Posted in 2015, News

BOOK REVIEW: Changers: Drew by A Glock-Cooper & T Cooper.

📖 Changers: Drew by Allison Glock-Cooper & T.Cooper.

Source: e-arc courtesy of Little Brown – thanks guys!   

 ⚪️ Blurb: Some teens worry about who they’ll wake up next to.

Others worry about who they’ll wake up as…

Ethan Miller is starting high school in a brand-new town. He’s grown two inches, got a new haircut and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. Everything is looking up in life.

Until the next morning. When Ethan wakes up as a girl.

Welcome to the world of Changers. 

⚪️ Review: It’s 3am and I’ve literally just put down Changers. I just had to get my thoughts down right this minute before I explode and wake my husband up to tell him about this book. He’s not a reader and he will not be impressed believe me.

OK, so as most of you are aware I’m one of those readers who DESPISE cliff hangers. I’m also one of those readers who is far from the patient type and who really does get a gob on because we have to wait for the next instalment. And, I’m now one of those readers who want to punch Allison Glock-Cooper and T. Cooper in the face. Yes, I said it…

So, erm… Yeah, sorry about that. 3am and book hangovers and cliff hanger rage and all that. You know how it is. Anyway, you’re probably wondering why I want to punch them, right? Well, to keep it short and simple it’s because they’ve given me a book of power, a book of love, a book of random cliques, meetings and changers. They’ve given me something so new, so fresh, so exciting so fascinating and utterly brilliant. AND then after all that wonderfulness and the the way in which I’ve been coaxed along full of emotion and admiration they hit me with a (NOT) THE END! And that is why I want to punch them in the face. I didn’t know it was a series now did I? 

 (NOT) THE END) How can you do that to people? How can you give something so bewildering, something so deep and light. A book that confuses the hell out of you, with its meticulous writing and quirky, sarcastic, and funny characters. A book that takes you out of your world and give you a secret that nobody else knows. It puts you inside them pages with Ethan Miller, and you take this unexpected, unfamiliar and totally endearing journey together. Do not give me all that then take it away and make me wait. That is like ripping off the stupid plaster tape that is put on your arm after blood tests that stick so hard to your skin that when you rip it off you basically rip off your skin, and we all know how horrendous that feels. 

Oh, I know, I’m such a brat. I want, I want, blah blah. 

Anyway, now I’ve calmed down and feel a bit better about the whole (NOT) THE END saga! I’ll leave the lovely faces of the authors alone and instead tell them that this is a wonderful, empathic, inspiring, extremely clever book, and one I am going to rave about for a very long time.

Bring on book two. Oryon, I’m ready for you. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

P.S.. Yeah, sorry for not writing a review and just ranting my feelings. I get like that when I’m excited about things. Oops! 

P.P.S.. Allison Glock-Cooper, and T. Cooper. Please don’t be afraid, I can assure you I will not hurt you. I can also assure you that if I ever did try and punch you in the face, you’d laugh at my feeble attempt. Your book is awesome by the way 🙂 

P.P.P.S.. I really need to go to sleep. 

⚪️ Link to buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Changers-Book-One-Allison-Glock-Cooper/dp/0349002428

⚪️ Book details

Title: Changers: Drew

Author: Allison Glock-Cooper & T. Cooper

Genre: YA

Language: English

Publication date: 14 Jan 2016

Publisher: Atom Books

ASIN: B010PDP1AU

⚪️ Author details: T COOPER and ALLISON GLOCK-COOPER are best-selling and award-winning authors and journalists. Between them, they have

published seven books, raised two children, and rescued six dogs. The CHANGERS series is their first collaboration in print. The two also write for television and film, and they can be reached at their websites: http://www.t-cooper.com and http://www.allisonglock.com.

They have also set up, http://www.wearechangers.org. 

A website which in their own words is a movement to get thinking about what it might feel like to be another person. To see life from another’s perspective. Because when we take into consideration how another person feels, even for a split-second before acting or reacting to something, the world is that much better of a place.

Please, go buy this book and head on over to theChangers website. 

