Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Review: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

So, as you may have known if you follow me on Twitter, I went to the launch event of this book at Waterstones Piccadilly on the 20th of September. It was my first book event as a blogger (and really just my first book event) and it was amazing.

From this, I got my copy of this lovely book, a week(ish) before release, and I loved it so much I read it in less than a day.

Now, it's been a while since I've loved a book so much I've read it in a day, and I admit I've really missed that feeling, I don't know about you guys but I feel like reading a book in less than a day really means something. But, I'm rambling, so here's the book!

Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies.

When Audrey meets Harry, it's the start of a truly cinematic romance - or is it?

Audrey knows that Harry is every movie cliché rolled into one. But she still chooses to let him into her heart...

So, this hasn't been my usual read for a few years now, I used to read all types of YA books, including romances and contemporary like these when in college, but I then focused more on fantasy books coming into university. However, I saw the description for this and I was pulled in, and decided to go for it and go to this event, and I am glad I did.

This book made me remember why I used to read these types of book, it was hilarious, and I could relate to certain points in it so much that I couldn't put the book down once I started it. I even almost missed my train stop on the way home from the event because I was busy reading it.

The main thing I loved about this book was how it made me rethink romance movies. I've always been a bit of a secret romantic at heart, and I've always loved a little bit of a rom-com, but this book had little tidbits throughout, and at the beginning of each chapter, that really made me think about the way romance movies are done, and how they are all pretty much similar.

These tidbits about romance movies, and the whole book, is narrated by Audrey, who is a teenage girl in her final year of college. I found it so refreshing to read a MC like Audrey, and I really connected with her. I laughed with her, I cried with her, and I cringed along with her when things went wrong, and I think connecting with a MC is what really makes you love a book.

But, I could go on for ages about this book, mainly because it's so different to what I usually read it was so refreshing, and I'll definitely be reading Holly's other books if they're as good as this one!

I give this book: 5 cats!

Review: The Witch's Tears by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

Guys! The lovely Corr sisters sent me the second book in this series (and because they're so amazing it was even a signed copy!!), and so even though I had multiple other books to read I just knew I HAD to read this book as soon as I could. So, because I can always choose what I want to read, of course I read it.

One word: wow.

(If you haven't read the first book then my review can be found for that HERE)

Anyways, here's the book!

Can true love's kiss break your heart...?

It's not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She's drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven, drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry is not the only one whose fairytale is over.

Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So, when strangers offering friendship show them a different path, they'd be mad not to take it...

Some rules were made to be broken, right?

Oh guys, this book was just as good as the last one, if not better. It got a bit darker in this book, especially towards the end, and for some reason I love it when that happens in books (am I weird for saying that?). But, you may have guessed it would get a bit darker by the fact that both Merry and Leo were trying to deal with their heartbreaks that happened in the last book.

The main part of this book is centred around the fact that someone, or something, is killing witches across the UK, and Merry's coven is trying to find out why, and figure out how to stop it from happening again. We also learn slightly more about the coven's ways and also there's a slight insight into the lives of wizards in this book, which I found extremely interesting and I hope to see more tidbits into the lives of both witches and wizards in the next book.

Talking about wizards brings me to the two new characters we meet, Ronan (AKA Leo's love interest) and Finn (Merry's love interest). Both wizards, both hiding things, it really makes you wonder throughout the book if, like most of the Coven keeps telling Merry, all wizards are not to be trusted, or if some of them can be good. It also makes you wonder if one of these two wizards are in on the bad things happenings in Tillingham or not! It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book guessing just what was happening.

We got to see a bit less of Leo in this book, as he was all loved up with his new love interest, but I still love him! He is my favourite character, and I really did like that he was starting to get over his heartbreak and found another person, he deserves to be happy, and I really hope to see him happy again in the next book! It was a shame that he started to lose touch with Merry as he went through the book, but you do find out why nearer to the end (I won't spoil it by telling you why!).

And the ending of this book! The ending!!! Guys I cannot explain my love for the ending, even if it was a giant cliffhanger! It made me want the next book (but unfortunately it's not out until March!). All I know is that you will all be blown away by the ending of this book! Totally blown away!

So much to say about this book, but I can't keep going or this will be a book in itself instead of a review.

But, I give this book: 5 cats!

Have you read this book yet? Are you like me and itching for March to come around for the next book? Comment below!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

So, I'd heard about this book a lot, and when I went to Waterstones to buy a few books, it caught my eye and I decided to buy it.

I do love bigger books, as I'm a quick reader, and so that definitely made me want to read it more. (my work bag was quite heavy for the time I was reading it though).

Here it is:

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn.

They came to escort her back to the place of her birth - and to ensure she survives long enough to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders.

Unlike most nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees - corrupt, debauched and very dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known... or be dead within the week.

Okay, so, this book... it was a rather quick read for me once I got into it. It follows a young female, Kelsea, as she learns to come into herself more after being isolated and hidden away for all of her life. It really does follow her personal journey from a young, untested girl, to a Queen, and when you come to end of the book you can really see her come out of her shell and actually become the Queen she is meant to be.

As you may know by now, books about personal journeys are some of my favourites, and I absolutely love it when a character really comes into herself as the book goes along. I especially love it how in this book Kelsea also learns to gain support from her Queen's guard, who, throughout the book, have been listening to Mace (the head of the guard) rather than Kelsea herself.

Having just mentioned Mace (or Lazarus, whichever you prefer he be called), I must admit he is my favourite character. I have no idea why this is, but I just like the idea of him, even if at one point I was really annoyed he didn't trust Kelsea's judgement nearer to the end of the book, despite everything they had gone through together at that point. But, even with that, I loved him, and I really hope he ends up sticking around in the next two books in this series.

