Hauls

Blogmas Day 3: November Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

OMG A BOOK HAUL – Is it Christmas already??? Happy Blogmas Day 3 everyone! I bought some great books this month, and got given 2 amazing ARC’s – a pretty good month if I say so myself!

Link me your Blogmas posts below!

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ARCs:


Title: Everless by Sara Holland

I was given this ARC at the TEENSGate blogger event in Manchester, and I couldn’t wait to read it! I absolutely loved it (yes I have read it!) – and I can’t wait to write up my review!

Synopsis: In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.

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Reviews

Blogmas Day 2: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th February 2007

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .divider-2461548_1280

Review:

If you thought online shopping was a fun hobby, then after reading this book you’ll definitely be thinking twice!

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Reviews

Blogmas Day 1: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt // Review


Title: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 2nd March 2017

Synopsis: A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to. What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.divider-2461548_1280

Review:

An emotionally beautiful, and heart wrenching book, but you’ll definitely need some tissues by the end.

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Reviews

Guest Post: Writing Tips from Louise Dean!

Hi everyone!

Today is the final day of November, so it means the end of NaNoWriMo! I hope everyone had successful writing months – and to celebrate here’s a guest post! My first ever guest post, I’m so excited! Today author Louise Dean offers her top ten tips for novel writing.

I hope this post inspires you to carry on with your writing through December, just because NaNoWriMo has ended doesn’t mean your writing does too! Anyway here are her top tips!divider-2461548_1280

  1. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t over-indulge in binge writing. You’ll upset your system. A solid hour a day will see you right. Keep faith with your novel. Don’t miss a day.

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Reviews

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review


Title: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Rating: 

Release: 5th September 2017

Synopsis: Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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Review:

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book to review!

 

I really don’t know how to feel about this book. I’ve never read an E. Lockhart book before, so I was quite excited after hearing brilliant things, but I was a little disappointed.

I didn’t feel invested at all with the story, and it just fell a little flat for me. I really wanted to like it, so I’m sad I didn’t! I did manage to finish it because it was only short, but I can’t say I’d want to read it again.

I do hope to give We Were Liars a chance one day though, I still have hope!

You can buy Genuine Fraud on Amazon UK here!

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

Monthly Wrap Ups

November Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s almost December already?? Where is this year going?? I only have a few months left at university and I’M NOT READY! The years keep getting quicker and quicker, and I’m not okay with it at all!

This month I had one of the best reading months in a while! Not because I read the most amount of books I’ve read or anything, but because the books I did get to were AMAZING! I read so many 5 star books this month, and I can’t wait to talk about them, because I still have SO MANY feelings! Here we go:divider-2461548_1280

ARC Reads:


Title: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Rating: ★

Review: I was sent this by NetGalley, so thank you to NetGalley! However I was actually sadly not a fan! I really didn’t like the writing style, and just felt the characters were a little flat for my taste! But I still have hope I’ll like other books by this author! My review of this book will be live tomorrow!

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Reviews

BLOG TOUR POST: PULSE by Danielle Koste // Review


Title: PULSE by Danielle Koste

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 1st January 2018

Synopsis: Rowan Platts is addicted to success. When she’s presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.

He’s a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual. Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A fast paced, perfectly balanced supernatural story with a story that will leave in you shaken, and begging to know what happens next.

I was unsure when I first started this book, but after the first 2 pages I literally couldn’t stop thinking about it. I adored the character of Rowan, and how utterly headstrong she was. She was so fierce from start to finish, and how down to earth she was really stood out to me.

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Reviews

Inside Alcatraz // Review


Title: Inside Alcatraz by Jim Quillen

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 1st February 2016

Synopsis: Jim Quillen, AZ586 – a runaway, problem child and petty thief – was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz.

This is the true story of life inside America’s most notorious prison – from terrifying times in solitary confinement to daily encounters with ‘the Birdman’, and what really happened during the desperate and deadly 1946 escape attempt.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A shockingly true account of one of the most notorious prisons in the world. Emotional, terrifying and extremely hard hitting, this is one to watch out for.

True crime is one of the most interesting things to read about, and I’ve always been fascinated in learning about the worlds most notorious prisons, so when I saw this I knew I had to get it!

The pure honesty in this book is really brilliant. I love how Jim gave us such a true account of his past, his crimes, and what he went through during his time in Alcatraz.

It left me shocked about how much happened during the time the prison was open, and I loved how we got an insight into the escape too. It kept me so intrigued, and the writing was just something else.

If you’re a fan of true crime, this is definitely the book for you.

You can buy Inside Alcatraz here!

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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay // Review


Title: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Rating: ★★★★.5

Release: 27th September 2016

Synopsis: The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

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Review:

It’s the book that scared Stephen King, and I can tell why. With both subtle horror, and a spine chilling story to follow, this is definitely one to read with the lights on.

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough // Review


Title: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th January 2017

Synopsis: Louise – Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David – Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele – Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

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Review:

A thriller that will leave you in shock, and will leave you reeling for weeks on end after you finish the final page.

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