Rating: 5 STARS!
Genre: LGBT/YA/Graphic Novel
Series/Standalone: Heartstopper #1
How I got this book: Bought
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn't been too great, but at least he's not being bullied anymore, and he's sort of got a boyfriend, even if he's kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He's heard a little about Charlie - the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months - but he's never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner...
TW: Homophobia, mental health and manipulation.
1. I honestly thought I'd already written the review for this but I guess not because I can't find it anywhere. Not that I'm complaining too hard as it gave me the perfect excuse to re-read this again for pride month.
2. This is the only graphic novel I've read that I actually loved and couldn't put down. I read this in around an hour.
So, onto the review.
Heartstopper started life as a web comic and I did attempt to read it on the website but I found the format a little too distracting so, when I found out that a book was coming I couldn't get hold of it fast enough.
Nick and Charlie attend an all-boys British Grammar School which sort of reminds me of my own high-school except that mine was co-ed and nowhere near as posh!
Charlie is 14 and Nick is 16 and their story is most definitely a super-cute YA.
What's amazing about this graphic novel, aside from the gorgeous art and realistic British dialogue is that it's so inclusive. It has gay, lesbian and bisexual (whoop whoop!) rep. It's racially diverse and has mental health rep.
I'm not sure that I've ever read anything quite so instantly adorable as the story of Charlie and Nick and in volume one it's lovely to see their friendship begin blossom and effect how they each deal with their own demons.
Pictures really are worth a thousand words, and Alice's are worth even more. After just a few scenes, I wanted to wrap Charlie and Nick in a giant hug, punch Ben in his stupid face and be best friends with Tori and Tara.
I've pre-ordered Volume Two which comes out next month and I can't wait to get it because the ending of Volume One is too sad and I need the infectious happiness that bursts from the earlier pages.
Charlie and Nick are precious and if you want a reason to smile today, go grab this book and fall in love.
What about you? Have you read Heartstopper by Alice Oseman?
Rating: 5 STARS!
How I got this book: Bought
Tessa has major attitude and an impossible dream—not a greatcombination for success. But she believes that fate has delivered the ungainly horse Buffoon to her, and Tessa is determined never to be separated from him. What's more, she intends to one day become a jockey and ride Buffoon in the Grand National. But how can a girl with a violent temper and a “can't do” philosophy gain the physical strength, courage, and money needed to become a jockey—especially when her stepfather would like nothing better than to see her fail? Determination and grit may not be enough—but Tessa's not going to let go without giving it her all.
TW: Alcoholism, abandonment, domestic abuse, violence, attempted murder, mental illness, depression, grief, loss and neglect.
You guys, I have so many emotions about this book but no words to express them. End of review.
Just kidding, there are lots of words, it's just getting them into coherent sentences that's presenting a challenge. Truthfully, I've even considered just filling the page with crying and heart emoji's and the occasional knife for good measure (you'll get it if/when you choose to read it!)
I should probably start by saying that this is a re-read but that I haven't read this book since I was a young teen (so around 12-16 years ago) and when I did I loved it SO MUCH because:
1. I love horses.
2. It's set in England/Ireland with authentic characters.
3. It's a gritty YA that deals with some really challenging themes.
4. Did I mention the horses??
Honestly, I was terrified of reading it again, afraid that it just wouldn't be the same because of how much I've changed since reading it the first time and I've put it off for quite a long time just in case, but it finally felt like the right time and I'm so overjoyed to report that it was, and somehow, it was so much more!
It felt as though I was reading it for the first time all over again. The emotions, like the characters, are wild and unruly in this book. They're so strong, compelling, addictive and the ride is thrilling despite being so painful.
'Tessa stood and stared, shaking. She was numb, seeing it, never having known death before. Not like that, in the middle of brilliance, the light going out like the sun falling from the sky without warning. So fast the passage from life to death, she could not cope with it.'
I devoured the book from start to finish, revelling in the story, it's dark twists and turns and the characters. At the end I was an emotional wreck, having suffered through pain and grief, with the characters but holding out that uncrushable hope throughout that everything will work out and that despite all the bad, things will come good in the end.