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Posted in 2015, 2016, News

My Best Books of 2015

   
So 2015 is over and done with and I think you will agree with me that it was an amazing year for books. For me, YA absolutely kicked arse. It dominated the book world and gave us some absolute crackers. I fell in love with so many books and have been surprised to see that my taste in genres has changed dramatically. Of course I have to give you my best books of 2015 list, but this year I’m not going to do the usual that is my one favourite book by genre, but because I just could not choose at all, I’m just going to give you them all and at the end my book of the year. My list is in no particular order either.

I would love to know your thoughts on my choices and if you agree so don’t be afraid to get in touch. I’ll also link my review underneath each blurb of the book.
Right, here we go…. 

1) The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood 

 

Blurb: Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she’s been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren’t going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras!

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off…

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/book-review-the-vintage-guide-to-love-and-romance/


2) The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah 

 

Blurb: Ivo fell for her.

He fell for a girl he can’t get back.

Now he’s hoping for something.

While he waits he plays a game:

He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the past he threw away.

He tells us the story of how she found him, and how he lost her.

But he doesn’t have long.

And he still has one thing left to do …

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/book-review-the-a-to-z-of-you-and-me/


3) Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple  

 

Blurb: Mika Arlington was supposed to spend the summer after her junior year shadowing her marine biologist parents at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when her estranged grandmother randomly shows up on the doorstep one day, those plans are derailed. Because Grandma Betty isn’t here to play nice—she is cranky, intolerant of Mika’s mixed-race-couple parents, and oh yeah she has Alzheimer’s and is out of money. While Mika’s family would rather not deal with Grandma Betty, they don’t have much choice. And despite Mika’s protests, she is roped into caring for a person that seems impossible to have compassion for. And if that wasn’t hard enough, Mika must train the new guy at her pet shop job who wants to be anywhere else, and help a friend through her own family crisis. Something’s gotta a give, but whichever ball Mika drops means losing someone she loves. Not exactly a recipe for Best Summer Ever—or is it?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/book-review-fish-out-of-water/


4) My So-Called (Love) Life by A.L Michael  

 

Blurb: Meet Tigerlily James: romance cynic, North Londoner and die-hard margarita fan.

Tigerlily James has been a member of the Young and Bitter Club ever since she was dumped on Valentine’s day. By her fiancé.

Surviving on a diet of cynicism and margarita-fuelled ‘Misery Dinners’ with her best friends, she’s become a romance free zone…and that’s the way she likes it. Until an invitation for The Ex’s wedding arrives. Suddenly in need of a plus one, Tig has little choice but to bin the takeaways, ditch the greying underwear collection…and start pretending to view the opposite sex as something other than target practise.

Then, she meets Ollie – ie. the perfect solution. No sex. No strings. Fake boyfriend. The only catch is that she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for three whole months.

Dating without the heartbreak: the best idea Tig’s ever had, right? Wrong!

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/book-review-my-so-called-love-life/


5) The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel  

 

Blurb: After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband’s hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/book-review-the-life-intended/


6) Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte  

 

Blurb: Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)

Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)

Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.

But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss. 

How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please. 

The beginning? No, too boring.

Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.

As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you’re entitled to your interpretation.

So, off we go!

Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/book-review-fall-out-girl/


7) Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin

 

Blurb: Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/book-review-dentons-little-death-date/


8) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

 Blurb: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/book-review-finding-audrey/


9) The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson 

 

Blurb: Annie has a secret. But if she’s not going to tell, we won’t either. It’s a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn’t have – yet Annie isn’t broken, not quite yet. Especially now there’s someone out there who seems determined to fix her.

Kate has run away. But she’s not going to tell us why – that would defeat the point of running, wouldn’t it? It’s proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind.

Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren’t entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good . . .

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/book-review-the-day-we-disappeared/


10) Always The Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

Blurb: Everyone loves a bridesmaid – except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.

Everyone loves a wedding – except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.

And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes – except Maddie herself.

One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/book-review-always-the-bridesmaid/


11) I Knew You Were Trouble by Paige Toon

 
 Blurb: Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn’t going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with her dad in LA? With tough decisions ahead (and not just choosing between two hot boys), can she cope juggling her two very different lives? 


