20 July 2017

My Thoughts // Do You Ever Look Back At Old Posts?

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I was intending to do a completely different post for my discussion. I have a whole heap of discussions I want to do, in fact. And a book tag I really want to do even though I’ve not been tagged in it, but then I decided to give my blog a makeover and wanted to ask you all a question.

Do you ever look back at old posts?

I never look at old posts beyond a few weeks because I’ve moved onto new things and once a post a is a few years old I get nervous to look at what I said because I am continually growing and changing as a blogger and old blog me isn’t necessarily the same as new blog me, you know?
I also don’t look at old posts because I get nervous about what my writing will be like. I am terrible for not spellchecking or reading over posts before they go live. I’ve almost posted something with a half written sentence in it before. I am a lazy blogger who will one day post something where I've typed ‘blah blah blah’ or something stupid because I know I want to say something there which I can’t be bothered to type. So, my old posts are left to gather dust and I do nothing to promote them. But then, I had to start checking posts for dead images because of photobucket and try and make sure all my posts had the right header images going on with the makeover (which continues because I’ve still not redone my Top Ten Tuesday header or Author Addiction one). But, whilst I was checking through posts I started reading some of them, something I never do.
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My reviews will always make me cringe, I will not ever get over that, but I do find my discussion posts interesting. And my Top Ten Tuesday posts, especially those featuring a list of books I’m excited to read, are really interesting because I can see if I read them or still want to read them. It’s actually quite fun. I mean, this is my Spring 2014 TBR post and I’ve read most of this or still want to read them and that is awesome!
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And reading some of my old discussion posts I’m either nodding along thinking ‘I’m a genius having these totally amazing thoughts’ or shaking my head' thinking ‘WTF was I on when I wrote this, why did no one stop me?’. Thankfully, it was more of the first than the second, but these things happen. I even like some of my past discussions and feel like they are very relevant and I question how I thought of them when I was I just starting out. This is my first discussion post ‘How are you expected to stand out from the crowd?’ and I still have these thoughts! I’d been blogging a month and who knew I’d be so on point? And then I saw this post I wrote where I spoke about blogging slumps whilst relating a story of where I had to persevere and it worked out! Why don’t I read old posts more often?

Do you read old posts of yours? I know some bloggers feature old posts on their social media, do you do that?

18 July 2017

Wake Of Vultures // I Had My Grumbles But It Really Was A Great Read

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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) – Lila Bowen
Published: 29th October 2015
Source: Bought
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Western
My Rating:
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.
I liked this book and I'm glad I finally read it. It’s actually been on my shelf gathering dust after I snapped up a used copy because Danya raved about it. In fact, I only picked it off of my shelf to read because she did another post about underrated books and it reminded me I had it to read. So really, this book is all Danya’s fault but I really am glad I got around to reading it. I did have my problems with reading but it was more down to my reading experience rather than being the book’s fault. It can’t have been that bad, anyway, I did go ahead and buy the second book despite the thins Danya said on that one, so there’s that.

I will get the biggest negative of this book out of the way first: I didn’t like the writing style. I think the way it was written meant it took me longer than necessary to get drawn into the story because I felt disconnected from Nettie. I just didn't get why I should care about her while I was reading. At least, not at first. I think because it was written from Nettie’s POV and in the way she speaks so you had the cowboy style of speaking for everything which I didn’t get and it put me off a bit.

Another grumble is that it took a long while to get going. Because Nettie was stumbling about in the dark so was I and I didn't like it because it meant it took forever for the story to truly get going. I hate when a book drags it's feet. The beginning could have been shortened down a touch so she met Dan far sooner and began her journey. The story of her being a ranch hand was dull and I get she was pleased as she moved from being, essentially, a slave for her ‘guardians’ to working for a living doing something she loved and I think some would appreciate learning a little about her before things got crazy and weird, I wasn’t one of them.

I don't want it to seem I didn't like this book, though, because I did. Nettie was this fantastic character. She wasn't worldly and educated and that showed but it didn't make me like her any less. In fact, I liked her more for her fresh and innocent view if the world. I mean, she had an innocence about her despite her terrible treatment growing up and the level of abuse she received. It was lovely to not have her be totally jaded. She had a bit of a black white view of things as she knew no better. Men were good and women bad. She identified more as male but recognised she was female and I loved how she completely brushed off the whole sexual identity. She had no qualms about someone being gay and didn't stress herself too greatly on how she fell in terms of sexuality. She knew she had far greater things to deal with simple things such as romance and instead was focused on that. She didn’t bother letting anyone tell her who or what she was and that was really great to see.

