21 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten New Series I Want To Start .

So, it was supposed to be new series that I wanted to start... But there are so many series in general and I'm not really up to date with new series, so this is just a general list with some oldies that I've been meaning to read forever. As always, these are in no particular order!
  • Game of Thrones
  • Outlander
  • Sabriel
  • Boodlines
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Cormoran Strike
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone
  • On Dublin Street
What about you? Got a series sitting on your shelf just waiting to be read? I have a lot of the first books in these series but I haven't even started. And I'm ashamed to say that there's some of them I've had for years. Years. They've just sat there and been passed up but another book.

If you've read any on my list please link to your review. Maybe you'll tempt me to finally get started. Or not.

20 October 2014

Review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw


It’s 5:00 am on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand - just like Holly Golightly.

As the co-founder of a successful Tumblr blog - Oh Yeah Audrey! - devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has travelled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of.

Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself.


5 Words: Friendship, attraction, obsession, vintage, quirky.

This was a very quick read.

It's not the best quickie out there, but it was enjoyable. Especially if you're a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

This is a great day-in-the-life of Gemma Beasley, and I loved how her story was told. It was sweet and fun and light and fluffy, and perfect for reading in your lunch break when it's raining outside and you need to cheer up a little.

Don't walk into this book expecting amazing revelations and a gripping story, you won't find that. What you'll find instead is a fun and flirty look at a teenager who loves all things Audrey and is struggling to grow up following the death of her mother.

And look at that cover. It's a stunner.

14 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #17

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit.

Now, I read to escape. Escapism is hand down the BEST thing about reading for me. And despite me being a proper scaredy-cat when it comes to travelling, I have a list of places I just can't wait to visit thanks to books. Glorious books.


  • London
    OK, so I've been here a few times before, but it was flying visits of a day or two each time. I want to properly explore, to see everything. Well, more things than I've seen
  • New York
    I don't think this one needs any explanation!
  • Paris
    There's something about the way Sarra Manning writes about Paris that just makes me ache to get myself there to explore.
  • New Orleans
    This is one that me and my buddy Faye really want to do together, a proper bookish over-the-top-touristy stay.
  • Vermont
    Blame Sarah Morgan for this one, I freaking love reading about Snow Crystal. I know, the resort is fictional, but the picture painted is gorgeous.
  • The Welsh Marches
    Elizabeth Chadwick's Shadows and Strongholds is one of my most favourite books ever. Me and Steph want to do a tour of all of the castles.
  • Monts├ęgur
    Chadwick strikes again!
  • York
    This is mostly because of Yorvik Viking Centre - I spend a lot of my reading time reading historical novels. And what better way to experience those stories than a living history museum? Also, York's pretty awesome.
  • Devon
    There are so many books that paint this county as picturesque and so drastically different from where I stay myself.
  • Northumberland
    Is it cheating to put where I already live? From Catherine Cookson to Valerie Laws, I love everything about where I live. Especially reading about it. Even a tiny mention by Elizabeth Wein in Code Name Verity made me smile. And the castles. SO MANY CASTLES.
Where else is there a castle ten minutes walk away?

11 October 2014

Review: A Girl Called Malice by Aurelia B Rowl

It’s not easy being the Queen Bee. Alice Taylor should know. 

You know that girl. The one that the whole school’s social life seems to revolve around. Alice used to be that girl until she decided to quit sixth form college. Suddenly her ‘friends’ aren’t so interested in following her around and her attention-grabbing behaviour is about to get her kicked out of home. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, her world starts spiralling seriously out of control.

Only new friend Zac Newton seems to believe in her. Lifeguard and poolside hottie, Zac is quite literally her lifesaver. But then, he’s never met ‘Malice’, her mean-girl alter ego, and Alice wants to keep it that way. She knows this is her last chance for a fresh start until her sordid past catches up with her at the worst possible moment.

As everything Alice has worked towards comes crashing down around her, she realises that the hardest thing of all is being yourself…


5 Words: Mean-Girls, friendship, love, surprising, change.

If I had to describe this book in one word, I would fail. I would fail terribly.

When I read Popping the Cherry I have to admit that I pretty much hated Alice. She was a mainly peripheral character, she didn't really take up the limelight, but she was one nasty bitch. So when I heard about A Girl Called Malice, a chance to read the mean girl's story, I'm not sure what I expected.

I certainly didn't expect what I read.

A Girl Called Malice is one of those books that challenges your judgement. And I absolutely love it. It's a little different from the first book, more NA than YA, but it's still about growing and and finding out who you are.

Alice is a fantastically complex character. Just when you think you know her, BAM. Surprise! You learn something new.

The ending was just beautiful. I really liked how it played out.

THAT dress not only sounds exquisite, it is. Don't you just love authors who interact with their readers?

And... Hazelnut Lattes are delicious and addictive. Trust me, after reading this book I tried one.

06 October 2014

Review: The Poppy Factory by Liz Trenow

For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible repercussions...

2012 and Jess, an army medic, is back home following her tour of Afghanistan. Shell-shocked by what she has seen, she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Can help come through her great-grandmother Rose’s diaries?

1922 and Rose has just welcomed her beloved husband Alfie home from the First World War. But the homecoming is not what Rose had expected; Alfie returns from war a changed man, and not the same person Rose married. As he struggles to find work and to cope with life, Rose struggles with temptation...

Can an old factory, set up to help injured soldiers, help Jess, Rose and Alfie and save them from the heartache of war?


5 Words: Dramatic, emotional, thought-provoking, war, love.

When I finished this book, I had to sit in silence and contemplate what exactly I had read. And I read this book cover-to-cover, the authors notes, acknowledgements, the Q&A. I didn't want it to end.

This book is fantastically written with two distinct voices telling two incredible stories in two very different times.

This is a book that I took my time reading. I sat down with a cup of tea and really thought about what I was reading. This book just got to me. Even now I'm thinking of it, and it's been a week since I finished it! The author has been so very clever with how she's tackled the difficulties of adjusting to home life again after time in a war zone, and especially with PTSD. I loved reading both Jess and Rose, but my favourite was probably Rose - the sporadic diary entries worked so well, felt s personal.

I liked how the stories were connected, that The Poppy Factory and the impact of war hit both Jess and Alfie in such striking ways.

I received a copy of this from the publisher, and was under no obligation to review (or even read it) and this has had no bearing on my review.

As I received this copy free, I sent in a private donation to The Poppy Factory. Reading about the work they do, the author has done such a great job in highlighting a charity I never even knew about.