Summer may be over, but Jessie’s story is just beginning…

Sunshine, rock gods and Hollywood hearthrobs! Jessie Jefferson is back in the next instalment from bestselling author Paige Toon. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl, Jessica Cole and Girl Online

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/book-review-i-knew-you-were-trouble/


12) I Followed The Rules by Joanna Bolouri

  

Blurb: Rule 1: Never ask him on a first date.

 Rule 2: Laugh admiringly at all his jokes.

Rule 3: Always leave him wanting more.

. . . wtf?!

Have you heard of The Rules of Engagement? It’s a book that promises to teach you to find the man of your dreams in ten easy steps. Unsurprisingly, I don’t own a copy. What is it, 1892?

But I’m a journalist, and I’ve promised to follow it to the letter and write about the results. Nevermind that my friends think I’m insane, I’m stalking men all over town and can’t keep my mouth shut at the best of times.

My name is Cat Buchanan. I’m thirty-six years old and live with my daughter in Glasgow. I’ve been single for six years, but that’s about to change. After all, I’m on a deadline.

I Followed the Rules and this is what happened

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/book-review-i-followed-the-rules/


13) The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

  

Blurb: It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/book-review-the-accident-season/


14) Only We Know by Simon Packham

  

Blurb: What is the secret of Lauren’s past?

Lauren’s family have moved house very suddenly, and she and her sister Tilda have to go to a new school. Lauren’s determined to reinvent herself, but she’s panic-stricken when she sees Harry, who she knew a few years ago. Luckily Harry doesn’t recognise her, and she knows she has to make sure it stays like that. 

Lauren, unlike Tilda, settles in well. She makes friends, is helping to organise the school fashion show, and has boys asking her out. But just as her life finally seems to be looking up she starts receiving macabre packages. When she gets a message: ‘Isn’t it time your new friends knew all about you?’ she has to admit that someone knows her secret. But who – and what should she do?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/book-review-only-we-know/


15) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

  

Blurb: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?  

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/book-review-everything-everything/


16) Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond  

 

Blurb: Reliable

Nina Baxter has her life all mapped out. She wants to work hard, take care of her younger sister and not end up like her drunk of a mother. Most of all, she plans to stay away from bad influences.

Reckless

Alexander Noble doesn’t give a damn about anything or anyone. The heir to an unimaginable fortune, he’s never had to do a day’s work in his life, and devotes himself to pleasure and partying. 

When opposites attract…

From their very first meeting, Nina knows Alex is bad news, and vows to stay away from him. But as their paths continue to cross, she can’t help being drawn to him – especially when he makes no secret of his interest in her.

Can they resist the pull?

For the first time ever, Nina is on the brink of following her heart. But can she believe Alex when he tells her to trust him? Or is he just another beautiful liar?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/book-review-beautiful-liar/


17) Boo by Neil Smith

  

Blurb: When Oliver “Boo” Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he’s a ‘gommer’, a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from the volatile Johnny, a classmate killed at the same school, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives.

In a heartrending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/book-review-boo/


18) Lorali by Laura Dockrill

  

Blurb: Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.


But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/book-review-lorali/


19) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

  

Blurb: If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. 

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/book-review-every-last-word/


20) All of the Above by James Dawson

  

Blurb: When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly… love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/book-review-all-of-the-above/


21) Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

  

 Blurb: Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her; he’s even single. But he’s out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie hasn’t got long to live.

Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more…

Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.

THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. She’s about to get a new heart. But whose heart is it?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/book-review-ttatay/


22) We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

  

Blurb: Murder.Fire.Revenge.That s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. Ablaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/book-review-well-never-be-apart/


23) Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

  

Blurb: Arlie’s face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather’s meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. People died in the explosion and everyone wants answers. But Arlie’s carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother commits suicide shortly after Arlie’s sixteenth birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a thirty-one-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn’t even know she had. Then she meets a boy who doesn’t care about her scars or her past. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He’s looking for the drug money he insists Arlie’s mother stole. Will Arlie be able to shield her uncle and her boyfriend from Lloyd? Did Lloyd somehow play a role in her mother’s death? And can she get rid of him once and for all before her world blows apart again?