Despite the incredible number of trigger warnings at the top of this review, this is a book of hope, of the power of love and how sheer, unwavering determination and handwork can overcome surmountable odds.
The main character Tessa is such a strong and compelling character. Because of her past, she's dealing with loss, grief, parental abandonment and a tempestuous home life that's shaped her into a girl with a violent, turbulent nature, a hate-the-world attitude and a bone-deep refusal to do see the good in anything. That is until a horse comes along who might just change everything for better and for worse.
Blind Beauty follows Tessa's journey from a young child to a young woman and it's a moving journey.
Tessa goes through so many challenges and we see a really harsh side of her, something that's been forged at the hands of others through their abuse and neglect but despite her nature, I couldn't help but feel drawn to her character, to root for her, to desperately wish for her happy ending, even if she doesn't believe in it herself.
The characters in this book are colourful and unique with clashing personalities asunder. The writing is unusual, a bit jarring almost as the author gives a glimpse into the mind of almost every character, even those that aren't human, but it's so gripping and I couldn't put the book down, lost in this horse-crazed world.
Side note: If you love horses, you'll either love or hate this book as the horses suffer just as much as the humans in various ways.
This book is easily one of the most touching and painful books I've ever read. It has feminist undertones, which shine through at key moments, something I love to see in YA fiction.
"...And fourteen-year-old Buffoon! And a girl - a girl-"
As if the rider were an ostrich, or a monkey. A girl!
It's such a heartbreaking, powerful story about how loving someone (in this case a wonderful horse) with your entire being can either make you or destroy you entirely.
At the end of this book, I was a bit of an emotional wreck but I almost instantly wanted to re-read it, which, is the mark of a truly good book, if nothing else.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Rating: 4.5 STARS!
Series/Standalone: Light Years #1
How I got this book: Received in May 2018 'Hidden Talents' Illumicrate Box
Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.
Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain - but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy - even if he has to steal someone's identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong - he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret - she's infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it'll be her life on the line.
These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy - but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think...
This book took me entirely by surprise - I just did not expect to love it as much as I did!
I received an ARC copy of Light Years as part of the Illumicrate May 2018 'Hidden Talents' book box subscription - gosh I miss book boxes so much (damn you financial responsibilities!!) - and had intended to read it immediately, but I'm sort of glad that I left it for over a year because now I don't have to wait as long for book two (out October 2019) which is already too long because this book has a really, really good cliffhanger that I both did and didn't see coming and I need to find out what happens next.
As is the never-ending circle of pain you get when starting a new series! You'd think I'd be used to it by now...
Anyway, back to the book. It features a 4-way split narrative which at first, I couldn't get enough of because the pace was fantastic, very quick (I finished the book in under two days) and the characters were great. They were each distinct enough that I knew who's chapter it was without looking at the name.
However, as the story became a little more complex, the split narrative and fast pace did grate a little as some things that I felt deserved more time just flew past and also, some of the relationships and character developments seem to happen really quickly because the book would go three chapters between each character's viewpoint, but overall, it was a very immersive read and I still enjoyed the narrative style.
Light Years gave me massive Divergent/Hunger Games/Illuminae vibes the whole way through, which was great. It also has LGBT representation (PRIDE MONTH Y'ALL) and whilst I would have preferred a little more build-up, what I love in particular about the LGBT rep is that it's not a 'big issue', there's no drama because the two characters in question are queer, it's just accepted. #loveislove
This book also contains a racially diverse set of characters, although, without the cover, you wouldn't really know it, as the author sort of leaves the visualising of the characters to the reader. The book does tackle racism, but it's more specifically targeted to where a person is from (i.e. their home planet) than their appearance.
I loved the main plot and the intertwining sub-plots in this book. The whole journey from the character's various planets and through their journey was very vivid and detailed without being overbearingly so.
The characters were all unique with their own backgrounds, challenges, inner demons and abilities. They clash and they gel at different times which made for really interesting relationships both platonic and romantic.
The writing was addictive, it's one of those glorious books that I just couldn't tear myself away from and as I've mentioned twice already, the cliffhanger was great, it was both predictable and unpredictable simply because of the timing. Just when you think everything's going to work out(ish), bam! Everything changes and now I have no idea what to expect, so I'll just be anxiously counting down until book two is released later this year!
