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Hot Dog Girl, Jennifer Dugan (REVIEW)

Posted in Books
on 08/05/2019

I’ve been waiting for Hot Dog Girl for SO LONG. So much so, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.

Good job that publication week also falls on a bank holiday in the UK because you bet I just sat and read it pretty much in one day… Except for the 70ish pages I read during my lunch breaks because I couldn’t wait.

Was my excitement rightly placed? Keep reading to find out… Continue reading

May 2019 TBR

Posted in Books
on 04/05/2019
Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

May is favourite month because (a) it’s my birthday month and (b) there are several bank holidays which I have traditionally always lazed around and got through several books. So, it’s a good job I’ve got a loooong list of books that I need to work my way through for my May 2019 TBR!

April was a really poor reading month for me, but there are several books coming out in May that I’m hoping are going to get me back on track – I can see my Goodreads goal slipping out of my fingers at the moment so I’ve got some real making up to do!

Plus, there’s a couple of books in here that made it onto my most anticipated books of 2019 list – I’ve been waiting so long to get my hands on a copy that I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.

A quick heads up for you, there are affiliate links within this post that, should you purchase anything through them, I will earn a commission. This is at no extra charge to you. I also received some of these books for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Don’t You Forget About Me, Mhairi McFarlane

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on 14/04/2019

Books on sale in supermarkets always get me. Whether it’s the 2 for £7 deals or the £4 paperbacks, it’s rare I leave a supermarket without a new book to work through. This book, however, is a little different. I spotted it in Tesco. It’s a pretty bright cover so you can’t really miss it.

I knew immediately I wanted it but, as I found out when I got home, this wasn’t the first time I’d thought the book looked good…

Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, also, to my awful memory and my bank account for forgetting all about it.

This is your warning: spoilers ahead. I tried to make this spoiler free but I just can’t. The ending made me cry happy tears. I can’t ignore it. Continue reading

Goldsboro Books and the bookish community

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on 20/03/2019

Full disclosure: I was able to get hold of a copy of the book in question. Would I be disappointed if I hadn’t got a copy? Probably. Would I still be so angry about the way people have been reacting on Twitter? Absolutely.

When Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff announced the Goldsboro Books special edition of Aurora Rising, I bet they thought it was a sweet deal. With its purple sprayed edges, it’s a gorgeous, limited printed run edition of the hotly anticipated book.

When a book is limited to 500 copies, you know you’re chancing your luck. Goldsboro ship worldwide and, when the authors are as high profile as this, there’s obviously going to be high level traffic wanting a copy.

So what, then, has made me so riled that I feel the need to rant? Continue reading

TAG: Unpopular opinions

Posted in Books
on 18/02/2019

Unpopular opinion posts are some of my favourite posts to read. Writing one was a completely different experience.

Thank you to lovely Vicky at The Roaring Bookworm for the tag – if you do not follow her blog, you need to go do that right now. Her reviews are an absolute delight!

I can’t procrastinate any longer. Here we gooooo…

A popular book or book series that you didn’t like.

Eeek. Starting as we mean to go on, I see. Continue reading

February 2019 TBR

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on 13/02/2019
There should be more anti-hero characters in books. The Ruin of Kings is going to be so much fun.

After a pretty good reading month, I can feel myself slipping into a bit of a slump so my February TBR is a little lighter on books – I’m currently flip-flopping on books literally every day so my wrap up might not match this! That being said, there are SO MANY good books coming out this month that I cannot wait for, fingers crossed my slump comes to an end.

So, let’s jump into this. Continue reading

January 2019 Wrap Up

Posted in Books
on 03/02/2019
The cover of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features the actress herself in THAT famous emerald dress.

January was a good month for reading! I got through most January TBR of my and a couple of others too, plus I picked up some sick reads for next month. Tearjerkers take pride of place this month’s wrap up (maybe it’s something about January?) because my gosh did I cry through some of these books. I also found it so hard to pick up a book – I think going back to work after my three weeks off over Christmas ruined me. Anyway, I still did relatively okay this months – eight books means I’m on track for my goal of 100 and I’m going to take some of my own advice to get me through the last of the dark days of winter!

Anyway, enough rambling – let’s jump in to my January Wrap Up! Continue reading

The Flower Girls, Alice Clark-Platts

Posted in Books
on 26/01/2019
Yellow and black tend to mean bad, like wasps. Doesn't bode well for the colour scheme of The Flower Girls then, does it?

What happens when you mix the innocence of children with murder? A gripping book full of twists and turns!

Thank you to Bloomsbury for an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For complete transparency, there are affiliate links within this post that, should you purchase anything through them, I will earn a commission at no extra charge to you.

Yellow and black tend to mean bad, like wasps. Doesn't bode well for the colour scheme of The Flower Girls then, does it?

Title: The Flower Girls

Author: Alice Clark-Platts

Page count: 339

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

What. A. Book. Continue reading

January 2019 TBR

Posted in Books
on 06/01/2019

I’ve got to be tactical with my TBR’s this year as, for some crazy idea, I’ve set my GoodReads Challenge for 100 books! I’m feeling the regret but considering the amazing books coming out this year I’m slightly hopeful I can at least get close! So, my January TBR looks a little something like this.

A quick heads up for you, there are affiliate links within this post that, should you purchase anything through them, I will earn commission. This is at no extra charge to you. I also received some of these books for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A geek, a jock, a criminal, a princess, a murder. Who would you believe?

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. Continue reading