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/book-review-burn-girl/


24) Sophie Someone by Hayley Long

  

Blurb: ‘Some stories are hard to tell.

Even to your very best friend. 

And some words are hard to get out of your mouth. Because they spell out secrets that are too huge to be spoken out loud.

But if you bottle them up, you might burst.

So here’s my story. Told the only way I dare tell it.’

Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort of English and sort of Belgian. Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she’s fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion – and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can’t put it into words. But it’s also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out OK.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/book-review-sophie-someone/


25) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

  

Blurb: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Link to my review: https://thebookgeekwearspajamas.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/book-review-all-the-bright-places/


So that’s my list. Twenty five of the most beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and totally outstanding reads of 2015. A year us BookGeeks can say was a year of incredible reads. I can’t wait for what 2016 has to offer us. Already I have read some absolute smashes and I cannot wait to share my reviews with you.

And finally my book of the year has to go to them all. I honestly cannot pick one from them. Please if you’ve not read any of these books I really do recommend them. 

Huge thanks to all the publishers and authors who trust me with ARC’s and allow me to read and review.

Thank you for another year of support, friendship and kindness. You are all wonderful. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and fantastic 2016.

Happy reading and Happy New Year. 

Posted in 2015, News

Book Geek Gift Heaven

📚🎁 Ok, so I have been in book heaven for the past few hours 😍

Trailing through the wonderful World Wide Web on the lookout for a gift for my absolutely marvellous friend, Rebecca Mary Jane. I knew I wanted something unique and beautiful and preferably handmade. I also knew Etsy would be perfect for me to start my search.

BookGeeks, I didn’t get very far with my search at all. Why? Well, because I got completely side tracked by all the amazing book stuff on there didn’t I? I mean like I was in serious book gift heaven. Obvs I need to share some of my findings with you all, so I’ve picked a few for you to nose at. I’ve unfortunately not included the direct links to the featured items like I planned too because for some reason my blog won’t allow me. I’ll definitely carry on trying though. For now though the names of the Etsy stores are on the top of the pictures so if you did want to buy anything (or want your partner to buy you anything) you just search for the shop names on Etsy. Oh, and If anyone wants to buy me a Christmas present, I’ll have either the Harry Potter or the Wuthering Heights book dress from RoobyLane, ta 😜

Get your scrolling finger ready everyone.

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Can I have one of everything please? There are so many more absolute treasures to find on their too. Love it 😍

Posted in 2015

Book Review – A Night in with Marilyn Monroe

📚 A Night in With Marilyn Monroe by Lucy Holliday.

⚪️ Source: arc courtesy of Hayley Camis at Harper Collins. Thanks lovely. 

 

⚪️ Blurb: After dating the hottest man on the planet, Dillon O’Hara, Libby Lomax has come back down to earth with a bump. Now she’s throwing herself into a new relationship and is determined to be a better friend to best pal, Ollie, as he launches his new restaurant.

Despite good intentions, Libby is hugely distracted when a newly reformed Dillon arrives back on the scene, more irresistible than ever. And when another unwelcome guest turns up on her battered sofa in the form of Marilyn Monroe, Libby would willingly bite her own arm off for a return to normality.

But while she hasn’t been watching, someone else has filled the Libby-shaped hole in Ollie’s life and she realises she could be about to lose something that means everything to her. Libby doubts that Marilyn is the right person to offer her advice, but perhaps she should listen up, before it’s too late…

⚪️ My review: Sometimes all we need is a good old girly read. Fun, flirty, completely down to earth and dramatic enough to make you want to find out what happens next. You would think a book like that is easy to find but believe it or not it’s actually rare you will. So when you do find one that keeps you on your toes as well as allowing you your wind down time then you know you’ve got yourself a book for life. One you will turn to again and again and again. One you will lend out to your friends and family (as long as they give it back mind) and one you will just always love. A Night in With Marilyn Monroe is one of those books. 

