The E-Reader Book Tag

 

It’s Sunday so obviously its time for a Tag! I found this over on MistyBookspace and since I read a lot on my iPad I thought it would be the perfect tag for me to do.

Let’s do this:

What support do you use to read your e-books? An e-reader, a tablet, or the PC? 

I used the Kindle App on my iPad and I also use iBooks app on occasion.

How many e-books have you read since you started the new “digital fashion”? 

A lot! I don’t really keep track but its got to be around the 300 mark if not more.

What is the language of your ebooks? 

English

Buy them or take advantage of free promotions and books? 

A bit of both really. I don’t like to spend loads on ebooks and I do love a bargain. I also use BookBub and they send me offers on book genres  I like to read which is really handy.

Do you enjoy reading classics or new authors? 

If classic means classic like Jane Austin then no I mainly read new authors.

How many e-books do you have?

Soooo many! probably about 500.

What is your biggest supplier of ebooks? 

Amazon without a doubt.

Did you completely adhere to the Digital Reading or do you still live in the Age of the Physical Book? 

No, I don’t if a physical book is cheaper than an ebook I’ll buy the physical book. Also, I like to buy special editions.


That’s it! I’m not tagging anyone today but feel free to have a go if you like!

Until Next Time!

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I haven’t done a tag for ages! I found this tag over on Darque the Dreamer Reads Blog and thought looked super fun I have a lot of opinions so this tag really appealed to me.

Lets get started:

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THUG: The Hate You Give – I really thought this book was overrated, it was getting a lot of hype last year which is the main reason why I read it. I wrote a review of my thoughts so have a look at that here.

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

hmm I don’t think I have one… I tend to hate books that other people love!

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AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

Celaena and Choal from Throne of Glass – I hated them together throughout my entire read of Crown at Midnight. There are some people in the fandom that ship them so hard – I just don’t get it, they are so not right for one another.

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR:

Probably Mystery – I just have no interest.

 

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A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

I don’t know if you can class him as beloved, but Tamlin for ACOTAR – I freaking hate this guy – but I see people all the time who love him on social media 🤮

 

 

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

BB. Hammel – I’ve tried a couple of her books and they are just not for me.

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

Overly possessive male characters who treat the female protagonist like crap.

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Gods… The Mortal Instruments was bad enough so yeah, no thanks.

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:

Definitely The Vampire Diaries – I could not get into the books at all the but TV Show was great.


 

That’s it. I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to have a go yourselves.

Until Next Time 🤓

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[Book Review] The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Synopsis

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.


Quick Stats

Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Lauren and Beau.


Review

Lauren meets Beau as a teenager when he rents the small apartment attached to her parent’s property. Beau is older and nothing like the boys that Lauren usually spends time with and although their interactions are limited, Lauren can’t  help but be drawn to him, that’s until an unexpected event separates them.  Fast forward 10 years and they are reunited, only this time the rules have changed…

Firstly, huge thanks to R.S. Grey for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.

I absolutely adored this book! I literally got to the end of the this and was like nooooo! I need more story!

I really liked how the story was set out. The first few chapters take place in the past, so I got a nice little history of exactly how the two main characters met. I got to see Lauren go through that awkward teenage phase and how Beau had to put up boundaries and remain in control because of the age difference. Which really gave great depth to their feelings when the story switches back to the present day. I could really feel the longing that they had for another. I thought their chemistry was great and I loved that New Orleans was the setting for the story, its a place I’ve always wanted to visit and  RSG gave such great descriptions of everything that I felt like I was there.

I liked Lauren both as an adult and a teenager. I think that we can all relate to the awkwardness of teen Lauren – going after things we think we want, wanting to fit in, having lots of feelings and being terrified about what to do with the,. Adult Lauren is much more in control but still scared particularly when it comes to her feelings for Beau.

I loved Beau! His restraint when he first met Lauren made him very likable, although he did he did have feelings for her when they were younger he didn’t act on them because she was so young, and you don’t really realize the extent of them until they are together as adults and that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil it  – However I will say that I need read more of Beau Fortier.

To conclude this was a such an enjoyable read. R.S. Grey’s books just keep getting better and better! I really hope we get a sequel because I loved this story and the characters so much!!

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My Rating 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


About R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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[Book Review] Ryan’s Bed – Tijan

Synopsis

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.


Quick Stats

Page Lenght: 250
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Mackenzie, Ryan, and Willow


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I usually start my reviews with a summary of the story, but for this one, I just need to tell you how it made me feel:

Stunned! I got to the last page and I couldn’t believe it. I just for like 5 minutes in an emotional stupor.