Really it was a great read and my grumbles are simply with writing style of the book which really took a while for me to connect with. The story was solid and once it got going I was flying through it. The way it ended left me needing the next book in my life and I will be starting that soon and seeing where Nettie is going next with all of the new things she has discovered about herself.

Have you read Wake of Vultures, what did you think? What was the last book you read because someone else raved about it and made you have to buy?

16 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 16.07.2017

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Welcome to another Sunday. As you can probably tell, I have done a small makeover of the blog. I’ve not completely finished, yet. I’ve still got some headers to change for older features I don’t use as much but maybe this weekend I’ll finish it off. Then I’ve got 500+ posts to make sure are correctly formatted and such. I only made minor design changes to the blog but hopefully, you all like it!

Apart from blog changes I also had a fun week seeing friends. One of my oldest friends is getting married this year and she was home for a couple of days buying a wedding dress. It’s so exciting as she’s bought it! She needed a chance to get it off of her chest some of the drama and stress from wedding planning whilst filling me in on all of her life updates. That was a really nice night but I was exhausted the next day at work.

Then, I am writing this on a Saturday (as usual) but I’m going for food with a friend tonight and then I am finally seeing Wonder Woman at the cinema. I am excited, I mean, everyone has said good things so really how could I not be excited to go watch? Hopefully, it’s as good as I hope but I am a little concerned that since I’m going to a late showing I may nod off watching. We’ll have to wait and see.

Now, I’ve not mentioned work too much lately apart from being exhausted and working one weekend but something new happened this week. One of my friends from work handed his notice in. It sucks because he is a good friend and helped to make my days enjoyable… also, he is my breakfast friend so it’s sad to see he’s going but he’s been struggling for a while at work and he really has made the best decision for himself but it means another newbie. It’s not on my team, at least, so no more training for me. I’m getting sick of hearing the sound of my own name. So many questions, it’s exhausting!

What I’ve Been Reading

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I’ve been slowly ending my slump (I hope) I am getting excited about reading again, which is always a good sign. I finished Alex, Approximately and it was so good! I don’t fully know how to put into words how much I loved it. Hopefully, I can summarise it well in a review for next week. I then decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why because I’ve been putting off watching it on Netflix and that book was very well written (I thought so, anyway). And then I read another ARC in the form of Leave The Night On and it was such a good romance read. I think mixing up what I read will help drive off the slump, we shall see.

New To Me

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I’ve not done much book shopping (not really, anyway) but I did get a few new books and I am very excited to read them. There is one here which I know everyone will say I should read and I am excited to start The Hate U Give.
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I may be in the most epic of reading slumps but hot damn I’ve been getting lots of ARCs. I’ve got Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine after requesting a while back. The summary was vague enough that I was interested, fingers crossed it’s a decent read. I am so thrilled to have There’s Someone Inside Your House because I love a lot of what Stephanie Perkins writes and I’m interested to see more from her. You would not believe the flailing I did over Artemis so really, do I need words to explain why I’m excited. Andy Weir is a bookish genius in my mind after The Martian. And then some more flailing happened after being approved for Completely (I blame Nick for this one) and I am so excited. I’ve loved Ruthie Knox’s books so far and so fingers crossed for this one.

My week has been busy and fun and fingers crossed for an amazing reading week next week. How has your week been? Any good reads or amazing new books you’ve found you absolutely need to get your hands on?

13 July 2017

Summer’s Lease // A Perfect Summer Read That Makes You Want To Lie In The Sun

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Summer’s Lease – Carrie Elks
Published: 13th July 2017
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My Rating:
If music be the food of love, books are certainly the appetizers . . .

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she’s unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend’s Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That’s how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family’s empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction – and then a scorching fling. But they can’t hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?
This is a book I was excited to read because it sounded like the perfect easy summer read. Woman with writers block escapes to Lake Como to housesit for a family and ends up trapped in a villa with a man she loathes. Who doesn't love hate to love romance set in Italy with a celebrity romantic lead? Ok, it does sound like a bit if a busy story but it still sounds fun.

Fun it was. I enjoyed myself reading. I felt a strong urge to sit in the sun and drink wine and do something spontaneous. I wanted to travel Europe and have fun and also had a strong urge to go to the theatre and all the best summer reads make you want to do something fun.