Now, this is in fact book two of the Libby Lomax book series. Book one being A Night in With Audrey Hepburn, clocked that connection there don’t you ay? Go ‘ead! Anyway, I’ve got to stick me hand up here and confess that I’ve not in fact read book one. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace aren’t I? I mean I’ve got it too, pure bloody laziness at its best. The cheek of me. So, obviously because of this I was going in eyes shut and being honest sometimes that really throws me of kilter because I hate knowing I’ve missed something, and some series books either update you dead well, or give you hints and wreck your head, or give you nothing. But honestly this one is fine to read as a stand-alone. It finishes ready for book three though so I’m a bit pissed I didn’t start from book one. It’s thoroughly enjoyable never the less though. 

Anyway, it’s funny, it’s fast, it’s flirtatious, it’s dramatically over the top and is just a little more than special.

5/5 ⭐️

⚪️ Link to buy: http://m.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007582266/a-night-in-with-marilyn-monroe

⚪️ Book details: 

ISBN: 9780007582266

ISBN 10: 0007582269

Imprint: Harper

Publication date: 03/12/2015

Pages: 400

Paperback Price: £7.99

E-book Price: £2.99

Audio book Price: £11.37

⚪️ Author details: Lucy Holliday’s first major work, a four-line poem called ‘The Postman is Very Good’, was completed shortly before her fifth birthday. It was such an enjoyable experience that she has wanted to be a writer ever since. She is the author of A Night in with Audrey Hepburn and A Night in with Marilyn Monroe. She is married with a daughter and lives in Wimbledon. And is overly invested in Disney Movies.


Posted in 2015

Book Review – The Art of Seduction

📚 The Art of Seduction by Lorraine Wilson.

Source: author request – thank you. 

 

⚪️ Blurb: Laura Baker has a plan. She’s going to make Jack McClaren, bad boy of the art world, face up to his responsibilities. Jack has a plan, to track down his elusive creative spark. When Laura ambushes him he’s found it. Now to light the fuse, sit back and enjoy the fireworks…

Laura: 

‘I live in London and work in a florists, though I do a bit of waitressing in the evenings as well, to make some extra money. With the mess my sister Sophie has got into we’re going to need every penny and it’s not like I can rely on Mum or Dad to help out. 

It was through the waitressing temp job I finally found a way to turn things around, to make things right for my little sister. Going through the proper channels got me nowhere so I had to get…creative. The laws of right and wrong apply to everyone, or at least they should do. I admit Jack McClaren is super hot, after all I’m not blind, but he stands for all the things I despise – he’s feckless and irresponsible and it’s time someone made him pay. That someone is going to be me.’ 

Jack: 

‘I should be in a great place right now, commissions have made me rich and critics have named me as one of the greatest portrait painters of the twenty first century. Apparently I’m the ‘bad boy of the art-world’, or so my publicist would have you believe. But I’ve got a problem, my creative spark is ominously absent, it’s been AWOL for a while. I’m busy procrastinating when Laura rockets into my life, bringing the elusive spark of inspiration with her. Sounds good, yes? Right up to the point when she opens her mouth and what she says…well, let’s just say her accusation leaves me reeling. It’s not long though before I realise I can turn the situation to my advantage. Seduction is an art and I’ve been told I’m a skilled artist in more ways than one. I’m all for taking opportunities to perfect my art. With Laura my plan is simple – light the fuse and then sit back and enjoy the fireworks.’ 


⚪️ Review: See, the thing I love about Lorraine Wilson and her books is the openings. Within the first page you are hooked! She’s quick, sassy, full of drama and she quickly entices and captures you with scandal, sex, romance and basically just the best of the best that us girls want and need in a book. A bit of fizz, a bit of fluff, a bit of rough, drama, drama, a bit more drama. Yeah, you get the picture. She’s old school in her writing style but up to date with her sparkling, complex and seductive mind which work together brilliantly. One thing with LW is you’re always guaranteed a remarkable read. 

I’m a huge fan of Wilson’s novella series and thought a full length novel from her couldn’t have come sooner. Being asked by Wilson to take a look, I was honoured. And I wasn’t disappointed. 

The creativity and originality of the read kept me interested and gave an insight to a world I have no idea about. It has a nice gentle flow that fits perfectly with the ease in which the book needs to be read, and speeds up rapidly when things need to if you catch my drift.

