The After School Club (I'll Be Home For Christmas anthology) Review

Saturday, 16 December 2017

This isn't like a usual book review on my blog. Sarah from The Little Contemporary Corner asked if I would like to take part in a blog tour for the I'll Be Home For Christmas anthology, and I volunteered to take the stop for Holly Bourne's story, so I'm specifically reviewing that story from the book. 

That's also why today's Blogmas post is a little bit late, because this is a readalong, we've been reading one story a day. So I woke up this morning to read The After School Club and now I'm in tears. 

GUEST POST: Reasons Why I Love Winter... (@aimee_louise_l )

Friday, 15 December 2017

Why I picked this topic is beyond me. For those of you who know me know I struggle with the lack of daylight hours, the dark mornings and the even longer dark nights. So why say you'll write about the reasons you love Winter for, you silly girl?? Truthfully, I still have many reasons why I love Winter even though I'd be more suited as an animal who hibernates through Winter. Let's face it, hedgehogs are cute and they hibernate. Surely I can be cute AND hibernate?

Since we've established that I'd be pretty good at hibernating through Winter I guess you better get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, get those candles lit and get cosy because here are my reasons why I love Winter...

Bookish Naughty List Tag

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Bit of a reshuffle in my schedule because I wanted to get this tag up since I did my YA naughty and nice lists a couple of days ago. Subtle hint to check those out too... This is a tag by Jenn, so go check out her post if you want some more inspiration.

I was tagged in this book tag by Liam, makes sure you go check out his post and his blog too. Liam is new to the blogging game so show some love <3 Now onto the questions!

GUEST POST: Five Stocking Fillers from a Bookshop (Tea Party Princess)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

If you're a bookworm, you're going to end up in a bookshop at some point. Obviously. So why not pick up a few stocking fillers while you're there? Especially when they're all under a tenner.

Keep reading if you need a few more present ideas from Cora for friends and family this Christmas!

YA Character Nice List

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Yesterday we had the naughty list, featuring ten YA characters that I think deserve to get coal this Christmas. If I'm being honest, writing the nice list was much harder, not because I didn't have plenty of protagonists to choose from, but because I couldn't think of that many to single out as particularly good. I love a flawed MC but I managed to find a fair few I thought were worthy of the nice list! 

After all it's the nice list not the perfect list.

YA Character Naughty List

Monday, 11 December 2017

This list actually came out of another project I'm working on (all to be revealed in the New Year) but I was trying to come up with booky Christmas ideas that were a bit more unusual and I thought a character naughty and nice list would be a lot of fun, you'll get the nice list tomorrow so make sure you come back for that.

Who do you think will be on the list? Read more to find out!

GUEST POST: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Kirsten @atgfrench)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Welcome to another day of blogmas! Today I am hosting Kirsten who is a lovely lady you might have seen around on my Twitter. Kirsten has a book review/Christmas tradition post for you all today and it's about a very sweet book that I'd actually never heard of. So I hope you all enjoy this review of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.

Festive Trip - Chester/Comic Con Edition

Saturday, 9 December 2017

I'm sure for a lot of people Chester seems like quite a random place to visit for festiveness. It wouldn't be on my radar either if my dad hasn't moved there last year but he did and this year I got to go and visit for the weekend. The Christmas market in Chester is magical. 

GUEST POST: 5 Places I Want To Visit This Winter (Charlotte, Somewhere)

Friday, 8 December 2017

When Rebecca suggested this topic for a guest post, I was all over it like marshmallows on hot chocolate because this year, I am actually going to some exciting places in the build up to Christmas. I am flying to New Zealand (I may even be there when you're reading this). Here's some that I am most looking forward to:

What Light Review

Thursday, 7 December 2017

By Jay Asher
Rating: 4/5
Source: Waterstones

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

My 100th Blog Post

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

This is my 100th blog post. I don't know how I managed to keep this up for almost an entire year but I did it. I feel like Christmas is a good time to reflect on all the good things that have happened the year, and also set myself a few goals for second year of blogging. I hope 2018 will be just as productive as 2017 had been. 

I'll be discussing my 2017 blogging highlights and going through my goals for 2018, I really hope you've enjoyed my blog so far and are excited for what is to come!

