BOOK REVIEW: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

Format: ARC, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads
Publisher: Headline
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Blurb:It makes us. It destroys us.

The Feed is everywhere. It can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it.

Tom and Kate use The Feed, but they have resisted addiction to it. And this will serve them well when The Feed collapses. Until their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing.

Because how do you find someone in a world devoid of technology? And what happens when you can no longer trust that your loved ones are really who they claim to be? Continue reading

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GUEST POST: What’s in my Kindle library? by Diane Jeffrey (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Diane Jeffrey onto my blog to talk about book recommendations, more specifically; what she has on her own Kindle Paperwhite. I love to be nosey and find out what books other people have got and you often find some great recommendations and also some common interests in the books you’ve both read. I can definitely identify a few in Diane’s library that I’ve read and enjoyed. Scroll down for some more information on Diane’s own book, ‘Those Who Lie’, which I’m gutted I don’t have the time to read right now because it sounds insane! Oh and there’s a giveaway at the bottom too 😉 Over to you, Diane…

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July Wrap-up: Books, Best Friends and Bits & Bobs

Well howdy folks! Hello and welcome to my July wrap-up! I hope you’ve all had a lovely July. I don’t know about you but the weather outside as I’m writing this feels more like Autumn! Although I’m not complaining, I’m not one for heat! So let’s crack on, here’s what’s been going down in July…

What I’ve Received in July…

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Book-wise, I didn’t actually receive or buy an awful lot in July. I got 2 kindly sent from publishers which were In The Name of Love by Patrick Smith (thanks to Head of Zeus) and The Way We Were by Sinéad Moriarty (thanks to Penguin). I also bought Pride and Prejudice as a little bit of research for my own work in progress. I’ll say no more, because I don’t want to give anything away! I was also lucky enough to win a giveaway over on Pixie Bebe for a craft and paper cutting kit! I love anything crafty so can’t wait to give this a go! Continue reading

June Wrap-up: Cute Gifts & Chick Lit

Hi guys! Welcome to yet another wrap-up post. I swear the last one is only up for a day before I have to start writing another one! Well, I hope you’ve all had a lovely June and the weather is warming up where you are. June has been pretty good for me too – bookish and otherwise! So lets get to it!

What I’ve Received, Bought and Won

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Publishers: The Dress by Kate Kerrigan (Head of Zeus), My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik  Backman (Bookbridgr) and Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (Head of Zeus) Won: Full Brazillian by Cintia Silva with Teena Lyons Bought: The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey (a childhood favourite of mine I’m desperate to read again!) I also received a lovely little wish bracelet from Lynsey James as a thank you for helping out with her book. Continue reading

Book Review: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2) by Cressida McLaughlin

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25340862Title: Sunshine and Spaniels (Primrose Terrace, Book #2)
Author: Cressida McLaughlin
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


Blurb: Cat Palmer’s dog-walking business, Pooch Promenade is taking off. It hasn’t been plain sailing but with the help of her flatmate Joe, she’s taken on some more new clients from Primrose Terrace. But when she meets boisterous puppy Olaf, who is owned by harassed single mum Frankie, she wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew!

Cat’s also getting to know her sexy neighbour Mark and his Collie, Chips, a little better, but is there more to him than meets the eye? Perhaps sorting out her best friend Polly’s love life will be easier than her own…

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Book Review: Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

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Author: Lynsey James

Publisher: Carina UK


Blurb: Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer…and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong! Continue reading

March Book & Bookish Things Haul

This entire month has revolved around books for me. With my readathon, getting accepted onto bookbridgr (which may be the best website in the entire world!) becoming part of Sarah J. Pepper’s street team, my blogoversary and purchasing my very first Kindle! So I’ve re-named it ‘Book & Bookish Things Haul’ for this month so I have an excuse to take pictures of all my bookish things to share with you – not just books! Enjoy!

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A-Z Book Survey

I stole this from Emma at emmaiswriting and it’s just a bit of fun so enjoy my answers and feel free to steal it if you want too!