I unfortunately had a few small issues with it and they were that I needed just that bit more in descriptions and character building. It still felt like I was reading a novella because it is a short read still but because of the lacking in descriptions in some parts. It also has a blurb that I find takes away some excitement from the read too. You know me though I’m not one for blurbs, I’d rather just get stuck in. It is still a thoroughly enjoyable read though.

A little bit of heat for these cold nights.

3/5


⚪️ Link to buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Seduction-Lorraine-Wilson-ebook/dp/B016CLXU7A/ref=la_B00CWFWCG6_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449336822&sr=1-2


⚪️ Book details: 

Format: E-Book

File Size: 689 KB

Publisher: Self Published

Publication date: 07/10/2016

Language: English

ASIN: B016CLXU7A


⚪️ Author details: Lorraine lives in Wiltshire, England, with her husband but loves to travel and has lived in four continents. From playing amidst Roman ruins in Africa as a child to riding a Sultan’s racehorse in the Middle East as a teen, She’s had many experiences to draw on for the stories she’s been writing ever since she can remember. When not writing you’ll find her listening to audiobooks while sewing or designing handbags, usually with a rescue terrier or two curled up at her feet!

You can find out more about Lorraine and follow her social media accounts via the below links.

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/romanceminx

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6852814.Lorraine_Wilson

Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LorraineWilsonDesign


Posted in 2015

Book Review – Grey

📚 Grey by E.L James.

⚪️ Source: personal copy.

 

⚪️Blurb: In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

⚪️ Review: So, erm…. I read it. I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t, but I had too didn’t I? Why? Well it certainly wasn’t for the fact that I wanted to that’s for sure. I read it because realistically I couldn’t call it shit without reading it could I? And being honest here, I just didn’t think that was very fair of me. I know I shouldn’t have even felt like that, it’s not as if James gives a shit is it? And, even if she did I shouldn’t care, the way in which she treats not just her fans but also people who question her on domestic violence grounds is despicable. Horrid woman.

Anyway, be arsed writing a review for it. And, before you start, no I didn’t go into it sourly. I actually went in hoping that even though she was just copying her first book that she copied from Stephanie Meyer, that maybe, just maybe, she would have changed her writing style and have something decent to give us. So I’m just giving you the very few notes that I made throughout reading it. Enjoy!

• Oh god, already the words I and I’m are starting to seriously irritate me. 

• Gray says, ‘my mood is flat and grey.’ Yeah, so’s this book mate.

• His obsession with food is ridiculous and boring.

• It’s quite hard to picture Christian as attractive when he’s now Jamie Dornan. He’s far from my cup of tea. I had cast Ian Somerhalder myself like. Way better choice. 

• It’s written sort of like a diary log.  

• Sweet effing Jesus, he really thinks far too much of himself, doesn’t he ay? 

• What a wanker (UK) douche (U.S.)

• Without one single doubt he is a feeder .

• Oh am so bored! 

• Why does he call himself Grey? 

• He’s an arse! (UK) ass! (US)

• She’s still an arse! (UK) ass! (US)

• What the actual fuck!! A Ginger root being put up your arse! A ginger root! Hahaha, well that is so far from sexy. 

• Ay, wouldn’t Ginger up there burn? Pure ring sting.

• This book should come with a health warning: You will most definitely pile on the pounds whilst reading this book, as boredom eating is compulsory.

• I don’t get the swinging personalities with Grey the arsehole you know. One minute he’s dead confident and like I said earlier full of himself, then the next minute he’s very insecure. So I obviously find his machoism bullshit. 

• I thought maybe we’d get a bit more insight into Christian and Elena’s relationship.

• Do I really want more snacks? Or am I just worried that if I don’t get them Christian might shout at me to EEEAAAATTTT.

• Ana’s still a drip, but to be fair she’s a tiny bit more feisty than she was when we seen her in her books.

• He really is so strange.

• Abdolute cringe central.

• All in all lot better than the first three by Anna, but still extremely boring, far-fetched, stalkerish, and weird.

