comes from humble beginnings living with her family in New Haven. Her life gets turned upside down when she is on a train to New York City to start her new life. Lydia is attacked by supernatural creatures she didn’t even realize existed. Now a supernatural being herself, she finds herself fleeing from a brutal captor and trying to keep her family intact. Will she be caught or will she succeed in escaping and restoring her family?



A story set in Victorian times, filled with love, vampires and more supernatural beings that you could ever want!

First off, thank you to Tia for sending me this book!

This book started off quite slow, which I’m not used to so it took a while to get into! However once I’d got further into the story, it picked up pace so well. I liked the mystery at the start of the book, I was constantly guessing what was happening, and how our characters would end up, which was very interesting.

I also really liked how the story didn’t drag out, and although there were a couple of big time gaps in there, it made sense overall, and kept the story concise! I liked how each character was unique and he difference between both supernatural species was very well created.

The reality of Reuben’s family finding out about him was also so brilliant;y written, it felt so real. It was exactly how I’d expect someone to handle that news, and I loved it.

The only issue for me was the writing style overall. I didn’t feel as hooked as I’d like to be with the book, and I think the writing style sometimes didn’t fit with the overall flow of the book.

Having said that I still really enjoyed the book, and I really loved the story itself. It was so creative, and I loved the ending so much!

Overall this book was an exciting story, set in one of my favourite eras. It was very accurate to the era, and I loved the mixture of reality with paranormal.

Definitely a fun read!

You can buy Vermilion Tears now from Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Vermilion Tears in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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How I Choose My Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Danielle over at The Introverted Book Nerd! Thank you for tagging me, I’m so excited to do this tag!

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
So I picked this up because well it’s Stephen King! I love him so much, and his writing literally is one of my favourite things, so of course I had to get it! Also this has a bit of blue on the cover so it fits!

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know whether it would be my type of book, but I’d heard such amazing things on people’s blogs and on Twitter, so I thought I’d give it a try! Well you can read my review here to see just how much I loved it!

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The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes // Review

Title: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

Rating: ★★★ .5

Release: 30th March 2016

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.
To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.
Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.  She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . 



A fun Middle Grade story with a deep underlying message that will leave you laughing one second, and crying in the next.

This debut novel follows Hannah as she discovers a magical lamp disguised as an ugly teapot. She rubs it and then the genie appears, but Hannah’s first wish is to bring her father back from the dead. What follows on from this are consequences dangerous to not only Hannah, but to all humanity.

I really liked how this book was written. I love Middle Grade books, and I loved the story and how exciting the story was. It was so exciting and fast paced, and Hannah was such a wonderfully created character. The depth of her grief was so believable and the way she interacted with the Genie was brilliant.

The link to the actual Aladdin story was such a brilliant addition, it was such a surprise and added a brilliant nod to the first ever stories.

The underlying story of grief was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read. It can be rare to find such a hard hitting issue in a MG novel, but this was done brilliantly. I felt everything that Hannah did, and the ending was beautifully heartbreaking.

A fun yet emotional story that leaves you wanting more. Fun for all ages with beautiful writing, and some of the most relatable characters.

You can buy The Ugly Teapot on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent The Ugly Teapot in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*


A Climbing Stock by Andrew Hiller // Review

A Climbing Stock by Andrew Hiller

Rating: DNF

Release: 1st April 2017

Synopsis: Many years ago, Jacque, was tricked into selling his last cow to M. Au Paulet for an amount that wasn’t worth beans. The greedy monopolist guarded all his cattle closely, thus depriving the world of the milk of human kindness. The world soured as the last milk curdled. John, the owner of a small failing business, is tricked by a strange little man to sell his company for three thousand shares of an unknown stock called BEAN (Biomicroscopy Endoscopic Arterial Neurosurgery). To his surprise, the BEAN stock grows rapidly. So rapidly in fact, that he finds himself questioned by the FBI, FTC, and practically other organization with an F in their name. In order to preserve his name, John breaks into BEAN headquarters and is soon recruited by Mr. Tucker to try to bring kindness back to the world. Whisked away, John must fight bureaucrats, dragons, labor unions, and a very powerful corporate giant. But despite all the obstacles, John won’t quit, not ’til the cows come home.



This will only be a short review, but first off I want to say thank you to Andrew Hiller for sending me this book.

I started this book really enthusiastic, it sounded amazing, and I loved the idea of a new retelling of such a well known fairy-tale. The start was fun, and exciting and I really loved the writing and how the tale had been changed into a modern day feel, it was very clever.

However as I continued with the book I felt I wasn’t very engaged with it, and felt confused at times as to what was going on. There were a lot of perspective changes, which left me a little perplexed as to what was going on.

I ended up getting around halfway through the book before I decided that this book just wasn’t for me!