Have you read Light Years? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
Before I start this post, I just wanted to say a big, fat HAPPY PRIDE MONTH to you lovely lot!! We'll be hitting our local Pride festival this weekend and I can't wait!
Now, onto the post, but don't worry, more Pride stuff below!
Do you ever feel as though you're running, trying desperately to catch up but no matter how fast you go, you're never fast enough, so you keep running but you never get any closer to where you're supposed to be?
So, this is pretty much how I feel right now. Work is crazy, I love my job but it's been a little up and down lately and trying to get things moving in the right direction is challenging. Homeschooling my daughter is an absolute whirlwind, I love it, but combined with running a business full-time it's draining to say the least and I honestly can't remember the last time me and my partner went out on a date and some days I just want to stay in bed and read (don't we all though?)
All of this is why, again, I haven't been seen around here or book Twitter much lately but I am trying, I promise!
Last weekend was fantastic, my daughter and I went to visit a family friend at her stables and we helped to groom the horses, collect chicken eggs and I even had a short ride (it's been a long time since I last sat on the back of a horse and it was a lot scarier than I remember!)
For those of you who don't know, I'm sort of low-key obsessed with horses and have been devouring Heartland on Netflix. My gosh I love this show! The only way that I can describe the tone of the show (for those who haven't seen it) is sort of like Gilmore Girls but with horses and cowboys - in that there's a fair amount of drama but plenty of laughs and smiles too.
Anyway, since my visit I'm sort of feeling the need to re-read Blind Beauty by K.M. Peyton. I adored this book growing up; the drama, the tragedy, the love and, of course, the horses, and I keep eyeing it on my bookshelf so I'm guessing I'll be reading this again soon.
I recently invested in Kindle Unlimited and I've been reading an absolute ton of M/M romance (I don't know why I love it, but I do). Some of it good and some of it just wasn't my cup of tea. Here's a quick run-down of a few titles I've read so far this month:
How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton - I was drawn to this one because it sounded a little like Wolfsong by TJ Klune, which is a truly stunning book. How to Howl at the Moon is a shifter book with a bit of an unexpected twist and truthfully, one that felt a little cringe-worthy at times but there were plenty of heartfelt moments and I adored the two main characters.
Stuck With You by Jay Northcote - not too sure why I decided to read a Christmas novel in the middle of June, but hey, the weather in the UK is so utterly rubbish at the moment that it may as well be the middle of winter. This book just didn't do it for me. It started off really well with an enemies to lovers romance that was fun but then it took a turn for the far too predictable and whilst I did read it to the end, I found myself skipping pages just to get it over with.
I'm currently reading Light Years by Kass Morgan, the second sci-fi book that I've read this month (which is bizarre for me as I don't usually read sci-fi) and I'm really loving it. I'm only 124 pages into this 372 page novel but I can't get enough. The pacing is fantastic, I love the 4-way split narrative and that each character is distinct and different enough that it's never difficult to tell them apart.
This book does feature one queer character (so far) and so fits nicely with my Pride Month reading goals and I can't wait to see how his storyline develops.
I haven't been so quickly invested in a new book for a while so I'm excited to see where this one goes!
Have you read it? Let me know what you think, but please, no spoilers!!
I do have a couple of exciting blog tours on the horizon, one is the final book in a trilogy that I've loved since I read the first one two years ago and the second is a new LGBT novel that I'm really excited to get my hands on so do keep your eyes peeled for those.
In the meantime, I'd love to know what you're currently reading? Are you reading any books specifically for Pride Month? Send me your recommendations!
Rating: 3.5 STARS
Series/Standalone: Soulbound #1
How I got this book: Bought
When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.
Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.
Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.
Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.
In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.
Okay so lately, I'm starting to wonder if the problem is less with what I'm reading and more with me because I'm starting these books and enjoying them and then somewhere along the line, something stops connecting.
I mean, the premise of this book sounds amazing - it's why I chose to read it and I loved the main character. Patrick is gritty, his past is dark and painful and yet he's struggled to keep going, against really sh***y odds.
