Search This Blog

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson



18189606

Book: Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
 
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?


Monday, 5 March 2018

Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



41865

Book: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 
Series: The Twilight Saga, #1
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 6th 2006
About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

ARC Review: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry



35133826

Book: Say You’ll Remember Me, Katie McGarry 
Series: stand alone
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 30th, 2018

 When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers. 

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Friday, 26 January 2018

I'm Back!!!

 https://78.media.tumblr.com/a675bc3ae06726992fdae508fc210b89/tumblr_o9e0wlBPmr1uhw6qxo1_500.gif

Hi everybody! I'm back. I'm sorry I've been missing for the last four months, but life has been hectic rollercoaster. I moved, and not just down the street.... to a whole new continent. 

I'm currently an au pair for a beautiful family in Los Angeles, California, which is a far cry from my small town in Ireland. So between the stress of packing and sorting out legalities with the US, and then actually arriving here and dealing with the culture shock and settling into such a bizarre environment, I really haven't really had the motivation to blog. 

So I apologise, but I hope you can forgive me and understand why I've been gone. I hope you haven't missed me too much! I know I've missed all of you quite a lot. 

I can't promise I'll blog as often as I used to, as life is really busy over here, between working with the four beautiful girls in my host family, to being a complete tourist on the weekends! But I can promise I will never stop reading, and whenever I can find a spare second I will try and review or just pop in for a quick visit. 

I love you all! 

x

https://78.media.tumblr.com/91b5db88c015137c99235d5bb74fabb6/tumblr_onggjiIuOe1vc7bc7o1_500.gif

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas



33141316

Book: Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Mass
Series: Throne of Glass #6
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: September 5th, 2017


 Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol's men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It's Chaol's one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin's survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica's rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Discover the untold story of Chaol's journey to the southern continent in this companion novella to the Throne of Glass series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan



11107387

Book: Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 2005 - 2009

 Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


 https://hhqi.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/5stars.png?w=640

I really wish I’d read this series when I was around twelve and feel a nostalgic connection towards it. Because if I can love it even at twenty three, I know I would’ve just adored it for the intended age. The same with Harry Potter.

However, I’m still so glad I read it now. I always hear so many amazing things about this series so I am so happy I get to join in on the fandom!

This series is so fantastical and great, and Percy’s voice is such a fantastic one to experience. He grows so much over the course of the 5 books – he grows from an insecure 12 year old boy unsure of who he is and weary over this new world he’s entered to a confident young man capable of taking down a Titan. I was so proud of him by the end!

Rick Riordan has such an amazing imagination, and he brought the world of half-bloods and monsters to life with such ease, and it’s so easy to imagine that there really is a world of demi-gods out there which we don’t see because of the Mist. You fall in love with every character, and all we want is for our heroes to prevail.

I loved seeing Percy interact with his father Poseidon, and his bond with the other campers and his half-brother.

Annabeth and Percy were just great, friends naturally turned into romantic interests, (even though I wish it hadn’t happened at the VERY end of the series, it would’ve been nice to see them as boyfriend/girlfriend for more than a few paragraphs). But here’s hoping they turn up in the spinoff books!

I know this series probably doesn’t need any more reviews but here are my thoughts anyway. If there’s anybody not sure whether to pick up this book series or not, I say go for it. It’s a world you enter which you never truly leave.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

2017 Book Discussion Challenge


I'll be honest: I've been super unmotivated to blog lately. Don't hate me!

https://m.popkey.co/e81c94/AozKJ_s-200x150.gif?c=popkey-web&p=popkey&i=cats-animals&l=search&f=.gif

I've just been working so much, with early mornings, and I'm also planning a year au pairing abroad in America (leaving in November, eek!!) so I've always been too tired to do anything more than a simple review or wrap up post. And don't get me started on responding to comments! I'm just terrible. I'm sorry.
 
https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/11118/111183257/4919291-a1.gif 
 
But I'm going to try and do better, and this is going to start with signing up for the 2017 Discussion Challenge with the hosts Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. I'm not going to do great as it's already October, but I'll carry this over into 2018. I promise I'll do my very best to keep up to date with you all! 

If you have any ideas for posts too, please let me know! They're always handy to have around.

The Levels

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

I'll probably only hit Discussion Dabbler this year, but let's aim for Creative Conversationalist for the minimum for 2018, okay? You are all responsible for keeping me on task with these discussions!! (kisses)