GUEST POST: New Years Resolutions (Golden Books Girl)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Today I am hosting the lovely Amy from Golden Books Girl and she has very kindly written me a list of some of her New Years resolutions! I definitely recommend you check Amy out, she started blogging just a little bit after me so I've been following her blog closely this year and she's amazing. So glad to be hosting her again.
Enjoy the post!

Bookish Gift Guide

Monday, 4 December 2017

It's December now, if you haven't started Christmas shopping yet it could be either because you're waiting for pay day or you don't know where to start. Well, if you're buying for bookworms -look no further. 

What do you buy your book loving friends? You can't buy them books, they have all of the books, you can't even risk getting them a pretty edition because guess what? They have that too. They have multiples versions of favourite books and they're probably signed too because that's what us bookworms do, we collect. 

So books are off the table for book loving friends and family, what do we do next? Read my Bookish Gift Guide for ideas!

GUEST POST: Top 5 Christmas Films (nosaferplace)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Top 5 Christmas Films

I don't think anything gets me in the mood for Christmas more, than a Christmas film. I'm not sure what it is about these films, but sitting on a sofa, wrapped in a blanket, with a mug of hot chocolate, watching these films really makes it feel like Christmas time for me.

Although I love films about Christmas, most of my top festive films are just set around Christmas time. I love funny Christmas films, which I'm sure from my list, you'll probably gather. I think I watch more films over the Christmas period, than I do throughout the rest of the year combined. What is it about a good Christmas film?

The Holiday
Not only is this my favourite Christmas film, but it's also my favourite film in general. And it's not just because of Jude Law, I promise. Any other time of the year, I pretty much hate rom-coms but there really is something so magical about this film and it really highlights the way that Christmas really can bring everyone together, no matter their situation. Cue Arthur *sobs*. Also, the soundtrack is incredible and I'm currently listening to it now, whilst typing. Guaranteed to make you cry.

The Grinch
I adored the book growing up, Dr Seuss was one of my favourites, so of course, The Grinch had to be included. It is absolutely hilarious and one of the cutest Christmas films. I love the idea that no matter how miserable and lonely someone is, there is always a way to make them feel included - and isn't that what Christmas is all about?

Okay, so this is probably a weird one but from about the age of 8, I was utterly obsessed with Gremlins and I had my own soft toy Gizmo which I took with me everywhere. Again, this one isn't really Christmas-sy at all (just set around that time); in fact, it's a very dark film but oh my gosh, it is so funny and I can guarantee you won't be able to watch the film without wanting your own little singing Mugwai.

Home Alone
I mean, come on? This film doesn't need any introduction. I'm sure every single one of you reading this has watched Home Alone - and if you haven't, what have you been doing? It's a laugh out loud film for all ages, about a boy that gets accidentally left home alone at Christmas, and the mischief and mayhem he causes. And the sequel is just as good; a real rarity nowadays.

The Santa Clause
Tim Allen is my favourite person to ever play Santa Clause. I enjoyed all 3 of The Santa Clause movies and this film fills me with the joy, spirit and magic of Christmas. It leaves me in happy tears every time I see it and makes you realise that the power of belief is the strongest magic of all.

What are your favourite Christmas films? Do we share any favourites? Leave them in the comments below.

If you'd like to see more of my Christmas-y posts, please check out my blog: 

Christmas Tag!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

It's been a while since I did a tag post and since Christmas is my favourite time of year I thought it would be perfect for me to answer some Christmassy questions. I won't be tagging anyone because a lot of my friends are doing Blogmas so I know they're busy, but please share your answers in the comments if you can't do the whole tag.

Onto the questions!

Christmas Decorations Haul

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hi everyone and welcome to day one of my first ever Blogmas! I've been excited about doing this since I started my blog back in January and have had some of the upcoming posts planned for months now. I've also asked friends and fellow bloggers to write pieces for my blog, so it won't just be me every single day because I'm no where near organised enough for that!

To start of Blogmas I thought I would show you my Christmas decorations, I've just done my room because if I was showing my whole house this would be a very long post indeed. Enjoy!

GUEST POST: Daniel Cohen - Coldmaker

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Eight hundred years ago, the Jadans angered the Crier. In punishment, the Crier took their Cold away, condemning them to a life of enslavement in a world bathed in heat.

Or so the tale goes.

During the day, as the Sun blazes over his head, Micah leads the life of any Jadan slave, running errands through the city of Paphos at the mercy of the petty Nobles and ruthless taskmasters.