• Oh how excited I am for the next one. (Sarcasm) Bring on the snacks! (Not sarcasm)

0.5/5

Link to buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00YN6XHMU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1448805422&sr=1-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=Grey&dpPl=1&dpID=41hi%2BMg5G3L&ref=plSrch
 



Posted in 2015

Book Review – A Thousand Nights

📚 A Thousands Nights by E.K Johnston.

⚪️ Source: arc’s courtesy of Macmillan Childrens Books & Disney-Hyperion – Thank you both so much. 

  

⚪️ Blurb: 

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife.

When Lo-Melkhiin – a formidable king – arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice – leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man.

But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king . . . if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.

⚪️ Review: 

I had no idea what kind of book A Thousand Nights would be when I picked it up. It took me a while to get into the flow of things and for confusion over narration to right itself, but I understand now that without that time and confusion I would not have been able to fully enjoy the read.

Anyway, I honestly could never have imagined in a lifetime what this book was about. I can’t even begin to tell you about it either. All I can tell you though is that you will need to completely open your mind and energy to understand and read it without any knowledge so you can be taken wholeheartedly into the desert and into a world where good versus evil grips you tight. To be allowed into the inner sanctuary, mind and soul of a lady with a heart of purple and the inner strength of a lioness who defies every rule and regulation and chooses instead to stand alone, stand proud and fight for herself.
Thoroughly enjoyable, but maybe a tad too wordy.

A dark, eerie and mysterious tale with some questioning twists, but overall a enchanting mighty, read. And, one in which most adults will be blown away by.

4/5

⚪️ Link to buy: 

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00W83943Q/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1448470173&sr=8-1

US: http://www.amazon.com/A-Thousand-Nights-E-K-Johnston/dp/1484722272

⚪️ Author details: 

K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ek_johnston

Website: http://ekjohnston.ca

Blog: https://emilykatejohnston.wordpress.com

Tumblr: http://ekjohnston.tumblr.com/



Posted in 2014, 2015

Book Review – Christmas at Cranberry Cottage

📚 Christmas at Cranberry Cottage by Talli Roland.  

⚪️ Blurb: Home is where the heart is . . .  

With a whirlwind lifestyle travelling the world, the one thing Jess Millward relies on is Christmas with her gran in cosy Cranberry Cottage. When her grandmother reveals the house is directly in the path of a new high-speed railway, Jess is determined to fight. 

Can Jess save the cottage from demolition, or will she have no home to come to this Christmas?

⚪️ Review: Talli Roland is known for her warm romantic reads and easy pace that give us a laid-back and fulfilling read. Christmas at Cranberry Cottage is certainly no different. All that combined with the small and beautiful town of Lindbrook, the snugly and adorable Cranberry Cottage and the enchantment of Christmas, good family, and a good looking man has the feels on maximum.

Unfortunately I did have two grievances with the book. First, being the abrupt and baffling ending. And, secondly, heroine Jess Millward.

As most of you already know I am not one for abrupt endings at all. It is one of my pet hates. Christmas at Cranberry Cottage’s ending was so abrupt and dead that I was shocked and well disappointed. You can easily see from my description of the book above why I would feel so disappointed with the ending. It honestly made me feel like I read for nothing, like there was basically no point, and that is really such a shame.

As for Jess, I really didn’t connect with her at all. I found her to be selfish and hard faced. I honestly hoped numerous times that she would change my mind but she didn’t.

I am hoping there will be a follow-on read to Christmas at Cranberry Cottage, whether it be another novella or even a full novel because It would be such a shame to leave it where it there and for us not to get to know the characters in more depth and find out what’s gone on since. I’m sure if there was to be one the ending would make complete sense and I’d hopefully take to Jess like I was supposed too.

Even though there are negativities here, I still really need you all to know that regardless of them I did really enjoy it. It’s classic Talli Roland, and is perfect for those times were you all you just want to do is crash and relax. It’s honestly up there with fuzzy bed socks and hot sweet tea on a cold night. Comforting and needed. I hope you’ll all take a look at it. 

3/5

⚪️ Link to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0153QVQ7Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1448566795&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=Christmas+a+cranberry+cottage&dpPl=1&dpID=51sRQwKf9YL&ref=plSrch
⚪️ About the author: Talli Roland writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women’s fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories–complete with happy endings. Talli’s novels have been short-listed as Best Romantic Reads at the UK’s Festival of Romance and chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites.