Mackenzie first sleeps in Ryan’s bed just hours after finding her twin sister Willow dead. Willow took her own life and now Mackenzie has to find a way to go on without her sister all the while carrying a secret only she know.s

This story is beautifully sad. Many times during reading this I had blink back tears and swallow the huge lump in my throat. I was not prepared. Mackenzie’s grief was heartbreaking and she goes through a number of coping strategies to deal with her sister’s grief, the most prominent being trying to not feel and ignore her grief.

I really liked her relationship with Ryan, it didn’t start out in the best way but they he couldn’t have been more perfect for, he got exactly what she was going through and was non-judgemental throughout the whole book.

This is a particularly difficult subject matter and I think Tijan did a brilliant job of approaching it, capturing that suicide doesn’t end with the person who takes their life, but lives on in the people they leave behind.

The last line will stay with me for a long time.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  🌟

[Book Review] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

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.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Jude, Cardan, Lock, Vivi, and Taryn


Review

Wooza! This book was so good.

At the age of 7, Jude’s parents have murdered in front of her and then she and her sisters were then stolen away to High Court of Faerie. Years later Jude just wants to be one of them. To do this she wants a place in court but to do this must defy her nemesis, Carden.

I loved this story. Jude is a such a different character to what I normally come across, she has been brought up by the person who murdered her parents. This has had a profound effect on Jude, she has been in survival mode for the last 10 years doing anything she can to fit in and be part of Faerie. Despite being terrified 90%  of the time Jude is brave and strong and I really admired her courage.

Carden and his friends torment Jude on a daily basis, he is the definition of a jerk but some reason I found myself liking him. I can’t really explain why because he is a dick for the majority of the book.

The story itself is a whirlwind of twist and turns and betrayals at every corner. It kept me guessing until the very end. This is the first book by Holly Black that I have read but after this, it certainly won’t be the last.  Overall this was a really awesome story and if you love books about the fae then this is a must-read.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] Lullaby (The Sand Maiden Book 1) L.R.W. Lee

Synopsis

You’ve heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden.

Alissandra thrills to help her human charges make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said, as she weaves their dreams. She’s been doing it her entire immortal existence. But when the most powerful king in Dream realm sets his sights on her current charge, Prince Kovis Altairn, to exploit him in his quest to conquer Wake realm, Ali has no choice but to flee and pray the sovereign doesn’t hunt her down.

Prince Kovis Altairn, crown prince and the most powerful sorcerer in the Altairn Empire, knows nothing about Dream realm, let alone his sand maiden. So when Ali is discovered naked in his bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, as well as the danger?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 421
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ali, Kovis


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Ali Escapes from Dream Realm and her cruel father after she finds out he is going after her human charge in the hope to take over Wake Relm. Ali is thrust into in Wake Realm meets Kovis her starbeam, with his help she is hoping to stop her father’s plan.

I have put off writing this review for so long. I started this book initially back in the beginning of December. I got about 3 quarters of the way through and then stopped. I read a couple of other books before going back to it. I found it very difficult to get through.

There are a number of reasons why but the main issues are, I felt zero connection to the main character, Ali is underdeveloped in such a way that it was difficult to even like her. She comes across as having the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old. Her lack of self-confidence was frustrating because she stayed that way through the entire book, she barely grew as a person despite everything she accomplished.

The story touched on sexual assault but again this was not fully explored so it ended up giving the story a real ick factor in the way some of the characters behaved towards one another. Kovis is the main love interest and he is just so bland and dull, the term of endearment he uses for Ali felt condescending and made me cringe every time I read it.

Overall I was really disappointed by this book. I thought the concept was really good the execution was poor. I won’t be continuing with this series.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟

 

[Book Review] Man Card – Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Blurb

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

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There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 453
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ash & Braht


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ash and Braht are competitors at work, Ash doesn’t even like Braht and Braht well he is determined to win Ash over. And then they bang! and suddenly Ash can’t get Braht out of her head.

This was one of those real laugh out loud books, lots of humor and funny moments. The rivalry between Braht and Ash was really well done, it helped build the tension between them brilliantly.

I liked Ash’s feistiness and determination to be independent, but I also liked that she had lot’s of vulnerabilities which I thought made her relatable and gave her character lots of depth. It took a few chapters to warm up to the Braht because he’s a little different from the typical macho male love interest but he is just so damn nice and thoughtful that I couldn’t help but start to like him. The way he looked after Ash was so sweet.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read and a brilliant follow up to Man Hands. I highly recommend this book.