Cesca is in a bit of rut with writers block and no job and little hope in her life until she escapes to Italy where she gets her reading mojo back. It's going great until Sam Carlton, famous actor and man who ditched her theatre debut, shows up and ruins things. The two argue and I enjoyed the spark between them. Seeing the banter progress from hateful jibes to cheeky flirtation was awesome. I love a good hate to love and Sam and Cesca's path to romance was difficult.

I did find myself rolling my eyes at a couple of things though. Cesca had a sexy Italian neighbour up on the lake and he was obviously a potential love interest for her. He was such a non characters and he felt very forced and two dimensional. So much so I can't even remember his name. He felt unnecessary and purely there to push the plot along. My other grumble is that Sam and Cesca's relationship obstacles seemed a bit ridiculous. Like they had issues bit they both really needed to just use their damn words. It wasn't the end of the world but it was a little frustrating.

If you're look for a fun romance set somewhere different then check this out. It is a really enjoyable read.
About the Author
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.
What is your perfect summer read? Are you like me looking for some easy romance to lose yourself in or do you prefer something meatier?

11 July 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi // A Brilliant Read Which Makes Me Cry For More Diverse Reads

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When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Published: 1st June 2017
Source: Netgalley/Bought
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Rating:
The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed...

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
The number of times I begin a review saying ‘I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book’ is starting to get a little boring, but it’s true! I put off reading books for stupid reasons and I really need to make better book choices going forward.

This book was adorable! I knew I would probably (hopefully) love it but I was definitely a little wary going in because these is always the chance you will be the black sheep on these things. I wasn’t a black sheep and like every other review, I’ve seen for this book I loved it and below I will explain why.

When Dimple Met Rishi was not completely what I expected. This was mostly because I’d never bothered to fully read the summary before I began reading. I knew that the MCs had Indian parents and were involved in an arranged marriage so, as you can imagine, I had certain ideas in my head about how this book would go down. My ideas were very different than what actually happened and the book was all the better for that fact. 

Half the reason this book was so great is that our main characters were adorable! I mean, Dimple was so easy to like because she may have been raised quite traditionally by her parents and they certainly made it obvious about their wishes for her future and finding the ‘Ideal Indian Husband’  but she made it obvious that whilst she respected them she had her own path. She didn’t want to wear makeup and dress pretty, she had her future determined and she wanted nothing to distract her from that. I didn’t fully understand her knowing exactly what she wanted to do as a teenager because I’m 26 and I still haven’t figured that out but I appreciated her focus and determination. I did find it frustrating that she was so unwilling to compromise for others and instead thought her way was the best. Even when it meant angering her friends and those close to her. It was her worst quality and was something which came between her and Rishi and it was annoying. I did like seeing her grow throughout the book, though, and I appreciate a character growing.

And then there was Rishi. I didn't think I'd like him as much as I did. I mean, he was close to his parents and willing to follow the path which they wished for him. He was willing to sacrifice a lot to do what was expected. Normally, the good guy in YA can come across as a bit dull and bland because I have had TV shows and films drill into me bad boys are more attractive when it comes to the fictional world. Rishi was the exception who may teach me to reconsider these things. He was awkward and cute and I loved him. I wasn't even overly bothered by the fact he had money and was privileged because he didn't flaunt it. He was just an adorable cinnamon roll and I think I loved him. I was just as frustrated by him as Dimple but I felt his reservations were far more logical. Wanting a secure future, whilst not totally believable for a teenager, is not a bad thing and so I got why he was so hesitant to pursue all of his dreams.

I found the whole book very adorable, though. And for both Dimple and Rishi their Indian heritage was obvious and I loved how Rishi honoured it so much and then Dimple was learning parts of her culture was ingrained because that was how she was raised. She considered how her parents would react to big decisions and even her quest to design an app was partially done to make her father proud of her. It was brilliant reading about two Indian-American teens and how this dual identity led them to struggle with their choices and influenced how they did these things.

I loved this, it was a brilliant YA and demonstrates the genre is totally growing. I want more diverse reads like this one. Fingers crossed this is the start of a trend.

Have you read this, what did you think? And do you have any recs for any more good diverse reads? I feel like I need to expand my horizons and read all the diverse reads.

09 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 09.07.2017

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It is another week and my reading slump is still in place. I am not wallowing but it’s a little frustrating as I keep seeing lots of good books I can’t buy because the slump reigns supreme. If it doesn’t end by the end of next week I am resorting to rereading to keep me reading because I kind of miss it but I can’t seem to settle on what I’m reading. I refuse to get myself down about it and I refuse to dwell. I will get my mojo back and until then… well… there is a reason I pay for Netflix.

