Book Review | Snow Kissed by Bella Johnson

Snow Kissed is a 124 page (kindle version) Adult Fiction novella written by Bella Johnson. Originally published in June 2014, the book falls into the chick litcontemporary and romance genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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Single, power-house Vice President; Amy Black always spends Christmas alone, but this year, her best friend convinces her to spend the holidays at a swanky Ski Resort. However, Amy doesn’t quite get that far. As dusk hits and a snowstorm rolls in, her sleek city car with it’s inadequate tires has her dodging one of Santa’s reindeer and waking up in Ean Hunter’s cabin! Snowed in with nowhere to go, Amy’s cold exterior begins to melt as she gets to know the man that saved her. Who needs mistletoe when you’re snowed in?

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Amy is independent, successful and doesn’t need or want a man. She’s been burned by love before and has no interest in feeling love’s keen sting again. When a spontaneous ski trip results in a snowstorm and a car crash, Amy finds her self being rescued by the sexy paramedic passer-by Ean. Ean is the complete opposite of Amy – woodsy, artistic and humble. There’s a strange chemistry between them, but Ean also has a traumatic past when it comes to love. Will Ean and Amy open their hearts to new possibilities, or is their chemistry just a little snow kissed action?

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Book Review | Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back is a 320 page (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Nicci Cloke. Originally published in February 2016, the book falls into the contemporarymystery and thriller genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.

Apparently, she’d met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing.

She ran away. She was taken.

The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren’t anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but with Lizzie’s disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.

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When Aiden’s ex friend and past-beau Lindsey goes missing, there are lots of rumours. The biggest rumour is that Aiden had something to do with it. As a potential suspect in her disappearance, Aiden decides he has to unravel the mystery and find Lindsey before it’s too late. But with complete strangers involved, Aiden has to wonder what exactly Lindsey has gotten herself into – and how it’s going to affect him in his search for her.

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Book Review | Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six is a 355 page (kindle version) Adult Fiction novel written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Originally published in March 2019, the book falls into the contemporary, historical and romance genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

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Daisy is gorgeous and talented with a dream of writing and singing her own songs. Getting noticed is no small feat and it’s not soon before people are falling in love with her – but the rock and roll lifestyle of drink and drugs is pretty heavy in her life. Enter The Six, another up and coming band who are put with Daisy. Lead artist Billy can’t share the creative spotlight, and he and Daisy bump heads more than once. But Billy has a history with addiction and Daisy is all kinds of reckless he misses being.

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Book Review | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is a 385 (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Holly Black. It is also the first instalment in The Folk of the Air series. Originally published in January 2018, the book falls into the fantasyparanormal and romance genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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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.

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When Jude was young, a man turned up at her door and murdered her parents. Stolen away in the night and taken to the land of Faeries, she’s brought up to know that she doesn’t quite fit in amongst the gentry her ‘father’ would like her to be part of. Desperate to be a knight, Jude sets out to prove her worth. But as the King steps down from the throne to allow one of his sons to rule, a battle for the crown is about to breakout. All is not as it seems and Jude finds herself in the middle of the action, with only a plan to save her brother and the boy she swore she hates.

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Book Review | Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman

Your Turn to Die is a 272 page (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Sue Wallman. Originally published in May 2018, the book falls into the contemporarymystery and thriller genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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Every winter, three families gather in an old house to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other kids discover that the house has a dark past. As they dig into the history, terrible things start happening, and if Leah isn’t careful, this New Year might be her last.

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There’s not much Leah looks forward to, but New Years Eve at Roeshot House are the exception. It’s a chance for Leah to see her friends again – the Three Amigos – and live like they used to. But with the arrival of a strange new girl Tatum, and Poppy suffering from a mysterious illness, things aren’t like they used to be. When the history of the house is revealed and mysterious occurrences seem to happen at Roeshot House, Leah realises they may just all be in danger.

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Six For Sunday #1 | Yellow Book Covers

I saw this meme floating around a few bookish blogs I tend to visit and decided that I wanted to take part. The meme is hosted by Steph @ alittlebutalot, and if you click the banner above, it will take you to further details about what Six for Sunday is!