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Author You’ve Read The Most Books Of: James Patterson by far! He is the God of crime novels in my eyes and his Women’s Murder Club series are amazing! (I’m aware Beckie at beckiesbookmix wrote almost exactly the same thing…) The second I finished 1st To Die (the first book in the series) I knew I was hooked!

Best Sequel Ever: I enjoyed Catching Fire in The Hunger Games series however the third one I struggled with a fair bit! Without sounding like a broken record, the Women’s Murder Club sequels are fantastic – all 11 of them!

Currently Reading: This Child Of Mine by Sinead Moriarty, I wasn’t sure at first but I can tell it’s going to be one of those ‘OH MY GOD!’ kinda books…

Drink Of Choice While Reading: Erm, I don’t know – nothing specific. Probably just water!

eReader or Physical Book: Actual book because still to this day I don’t own a Kindle and I don’t plan to buy a Kindle because I’m a bit technologically challenged so the easier the better!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: I went to an all girls school, does that mean I have to pick a girl? I’m kidding, possibly Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower :3 He’s so cute.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie. At first I had so many bad things to say about that book but I’m glad I finished it as the ending was really gripping. It wasn’t the best book in the world but I’m glad I stuck it out.

Hidden Gem Book: Stephanie Keyes and The Star Child. This was one of the books I was given by Loveahappyending magazine and I’d never heard of the author or the book before but it was amazing and unlike any other YA books I’ve ever read!

Important Moment In Your Reading Life: The first time I got a review request or the first time one of my favourite authors replied to my tweet! I still remember how excited I was! FYI it was Dorothy Koomson!

Just Finished: The Gift by Cecelia Ahern – amazing book!

Kinds Of Books You Won’t Read: Erm, I’m pretty open to trying any genre! Within reason…

Longest Book You’ve Read: Breaking Dawn possibly? That was pretty long…

Major Book Hangover Because Of: The Fault In Our Stars, ugh I didn’t know what to do with myself after that I was so emotionally drained and I couldn’t really think about anything else for a while. I’ve never cried so much at a book or even a film before reading that!

Number of Bookcases You Own: I don’t own a bookcase, I have shelves and I have 3 of them! And they’re falling down…

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Again, The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker. I don’t tend to read books more than once except that one which I’ve read twice.

Preferred Place To Read: Wherever!

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read: Ooh I have two, firstly there’s, ” If you accept that the universe is infinite, then that means there’s an infinite amount of chances for things to happen, right? Well, if there’s an infinite amount of chances for something to happen, then eventually it will happen – no matter how small the likelihood. That means, somewhere in space there’s another planet that, by an incredible series of coincidences, developed exactly the same way as ours. Right down to the smallest detail.” From The Beach because I loved that book and that film and that’s my favourite quote of all time. Secondly is, ” So, this is my life. And I want you to know that am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be,” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know it’s a bit cliché but at the time I was reading that book that’s exactly how I felt and I’ve never had a feeling like it.

Reading Regret: Nothing springs to mind really. Can’t say I’ve ever read anything that bad ha-ha.

Series You Started And Need To Finish: As sad as this may sound, I really want to finish the 50 Shades of Grey series. I got halfway through no. 2 and got really bored because it was the same things over and over again but I’d like to see how it ends!

Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: The Beach – Alex Garland, The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky and The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. I have more but I’m only allowed 3 apparently…

Unapologetic Fangirl For: James Patterson. If I met him I’d probably puke. Then faint.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Oh lord I don’t know, I’m not very good with new releases. I only seem to notice a book once it’s out and slapped me in the face.

Worst Bookish Habit: Oh Christ there’s loads. Judging a book by it’s cover, hoarding books, deciding I don’t like a book 2 chapters in…

X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. I encourage everyone to not only read this but go and see the play! Lots of people can’t understand how a play can be scary but it was terrifying. Amazing but terrifying. There was people in the audience actually crying!

Your Latest Book Purchase: Erm, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a book for myself but I got some for my birthday and they were: One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): I don’t tend to stay up late and read because it makes me too tired then I don’t know what I’m reading! Sorry!