Website: http://www.talliroland.com

Blog: http://talliroland.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/talliroland

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/AuthorTalliRoland

Posted in 2015

Book Review – We’ll Never Be Apart 

📚 We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean.

⚪️ Source: review copy courtesy of HMH Books – thank you!

  

⚪️ Blurb: Murder.Fire.Revenge.That s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. Ablaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story?

⚪️ Review: A compelling and mind twisting tale of destruction, mixed with meticulous and emotional writing and an ending that is so cold and haunting it leaves your skin crawling.
Without a doubt one of the best physiological thrillers I have ever read. That’s spanning across all genres too. 

5/5

⚪️ Link to buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/054448200X/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr0_1?qid=1448468986&sr=8-1-fkmr0&pi=AC_SX110_SY165&keywords=Emiko+Jean+kindle

⚪️ About the author: Before becoming a writer Emiko was an entomologist, a candle maker, a florist and a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and very large dog, and she loves the rain. We’ll Never Be Apart is her debut novel, and was inspired by her work with children in foster care.

You can get in touch with Emiko through social media her website.

Website: http://emikojean.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com › emikojeanbooks

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/emikojean

Posted in 2015

Book Review – Brooklyn Girls: Coco

📚 Brooklyn Girls: Coco by Gemma Burgess.

⚪️ Source: review copy courtesy of Quercus – thanks guys!

  

 ⚪️ Blurb: Sweet, innocent Coco has always been the good one. But when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides it’s time to break bad.Coco swiftly goes from spending all her time baking and reading to working nights in (and dancing on) a bar, falling in and out of love (and lust), stealing education – and along the way discovers that she is stronger than she ever knew… In a time when her best friends are suddenly plunged into break ups, break-downs, big breaks, and on the verging of quitting New York City altogether, it’s up to Coco to keep them together and find herself along the way.Gemma Burgess’ “The Wild One: A Brooklyn Girls Novel” is the inspiring story about the turmoil, uncertainty, and heartache that every twenty something faces and survives – with the help of her friends.

⚪️ Review: If you’re like me and possibly every other book geek in the world, when you read you make deep connections with the characters within the pages. You find bits of yourself in them and find situations and troubles and happiness that are meaningful to you and can actually help you out. The Brooklyn Girls series so far has been exactly that. Friendship, loyalty, and somewhere you can turn if you need cheering up or to laugh. So as you can imagine when I got my hands on an e-proof of book #3, Coco or if your international then, The Wild One, I was seriously delighted.

Told by the baby of the group, twenty-one year old Coco Russotti, a preschool assistant and total goody two shoes with a serious self-esteem issue, we are taken on a deep and enlightening journey of self discovery.

I loved being back in Brooklyn with the girls. Catching up and finding out the gossip. Being with Coco was so refreshing and so different from the other two books. To finally be able to get underneath Coco’s shy and timid demeanour to find out what was going on in her mind, was so good. She is a fantastic heroine even if she is a bit of a Debbie downer like, but you’ll let that slip like I did because she’s seriously strong and fantastic.

The plot is Burgess brilliance. It’s diverse and controversial and deep and hard and lovely and sexy and intense and dramatic and clever and has a serious hot Irish man in it for you to fall in love with.

Can you tell I liked it? 

Gemma Burgess you are a legend. Bring on book #4

5/5

⚪️ Link to buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00TOOS2WQ/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

⚪️ About the author: Gemma is the internationally-acclaimed author of Love and Chaos, The Wild One, Brooklyn Girls, A Girl Like You and The Dating Detox. Her books have been translated into seven languages and published in over 20 countries.

She is currently writing the movie Undergrads for New Regency Studios with Locomotive Films, and recently rewrote the movie Lovestruck for Maven Pictures and Pretty Matches HBO.

She lives in New York City and grew up everywhere else, mostly Hong Kong, Australia and London

You can get in touch with Gemma on social media and through her website. 

Website: http://www.gemmaburgess.com/index.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GKateB

Instagram: https://instagram.com/gemmakburgess/