A Review of Little Lauren's Shop

My sister Lauren recently set up an Etsy shop, and when I saw how beautiful her bunting and prints were, I couldn't help but order something for myself. I asked her if she could make me a customised bunting, and I gave her a brief outline of what to add to it: book and writing related items, to fit in with my favourite hobbies and the theme of my blog. This was the finished product:

Daughter of the Burning City

When it was my Birthday way back in April, Amanda Foody kindly sent me a signed ARC of her debut novel, Daughter of the Burning City, to read. I finally started (and finished!) it yesterday, and I was amazed at just how brilliant the book was. I couldn't put it down.

Lying About Last Summer

In June I managed to read six books, the last of which was Lying About Last Summer, a thrilling young adult debut. I was supposed to upload my review before the month ended, but alas, I got distracted, so here I am uploading it in July instead.

Love From Lexie

Cathy Cassidy was my favourite children's author growing up, and I think it's really exciting that I got sent a copy of her newest book, Love From Lexie, to review from Puffin on my blog. I read this book in one sitting, and losing myself in the words was like experiencing a blast from the past; the story was completely new, yet Cathy's writing was exactly how I remembered it to be from my childhood: brilliantly written and fully enjoyable.

The Accident Season

I won a proof of The Accident Season a long time ago. I think it might have been in 2016, before I even set up my blog in August. It's now almost a year later, and I've only just read it (I'm not a bad bookworm, I swear. I just have a really long TBR list!).

Show Stopper

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Hayley Barker's debut, Show Stopper, which was published by Scholastic on the 1st of June. After being sent a copy of it to review in the post, I promised myself I'd savour the story and read it over a set amount of days. Unfortunately, when it comes to books, I have absolutely no self control, so I ended up reading it in two sittings (woops). To say the least, it was a strangely addictive read. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

I finally got round to reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies, and it was just as beautiful as everyone said it would be.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale is a book that's been sitting on my shelf for well over a year now. I never really felt motivated to read it, until a few days ago when I watched the TV adaptation of the book on channel 4.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin was a book that emotionally drained me. It was action-packed, tense, terrifying... basically everything I hoped it would be, and more.

But Then I Came Back

Estelle Laure recently published her second book, But Then I Came Back, earlier in April this year. After reading her debut novel This Raging Light in 2016 - which I adored with every fibre of my being - I was really excited to read this.

A Court of Mist and Fury

My exams are over and I couldn't be happier! On my first day of freedom, I spent the day reading A Court of Mist and Fury. In the end, the book left me with so many questions. SO. MANY. And the cliff-hanger was that explosive it actually gave me a sleepless night (I wish I was joking).

Why Do People Read Books?

The other day, I was thinking about why reading books is something which makes me so happy. Why is it that I choose to spend so much of my time reading? Why do so many other people in the world do the same? Why do people actually read books?

I Finally Read a Sarah J. Maas Book!

I finally read a Sarah J. Maas book and I absolutely loved it. I'd heard so many good things about A Court of Thorns and Roses on both my Twitter and Instagram feed, so I couldn't resist buying it when it was reduced to just 99p on my e-reader. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to read it at first; when a book is overhyped, I never usually enjoy it as much - but I had no reason to be nervous, because the book ended up being brilliant from the beginning.

Glory O'Briens History of The Future

I recently finished reading Glory O'Briens History of the Future, which means I've now read a total of four books in April whilst juggling revision for my May exams - go me!

The Graces

I completely forgot about the fact that I owned a copy of The Graces until I was tidying my shelves up a few weeks ago. It was a book that was given to me as a Christmas gift, and one that I vowed to start reading  only once my exams were over in the summer... but after reading the first few pages, I decided to retract my promise. The story just seemed too interesting to put down.

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined

I'm taking part in another blog tour - yay! -  and this time, it's for Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman. I was sent a copy of the book by Scholastic UK in exchange for an honest review, and I ended up reading the novel in a day. On this particular day, I should have been revising (however, I'm going with the theory that reading is educational so I have nothing to feel guilty about, right?), but no matter how much I told myself I needed to do my college work and stop procrastinating, I just couldn't put the book down. I adored it.

Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts is a book I couldn't resist buying when it was reduced to just 99p on the Kobo store. I'm usually someone who prefers buying books in paperback, but recently, I've been enjoying reading stories on my e-reader - and considering that I've now ran out of shelf space, it's so much more convenient!

Q&A With my Favourite Childhood Author

Cathy Cassidy will always be my favourite childhood author. Her books helped shape my life growing up, and as cliché as it sounds, they taught me valuable lessons which I'll always be thankful for: friendship, holding onto hope, the ups and downs of family life, heartbreak, loss, love, and countless other things. At the age of nine, my sister handed me a copy of Indigo Blue, and I devoured the story within a day... and eight years later, it's still sitting proudly on my shelf, yellow paged and worn after re-reading it so many times.

I recently contacted Cathy and asked if she'd like to take part in a Q&A on my blog - and of course, being the extremely awesome and incredibly lovely person that she is, she said yes!

The Jungle

Ink Road* recently contacted me and asked me if I'd like to take part in the blog tour for The Jungle, and of course I said yes (and squealed and did a happy dance, because this is the first blog tour I've ever taken part in!). As soon as the book was sent to me, I read it straight away - and I was surprised at just how delicately it handled the topic of refugee camps.


The State of Grace

As a bookworm (or rather, book dragon), I always look forward to the prospect of being given new books to read. When a surprise proof copy of The State of Grace from Macmillan was sent to me in the post, I put everything I was doing on hold to read the book, and I finished it within a day. It was beautiful.

The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks is a book I've seen all over Instagram. It's been getting a lot of love recently, and considering how much I love YA, I thought it was only right to read it and see if it lived up to the hype.

Caraval

Caraval has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and let me tell you this: the lengthy wait was one-hundred percent worth it. I ended up reading the whole book in a day - I really couldn't put it down! - and every page of it was just as good as I thought it would be.

Wing Jones

After reading lots of fantasy lately, I thought it was about time to finally delve back into another one of my favourite genres, young adult. I'd heard lots of brilliant things about Wing Jones, so when I won a copy of the book from the lovely Nazima (@snazzyreads) on Twitter, I just knew I had to read it straight away.

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Thanks to UK Tor Books HQ, I've once again been able to immerse myself in the rich, dark and magical world of the Witchlands, a place that I've fallen in love with completely. After devouring Truthwitch, I just knew that I had to get my hands on a copy of the second book - and the story was just as brilliant and as intriguing as the first.

We Were Liars

I've wanted to read We Were Liars ever since I saw it advertised as a part of the Zoella Book Club last year. When it was reduced to just 99p on the Kobo bookstore, I couldn't resist buying it - and now as I've finished reading the book, I  can finally understand (and appreciate!) what all the well-deserved hype was about.

The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1)

I was lucky enough to receive some books for Christmas, three of which were the first in the Magisterium series written by Holly Black and my favourite fantasy author ever, Cassandra Clare. I finished reading the first book, The Iron Trial, in one sitting, and it was such a fun, light two-hundred and ninety five page read.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)

I couldn't have picked a better way to kick start 2017 than by reading a copy of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, kindly sent to me by lovely team over at Tor HQ (you guys rock!). It's one of the best fantasies I've ever read -- and yes, this is your subtle hint to pre-order a copy of it before it hits U.K. shelves on January 12th.

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