My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Man card is out on 15th January 2018

Pre-Order your copy here:

[Book Review] Caraval by Stephanie Grabber​

Blurb

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 407
Publication Year: 2017
Characters: Scarlett, Donatella “Tella”, Julian and Legend


Review

Scarlett and Tella live on a tiny island with their cruel and abusive.  father. Over a number of years, Scarlett has been writing to the Caraval Master Legend asking him to visit and put on his infamous Caraval show. This year Caraval is finally coming to Isla De Los Suenos (a nearby island) and Master Legend has sent tickets for Scarlett and Tella.

I think I can sum up this book in one word: WOW! this was totally different to anything that I have read for a long time. At first I was a little hesitant to even read it because (and I know how odd this is going to sound) I have read so many good things about it and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but I needn’t have worried because it 100% met my expectations.

I enjoyed all the magic and mystery of the book, there were many moments where I thought the story was going to go one way but then it completely went I different way instead. It really kept me guessing right until the last page. The twist and turns made it a really addictive read.

I really liked how well Scarlett’s character developed over the course of the story. She started out not weak as such but kind of trapped by her own fear of things and the need to control and do things a certain way. It was good to see her relax a little and realise things can be done a different and that there is more than one way out of a bad situation.

I would like to have seen more from Tella and Legend, well particularly Legend because he so full of mystery and intrigue, but I think their story will be expanded in the next book.  Overall this was a really good read and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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New Posts & Reading Challenges for 2018

New Posts

I’m back!!!!

I really didn’t mean to take this much time away from blogging but I think it’s really helped in terms of rejuvenating my drive to write. Going forward I have decided to retire my 2 weekly posts  (Quotable Tuesday and Lets Talk, these can now be found under the archives tab)  mainly because I was getting a little bored of them. To replace these posts, I’ll be doing one weekly post which is themed “On Topic/Off Topic” and the idea is to use this heading to write about things that either about books (On Topic) or use the Off Topic to write about something completely random that has nothing to do with reading – hence the “Off Topic” name.

I’m also getting rid of the monthly Other Pursuits posts and I’m replacing a monthly roundup of all the books I have read and books that I have added to my tbr.

Other than that I’ll be mainly focusing on reviews, book promos, and no doubt a few tags because who doesn’t like doing those?

Reading Challenges 2018

GoodReads

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As I managed to complete my reading goal last year of 120 books so I’ve up’ed this years challenge to 130. If you want to follow my progress this is my GoodReads Profile – feel free to friend me 🤓

Beat the Backlist

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I came across this challenge in one of the many groups I’m part of on Facebook. The idea behind this reading challenge is to read books off your TBR that have been on there for ages.  The Challenge is hosted by Novel Knights, The challenge will run from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, so you can sign up anytime here.

The really fun thing about this challenge is that you are sorted into teams which you earn points for and each team is competing against the other teams to see you can get the most posts each mouth. One person will be drawn as a winner from the team with the most points to receive a book of their choice.

My team for this challenge is the Story Sorcerers.

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Another reason I’ll be a doing a monthly book roundup is so that I can keep a track of my progress for this challenge on here.


That’s all for now.

More Later! ✌🏼

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2017: A Year in Review

I can believe it’s the last day of 2017, now seems a good a time as any to take a look back over the last year.

Top 12 Books I Read in 2017: 

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
  2. Anything You Can Do – R.S. Grey
  3. Rhapsodic – Laura Thalassa
  4. It Started with Goodbye – Christina June
  5. A Court of Wings & Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
  6. A Strange Hymn – Laura Thalassa
  7. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
  8. Morning Star – Pierce Brown
  9. If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  10. Hooking Up – Helena Hunting
  11. Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas
  12. Brave  – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blogging Stats and Facts:

Number of Posts: 201 | Number of Views: 4,714 | Number of Visitors: 2,682

Most Viewed Post: Let’s Talk – Tamlin the Man behind the Mask

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My GoodReads goal was 120 which I have happily surpassed.

Best Nine Images on Instagram:

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So what’s to come in 2018? Well, I’m hoping to be posting more regularly again. The biggest thing that I learned this year was that I don’t need to be writing a review for every book I read and I also don’t need to post every day. I’ll be posting all about the new reading challenge I’m going to be taking part in, in my next post so to finish off here, I would just like to say thank you to all my follows for being patient as I know I have been pretty MIA recently and I hope you all have an awesome 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 🍾