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:

32613366A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

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.

infernal-devices-covers1A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:

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] 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?

Braht
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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Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Quick Stats:

Page Length: 300
Publication year: 2014
Characters: Ivy, Ren, Tink


Review

Who doesn’t love a re-read? This week I reread Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout in preparation for the release of Brave. This was my third reading, and I have to say its one of those books that gets better each time I read it. It ticks all the boxes for me, badass heroine, super hot love interest and a hilarious sidekick!

The story is centered around Ivy, who works for a secret organisation called the Order. Ivy hunts and takes out Fae who have crossed over into the human world. The Fae in this story are the bad guys, who like nothing more than draining the life out of humans to maintain their long lives. Everything is all hunky dory until Ivy is shot by a fae who materialized a gun out of thin air – which is not a trait of a regular fae, these fae are Ancients, they are super powerful and can not be so easily taken out.

Ivy and Ren are so sweet together, I really love their banter and how they understand each other. Not to mention their scorching hot chemistry! I could almost see the sparks bouncing off the page.

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I can’t review this full and not mention Tink, I forgot how absolutely awesome he is! He seriously is my favorite sidekick of all time, so much sass in such a little being!

“Well, at least it’s not like you have a pet snake, because that shit would be weird. And I guess there are people who have more annoying roommates. I’ll be honest, though. I don’t trust the little shit, but I respect your decision.” “Well, I don’t trust you either, so what-the-fuck-ever,” Tink replied with a saucy grin as he stepped out from behind my leg.”

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

1 Year Blogiversary!​

Hey everyone, 1 year ago today I started my blog! It honestly feels a lot longer though. Today I’m taking a look back at what has happened over the past year:

1 . What I have I learned:

Blogging is hard work! I never realized just how time-consuming having a blog would be until I started but it is very rewarding. I have really enjoyed learning lots of new things. Creating my own content and just making my blog look how I want it to look, which was a huge challenge at first, mainly because I was so indecisive and I didn’t really know how to make it look how I wanted it to look. Grasping the use of WordPress has helped me to get my blog looking just like I want it to.

2. Biggest Challenge I have faced:

Time management, I’m not an organized person by nature so I have to really work at making time to sit and write my posts. I’ve also really had cut back recently in terms of the amount I was posting because it was just too much with everything else I have going on in my life at the moment.

3. My Favorite Post:

This has to the piece I wrote about Tamlin from (A Court of Thorns and Roses) it’s the only time I’ve done a real in-depth character analysis as such and it was so interesting to really get inside his head and share my thoughts. I really hope to do a follow-up piece next year, I really want to write a Tamlin/Rhyand comparison!

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Goals for Next Year:

  1. Be more active on Social Media
  2. Coming up with a proper schedule and sticking it to
  3. Create new and engaging content
  4. Keep a good posting pace and not stress about posting enough
  5. Keep having Fun!

Until Next Time! 🤓

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🌌 Intergalactic Book Tag 🌌

Welcome to the Intergalactic Book Tag! I found this on over on Berries and Books Blog so check out her answers when you’re done here.

Let’s get started:

SPACE: NAME A BOOK THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD – THAT TAKES PLACE IN A  WORLD DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

BLACK HOLE: NAME A BOOK THAT COMPLETELY SUCKED YOU IN.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa – I adore this book!

LIGHTSPEED: NAME A BOOK YOU ARE ANTICIPATING SO MUCH THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD TRAVEL AT LIGHTSPEED TO GET TO IT.

The 6th Throne of Glass book – it’s not out until next September! It feels like ages.

NEBULA: NAME A BOOK WITH A BEAUTIFUL COVER.

Starswept by Mary Fan – see for yourself I think its gorgeous!

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MULTIVERSE: NAME A COMPANION SET OR SPINOFF SERIES YOU LOVE.

The Titan series by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is the Covenant spin-off series and it’s all about Seth!

GRAVITY: NAME YOUR FAVORITE ROMANTIC PAIRING THAT SEEMS TO HAVE GRAVITATIONAL PULL TO EACH OTHER.

Rhysand and Feyre…. so much love for those two!

THE BIG BANG: NAME THE BOOK THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON READING.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot was the book that catapulted my reading onto another level.

ASTEROID: NAME A SHORT STORY OR NOVELLA THAT YOU LOVE.

So easy, that has to be The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa

GALAXY: NAME A BOOK WITH MULTIPLE POVS.

Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas), so many characters POV’s in this one.

SPACESHIP: NAME A BOOK TITLE THAT WOULD BE A GREAT NAME FOR A SPACESHIP.

Earth Star (Janet Edwards)


That’s it! I’m not tagging anyone specifically but do feel free to have ago and tag me back I’d love to read your answers!

Until Next Time! 🤓

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