But after the evening bells have tolled and all other Jadans sleep, Micah escapes into the night in search of scraps and broken objects, which once back inside his barracks he tinkers into treasures.

However, when a mysterious masked Jadan publicly threatens Noble authority, a wave of rebellion ripples through the city.

With Paphos plunged into turmoil, Micah’s secret is at risk of being exposed. And another, which has been waiting hundreds of years to be found, is also on the verge of discovery…

The secret of Cold.

Everything Is Lies Review

Friday, 24 November 2017

By Helen Callaghan
Rating: 5/5
Source: Netgalley

No-one is who you think they are

Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed.

Everyone has secrets

Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.

Especially those closest to you 

The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. As her father is too ill to talk it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. And to do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there . . .

What if your parents had been lying to you since the day you were born?

It Only Happens In The Movies Review

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

By Holly Bourne 
Rating: 5/5
Source: Waterstones

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. 

Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn't mean things are easy. 

Because real love isn't like the movies...

My photo tips & prop list

Monday, 6 November 2017

I don't typically spend a lot of money on props, some of the things I use in photos I was going to be buy anyway, got as gifts or received in subscriptions boxes. I tend to horde anything I think might be photogenic and quite often pinch things from around my house, my mum always knows when I've been taking photos because ornaments have moved and theres burnt matches on every surface. 

I'm not an expert, this is just a guide for the things that I do because people have asked, I'd actually love some more tips and tricks for the future so if you have any advice then please, let me know in the comments! 

S.T.A.G.S. Review

Monday, 30 October 2017

By: M.A. Bennett
Rating: 5/5
Source: Amazon

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

To her surprise Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin' - an invitation to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S.

Greer joins the other chosen students at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, and soon realises that they are at the mercy of their capricious host. Over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying reality that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

The Fallen Children Review

Friday, 27 October 2017

By: David Owen
Rating: 4/5
Source: Amazon

Young people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming . . .

One night, everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they're pregnant - and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

As the news spreads around the tower, its residents turns against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha's life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.

Turtles All The Way Down Review

Sunday, 22 October 2017

By: John Green
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

A Vicarage Christmas Review - Blog Tour

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.

When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

Disney Book Tag

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hey everyone! Back at you with another tag post, this time it's the Disney Book Tag which I saw on the lovely Amy's blog, she's over at Golden Books Girl and you should definitely check out her post. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm all over anything Disney related so when I saw this tag I knew I had to take part, now onto the questions!

A Fictional Faculty - Wunderkids Blog Tour

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Jacqueline had the idea of doing things a bit differently for this blog tour, instead of reviews and extracts there'll be a blog post every day answering different types of questions, this has been working great so far and as I'm only day four I hope the rest of the tour goes as well as the first few days. 

For my post myself and Jacqueline have been working on who she would choose as her 'fictional faculty', basically which book characters she would choose to teach different subjects at school. When we were planning this I gave her the example of Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games teaching food technology or Home Economics for the Americans out there. So lets see who she chose!

Letters To The Lost Review

Friday, 22 September 2017

By Brigid Kemmerer 
Rating: 5/5
Source: W H Smith bundle 

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Girlhood Review

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

By: Cat Clarke
Rating: 5/5
Source: W H Smith bundle

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can't escape the guilt of her twin sister's Jenna's death, and her own part in it - and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels...loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty's behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper's? And why is she so obsessed with Harper's lost sister? Soon, Harper's closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

Burn, Rewrite, Reread

Monday, 18 September 2017

I got the idea to do this post from Kelly over at Kelly's Ramblings, so make sure you check out her post too! The idea is to pick 3 books at random from your ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and decide which you will reread, which you will rewrite and which book will be burned! I’m going to do five rounds for this post.

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books you’ve read. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads “read” shelf.)
  • For each group of three books, decide which book you’d burn, rewrite, or reread.
  • Repeat until you complete three rounds (or five)

They Both Die At The End Review

Friday, 15 September 2017

By: Adam Silvera 
Rating: 5/5
Source: Amazon

On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.

Freshers Review

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

By Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivision
Rating: 5/5
Source: Waterstones

Uni beckons. Phoebe can't wait to be a fresher - especially since her crush from school will be there too. She'll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter ... the perfect potential girlfriend. She'll reinvent herself completely. But Luke's oblivious, still reeling from the fallout of the break-up with his ex. Thrown head first into a world of new friends, parties and social media disasters - can Phoebe and Luke survive the year, let alone find each other?

