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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review: Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Book: Till Death, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: William Marrow
Release Date: February 28th, 2017

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Book: Caraval, Stephanie Garber 
Series: Caraval #1 
Publisher: Flatiron Books 
Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

13 Reasons Why: A TV Show Review (and rant)



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I'm sure you’ve all heard or seen on the interwebs, that 13 Reasons Why, a new miniseries that aired on Netflix recently, has taken the world by storm, and everyone has been binge-watching it, and getting their friends to binge-watch it, and trying to understand the feelings and pain that this show brings. And it brings a lot of pain over what happens to the characters in this show. I will be talking about the TV show here, not the book, as the TV show strays quite a bit from the 288 page YA novel by Jay Asher. So, warning! If you have not read the book or seen the TV show, there will be major spoilers. I have just finished watching the last episode, and I have a lot to say about it. This may technically be called a review, but it is also a rant.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern



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Book: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Series: Flawed #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: April 5th 2016

 You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard




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Book: King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date February 7th, 2017


In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Monday, 20 March 2017

New Release: The Struggle by Jennifer L Armentrout



Jennifer L Armentrout fans, unite! The third book in her Titan series (the spin off from the Covenant series) has been released! Fans of this series (like myself) will be delighted to finally get more page time with Seth and Josie! I've missed them so much.

Buy Links:


Description:

A bloody path has been chosen…
The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.
The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.
In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.
For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

Author Bio

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z24RaoaNL._UX250_.jpg# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Author Follow Links:
Twitter: @JLArmentrout
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout/
Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/
Instagram: @authorjlarmentrout


Friday, 17 March 2017

ARC Review: The Intuitives by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown



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Book: The Intuitives, Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Trash Dogs Media
Release Date: July 25th, 2017


 IMAGINATION JUST BECAME OUR GREATEST WEAPON.

In Egypt, an archaeological team discovers the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, breaking its seal for the first time in over two thousand years. Seven years later, every public school student in America takes a strange new test, but only six are chosen to attend a summer program at the mysterious Institute for the Cultivation of Intuitive Cognition, where nothing is as it appears to be, including the students themselves.

Roman Jackson sees the true nature of humanity—literally—hiding his visions from the world to protect his wrong-side-of-the-tracks family. Samantha Prescott is a cynical genius, isolated from her peers by a premonition that even she doesn’t understand. Daniel Walker is a brilliant musician, able to hear people’s secrets through the soundtrack of his mind. Mackenzie Gray is a Muay Thai champion—a Western fighter who still follows the old ways of the wai kru ram muay. Kaitlyn Wright is an orphaned engineering prodigy, desperate to keep the only home she and her grandmother have left. Ashton Hunt is an expert gamer, on the verge of turning pro, and a constant disappointment to his father.

But why is the US government so interested in six teenagers? And what, exactly, is it teaching them to do? When helicopters start crashing and a plane goes missing over the Atlantic, they must band together to uncover the true purpose behind the Institute—and the ancient secrets that lie hidden beneath its surface.

Before history catches up to them.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cover Reveal: Inked Expressions by Carrie Ann Ryan

Today I'm super excited to share the super swoonworthy cover of Carrie Ann Ryan's Inked Expressions! Check out the awesome cover below and find out more about this next book in her Montgomery Ink series. Plus, find out more about how to get an Inked Expressions post card and enter to win a mystery book giveaway!

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About Inked Expressions:

The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.
Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.

Add Inked Expressions to your Goodreads list here!
Inked Expressions releases June 6, 2017 - preorder now!

 
Want an Inked Expressions postcard? Sign up here!
You can also enter to win a Mystery Box Print Book Giveaway if you share the cover (with buy links) with #InkedExpressions!

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About Carrie Ann Ryan:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Book: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: September 21st, 2006


"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rest In Peace, Kindle

I would like to announce a death and invite you all to a funeral. My Kindle Keyboard, my loyal reading companion for the past six years, has died. It gave up via horizontal lines going across the screen.


 

This Kindle has been a very good friend to me. I read it for at least an hour every day, it held over a hundred of my dear books, and its battery life was fabulous. However, I guess six years was its limit, especially with how often I used it. It was also free, given as a gift from my aunt who couldn't get into e-readers and preferred her paperbacks. 

However, all good things must come to an end. I have ordered a new Kindle Paperwhite off Amazon, and even though it will never replace my very first Kindle and dear friend, it is time to move on. 

Has anyone ever had to replace a Kindle? If so, how long did yours last?


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Stand Alone Sunday #2


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 Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope ye're all having a great weekend. It's time for another Stand Alone Sunday! (Sorry for the absence last week, life got in the way, haha).

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too.

I'm always going to love series, and getting three or four books to fall in love with characters and get the development they deserve. But sometimes, after reading a particular heavy series that would crush you emotionally (looking at you, Sarah J Maas) I love to read a stand alone book that has its issues solved in one book and always ends happily ever after.  

The book I'm going to focus on today is called My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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 Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Crown Publisher
Release Date: August 16th, 2011

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Stand Alone Sunday


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 Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope ye're all having a great weekend. I felt like doing a post today, so why not a meme? I found this yesterday, and since today is Sunday, it's the perfect time to introduce it to this blog!

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too.

I'm always going to love series, and getting three or four books to fall in love with characters and get the development they deserve. But sometimes, after reading a particular heavy series that would crush you emotionally (looking at you, Sarah J Maas) I love to read a stand alone book that has its issues solved in one book and always ends happily ever after.  