Anyway, my week has been pretty dull. I pretty much only watched Psych and met up with a friend for a cheeky drink but otherwise… nada. I did get the Crash Bandicoot remake recently and I have remembered how terrible I was at those games. I have a lot less patience than I did as a kid as well so that Game Over screen makes me want to chuck the controller at the TV. I am determined to play but God damn I need to learn patience.

I had a good old clear out of my clothes yesterday. I had to clear out some of the things I don’t wear or simply what doesn’t fit me (turns out you put on weight working a desk job). It was actually a really good thing because I rediscovered clothes. How do you forget you own certain clothes? I obviously own too many and need to buy more for my holiday. Or want to, my wardrobe is better for autumn and winter.

One really positive thing which happened this week is that I discovered an awesome new website. I have a thing for stationery. I love notebooks and pens and having more notebooks than any girl needs. I like buying things and that is why I’ve lived at home for quite so long. Ohh Deer is this cool website with clothing, gifts and whole heaps of stationery and they do this subscription box which I am so tempted to buy but who goes through enough stationery to require more every month?

I also have been trying to find myself a good breakfast to take on the go to work. I used to have cereal and porridge as I get to work so early but we have been getting stroppy emails from an office manager on a power trip telling us milk is only for drinks at work (the milk is bought by the company, they are allowed to dictate these things) but it means now I need to find new things to take to work because half the folks at work are thieving bastards and steal my milk when I buy my own. I’ve discovered the wonder that is overnight oats. I mean, I say wonder but I’ve not actually tried them yet. I had a whole drama with Amazon as I bought some jars to put them in online and they didn’t get delivered because Amazon are dicks and are messing me about. When I then complained to them they gave me a month extra on my Amazon prime and promised they’d come the next day… only I then got a message that where it was being delivered to was closed so they’d redeliver on a working day. I was getting them delivered to home and my house was not closed! I am not best pleased but I got some Kilner jars in town so I’ll try doing it in those. We’ll see how it goes.

If you have good breakfast recipes that require very little work and no morning prep then let me know. I love food.

What I’ve Been Reading

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Yep, just one book was finished and I am currently reading Alex, Approximately. Summer’s Lease was a great summery read and if I wasn't feeling so slumpy I would have read it in one sitting. It was such a great easy read and really made me want to be in the sun and to go travelling because Italy sounds lovely. I started Alex, Approximately Friday night and I'm really loving it. Bailey is awesomely awkward, which I can relate to, nd I am loving Porter so far. I'm optimistic I'm going to love it. I'm a third of the way in so we shall see.

New To Me

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I bought just one book this week. One! And I only bought it was checking what books from my Goodreads to buy shelf was at my local library and somehow stumbled upon this book being just £1.61 online. No girl can say no to that kind of offer. It took a little while to be delivered but it was so worth it.
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I did get two review copies this week. I was so surprised to see Lost and Found Sisters in the post because I’d emailed about it forever ago so that was a lovely surprise to collect from the post office. And then The City of Brass was my second approval on Edelweiss and I am so damn excited! I only requested because Danya and Nick mentioned it to me and I’m so pleased they did! This book sounds awesome, like really awesome!

And that is my week. It’s really pretty dull so please tell me exciting things about yours. Read any good books? Got any get recipes to recommend? Just plain old want to chat?

07 July 2017

My Thoughts // Embracing A Reading Slump

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I recently read an awesome post by Clara at Lost in My Library called Are Reading Slumps Good? and it really got me thinking. I already knew I wanted to write a post about my current reading slump on the blog but I had intended to simply talk about what I’d been doing whilst the slump had taken a hold. I will still be talking about that but I also want to talk about how stressing over a slump helps no one.

Reading slumps suck. That is a fact, no one can deny they always come at the worst time. They are never convenient and it’s always annoying because it can affect your blog. That being said, it isn’t the end of the world and thinking too much on it normally only makes my slump last longer.

What I’ve been doing during this slump:

Binge Watching TV

Sometimes, binge watching an old favourite is all you can do to pass the time. It would have been cheaper if my binge watch show had been on Netflix, but buying each season of Psych hasn't broken the bank. It's fun and familiar and sometimes there is nothing better. I love Shawn and Gus and their whole dynamic. And seeing Shawn and his dad grown closer is brilliant, that is one of the relationships I loved first time around. I also now say ‘I’ve heard it both ways’ and ‘whaaaaat’ without anyone getting my references because they suck.