Get To Know Me Tag

Monday, 11 September 2017

Hey everyone, I got this tag from the lovely Faye over at Daydreamers Thoughts, so go check out her post and show her some love! Today I'm doing the get to know me tag because I've been doing this blogging thing for nearly nine months but I don't think I've shared very much about my life beyond books. So on that note, lets start getting to know me with the book section of the tag...


Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?
As long I'm not in bed and falling asleep then I will always finish a chapter before putting my book down. If a book is separated into 'parts' then I'd much rather finish a part because that's where the author has deliberately broken up the book.  

Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?
Drinking I suppose but I hate cracking the spine of a book so in order to keep it open I usually need two hands to actually be able to read.

Can you read listening to music or watching tv?
Honestly I could read through anything, I have to in my house. Dogs barking, people talking, every TV in the house being on... Music would be tame.

One book at a time or several at once?
One. I have to finish a book before I start another or I get my wires crossed or end up never going back to finish one.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. Reading outside of my house would actually be easier.

Reading out loud or in your head?
In my head, reading out loud would take far too long.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Not since I was about ten.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
New. Broken spines aren't good for anyone or anything.

Do you write books or just read them?
I'm trying to write! And I do that by reading and thinking how cool it would be if someone was reading my book.

Five favorite books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The last book that you read?
I just finished They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Currently reading Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green

About Me


Name meaning:
Join, bind, snare - apparently. My mum just liked it.

Named after anyone:
My middle name (Louise) is after my auntie.

Hair color:

Hair length:

Eye colour:

1st March (like Ron Weasley)


Place of birth:
Newcastle, England

Star sign:

Best feature:

Ears, two per ear.

Deathly Hallows on my forearm.

Right or lefty:

Two dogs (Harley and Sooty) Four fish -  (Magnus, Merlin, Merry and Pippin).

Two sisters and a brother.



Reading, Writing, Blogging, Watching TV, Cinema, walking, travelling.



Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco.

TV shows:
Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Shadowhunters, Once Upon A Time.

AmazingPhil, Daniel Howell, Zoella, PointlessBlog(Vlogs), Joe Sugg, nosaferplace, Jack Maynard, The Sim Supply, Deligracy.


Coke zero, iced tea, lime cordial, hot chocolate.

Coast, Nandos, Las Iguanas.

Primark, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet.

Wolves, dogs, horses, painted hunting dogs.

Versace Yellow Diamond, Moschino Fresh Couture.

Orange and purple.

Alt rock, pop-punk, pop

Do You:

Believe in love at first sight?
I'd like to, but it hasn't happened yet.

Believe in ghosts?

Believe in aliens?
Not little green men, but I believe there's something out there.

Believe in soulmates?
Again, I want to but no luck so far.

Believe in heaven and hell?

Believe in yourself?
Not at all.


If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
A house for myself and one for my mum and step dad for a start and a villa in Florida for the family to use whenever.

Your favourite/worst subject in high school?
Favourite – English
Worst – Maths

Something you wish you were talented at?
Singing :(

First thing you notice about people?
Smile or lack of (I always smile at strangers)

On top of your bucket list?
Buy a house - avoid renting a place.

Your biggest accomplishment?
Raising money for a charity close to my family.

Something you look for in a partner?
Smiles and trust.

Something you dislike?
Parallel parking.

Favourite fairytale?
Little Red Riding Hood.

Random Final Questions


Furthest you’ve ever been from home?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where?
Australia maybe, I doubt I'll leave my hometown for more than a year as I like it.

Sweet or savoury?

Last time you cried?
Yesterday, Adam Silvera's fault.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Scary movie or happy ending?
50/50 I go scary recently though.

How would you describe your fashion sense?
Black and very very dark grey.

Are you competitive?

Describe yourself in a single sentence.
A Glee character who can't sing.

Who is your role model?
Zoe Sugg/Zoella springs to mind. She's created an empire even with anxiety trying to hold her down.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Start blogging in high school. I've never felt so confident.

Thanks for reading!

Deadly Burial Review - Blog Tour

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

By Jon Richter
Rating: 4/5
Source: PR copy for blog tour

When DI Chris Sigurdsson is assigned a grisly murder case on remote Salvation Island, he knows that it might be his strangest yet.

A forgotten wrestling star of the 1980s has been poisoned whilst in the ring, and amidst the slippery lies of his dangerous opponents, unravelling the victim’s murky past is almost impossible.

