Still Lives Book Tour

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

What's this? A blog post? That's right it is, I'm back and not only am I back, I'm back with a blog tour. Today I am bringing you everything you need to know about Still Lives by Maria Hummel, also featuring my review of this thrilling read. 

Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

I was kindly gifted a copy of Still Lives by Quercus in exchange for an honest review. 

Still Lives was the August pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club, admittedly I haven't been following the book club, but it was an accolade I recognised when searching through books to request and after reading the blurb I decided this was definitely the book for me. This is a book full of beautifully descriptive prose that read very classically, this did however mean I struggled to get into the book for a while, as I typically prefer dialogue driven reads. Once I got into the grit of the books premise, I enjoyed it a lot more. 

The book is set in the LA, and follows the mystery of the disappearance of an artist, Kim Lord, whose controversial exhibition consists of self portraits, placing Kim into the scenarios of real female murder victims, and highlights the way society views them (and women in general), which was understandably, a difficult but interesting aspect to the book. I'm a big fan of psychological thrillers and this book definitely delivered in that department.

The story follows Maggie Ritcher, the museum editor. Maggie also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Kim's partner, and if those details don't tie her to the disappearance enough, she also feels responsible for the death of one of the women featured in Kim's paintings, so Maggie is quick to take matters into her own hands. Things don't look good for her so the book quickly ups its pace as Maggie begins her investigating and I was hooked from there. 

A lot of the other characters were pretentious, but in the back of my mind I know that's probably a fair depiction of this particular strand of the LA art world, I wouldn't necessarily expect a death exhibition to be populated by easy-going types, but it did add to my initial difficulty reading this book. Maggie was who I connected with the most in the story, which is good since the story came from her point of view.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys thrillers, it's a slow burn at the start but once you get into it I'm sure you'll be hooked on the twists and turns this book brings you and I'd be interested to know who guessed the ending, I know I didn't (though I am infamously bad at guessing the ends of books). 

You can pick up your own copy of Still Lives by Maria Hummel now! And while you're here, you might want to take note of some of the other stops on this social media tour, in case there's anything I missed you can head over to the other blogs sharing posts about this book today, and for the rest of the week.

Thanks for reading!

Sally Green Q&A - The Northern YA Literary Festival

Friday, 13 July 2018

If you've been reading my blog since March, you will probably remember that I worked closely with  The Northern YA Literary Festival, well this month today I am hosting another another amazing author in association with the next NYALitFest event, which is their supernatural/fantasy extravaganza. Today I am interviewing SALLY GREEN - so I'm very excited right now to be talking about The Smoke Thieves.  

Like I said, this post was made possible by The Northern YA Literary Festival which will be taking place in Preston on the 21st of July (next week!). More information about the event will be at the end of the post so make sure you read to the end!

Here we go!

YouTubers I've been loving (and where I've been)

Monday, 9 July 2018

This is strange. It feels like it's been far too long since I did this, I haven't posted on this blog properly since the end of May and it's the longest hiatus I've had since I started my blog last year. Honestly, the reason I disappeared is because I've been trying something new and getting a balance right just wasn't working for me because all of my energy was going into this new adventure. 

In case you didn't know, I started my own Youtube/Booktube channel also at the end of May (coincidence? Absolutely) and it's been so much fun but I don't want to forget my blog because without my blog, I never would have started my channel. So, if you'd like to see what I've been up to on my hiatus head to my channel where I've been posting weekly. 

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are some YouTubers I have been loving lately!

Theatrical Blog Tour & The Ruling Class Spotlight

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she's determined to make it without the help of her famous costume-designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope's focus, she's soon struggling to keep her cool...and her secret.

#SixForSunday - Books That Made Me Cry

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Today I am doing something that I should have done a long time ago, and that is jump on the #SixForSunday train that was started by my lovely pal Steph, you can check out her prompt post if you would like to start doing these tags yourself! As you can tell, we're talking about sad books this week and honestly, this is the perfect prompt for me because I love a book that can make you cry. 

So on with this weeks prompt!

All Of This Is True - Blog Tour

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . .

Everything you need to know about me

Monday, 21 May 2018

Is that title misleading? I'm not actually talking about personal details, though that could be a fun post, we're going through all my Pottermore sortings because I recently remembered that was a thing thanks to the fabulous Hogwarts Mystery that I've been absolutely obsessed with the last week or so.

