Sunday, 14 January 2018

2018 Reading Challenge

HELLO from the other side!

First of all can I say Happy 2018 to you all, yikes I know I am so late in wishing everyone (sorry), I truly hope you all have a wonderful 2018, may it be a better year than 2017. It seems to have flown by so quickly, I feel like it was just yesterday I was saying goodbye to 2016 and welcoming 2017. So much has changed in a year. As some of you may know, I found out I was pregnant in mid August and my life has drastically changed since then. I personally did not plan on becoming a mother for another couple of years but life has a way of changing your mind. To be honest, as I enter the final trimester I am still somewhat scared of the aspect of giving birth/having a child, since I have never been pregnant before I really have no idea what to expect which is both a bad and good πŸ˜“πŸ˜Œ. Pregnancy has been difficult for me, not only is there a lot of changes to the body I had to get used to, I had to tolerate the mood changes, hormones, not being able to do certain things and just pregnancy symptoms in general. Although, I am a lot better than I was in the first trimester (Thank God for that), unfortunately the part of me that didn't want to do anything did not go away. I am still struggling with reading and blogging today which is why everything has suffered. I wish I could change that part of me but I have learned to deal with it and accept I can't force myself to do anything. However, I am still hopeful that I can change some things since I get maternity leave from work at the end of this month. Here is to a better 2018. 

Last year, I didn't do very well in the reading challenges I decided to participate. I am hoping I can do much better this year. Let's see how this goes! 😊

1. British Books Challenge 

The lovely Chelley is once again hosting this challenge, I am aiming to read at least 12 books this year. Be sure to go and check her blog out, in the mean while here is my list:

1. Wing Jones
2. How Hard Can Love Be
3. A Step Towards Falling
4. Ally Carter

2. 2018 Beat The Backlist 

This is a new one to me but I LOVE the sound of this. Thank you to Novel Knight for this reading challenge, I hope everyone surpasses their goal. My own reading goals are:

1. What Light
2. Martini Henry
3. Freeks
4. Callback 2
5. United As One
6. A Step Towards Falling
7. Ally Carter
8. Secrets of the Little Village 

** I know some of the books I have chosen are entered more than once, I have a lot of backlist to go through!

And the final one is...

3.  Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge 

Once again, I am participating in this challenge, I just can't help myself on either of these websites once I see a book I am like 'ooooo I like the sound of that one' I just can't stop myself from clicking on that request button.

1. About Last Night
2. A Secret Garden
3. Mary Poser
4. The Bucket List
5. The Witch's Kiss
6. Starfish 

Let's Chat: Do you have any reading challenges you are participating this year? Leave me some links to your blog posts in the comments below, I would love to check them out!

Adios amigos!

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Westbrook #4

Title: Playlist: Part One
Author: Laura Clark
Published: 12th May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend:  Yes

Due to mature content, this book is intended for readers who are 16+. Playlist Part One is Book 4 of the Westbrook Series, but can be read without having read the previous books.

Avery Brookes seems to have it all. She's popular, smart, and gorgeous. Everyone at Westbrook High wants to be her because she's as close to perfect as it gets. Or so it seems. . . .

Avery is Ivy-league bound, but only if she lands the scholarship she has her eye on. Everything is on track until she gets her first bad grade. Without an A in this class, she can kiss that scholarship goodbye.

An unexpected extra credit opportunity might help her land the A she so desperately needs. That is, if she can keep her schoolgirl-crush fantasies in check. After all, she’ll be working with Westbrook's hottest male teacher, Mr. Channing. With him barely out of college, and Avery on the way, it’s easy for her to dismiss their small age gap. Will she be able to keep their relationship strictly professional?

Kyle Patterson swears that his player ways are a thing of the past. He’s a sophomore in college now. He wants to be in a committed relationship with Avery Brookes, his sister’s best friend, but she isn’t convinced of his transformation. What does he need to do to prove that he’s serious? Will Kyle be able to capture Avery’s heart before someone else claims it?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the publisher


I was forever waiting for this book and then I took forever reading it...why you say? I can't really answer that question because ...erm...I don't quite know the answer *runs and hides*

*sighs* because I don't quite know how I feel about Laila and Trevor's relationship. And it only made it harder for me to read about Sam. I really loved Sam and still do. I was so devastated when she chose Trevor over Sam and sometimes I feel like Laila is oblivious. Anyways. I am getting a bit carried with Laila's story instead of Avery...

