June Book Haul

Friday, 30 June 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to my first book haul post, I've been wanting to do one of these for the longest time but it's just not something I have gotten round to amongst all my books reviews. This month has been the month for experimenting with my posts and also a great month for giveaways and spending. Oops.

In this post I have included purchases, giveaway wins and PR copies of books but I haven't included the ebooks I got this month from sources like Netgalley or we'd be here all day. Hope you enjoy!

The Breakdown Review

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

By B.A. Paris
Rating: 5/5
Source: Netgalley

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Graduating University

Monday, 26 June 2017

As of 8:45 this morning I now know for sure that I will be graduating on July 10th and that I will be graduating with my target grade of Second Class Honours (First Division) meaning that my University experience is now over. 

For anyone just about to start university in September, I'm sorry that this post isn't all sunshine and roses, my university experience wasn't perfect but it was mine, yours might be perfect but chances are you'll be crying into your cornflakes for one reason or another during the three or four years.

I'm sad to be saying goodbye to a lot of good friends that I have made over the years, but honestly, I'm so ready to not be in education anymore that the thought of no more 9am lectures and 3x2000 word essays at the end of a semester, is like being told I've won the lottery. 

Release Review

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Rating: 4/5
Source: Amazon

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. 

A Deadly Game Review - Blog Tour

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC from Bloodhound Books as part of a blog tour

Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.

Detective Sergeant James "Jim" Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.

When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham's Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.

After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible.

Who is killing these women and why?

Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?

My Blogging Kit

Monday, 19 June 2017

I want to start this post by saying that I in no way believe you need any of these things to be a blogger. As well as a blogger I classify myself as a mixed media freelancer, which basically means I'll take on almost any media related job (I've also been a media student for five years) so what I have - I've collected over the years.

I'm sure you know what to expect, this is going to be like a 'what's in my make up bag' post, just with a different kind of Mac product. This is what's in my blogging kit!

Then She Was Gone Review

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC via NetGalley 

She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. 
She had her whole life ahead of her. 
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

Truth Or Dare Review

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rating: 5/5
Source: May Illumicrate sub box 

How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? 
Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it's a risk she's happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire's love - and life - on the line. 
Because when you're willing to risk everything, what is left to lose?

The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

Monday, 12 June 2017

Thank you to the lovely Shannan over at TSDD for tagging me to do this. I was really looking forward to doing it.

I know this seems like a really daunting read (it was a daunting write) but the answers are mostly short and snappy so I hope you can make it to the end :) <3

Promised Lies Review - Blog Tour

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Rating: 3/5
Source: ARC provided as part of a blog tour

Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate. Her sister, Celine, was murdered, her parents are on the verge of divorce and after a whirlwind romance, she married a man she barely knows. 

When the bodies of two young women are found, it is clear that the killer is the same person who murdered her sister. Lily sets out to find out who that is. 

As the investigation comes to life, Lily realises that all is not as it seems in her life, who can she actually trust and who is she? 

Illumicrate - May Unboxing

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Last Wednesday I got my second Illumicrate. After a few issues with the February box I was eager to get this box because everyone always raves about how good these boxes are, I needed to restore my faith. And I definitely did. 

The Last Cut Review

Monday, 5 June 2017

Rating: 5/5
Source: PR Copy from Mulholland Books/Hodder Publicity

Who's hunting who? 

DS Harri Jacobs survived a horrific assault, with the scars to prove it. The worst one is the promise her attacker made: that he would return. 

Her transfer to Newcastle was meant to keep her safe. But then a murder case lands on her desk. A case which feels frighteningly familiar. Is it her chance to catch the man who hurt her? 

Or is it a trap? 

My 24Hour Readathon

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hi everyone, I know I haven't done any personal posts on my blog as of yet, but this is a special occasion as I'm here to announce that myself and fellow blogger Zoe are doing a 24Hour Readathon to raise money for charity. If you want to take part all you have to do is get yourself some books and enjoy 24hours of reading, I understand not everyone will have the time to do so, but I will be posting updates on my progress here on my blog every other hour and filling the gaps with guest posts, so if anyone out there wants to write something for my blog then I encourage you to get in contact with me either via email (rebeccastobartcontact@gmail.com) or Twitter (@_rebeccastobart). I've already had a great response from bloggers and authors but I'm still looking for more. 

I'm really excited to be doing this as the charity I have chosen to donate to is close to my heart and they rely on donations to keep running the way they do. 

SomeOne Cares work with survivors of any form of abuse, though they specialise in childhood abuse, rape and sexual assault. It's something that far too many people have experienced and for those who feel like they have so few options, SomeOne Cares are there to help men, women and children work through some of their pain. 

SomeOne Cares offers free counselling those who need it, because of this they require donations to keep the service free. I want to raise money to help ensure that as many people as possible receive the care and attention they need. You can help me reach my goal of £100 by donating here; http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/thisbookyplace
If you would like more information on SomeOne Cares you can visit their website here or their Twitter, and Facebook

Zoe is also raising money for a charity called STARS a charity who provide support and information on syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures for those who suffer and their families. You can donate to Zoe's just giving page here

We'll be tweeting, blogging and keeping everyone up to date on our progress over the 24 hours. To keep up with us keep an eye on the #Rebeccas24HourReadathon and #Zoes24HourReadathon. If you can't donate or write a guest post then even a retweet could help us raise money for two fantastic charities. I'll be keeping everyone updated on the fundraiser over on Twitter with more ways you can help and thanks to the generosity of authors and publishers I'll be running book giveaways as a thank you for your support. 

Talk soon!

Harry Potter Book Tag

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Harry Potter book series is one of the few that I've read more times than I can count, some of those read throughs are technically listen throughs as I've always got my Stephen Fry audio books on my phone. The first time I remember reading the books was with my dad when I was four of five, the first two books were out and I was hooked the moment I was old enough to understand what he was reading to me. I grew up with every piece of Harry Potter merchandise including Philosopher's Stone umbrella, which I still have even though it's meant for shielding small children from the rain, not fully grown adults. 

With the arrival of my 20th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I have decided to do the Harry Potter book tag, a bit of an experiment on my blog. Hope you enjoy!
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