I loved this book for quite a while, the characters are varied, unique and fun. There are vampires, werewolves, mages, witches, demons, Greek gods and so much danger and action that I couldn't get enough. Hell, here was my tweet about the book when I was around 30-50% of the way through it:
Really enjoying my current read, I'd love to see a movie of this book, lots of action, demons, gods and other fun stuff!
Jono was a slightly less interesting character with an interesting 'secret' but even though I did feel that their relationship was a little too forced and somewhat rushed, I enjoyed the development.
So, what went wrong? The truth is, I don't really know and I know from the Goodreads reviews that I'm in the minority here with my lower than 4-star review. I guess at one point I started to notice the descriptive writing a little too much and it sort of rubbed me up the wrong way at how certain (completely insignificant things) were overly described.
As mentioned above, I also felt that the relationship was a little forced but then that's sort of part of the plot so maybe it was intentional, either way, it just didn't work that well for me personally (I guess I'm more of a slow burn kinda gal than insta lust).
I loved the action but felt that it was dampened a little in parts by too much description.
Overall, I really liked the characters, enjoyed the action and all of the paranormal elements whilst the pace and relationship let it down for me.
I probably won't continue with this particular series but never say never.
What do you think? Have you read A Ferry of Bones & Gold, do you agree or disagree with my review? I'd love to know your opinion in the comments below!
As you know, I'm doing my best to catch up on all of the things I've missed lately and so today, I'm catching up on The Unique Blogger Award!
I was nominated by the incredible and lovely Noly over at The Artsy Reader (seriously, go check out her stuff!) last September (has it really been that long??) and I really love these tags. They're just short, fun little ways for you us all to get to know each other a bit better.
First up, the rules:
So, without further ado, here are Noly's questions and my answers:
1. If you could pick three book characters to have as close friends, who would they be and why?
OMG, why is this so hard? Okay, so here goes, off the top of my head:
- Amren from A Court of Thorns and Roses so that we can drink the blood of our victims together and adore all the shiny things.
- Reichis from Spellslinger because who wouldn't want a cute and furry yet bloodthirsty squirrel cat as a close friend?
- Sam of Wilds from The Lightning Struck heart because you'd always end up on the best adventures, laughing your head off and receiving the all-time best hugs ever!!
2. What makes a good book for you?
Good question, difficult to answer because it depends, mainly on what mood I'm in. Sometimes the book I need is a delicious and hilarious slow-burn enemies to lovers romance where the plot focuses on their relationship. Other times, I fall in love with books that make me cry with laughter and are filled with oblivious wizard's apprentices, occasionally douchey knights, monologuing evil wizards, gay unicorns and disturbingly sexually active dragons. And then sometimes, I'll enjoy a book about two boys who meet by chance, become friends and fall in love over the course of single day and then both die in equally horrific ways while I cry my eyes out - NO, ADAM SILVERA, I AM STILL NOT OVER IT NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE WERE WARNED!!
So, I guess, any book can be a good book for me if I fall in love with it. Here are some of my favourites to help demonstrate my answer:
- Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec (romantic comedy/murder mystery)
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini (epic fantasy with dragons)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (epic female-led fantasy with magic)
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (epic female-led fantasy with magic, murder, sex and shadow cats)
- They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera (heart-breaking contemporary)
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (heist-style fantasy with magic)
- The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune (sci-fi m/m romance )
- The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (historical LGBT romance/fantasy - it has pirates!)
- Children of Blood and Bone (epic female-led fantasy with incredible magic and battle scenes)
- Clean by Juno Dawson (gritty YA contemporary)
Okay, so writing that list sort of gave me an answer because each book title I wrote was inspired by a character (that I love) from said book popping into my head and so I guess, yeah, it's the characters who make a good book for me. It doesn't matter what the genre is or the setting or whether or not it has romance. If the character is compelling and amazing, that's usually what hooks me.
Sorry for the massive answer!
3. What is the first book you remember to have read by yourself as a child?
It was either The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or Lyrico. I loved both as a child and found both in my grandparents attic but I don't remember which came first. I do know that they sparked my love of reading, particularly fantasy. I'm currently reading Lyrico to my daughter so I've gone full circle.
My three questions for you:
Thanks for reading lovelies, I'll tag a bunch of accounts on Twitter but feel free to join in via the comments (you don't need to be a blogger to take part). Let me know your answers to my questions and what you think of my own (slightly lengthy) answers.