And as a storm threatens to cut Salvation Island off from the mainland, the race is on for Sigurdsson to find the ruthless killer before he strikes again…

August Illumicrate Unboxing

Monday, 4 September 2017

I honestly didn't think that anything could top the May Illumicrate box but I was wrong! For anyone who doesn't know, Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription box that gives you books (usually ARCs and/or exclusive versions of books) and other bookish goodies for just £30 including postage. The August subscription is easily my favourite so far and I'm really excited to be sharing the amazing contents of this box with you. Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't received their box yet!

I Know Where She Is Review - Blog Tour

Friday, 25 August 2017

By S.B. Caves 
Rating: 5/5
Source: PR Copy for blog tour

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn's abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.
It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

Confessions of a YA Blogger

Monday, 21 August 2017

A lot has changed for me in the last eight months since I started blogging and I think what has changed the most is the way I read and consume books. Not only has the variety of books I read grown significantly, but the whole experience of reviewing and recommending the books I read has made me a much more confident reader in general. Now, you might be wondering where the confession part of this post comes in… Here it goes. 

Prior to the start of 2017 I was very uneducated in the YA genre, I didn’t really know of it’s existence at all. This isn’t to say I’d never read YA books before, more that I didn’t know just how vast one genre could be. I’m writing this post for anyone else who has ever asked; what actually is YA? If that isn't you then feel free to laugh, but please remember that we all had to start somewhere.

First of all, let's take a little step back in my bookworm origin story. For a long time I believed that my favourite genre was crime as that was what gave me the biggest adrenaline rush when reading. My other go to genres were; thriller, sci-fi and fantasy, a good balance of contemporary and mythical. The only downside to a lot of the books I read was that they didn't particularly stick with me when I finished reading them. There were exceptions to the rule of course, but generally I would put a book down and forget about it. 

That was a part of what blogging was for me, a way to connect with books more and share my thoughts so I could look back at them over time. Then in March something magical happened; I read One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. By this point in my three months of book blogging I was very aware of the YA genre but I still didn't really know what it meant until I read this book. It was crime, but it was aimed at teenagers and about teenagers.

If you aren't already so done with my ignorance on the subject, then prepare for the worst. For the longest time I had resorted to reading about stuffy forty year old blokes who I had no connection to whatsoever, all because I liked the thrill that came with reading intense crime/thriller fiction. THE WHOLE TIME I COULD HAD BEEN READING ABOUT PEOPLE MY AGE?! Yeah okay I'm older now but I was sixteen once okay? 

Like I said, I'd read a lot of YA before this, The Princesses Diaries, every John Green novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 13 Reasons Why, Diary of a Wimpy Kid to name a few. 

I knew of middle grade/YA fiction but I didn’t know it had a name and even then I didn’t know it stretched beyond the realm of high school. That is what I think is the biggest misconception about YA, that it's all about high school kids doing high school things and having problems solely relating to high school. This is certainly what I believed at least. 

Really it's all John Green's fault (no hate I love you). I read The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska and decided that, while I liked these books, they weren't what I wanted to read all of the time -this is what I believed to be the extent of YA fiction at the time. 

So I moved onto more edgy reads, like the work of Stephen King, from a young age. From there I started reading a lot of local crime fiction, which gave me the thrill I was looking for. Unfortunately, the general rule still applied, I'd put the book down and forget about it -no tweeting people about it, no recommending it to my friends or anything.  

When I read One Of Us Is Lying I discovered the true meaning of YA, and it is that YA isn't really a genre at all, it's the centre of the mind map that branches out to crime, fantasy, thriller, horror, LGBTQ+ etc. All these sub genres just happen to be aimed at young adults. Apparently young adult means 12-18 year olds but hey if the books good add ten more years onto that, no one will care. 

Since my re-education it's become apparent that a lot of the books I've read would fall into this genre. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Maze Runner, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and so on -all of these books and series are some of my all time favourites, I just would have classified them differently before. So I guess I'm a YA connoisseur after all. Does that restore my credibility? I hope so at least. 

Despite being a newbie and an uneducated one at that, the YA community has accepted me with open arms and I couldn't be more grateful for that. For that reason among others that YA is now officially my favourite genre.

Thanks for reading! 