If you're not familiar with Pottermore, there's the Hogwarts sorting, your patronus, your wand and then most recently they've added your Illvemory house. So lets check out my results!

The Greatest Showman Book Tag

Monday, 14 May 2018

What's that? Another tag? Who'd have guessed it. Monday is usually review day here on This Booky Place but today is a special day because The Greatest Showman is out on DVD and I am thoroughly excited to be spending the day watching it on repeat (Rebecca you better have gotten out of bed to go buy the DVD, I'm counting on you to take a photo of it for the post). 

Now before I keep talking to my future self, lets get on with the tag!

All These Beautiful Strangers Review

Monday, 30 April 2018

Rating: 4/5
Source: Proof curtesy of Penguin

In the last day of summer, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Allister Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New Englandschool she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s “it” crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.

Reading Habits Book Tag

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hello lovely people of the bookish world! today I'm back with another tag that no one tagged me in... I saw this tag on A Little But A Lot by the wonderful Steph, so make sure you go and check her answers to this out too!

I hope you enjoy, lets go!

Book Box Club - Fallen Angels April Unboxing

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

After the success of my February box I decided to order my second Book Box Club because the theme Fallen Angels was just way too tempting. We were promised Buffy, Shadowhunters and that was enough to convince me. 

Onto the unboxing!

A Thousand Perfect Notes Review

Monday, 23 April 2018

Rating: 5/5
Source: Netgalley

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?


Friday, 20 April 2018

I'm writing this post on the Monday following one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. Saturday the 14th of April was YA Shot, a YA book event with author panels, signings and basically a mass Twitter meet up. This was my first time attending YA Shot so I wasn't really sure what to expect other than lots of hugs and a lot of emotions. It was an amazing day and I hope you enjoy this blog post/diary entry/photo book type thing. 

Cue my ramblings!

Wildest Dreams - April Hocus Pocus Unboxing

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

If you haven't received your Wildest Dreams box yet then turn away now because this post will be full of spoilers and I promise you don't want this box spoiled, it is FANTASTIC. If you aren't a subscriber, (why not? There'll be a discount code at the end of this post for you to make use of) if you've had your box already or just don't care about spoilers, enjoy! 

Onto the post ~

State of Sorrow Review

Monday, 9 April 2018

Rating: 5/5
Source: Waterstones

Sorrow - for that is all she brings us.

A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But one ghost won't stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she's willing to go to win...

Wildest Dreams - Family Ties March Unboxing

Friday, 6 April 2018

Good morning my loves! Today I have another Wildest Dreams unboxing for you because I'm getting around to catching up on all the things I missed while on accidental hiatus. This is the March's Family Ties box and I say this every time but THIS BOX WAS SO GOOD. I can't wait to share my unboxing photos with you, so without anymore rambling - onto the post!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Hello friends! Today I am sharing my experience at the Northern YA Literary Festival! I'm sure you've seen a lot of photos and blog posts already but I had such a good time at the event that I couldn't not do a write up. 

The Smoke Thieves Review

Monday, 2 April 2018

Rating: 5/5
Source: Proof curtesy of Penguin

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize? 

Q&A With Holly Black - The Northern YA Literary Festival

Friday, 16 March 2018

You may remember last month I had Anna Day on my blog in association with The Northern YA Literary Festival, well today I am hosting another Queen and that is Holly Black, author of The Cruel Prince. Her latest novel was released in January and you can read my full review here but to save you time, The Cruel Prince is amazing. 

This post was made possible by The Northern YA Literary Festival which will be taking place next week in Preston on the 24th. More information about the event will be at the end of the post so make sure you read to the end! 

Here we go!

Opinions on opinions in book blogging

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The other day I saw a lot of hate on Twitter for a book series that I really love and for a minute I actually considered not sharing my love because of the sheer number of people I knew I would be going against.

I thought, there must be a blog post in there somewhere, so I put out a Tweet asking for other peoples opinions and within five minutes I got a lot of responses.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Review

Monday, 5 March 2018

January 2017, I finally got tickets to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. I'd already read the script half a dozen times but I was so excited that I'd finally get to see it as it was meant to be, live on the stage.. In a years time. 

Fast forward to February 28th 2018, I could hardly contain how excited I was. I'm sure everyone in the UK can sympathise with how bad the weather was last week, I was so delayed getting my train that I ended up missing the first half hour of the play. The staff were great and got us in to watch on a screen in the bar so we wouldn't miss anymore, and we took our seats after intermission. This post will contain spoilers but I have deliberately not gone into detail about the plot/villain, only characters and scenes. I hope you enjoy!

