2016 Wrap Up

With the year now coming to an end, I thought it would be an appropriate time to do a 2016 wrap up of my favourite books I've read this year -- narrowing it down to just three, otherwise this post would never end (and no, I'm not exaggerating: once I start talking about books, I can't stop!).

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is a book I've wanted to read for a very long time, ever since I saw it sitting in a bookshop window looking all pretty in its newly printed glory. The same day I was about to buy it, a package from My Kinda Book containing a proof of the story arrived in the post (so I guess I now believe in fate).


Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Today's blog post is all about magic, genies and lamps, three things that make me wish I could re-visit my childhood and live in a world of fairy tales and make believe all over again. Children's author M. Tara Crowl has recently published the second book in her Eden of the Lamp series - which sounds incredibly awesome, and would be a great gift for Christmas! - and one lucky reader will have the chance to win a signed copy of it (how awesome is that?).

What Light

With only two weeks to go until Christmas, I thought it was about time to get into the festive spirit and read something magical: What Light by Jay Asher (thank you, Becca, for sending me this in the post, it looks so beautiful on my shelf).

Get to Know me Better | Q&A

I've been meaning to introduce myself properly since I started blogging, and I thought what better way to do that than to host a Twitter Q&A?


Earth & Sky

Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe is the first instalment in the Earth & Sky trilogy. I was fortunate enough to receive an e-copy of the first book to review on my blog by the lovely author herself and it's such an interesting sci-fi.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

If anyone loves Sara Barnard's writing just as much as I do, you'll be happy to know that she's releasing a new YA book in January 2017. I was lucky enough to snag a proof copy of A Quiet Kind of Thunder to review on my blog, and it's the sweetest, most adorable Young Adult novel I've read in a long time. Even more amazing than Beautiful Broken Things (which, FYI, I adored).

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess

I finally got round to reading the third and final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, and it was amazing and phenomenal, and just everything I hoped it would be and more. I loved it. Side note: If you've never read the first two books in the trilogy, you can read my spoiler free reviews of Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by clicking on the links. You're welcome.


The Library of Fragrance

The Library of Fragrance is a New York based company that specialises in  unique smelling perfumes, ranging from the wacky scents of Play-Doh and Baby Powder to the more subtle smells of Apple Blossom and Clean Skin. As well as selling 30ml bottles for £15.00, they also sell a range of other sized bottles, too, including 120ml bottles for £30.00 (bargain!) and 8.8ml bottles of roll on perfumes for £10.00.

Paperback:

Being a huge book lover, the promise of a book-scented perfume really appealed to me, so of course Paperback was an obvious choice to go for! The perfume itself smelt primarily of vanilla, a fragrance that would appeal to anyone who likes to wear sweet, strong scents as opposed to subtle ones. Although the vanilla smelt pleasant -- like a body scrub, but sweeter -- it (disappointingly!) didn't reflect the smell of books. Even though the perfume is said to contain 'woody' elements with a 'touch of must and dust', I think the smell of the vanilla was so overpowering that it made the other layers difficult to pick out / notice.

Ways to be Positive

Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed, today's blog post is different from the typical book review I usually upload. I've decided to expand the content I write as a blogger, which means that as well as posting book reviews, I'll also be posting about lifestyle, too... and what better way to kick it off than to write about remaining positive / happy? In life, we're all susceptible to bouts of stress and sadness, but I think that even when times are trying, it's always important to be as optimistic as possible.

Faceless

When the Social Book Company emailed me asking if I wanted to review a copy of Faceless, I was delighted, not only because I'm always looking for new YA books to read, but because this book has been on my TBR list for such a long time, along with hundreds of other books, of course.

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favourite authors. The Bane Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments, Lady Midnight. I love everything she's ever written, and am eagerly awaiting the publication of Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices book 2, set to hit the shelves on the 23rd of May, 2017. About a month ago, I finished reading the first book in The Infernal Devices series and finally (yes, finally!) got round to reading Clockwork Prince.

The Glory

If you're looking for a book to read on a rainy day, I highly recommend anything written by Lauren St. John... and really, I mean anything, because all of her books will brighten up your day, especially the warm-hearted ones categorised into children's fiction. A few years ago, I fell in love with The One Dollar Horse trilogy, and since finishing all three books, I've always wanted to read more horse racing / equestrian related stories.

With Malice

Psychological thrillers are one of the three genres I've sectioned away into my To Never Be Read list (like a TBR pile, but with an N thrown into it. And yeah, I actually have one  of those.) It's not that I'm not a fan of stories that will haunt my nightmares; it's just that it's a genre I've never really read much of, so much so that I always disregard it when I'm searching for new books to read. With Malice was actually an exception to this, and I'm so glad that I ended up buying it.

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare is a well-known author, and if you've never heard of her or read any of her books, then yes, I'm going to silently judge you. All of her novels are brilliant, and I could fan-girl about The Mortal Instruments series (my favourite!) all day long, but I won't, because this blog post is about the first book in the The Infernal Devices trilogy.

Finding Audrey

In a recent competition, I was lucky enough to win a copy of Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. It's a YA book I've been wanting to read for a very long time, so to say I squealed when a copy arrived at my door was an understatement.


Ruby Red

I'm obsessed with books that have pretty dresses on the cover, and I one-hundred percent blame Kiera Cass for this. Whilst scrolling through the book section of Amazon (and mentally crying because of how much this browsing made my TBR list grow), I spotted Ruby Red  by Kerstin Gier from a mile away. Naturally, I had to add it to my basket, because let's do the maths here: pretty cover + decent sounding blurb = a must buy, right?

All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is 378 pages in length, a book that I read in one sitting and just couldn't put down. It's the kind of story that will make you want to cry and eat endless tubs of ice cream once you've finished it, but aside from that, it's one heck of a brilliant novel.

Beautiful Broken Things

A few days ago, I went out shopping with the intent of buying new clothes and shoes for college. Instead, I ended up with two new books in my basket: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, two recommendations by Zoella's book club that I just had to read after hearing about.

Passenger

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is a book I've wanted to get my hands on for a very long time. And now, much to my personal delight, I finally own a copy (thanks, mum!).  After having seen it advertised on pretty much every social media platform, I was curious to know why it had suddenly become so popular amongst numerous bloggers and bookworms. And now, after reading it, I finally know why.


Outlander

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the first instalment of the multimillion bestselling Outlander series -- a must read for anyone who loves historical fiction, time travel, and a fierce female protagonist with a sharp tongue and wicked sense of humour.

This Raging Light

This Raging Light, written by newly established author Estelle Laure, has quickly become my new favourite YA read. As soon as the book was delivered to my doorstep, I devoured the whole 312 pages in one sitting. And here is why you should definitely, undoubtedly read it.

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