We also learn little tidbits about the Red Queen in this book, and I am really intrigued as to how this character will pan out in the future books, as she so clearly wants Kelsea dead, and wants Kelsea's mysterious crystals, for an unknown reason.

So, all I can say is I'm definitely intrigued by many things, and I can't wait to see how everything all fits together in the next few books!

I give this book: 4.5 cats!

Have you read this book? Or the others in the series? What do you think of them? And who is your favourite character? Comment below!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

So, guys, I did warn you in my first ever post about my favourite re-reads (see HERE) that I would most likely at some point be re-reading Harry Potter, and the time has come.

And, if you didn't know by now, I shall say it for the millionth time: I am a giant Potterhead!

But, I've been a bit lax, and I haven't re-read Harry Potter in years, so in a way, reading this was like going back to my childhood, and I loved that.

Here it is (for those that may have never read it before):

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. 

That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher's Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?

So, I have this cover, and old cover I know, and this copy of the book is much loved. I've had it for as long as I can remember, and I will be gutted if it ever gives up on me. I remember there were two different back covers for this, and I got the edition with Nicholas Flamel on it.

Anyways, that's enough about the cover.

I don't even know how to begin with reviewing this book, as it is so loved, and it has been read so many times, that I don't think I can put into words how much this book means to me. It has literally been a big part of my life since I was a child, and it still is a big part of it.

But what can I say about the book? I feel like I always say books are amazing, but with this one I mean it. It's just a magical world that I have always wanted to be a part of, and I still want to be a part of.

It was great to go back and see the beginning of the friendship of the Golden Trio, and just see the dynamics between the group beginning to grow, especially when you know just what will happen in the later books.

And, just because this review could go on forever, I shall leave you with my favourite lines of the book:

And of course, I give this book 5 cats!

Comment your favourite part of the book, or your favourite lines!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

So, I was nominated for this lovely little tag by Elise and I thought it was the cutest thing so I'm very glad to do this particular book tag!

The rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their post.

Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award in your post and/or on your blog.

So, without further ado, the questions Elise gave me were:

Do you like Taylor Swift? (because I’m listening to her music right now and that’s all I cant think about… XD)

I like some of her songs, but I'm not her biggest fan, so you could say I'm just inbetween

(I know we should stay positive but…) Are there any super popular books that you just CAN’T STAND?

nope! I have actually never had a book that I hated or couldn't stand, I think I just love any and all worlds thought up by authors!

Ever been to any book conventions? If not, are there any you’d like to go to?

no, unfortunately, though I am now planning to go to YALC next year, and there are so many blogger events I want to try and go to.

Do you collect book/movie posters? What about other merch?

Not at the moment as I have like no room for anything, barely have enough room for all of my books! But I'd love to get some merch for my favourite books, I always try and enter competitions for them, even if I'd have to hide it somewhere in the house until I have more room!

Other merch though, is a thing for me, I just started collecting pops, and (I know this is still book merch but I count it as it's own category) I collect quite a lot of Harry Potter merchandise, though yet again I can't put it all out at the moment </3

Do you prefer physical planners or digital ones? Or are you some crazy person who doesn’t need a planner? (TEACH ME YOUR WAYSSSS!)

I don't tend to use planners at all, though if things are planned well in advance I do need to put the reminder in my phone because I may forget. But, in general, no planners for me!

(K these questions are too normal… I must ask something super random…) ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE BLASPHEMING PEOPLE WHO LIKE PIZZA WITH NO SAUCE? HOW DO YOU DO IT?

I have had a pizza with no sauce before, but I didn't like it! I am all for the sauce, especially if it's home made, I love making my own pizza sauce when I get round to making pizza!

What would your dream house look like? (Did someone say a cold dark cave full of books?)

Oh, this is a hard one! But I would love to have a study with a reading nook in it, and lots of bookshelves to put all my books in. I've also always wanted a reading window, I think it would be amazing to just sit in there on rainy or sunny days when I didn't feel like going outside and reading with blankets and a tea!

I'd also love a nice little covered patio bit where I could lounge on nice days with a little fire burner and maybe a little swing, all very comforting things so I can read outside on a bad or good day if I felt like it.

(notice how I just want comfy places to read)

Name some underhyped books everyone should read!

Hm, I'm not sure if it is underhyped, but I adore the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix! If you haven't noticed it is on my constant re-reads list, as I've read them so many times!

One other that I've not heard many people talk about is the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder, I've only read the first 3 books in this series but I absolutely adore them and I've read them at least 10 times each.

Have you ever thrown a book across the room due to rage?

No! Never! I would never ever throw my books, I love them too much! If I get angry, the most I do is throw them onto the sofa next to me in a rage, but that's a nice soft surface :')

What’s one outfit from a book (or movie) you wish you could have?

I would love love love to have Belle's dress from Beauty and the beast. No idea if it would suit me, but it is so beautiful I would love to have it anyways!


No... of course not...... *coughs* 

Nominations, I tag:

And anyone else that wants to do this tag too!

My questions (for if you want to do this tag) are:

  1. If you could meet any author, which author would you choose?
  2. Have you got any books that you could re-read any amount of times without getting bored?
  3. What are your top 3 books on your TBR list that you're excited about?
  4. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  5. What book, if any, do you/would you collect multiple editions of?
  6. Are there any book quotes that have stuck with you? If so, which ones?
  7. Where is your favourite place to read?
  8. What are you currently reading? And how is the book so far?
  9. Is there a book that you are currently hyped about that will be released in the future?
  10. If you could pick any book world to be a part of, which one would you choose?
  11. Have you ever had any book crushes, if so, who? and What book were they from?

And that is that! Feel free to take part in this tag even if I didn't tag you!