Avery is Perfect, she is literally. That's what everyone perceives her to be, unknown to them Avery finds it really hard to live up to their expectations and constantly feels pressured. Avery is very sweet, loyal and hardworking. When I read the amount of commitments she has dedicated herself too, I am really in awe of her (I feel like I need to do something to help the community too but reading is hardwork). Kyle is such a sweetheart, I really would love to have a boy friend like him. Marry me instead? *dreamy eyes*

One thing I never expected this storyline to include is a love triangle, I mean having such strong feelings for Kyle and Conor who by the way is Laila's teacher. YES you heard right she also finds herself having feelings for Conor too. What a mess! What have you gotten yourself in to Avery? Although I can't blame her, but she misinterprets everything with Kyle and fails to see how he is trying to change for her, it's not easy girl. It's the same situation with Kyle he misinterprets Avery and well everything basically is a whole mess and I have a bad feeling about this!

ARGHHH!!! When is the next book going to release? Dying to know who Avery ends up with!

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Primrose Terrace Series #1

Title: Wellies and Westies 
Author: Cressida McLaughlin 
Published: 30th April 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack.
Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…

Wellies and Westies is the first part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.

O-M-G I really really loved this book so much, again it is part of a short series so it was relatively short but I honestly loved this storyline so much. I have never read animal lover based books before so it was refreshing to read it (I think I have but I can't remember the name of the book for the life of me!).

Cat makes a huge mistake, only she realises it too late. She brings a puppy to work and she knows she is not supposed to yet she does it anyways (her boss also doesn't like animals) so she gets fired from her job. However, this turns out to be a very good opportunity for Cat as she decides to open her own dog walking business with the help of Joe and Polly.

I absolutely adored Polly, not only is she a very good friend to Cat but she is training to be a vet so it turns out to be a very good business proposition as she also joins the business. And Hot Joe? He can come across as a bit harsh sometimes but really when he gives you his full attention you might just end up being dazzled. I for one cannot wait for the next book!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Blog Tour: Christmas at Butterfly Cove

Title: Christmas at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Published: 6th October 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: YES!

All she wants for Christmas…

When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.

Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?

Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to HQ Digital

As some of you may know I am currently about 5 and half months pregnant. Pregnancy is not what I expected it to be, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like to. I know it might sound clichΓ© but you know one of those feelings where you wish for a miracle to drop out of the sky well this is one of those moments. Unexpectedly, the lovely people at HQ Digital dropped it in the form of this fabulous book (thank you Anna!).

I love the month of December, not just because everyone is very festive but some of the most strangest and magical moments seem to happen in this month (and well also because I happen to turn 24 in a matter of days). I have read a lot of Christmas theme books throughout the years, I don't just enjoy them in this month but I love to read them throughout the year, this book was so unexpected I can't stop gushing about how much I am in love with Nee and Luke.

Nee is becoming an enigma in the art world, specifically in sculpture. She doesn't have the best family life with her mum becoming an alcoholic and a father locked in his study but she does have the best sisters who care and nurture her in to a confident young woman. That is until she meets Luke, he loves and recreates those moments she missed out in childhood. Those magical months turn in to a happy marriage so what exactly goes wrong for Nee when it seems she has everything? Only one way to find out πŸ˜‰

Luke is a sweetheart, he has a good relationship with his parents and a very strong bond with his brother Aaron. With the love of his life vanished from his fingers he becomes angry and a little bitter towards the mention of Nee (but that is only a cover up as he still loves her).

I particularly enjoyed finding out the twists in each of the family members life especially with Aaron and his mother it is one I never saw coming but it kept me hooked to the book.

Sarah Bennett truly does a tremendous job at creating such loveable and true to self characters, not only do you see yourself in each of them but at some point of your life, each of us had made that mistake on the turn of the moment without actually realising the consequences only in the end you seem to have lost a piece of yourself. My reflection with Nee was exactly like that, I could see myself making those mistakes today where you wish you could turn time around and change your decision.

I haven't read any of Sarah's previous novels but I enjoyed this one so much I will definitely be on the lookout for more thoughtful and festive stories. 

Be sure to checkout other great reviews in the blog tour!

Let's talk: How is your December turning out so far? Have you read any great books lately? Be sure to recommend me some in the comments below!

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