Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Beautiful Broken Things | Spoiler Free Book Review

Beautiful Broken Things ✰✰✰.5

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.  ~Goodreads

Friendship is an area seriously lacking in YA fiction. I believe this to be the only book that I have read this year that focuses solely on the bond between friends, and that is what I truly admired about this book.
Beautiful broken things isn't a romance novel, but it is about love. It's about the love in female friendships, and its complexity.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Homemade Cloudy Lemonade

Seeing as this is my last week of freedom summer break, as I'm sure it is for many of you. This is the perfect time to cram in one last picnic or one last trip to the beach, and get your lemonade on! aha
So I thought it would be a great idea to share with you the recipe we used, and how it turned out!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

My Top Ten Booktubers and Book Bloggers

Hi you guys! We've made it to day six! (did we though past Lauren? Did we really?)

I figured, that if you liked reading my posts this week, (Last week! I scheduled it but blogger scheduling is awful - So apologies for a weeks delay!) you would like it if i told you about some of my favourite people who do this all year around!
I wasn't sure how to set out this post. There is an endless amount of things I could say about all of these wonderful women, but I didn't think you would want to read me fangirling over them!

These Guys are in absolutely in no particular order, because I love them all!

Friday, 5 August 2016

My Favourite Book Quotes

Hi everyone!
We are nearing the end of the week of bookish posts in collaboration with  the lovely Amy from EverythingAmyGeorgia. I was in a bit of a rush to post today... watching Netflix all day is quite the commitment,let me tell you, haha! I had nothing planned for this post, so I'm doing the same as Amy and sharing with you a few of my favourite quotes from some of my favourite books!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mid-Year Book Wrap up | 2016

Hi lovely readers! It can't just be me that thinks this year has gone by so quickly! One minute we're in January and I'm wrapped in blankets, and  the next its August... and I'm still wrapped in blankets, haha.

We are officially halfway through the year, so today I thought I would do an extra large book wrap up, and tell you everything I've been reading!

2016 Reading Goal = 21 of 40 Books

5 Star Books
A Court of Mist and Fury
City of Ashes
A Court of Thorns and Roses
City of Glass
The Winner's Kiss
On The Fence

4 Star Books
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
The Last Summer of Us
The Fill-In Boyfriend
The Winner's Curse
City of Bones
Finding Audrey
City of Fallen Angels

3 Star Books
A Kestrel for a Knave
The Winner's Crime
Me, Earl & the Dying Girl
Kindred Spirits
Rani & Sukh

I've read so many amazing books so far this year, and I can't wait to read lots more!
What's your reading goal this year, and are you close to reaching it? Until next time,

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bookshelf Tour | 2016

Hi you guys! Welcome to Day Three of my week long collaboration with EverythingAmyGeorgia!

I'm so excited to be posting this! For the last year my book collection has grown so much bigger that  my little wall shelves just couldn't handle the weight! I've had to reinforce them a few times in the past, as there were a full 'fallings of books almost onto my head'. Wow, it's only been three weeks and I've already forgotten what grammar is, great, haha.

So last Friday it was finally time to go out and buy myself a proper bookcase! And after some late night ikea shopping, (apple pies may have happened), I finally got one!

I only got it a few days ago, so not everything is in the right order, or where I would like it to be - but seeing as its book week here on the blog, I thought it was only right to give you a few snaps of what its like so far!

So, on the top we have some all of my random stand-alone books, of which I tried my hardest to make into a rainbow... 'tried' being the key word here, its not looking so great.
Then, as you make your way down, I have two shelves worth of series.
And then on the bottom, as you can see down below, I have the tiniest TBR shelf you ever did see! Which I think is good, because its an excuse to go out and buy tons of others!

If anyone is interested in what bookcase this is, its the BILLY bookcase from ikea! Its actually a lot bigger than you can see in the photos, with 6 shelves, but I haven't finished arranging the lower half, so I've not included it!

That is all for today! Don't forget to check out Amy's post! Until next time,

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury | Spoiler Free Book Review


A Court of Mist and Fury
'Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.'   ~ Goodreads

Holey Moley Holy Moley Holey Moley! Prepare for the longest book review you ever did see!
I don't think I can adequately muster up the words to express how perfect this book is! Okay so in my head i said that at about 1 million miles an hour, that's how excited I am!
I can honestly say, that this has to be one of my favourite books. Hell, its my absolute favourite book!
I mean, I absolutely loved A Court of Thorns and Roses - but this? No words can describe the pain I feel that I have to wait a year - a whole year - before I can continue on this journey with characters that I adore. The book hangover is going strong.