Although I didn’t finish the book, this book definitely had good points to it! I enjoyed the start, and I can see how it would be a brilliant book to someone who enjoyed the genre, or understood the story a little more.

I just think this definitely wasn’t something for me, and I didn’t enjoy it enough to finish it, which is a shame!

Thank you anyway to Andrew for the copy of the book.

You can buy A Climbing Stock on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent A Climbing Stock in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*


Feel Me Fall by James Morris // Review

Title: Feel Me Fall by James Morris

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 6th May 2017

Synopsis: Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?



A YA thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with an intriguing narrative, exciting characters, and a plot twist to keep you on your toes, this book is the thriller we’ve been waiting for.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew this book was going to be amazing. I was definitely not disappointed.

One of my favourite things was how the story was told. I loved how it was narrated so it felt like Emily was telling the story about how they all dealt with the crash and the days that followed. It felt so inclusive, and I was completely invested into everything that happened.

The story itself particularly stood out to me, I absolutely loved how it developed throughout, I did not want to put it down. The writing was the perfect balance of suspense, world building and character development all in one. James did a wonderful job of bringing everything together to create a narrative to die for (pun intended).

However the main thing that the novel blew me away with was the characters. Every character had such unique personalities that I became invested in each and every one of them. I was devastated each time something bad happened to them, and each plot twist left me on the edge of my seat.

The ending was incredible, and even when I thought I’d solved what happened, something else happened and I was in awe of the writing! If I didn’t already know how great this book was, the ending emphasised it even more!

An extremely well written suspense novel, with believable characters making you question every move, and an ending leaving you begging for me. This book was such an amazing read, and definitely is one for all suspense and survival lovers.

You can buy Feel Me Fall now on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Feel Me Fall in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*


Reflections by Briana Morgan // Review

Title: Reflections by Briana Morgan

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 10th June 2017

(Trigger warning – Rape)

A beautifully supernatural debut novel with a message that will leave you crying both tears of sadness and joy.

First of all thank you to Briana for sending me your wonderful novel! When I first started this book I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. Little did I know that I would be in for the journey of a lifetime.

This book tells the story of Rama, a teenage girl who has been through a very traumatic event, leaving her with very low self-esteem, so much she can barely look in the mirror. Then after finding one of her classmates dead from a suspected serial killer, she unknowingly enters the world of shapeshifters. What follows is her struggle to find the killer, live with shifters, and learning to love herself once again.

I absolutely adore this book. From the first page I was completely taken by Rama and her personality. Her character has so many elements that were created and written so beautifully I think it would be hard not to love her. The writing of the novel itself was brilliantly creative, and gave away parts of Rama’s past slowly, so it keeps you guessing but also gives you hwat you want – information about the story.

The supernatural story including the shifters was so well thought out, and I loved how each individual part of the tribe had such unique personalities, and fit into the book perfectly. I was constantly guessing who the killer was, and the development of the characters to all become more like family to Rama and help her was so special.

The underlying message about learning to love yourself after such a traumatic event like what happened to Rama was done so brilliantly, I am in awe. Not only was her story so real and believable but the way it was written about was so raw. The way Rama was explaining how she doesn’t like her body, was so moving I felt myself well up. However following that after the journey she goes on through the novel, to see her developed character so strong and positive was absolutely amazing. I love how we got to see this transformation and follow along with her as she dealt with what happened in her own brilliant way.

It’s truly rare to find an author who can combine supernatural with real and raw subjects such as rape, but Briana has done exactly this, and she has done it perfectly. I wanted to read it all in one sitting, and there wasn’t one part of the book that I felt didn’t fit. The end left me so happy and emotional, I am in awe of this book.

With a paranormal plot suitable for any supernatural lover, and writing filled with emotionally wonderful messages to help teach people how to overcome their worst demons, this book is a masterpiece to say the least.

Reflections is out now to buy on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent Reflections in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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Getting to Know Me Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashleigh over at For the Love of Books and by the lovely Jackie over at Bookworm Cafe! I’m so unbelievably excited to do this book, it sounds so much fun and I’ve been blogging for over a year but you all still don’t really know much about me so here we go!


Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?

I have to stop on a chapter! I hate stopping in between chapters because I always lose where I was on the page, and I just feel so much better being at a chapter!

Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?

Not really! Normally I’m just completely engrossed in reading!

Can you read listening to music or watching TV?

I can listen to music but I much prefer to sit in silence and immerse myself.

One book at a time, or several at once?

It depends! I normally read several at once because my TBR is drowning me haha!

Reading at home or everywhere?

EVERYWHERE! Literally if I have even a second to read my book, you can guarantee I’ve already picked it up.

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Hi everyone!
I am so honoured to be nominated for this award! Thank you so much to the amazing Emily Williams over at who nominated me for this – I am so lucky! I love you!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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