The book I'm going to focus on today is one I'm currently reading, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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Synopsis:
 
 In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

I think this book is being made into a movie, so next year this could be in every bookshop all over the world, with new covers being released with the actors on the front. Who cares? If it will get people reading this book, I don't care. I may not be finished it yet, but I can't put it down! It's addicting, intriguing, mysterious, and every other adjective you can think of that makes books so amazing. If you were born in the 80's, you're going to appreciate this book even more than me, (a 90's kid) as I don't get all the references all the time. However, that doesn't take away from the ingeniusness of this book and I'm so glad I picked it up after so many years on my TBR.

What stand alone book is your favourite? Or do you read them at all? Have you read this one? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro



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Book: Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Vintage Books
Release Date: August 31st, 2010

 As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Re-Reading has come to Goodreads!

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Guess what! Rereading has come to Goodreads! That's right - books that you have read previously will now be added to your Reading Challenge! Is this not the best news ever? 

Last year, I wanted to read 100 books, but I found it quite difficult as I wasn't as enthusiastic about reading because none of the books I'd read had really grabbed me. So I ended up re-reading three different series that I loved, but of course none of them counted toward my challenge, which really frustrated me. So you can see just how ecstatic I am that any book I read, no matter whether it's the first time or the millionth time I've read it, it will still count toward my challenge and I won't have to panic and get stressed whenever it tells me I'm "one book behind schedule".

How about you? Are you delighted that Goodreads has finally added rereads? Let me know in the comments below!

*Check out blog post on Goodreads for more information!
https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/817-rereading-is-here-let-s-say-it-again-rereading-is-here*


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge



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Book: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Release Date: January 28th 2014

 Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way - by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom - all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout - Trailer Reveal

Guess what! Jennifer L Armentrout is releasing a new book soon! I love how often she releases books, there's never a shortage of them whenever I get an urge to read from my favourite author. I'm so honoured to be one of the bloggers showing you guys this trailer! This book is called Till Death, about a young woman who comes home to reclaim her life, even when a murderer plots to end it...


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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.
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Doesn't it sound amazing? And today I'm here to release the brand new trailer of this book! 


Oh, wow, doesn't it make you just so hyped for the book? It's out February 28th, 2017, so be sure to preorder so it can come as soon as it's available!
 

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2jVMYpk
 
And don't forget to check out Jen's social media so you can be caught up on all her new books (as she's got lots coming out!)
 
Twitter: @JLArmentrout
Instagram: authorjlarmentrout
Website: jenniferlarmentrout.com

Monday, 23 January 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! I was nominated for this award by Kimberly over at Nelms Tree Books, and I haven't done one of these types of posts in ages, so I'm super excited about it! Kimberly's blog is gorgeous too, so don't forget to check her out. It was originally created by Okoto!

Rules:
  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog! 
  4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog too.
  5. Tell the readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify each of the nominees.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question, which you must specify.
  9. Share your link to your best post(s).
 3 Things About Me:
  1. I come from the tiny island of Ireland, which is a country I love (despite the accent), but I cannot wait to go abroad and travel the world.
  2. I'm in my final year of college, studying Montessori Education. I love what I'm doing, although I have a dissertation this year too which I don't like at all, haha. However, only four months to go! It's going to fly.
  3. I have made some amazing friends through a shared love of reading, friends I never would've met if it hadn't been for this blog and Goodreads. I'll be forever grateful to books, my blog and Goodreads for being able to have met such amazing people.
Questions from Kimberly:


If you could be a main character of a book, what genre would it be?
 Young Adult Fantasy, the main genre I read. The heroines in those books are always super strong, and end up saving the world while learning something crucial about themselves while also finding the love of their life in the process (usually). It would make my mundane life seem so much more exciting.

What would your super hero power and name be?

 This is a hard one. I saw this on Tumblr, and it's actually so true. You're all expecting me to choose one that's book related, but I'm actually going to use the power to refill things. You know why? Your glass is empty? Refill it without getting up. Bank account empty? Refill it! Person annoying you? Refill their bladder! Absolute genius!
My superhero name? Uhh... Fill-It Girl :P

What is your all time favorite book or series?
I think Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It got me into reading, I can re-read it numerous times, and my friend is reading it for the first time and I've been staying up late with her the last few nights to help her get through some pretty bad cliffhangers. (Shadow Kiss, anyone?)


 Would you rather have the best plate of food ever or the best dessert? And what would it be?
 Dessert. Hands down. My sweet tooth is the boss of me and I wouldn't have it any other way. I think strawberry pavalova or else chocolate cake.

What is the first book you ever remember reading?
I can't remember the first book I ever read, but I remember my first favourite author was Jacqueline Wilson. I read nearly every one of her books, I loved them so much. I even sent her in a letter once telling her how much I admired her books, but I never got a response :P

Weird question: Dogs or Cats?

 Dogs! All the way! I own two myself, and they're my babies. And they hate cats, so we could never get a cat. I would like to get a cat and a dog together in the future though, and see them become friends, haha.

My Questions:
  1. What is your favourite place to read?
  2. What's the name of the last book you read?
  3. Tea or coffee?
  4. Paper back or Kindle?
  5. Would you go see a movie adaption of your favourite book?

My nominees:
  1. Erika @ Books and Stars
  2.  Carrie @  The Butterfly Reader
  3. Alise/Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
  4. Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
  5. Fiona @ A Girl Between the Pages
  6.  Jess @ Fairytales and Books
  7. Jennilyn @ rurounijennireads
  8. Alyssa @ The Eater of Books
  9. Kariny's Box Frenzy
  10. Laura @ BlueEyeBooks
And anyone else who wants to do it :)