Want to know the number one secret to writing the perfect book review?
There isn't one.
That's it, blog post over! Just kidding...
The truth is, a book review is an extremely personal, subjective thing, as is the process of actually reading a book.
Think about it, how many times have you spoken to someone about a book you've both read and found that you've had differing opinions/feelings?
Maybe you even both loved the book but your favourite character was someone different or there was a particular thing that you both had contrasting opinions about.
Whilst you've both, in theory, read the same book, your own personality, experiences, mindset (and a whole load of other things) have shaped how you read and processed that book in a completely different way than the other person did, so in essence, you've both actually read a different book.
That leads me to the trickiness of writing a book review, especially when it comes to 'negative' reviews because what's negative to you (or positive for that matter) might not be for someone else.
Your thoughts and feelings towards a book and whether it was good or bad, what worked or what didn't is subjective to you and your preferences. Those same preferences might not apply to someone else and so the truth is, or at least this is the way that I see it, you can only be as honest as you can when writing a review.
If you say that something didn't work for you, say why i.e. writing, 'I prefer a faster plot' is much more helpful to readers than 'the plot pacing was terrible' - the second phrasing leaves too many questions, why was it terrible? Was it too fast, too slow? etc.
With the first phrasing, other fast-paced book lovers might choose to steer clear of this particular book but other readers who enjoy or prefer a slower-paced book might find their next favourite author.
So, in summary, the secret to writing the perfect book review is to simply write how you feel, be honest but be descriptive. Simply writing that you don't like something, or that you do like something isn't much help because you're you and we're not, but maybe we share some reading interests/preferences and it'd be really helpful as readers to understand why you did/didn't like something.
Oh, and just a personal preference from me, where possible, try to keep your reviews spoiler free. I HATE SPOILERS! For example, before watching any big movie (i.e. End Game) and TV Show (i.e. GOT) I avoid the internet and social media like the plague (as much as I can since I have to use it for work) and even with my efforts, some careless twit managed to ruin yesterday's episode for me, and it completely spoiled my mood. Surely the last thing you'd want to do is ruin a book for a reader? On My Endless Shelf, I try my hardest to keep reviews spoiler-free whilst still sharing my thoughts and feelings (and the occasional out-of-context snippets) and, in the case of sequels, I always put a warning at the start in case you haven't read the previous installment. Saying that, I'm only human and if you do spot a spoiler in any of my posts, feel free to let me know!
What about you? What are your tips for writing the perfect book review and how do you feel about spoilers?
I read 9 books in April and all but one of them was m/m romance - it wasn't an intentional choice, I guess I just subconsciously chose a reading 'theme' for this month.
For those of you who haven't joined me for a monthly book roundup before, here's where I list all of the books I read over the last month and give much smaller 'micro' reviews.
It's also probably one of the only times you'll read about any of my DNF's and books I rated less than 3 stars etc.
Here goes (you can click on the title to see the full review if there is one or to visit GoodReads):
Downtime by James Allen - This book was so interesting! I read it because of a recommendation by one of my favourite m/m romance authors, Anyta Sunday, who recommended it as a slow-burn romance. Whilst, I wouldn't actually agree that it's a slow burn, it was definitely an interesting read. This book had a bit of everything really, time travel, magic, murder mystery, ghosts and a truly sweet love story. The direction of the book and some of the elements took me by surprise but I really enjoyed it. Here are two of my favourite quotes:
Words I live by - "I can put up with anyone who comes bearing cinnamon rolls."
Words everyone should live by - “Any fellow who’s not on the side of love—” Derry’s voice went soft. “He’s to be pitied.”
IRL by Lucy Lennox - This book was so much fun, making it quite different from the book above, which was more serious. This book had me giggling throughout and I did not put it down until I'd read the whole thing from start to finish. I loved how the relationship between the two characters started via a misunderstanding and it grew to be something amazingly funny and touching. The boardroom scene will forever be etched into my memory!! I don't usually buy into the whole billionaire romance thing but this was fab!