After The Fire Review

Saturday, 19 August 2017

By Will Hill
Rating: 5/5
Source: W H Smith bundle

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

37 Hours Blog Tour + Giveaway

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

By J. F. Kirwan
Source: PR Copy for blog tour

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her
freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear
warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost...

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?

The One Memory of Flora Banks Review

Saturday, 12 August 2017

By Emily Barr
Rating: 5/5
Source: W H Smith Bundle 

How do you know who to trust when you can't even trust yourself? 
Flora has amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is. 
Then she kisses someone she shouldn't - and the next day she remembers it. 
It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten. 
But the boy is gone. 
I look at my hands. One of them says 
FLORA be brave. 

Harry Potter Tag

Monday, 7 August 2017

I was tagged by the lovely Louise from Louise Bodle to do this tag, I never can refuse anything Harry Potter related. So here we go!

History Is All You Left Me Review

Sunday, 6 August 2017

By Adam Silvera
Rating: 5/5
Source: W H Smith Bundle

Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo's new boyfriend. 
But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the pass or miss out on his future.

First Time @ YALC

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

It's been a couple of days since I got home from the Young Adult Literature Convention at  and the all I've been thinking is how I wish I'd done all three days instead of just going on the Sunday. I had such a good time with my friend Shannan (Twenty Something and Day Dreaming), meeting up with some other bloggers and queueing for all the books!

I was told before I went to the convention that I would accumulate a lot of free stuff and books, yet I still wasn't prepared for it. Honestly this isn't even a lot of stuff, I know people who ended up with 50 books so I feel like my haul is very modest in comparison but I'm so happy with it. 

I met these awesome authors, Chris Russell signed my copy of Songs About Us and Non Pratt signed Unboxed for me. Both of them were lovely and although I was too nervous to really talk to them about their books, I got to have a lovely chat with them both about their time at the convention and Non even invited me to stroke her newly shaved head -it was different kid of bonding experience. 

I also met the actual Patrick Ness who has been one of my favourite authors for a long time, I didn't get a photo with him because his signing queue was so long I didn't even want to ask. He signed my copy of Release and again I exchanged some small talk, which in itself was surreal. Making small talk with Patrick Ness... Just what? 

I managed to get ARCs of The Fandom and Invictus which I was pretty happy about, there was a couple more I was after but they didn't seem to be around on the Sunday (another reason I want to go all three days next year) but I also felt that the 'FIRST FIVE PEOPLE TO SPRINT HERE AND SCREAM I LOVE YOU GET AN ARC' was a little bit intimidating and I don't think I'd have been able to do it even if I had been there on the right days. 

I only actually bought four books on the Sunday, I'm more shocked than I am impressed. There were some good deals on but other than the ARCs there was a lot of stuff that I could pick up anytime and not have to carry around London and back up to Newcastle, so I reined myself in for the most part. I got Alex Approximately because I'm really excited to read it, I bought The Miseducation of Cameron Post on the recommendation from the lovely ladies at the Penguin stand, and since it was 2 for £10 I got Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index too because I've heard good things. Lastly I got The Dark Crowns in a mystery book offer from My Kinda Book, it sounds really interesting and it's fantasy which I need to read more.

I also picked up a collection of samplers including Floored, which I am so excited for, as well as Clean from Juno Dawson and Alex Bertie's book and a whole collection of fantasy book samples to hopefully fuel my newly rediscovered passion for fantasy.   

Here are a few close ups of some of the other goodies I got, not gonna lie, the free Shadowhunters tote bag was probably one of my favourite items of the day. I would like to recommend the Butter Beer lip balm to everyone, not just Potterheads because it smells AMAZING. The posters we stole (not really they offered) from the Penguin stand and I made sure to grab One Of Us Is Lying, Book of Dust and Turtles All The Way Down - even though it isn't the official book cover, I think it's cool to have <3

I did venture down to LFCC once to meet Mr Holmes, Doctor Strange and actual human otter, Benedict Cumberbatch. Turns out I didn't really need to because Ben made so many surprise appearances on the YALC floor that if you took a shot every time you saw him, you'd probably be dead. The photo ops were as hectic as always but he was a sweetheart and took time to shake everyones hand and thank them for coming, I was so pleased to finally meet him after years of fangirling <3.

Check out my twitter thread for even more fangirling and highlights!

And that's it from my first trip to YALC. I can't wait to go back next year, we're already planning the three days and it's going to be amazing! 

Thanks for reading! 

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