The Truth About Alice Review

Friday, 2 March 2018

By: Jennifer Mathieu 
Rating: 4/5
Source: Netgalley

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Book Box Club - Into Dystopia February Unboxing

Monday, 26 February 2018

Today is a very exciting day because I am unboxing my very first Book Box Club package. I have 
admired from afar for basically a year now but it was last month when I saw that the theme for February was Into Dystopia, I had to buy it. Divergent, The Hunger Games... It's what I live for. 

So without going on too much, lets get into the 

Love, Simon Film Review

Friday, 23 February 2018

Why is straight the default?

On Monday I got to see one of my most anticipated films of the year; Love, Simon. I wouldn't normally review a film on this blog but since it's an adaptation of one of my favourite books, I couldn't not. After reading Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda last year I have been absolutely obsessed with Becky Albertalli's work. Simon, Blue, Leah, Abby, Nick -they all feel like my friends at this point. When I found out there was going to be a film my heart could hardly take the joy.

So please read on if you want to get hyped with with me!

BLOG TOUR: The Devil's Poetry Review

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.

Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution - too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.

Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And
they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price - and who pays it?

Wildest Dreams - Truth and Lies February Unboxing

Monday, 19 February 2018

Hello everyone! Today we have another Wildest Dreams unboxing. As always this post will be full of spoilers so if you are reading this before you have opened your own box then I recommend leaving now and coming back later. If you didn't order yourself a box and now need to see if you missed out (spoiler: you did sorry) then keep on reading! 

The theme of this box was Truth and Lies, so lets see what we got this month. 

The Bachelorette - Boys of YA 2

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

So as it's Valentines Day and I'm still a singleton, I thought I would write a post about the only men in my life - some more YA boys. I did a post like this a while ago on Zoe's blog (check that out here) and thought I'd do a part two here on my blog!

This time instead of giving you a dating sheet I have done the pros and cons of dating each suitor, I suppose this post will contain spoilers if you haven't read the books associated with the character, and you don't like spoilers, then maybe skip over them.


Q&A With Anna Day - The Northern YA Literary Festival

Monday, 12 February 2018

Today I have a very exciting post because I have the fabulous Anna Day on my blog and if you don't know her then you're about to get to know her very well! Anna is the genius behind The Fandom which was released in January, and is beyond amazing -you can check out my full review here

This post was made possible by The Northern YA Literary Festival which will be taking place March 24th and The Northern Book Bloggers (featured in the above photo) will be taking over... More information about the event will be at the end of the post so make sure you read to the end! 

Here we go!

Second Best Friend Review

Monday, 5 February 2018

Rating: 5/5
Source: Amazon

Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky. 

So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.

Wildest Dreams - Into The Jungle January Unboxing

Friday, 26 January 2018

It's that time again! By now I hope that everyone has received their Wildest Dreams box and if you haven't opened it yet I recommend you look away now because this box is going to be full of spoilers.

What blogging means to me - UKYABA nomination

Monday, 22 January 2018

Hello everyone, bit of a soppy post coming today so I hope you don't mind! This post is part big thank you and part link drop, I thought the best way to share my blog in an awards nomination post is to share my journey. So here it is. 

The Cruel Prince Review

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Rating: 5/5
Source: Waterstones

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

Bookshelf Tour

Friday, 12 January 2018

Welcome welcome to my bookshelves! Disclaimer - I own a lot of books that unfortunately have to live under my bed, so I will not be showing those because it isn't dignified or cute. I also fill my shelves with non-booky things in the places that books don't fit, I hope you'll enjoy seeing those too! 

To the post!

Everless Review

Monday, 8 January 2018

Rating: 5/5
By: Sara Holland 
Source: Waterstones

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself. 

The Fandom Review

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Rating: 5/5
By Anna Day
Source: ARC from YALC

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands.

Launching My Own Etsy shop (1 Year Blogiversary)

Monday, 1 January 2018

So has you probably saw, yesterday I suddenly dropped the news that I'm opening my own candle store called Taken Moons. I only told a couple of people and my family so for everyone else, surprise!

Since it was quite out of the blue, I thought I would put together a little post to give you all of the information you might need. The support yesterday was really amazing and I couldn't be more grateful to each and every one of you.
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