How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune - I don't know how TJ Klune keeps pulling off these great books that are all so very different. This book gets bonus points for its fantastic asexuality rep. The characters are adorable, quirky and so likable it's hard to leave them once you've gotten to know them. A great start to the series!
The Deal by Elle Kennedy - Looking at other reviews, I seem to be the minority with this one as I just didn't enjoy it at all. Maybe it was the lack of trigger warnings, the stalker-like/controlling behaviour of the main character or the fact that the plot just seemed to fizzle out at one point, but this was definitely not my kind of romance.
Looking for Trouble by Riley Hart - This book on the other hand, I really did enjoy. The characters are complete opposites in lifestyle, personality and age but their excruciating, slow-burning connection was beautiful, especially in how it changed both men for the better.
Deke by Eden Finley - Like the other books in the Fake Boyfriend series, Deke did not disappoint. "Sweet Neil Patrick Harris, I’m fucked." It was fun, surprising and sweet, all at once.
Blindsided by Eden Finley - This book was a little different to the previous in the series as it didn't actually contain a fake boyfriend trope. However, it is another great coming out story this time featuring bi rep (whoop!!!) and two very clueless but very sweet and sexy characters. I'm now really itching to get my hands on Jet's book - he's quickly become my favourite character!
Made for You by Anyta Sunday - This was easily my book of the month. Anyta Sunday is the queen of slow-burn and this book was so dreamy and sweet. I love each of the characters individually and their relationships with each other were perfect. I read this book in one sitting with a big grin on my face from start to finish.
Family Camp by Eli Easton - This was a lovely book, dealing with some tricky themes i.e homophobia, anxiety and adoption. The two main characters were great and I loved their building romance but what really made this book special was the kids and the transformative relationships that were just super sweet and moving to read.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments, especially if you have some recommendations for me!
Long time, no see.
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a few posts from me over the past month or so saying how hectic my life has been lately and that completely coincides with the fact that I haven't posted here in over a month!!
My family have had a pretty rocky start to the new year, suffering losses and illness and then to top it off my daughter really struggled with her mental health which resulted in her needing to be removed from school. So, in short, I'm running a small business, homeschooling my daughter and trying desperately to finish my book. Which, hopefully gives some indication as to why I've been MIA from blogging lately. As much as I love reading and writing, my daughter and my work have to come first.
But, saying that, I have been reading when I can and since my last book review, I've read nine books - I just haven't gotten around to writing reviews for them, but I'm really hoping to try and get back into blogging a little more, especially since I recently earned my 80% badge on NetGalley (something I've been working towards for a year!)
Which brings me to my next topic: My Endless Shelf Turned 1!!!!!
I know, right? You want to hear the best part?
I completely missed it! ? That's right, I completely missed my own bloggerversary!
But, to make it up to you guys for sticking with me, even though I've been completely rubbish lately, I'm holding a giveaway to celebrate (more info below).
Anyhow, I'm going to be posting a few mini reviews of some of the books I've been reading lately as well as what's on my TBR right now.
As mentioned above, I am still working on my first book, a paranormal romance that I'm so, so excited to share with you. It's been my baby for so long now. I finished the first draft over a year ago and I'm currently working on story edits before going back to tidy up those pesky line edits. Eeek! I love these characters and I hope you will too!
If you enjoy teasers, feel free to follow me on Twitter, where I sometimes share snippets on Wednesday's under the #1linewed hashtag.
Thanks for sticking with me! If you'd like the chance to win the book of your choice (under £10), enter below!
Giveaway is open worldwide as long as Book Depository ships to you. Giveaway closes at midnight on 31st May. Winner will be announced here and on social media within 48 hours. Giveaway t's and c's apply! No giveaway accounts!
A big thanks to everyone who enters!
It's time for something a little new today as I take part in my first ever Book Blitz to promote Upside Down by N.R. Walker.
So, for those of you who don't know, with a book blitz, I haven't actually read the book, I'm just helping to promote it.
I'm not sure how many of this sort of post I'll be doing but since I've been lacking in the blog department lately I figured you might enjoy this.
This book certainly sounds like a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to reading it when it's released!
Keep reading to find out more (and for your chance to win a $40 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)!
Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, a librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But he when he realises adding the label ‘asexual’ might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.
Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.
A little bewildered and scared, but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.
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