It took me a whole week to get through the first half of this book, I just wanted to save it! I knew that once I'd read those words there was no going back, I couldn't unread them and enjoy it in the same way again. But then I just couldn't, I said to hell with it, and read the last 300 pages in one night. oops.

When writing little notes along the way to help with this review, I wrote, no paraphrasing here: 'Sarah  mushes with my mind'. I mean, okay that's probably not the most poetic thing you will ever read, but come on, if you've ever read a Sarah J Maas book, you know I speak the truth! The fact that she can make you love a character one minute and hate another, but when you see from another perspective - behind the mask - you end  up completely swapping those ideas, loving the other. That made no sense, but if you read it you will totally understand! And if I'm being honest, its amazing and kind of scary what a writer can do.

The character development in this book is utterly amazing! Issues with PTSD play a large role in this,  and I am not expert, but I think it was handled extremely well. Of course, a traumatic event like the one Feyre endured Under the Mountain would take its toll, would change her. And I loved how this wasn't ignored, she didnt spring free and was immediately happy to continue with life as if nothing happened. No, bad things happened, and she will always remember them, as I said, I really appreciated that this wasnt ignored.

One of the main things that jumps out at me about this book is how, in my opinion, it completely crushes the ideology of a damsel in distress. Feyre doesn't want to be locked away, she doesn't want to forfeit the acts that can help her friends, just to be kept safe. She isn't the kind of character, like displayed in so many other YA books, that would just wait for the man to save her, wait until he will coddle her up in warm blankets and keep her tucked out of harms way whilst he saves the land. Feyre wants to fight, and fight she shall.

Whew. One thing that really made me love this book was the romance... or shall I say the romantic interests (oh we all know I'm talking about the hot dudes)  aha. Yes I'm a terrible person, I could be describing the poetic writing or the kickass fight scenes, but instead, like the hormone pumped teenager I am, the guys got me. I'm a sucker for a good YA romance, but this had me making sounds inaudible to the human ear, let me tell you!  Let's just say that there is s certain someone in this book that I will be buying tshirts with his face on. oh, I wish I was kidding, haha.
Just a little disclaimer, this book is very sexy, turns out that there was a reason for the 'not suitable for younger readers sticker' on the front - who knew? If you're uncomfortable or just don't like seeing that in a book then maybe this isn't for you.

A Court of Mist and Fury is a story of pain and heartbreak and lust, but all of that is overruled with the prosperity of revival. This book shows you that, you can be broken- broken to a point you believe irreparable- but something - some tiny flicker of light in that darkness - can spark something that will patch the holes. This story shows that, yeah, okay, maybe you will never be the person you once were, but who you are now is all that really matters. Change is natural.  This story shows that you can make light from darkness. To become someone you want to be.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

Well, I guess that is all I should say without going on a rant (these things happen. My grandad asked me what it was about - so of course I had to start from book one, and consequently spent an hour explaining everything that happens in both books). So I will log off before I spoil everything for you. Go out and read it, you wont regret it. I guess we will reconvene next year (that's way to long) for a review of the last book!
P.S, Kudos to you if you got this far! <3
Until next time,

It was just announced that Sarah has extended her contract, and will continue writing this an 8 book series! I'm so happy, but also a little worried - there are so many things that she could do to hurt a certain character that I love, oh gosh...  Still so excited though!

Monday, 1 August 2016

July Book Haul

Dear Readers, 
never, EVER, allow me to go into a bookstore unsupervised.

Hi you guys!
Today is the first day of a week long collaboration with new blogger, and real life best friend of 7 years, Amy from EverythingAmyGeorgia!
I know I've been completely failing at keeping to my blogging schedule, so I thought I would make it up to you! So everyday this week Amy and I will be posting book related posts on both of our blogs!

I thought a good start to this week would be to show you all of the books I accumulated over last month... I say accumulated, but I actually bought all of these in one go. As I said, its not safe to leave me and my purse in a bookstore alone, aha!

If you would like to find out what any of these books are about, I've linked all of their Goodreads pages below! 

What books have you been reading this month? 
Until Next Time,