Update – 18th January 2019

I haven’t updated in a few days, I have a bunch of scheduled reviews waiting in the wings but nothing immediate to post in terms of reviews. I was in a car accident a few days ago and it’s really shaken me up and I haven’t been able to do much except negotiate with my insurance company and try to stop myself banging my head against the wall.

Have had a bit of a run of crappy ARCs lately and I have been mulling over whether to post reviews of them or not. I think it’s really important to be honest when being given the privilege to get ARCs but I feel bad about being negative. I know some might say to DNF books I don’t enjoy, but if someone has provided me with something I’ve requested for free, then I think it’s only right that I have to read it. I try to be careful when requesting to only request books I think I’ll enjoy but I still get caught out sometimes.

I know some people have a policy of only posting positive reviews on their blog, but I don’t live my life that way so I’m not going to blog that way. Years of experience as a Teacher and in Management Consultancy and Employee Development has made me realise just how much people stifle their own ability to grow and develop by censoring anything remotely uncomfortable from their lives. I don’t think it’s helpful in the long term and makes people less resilient but, that’s an argument for another day.

I won The Wicked King on a Twitter giveaway and I’m loving it so far! I wasn’t as enamoured by The Cruel Prince as some people were, but I’m much more into this one. Somehow managed to avoid spoilers too which is a huge relief.

Hello also to my new followers! The lovely Evelina featured me on her blog this month which was great. She really does so much for the book blogging community so I was honoured to be mentioned!

“Notes to Self” by Emilie Pine

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I actually finished this book a few weeks ago but felt I needed some time to ruminate about it before writing my review. This book deals with some really tough subjects and issues that have also affected me. It’s raw, unflinchingly honest and personal and I think many other women will feel the same affinity with the author whilst reading it. Continue reading ““Notes to Self” by Emilie Pine”

“The Twisted Tree” by Rachel Burge

Thanks to Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This short novel has an interesting premise, Martha, a seventeen year old girl can sense emotions and memories just by touching people’s clothing. Different clothing evokes different feelings and Martha developed this unusual ability after losing her eye falling from the eponymous Twisted Tree at her grandmother’s house. Already we can see some allusions to one-eyed Odin and Norse mythology is strongly interwoven throughout this story. Continue reading ““The Twisted Tree” by Rachel Burge”

Reading Update -January 4th 2019

Wow, it felt scary to type 2019 in the title for this post. In my mind it’s forever the year 2000 and I am 17 years old. Alas.

I’ve been fortunate to be off work for most of December as I am moving from one job to another so I’ve been able to do a lot of reading. I’m due to start teaching in a new school at the beginning of the new term this coming Monday. It’s a promoted post with a lot of new responsibilities but hopefully i’ll still get enough time to read (is there ever enough time?). I have been reading a lot of NetGalley ARCs recently so have a bunch of scheduled posts in the pipeline which has made me a bit tardy when it comes to updating with my progress. Continue reading “Reading Update -January 4th 2019”

“Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This short YA novel follows the story of Stella and Will, two characters suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (or CF) who meet whilst undergoing treatment in hospital. The novel follows their burgeoning relationship and the struggles they both experience with their individual forms of CF. Continue reading ““Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott”

“Monsters” by Sharon Dogar

 

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Thanks to Penguin Random House UK and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This novel follows the early life of Mary Godwin (Mary Shelley to be) and Percy Bysshe Shelley as well as some of their more well-known family members and friends such as Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron. This book is based on the lives of real historical figures who have been dead for nearly 200 years and many of the events of their fascinating lives are relatively well known, particularly as there has recently been a Mary Shelley movie starring Elle Fanning. With that in mind there may be some light spoilers in this review.  

Continue reading ““Monsters” by Sharon Dogar”

“The Next to Last Mistake” by Amalie Jahn

Thanks to Light Messages and Netgalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This novel follows Tess, a teenage girl living in a farming community in rural Iowa. Her father re-enlists in the army which necessitates the family’s move to North Carolina. The story follows Tess’ journey as she adapts to this huge upheaval in her life, and her struggle to maintain old relationships and forge new ones. Continue reading ““The Next to Last Mistake” by Amalie Jahn”