So this weeks prompt is yellow books and boy, are there a lot of them. I love the colour yellow – it’s such an underrated colour. Yellow is the colour of sunshine, the colour of Joy (Pixar reference incoming). It reminds me of the song Happier by Bastille and I can’t help but smile.

It was so hard to pick just six book covers, but I’ve tried to provide a little bit of variation in my reasoning for why each one has been picked!

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Monthly Recap | July 2022

I’ve somehow managed to continue my reading momentum for the second month running (yay me!) and read a lot of books this month. I’ve had two buddy reads, received a handful of books from publishers and authors (so thank you so much!) and spent a little bit too much on kindle books and paperbacks. You live and you learn, and books make me happy.

My ever-growing TBR has increased this month, but I’ve also managed to read seventeen books in July! That’s two more than last month and probably the most I’ve read for a long time. I’ve really tested the waters of adult fiction and a few genres I generally stay away from, so I’m quite proud of myself for that.

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Book Review | At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

At the End of Everything is a 320 page (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Marieke Nijkamp. Originally published in January 2022, the book falls into the contemporarydystopia, LGBT+, mystery, science fiction and thriller genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist.

Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day…they don’t show up. But when the teens band together to make a break from the facility, they encounter soldiers outside the gates. There’s a rapidly spreading infectious disease outside, and no one can leave their houses or travel without a permit. Which means that they’re stuck at Hope. And this time, no one is watching out for them at all.

As supplies quickly dwindle and a deadly plague tears through their ranks, the group has to decide whom among them they can trust and figure out how they can survive in a world that has never wanted them in the first place.

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At the End of Everything follows several young adults at the end of the world as we know it. Plague has broken out, people are dying and there’s no medications that can beat the disease. Left unattended and without any aide other than that which was already existing, the teens of Hope Juvenile Treatment Centre have two options. Leave the centre in hopes of finding food and safety away from the plague, or staying put and attempting to survive while they can.

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Book Review | Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me is a 329 page (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Tahereh Mafi. It is also the first instalment in Shatter Me series. Originally published in November 2011, the book falls into the dystopiafantasyscience fiction and romance genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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They came for her in the night and took her away. Nobody stopped them, not even Juliette. Locked up in a cell with zero interaction and nothing but a notebook and pen, Juliette is used to the silence. Then Adam is put into her cell – her first interaction for over 200 days. He’s able to touch her, something Juliette would kill for. She has a power deadly to humans, and with a war raging beyond her cell, plans are being drawn up for her usage as a weapon. But Adam promises her she can escape that life. Will she escape Warner and his dark plans and end up happy with Adam?

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Book Review | The Princess Trials by Cordelia K. Castel

The Princess Trials is a 504 page (kindle version) Young Adult novel written by Cordelia K. Castel. It is also the first instalment in The Princess Trials series. Originally published in May 2020, the book falls into the dystopia, fantasyscience fiction and romance genres of fiction. UK copies of the book can be purchased here.

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Water is scarce. Deserts have taken over the land. Nuclear war has devastated humanity. Humans live in walled super cities to keep out the irradiated. The land that was formerly known as America is divided into kingdoms ruled by royal elites.

Born into the lowest Echelon of the Kingdom of Phangloria, sixteen-year-old Zea Calico faces a life of hunger, thirst, and toil. The only way out of this drudgery is revolution, and Zea is desperate to help the cause.

When the palace calls for candidates to compete to marry Prince Kevon, Zea joins the Princess Trials to search the palace for weaknesses.

The trials should be a fairytale of sumptuous meals, ballgowns, and romance, but one misplaced word causes Zea to attract the Prince’s attention. When Zea uncovers the man beneath Prince Kevon’s public facade, she is at risk of falling in love and losing sight of her mission.

But the televised beauty pageant turns deadly, and Zea must fight for survival.

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Zea knows there is injustice and advantages that the Nobles and Guards abuse. She’s seen girls assaulted in her Echelon. Sent on a mission by her rebel faction, Zea believes that joining The Princess Trials will allow her to help her cause stand a chance. But the trials can be deadly, and someone is out to get her at every turn. Not to mention the handsome prince who she has somehow captured the attention of. Can Zea survive The Princess Trials and complete her mission, or will she succumb to the dangers? Or, will she fall for the prince herself?

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