Watching All The Movies

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A TV show can feel like too much of a commitment on a night after work. It can lead me to staying up until midnight saying to myself ‘just one more’ so watching a movie is always a nice option. I’ve found myself slowly watching films I’ve been saying I want to watch but haven’t gotten around to. I’ve seen Star Trek Beyond (and rewatched the first two), I’ve seen Moana, and Minions and I’ve got John Wick 2 all ready to watch over the next couple of days. It’s the perfect way to fill my hours before bed. Please give me all the film recs, be they old or new. You can never see too many films.

Reading Fanfiction

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I am a big fan of fanfiction and I always will be. During my A-Levels and uni fanfiction was basically all the reading I did for a really long time and it’s still comforting to me, even now. I think my slump is not caused by not wanting to read but more an unwillingness to deal with unfamiliar characters and deal with the storyline. Fanfiction involves characters I know and have their own level of predictability to them. Sure, I know that’s usually what romance is for but I kind of feel like I can’t face all the words in a book. Gove me a 20000 word fanfic and I will devour it, though.

Blog Planning

I have actually been taking an interest in my blog itself. Not just the posts which I write, but the design of my blog and silly things like how I tag my posts. I’m putting in a greater effort to cross post my reviews and I am trying to basically to be a more active blogger. I may not be great at the whole social media thing but I can at least make my blog the best which is can be. I may have a blog redesign in the future, but I make no promises. I am notoriously bad at following through.

Bullet Journaling

My bullet journal is neither pretty or incredibly complex. I’m not good at minimalist and I have no theme or anything. My bullet journal is just a bunch of lists and things to do all in one place and I love it. I am putting a solid effort in to put in all my things in there. I find it quite nice having a place where all the things I think of I want to remember can be written. I’ve got a list for the books I want to borrow from the library, a list of my ARCs (which needs updating), a list of films I’ve watched and those I want to watch. Basically, I’ve got a lot of lists, more than I probably need.

So, there you have it. I may not be reading much lately but no one can claim I’m not keeping busy. What do you do when you’re stuck in a slump? What do you do when you’re not reading?

05 July 2017

Looking Forward // July 2017

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Another month has started and that means another batch of new books are being released which I need to get excited for. There are a few books I will definitely be buying but a couple are books I was thrilled to learn were getting a UK publication and so I am bouncing around waiting for it to come out. I don’t have as many dithering reads either this month. I may not manage to get all of these books straight away but they will be say on my GoodReads TBR for a while.

Books I Will Definitely Buy

The Dragons of NovaI Believe In A Thing Called LoveEliza and her MonstersTrustWildfireHate to Want You
I am very excited for this book. It took me a little while to get into the first book it was an absolutely brilliant read and I was so intrigued about dragon culture once finishing. I sadly didn’t get a copy on Netgalley so I’m bouncing around waiting for this to be released this month.

Look, I’ve said before I was excited about this book but I am still excited and I still want it. I want it so bad. I am a massive fan of K-drama and so a book which has k drama in it? Yeah, I’m gonna read it.

Everyone has been raving about this book (or, at least, I’ve seen a whole bunch of positive things about it). I feel like this is a book for me as fandom plays a big role. And also it looks pretty. A pretty cover does a lot for me.

I haven’t read much by Kylie Scott but I saw this book somewhere and it just sounds like my kind of read. Also, I haven’t read this kind of YA read in a long while and I’ve got a craving. A craving this book will totally satisfy so I will be reading.

All you need to do with this one is read my reviews for the last two books. I am obviously going to buy these (I’ve preordered in fact) so why is this book not in my hands yet?

This book fell into my radar because of a smart bitches podcast and it has stayed on my radar for about two months. I was actually going to include this book on my ‘books I’m dithering about’ section but then I saw this post by Nick where she said it was a favourite of the year so far. I trust Nick with everything she reads so I totally preordered and will be reading.

Books I Already Have

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I have two romance reads which I will be reviewing this month. The first is Summer’s Lease and it’s set in Italy and involves hate to love so really it’s pretty damn awesome. The second is an angsty sounding romance which came as a surprise in the post so I’ve got to speed through the first book and this one. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Books I’m Dithering Over But Are On My Radar

Who's That GirlMister HockeyThe Color ProjectThe Last MagicianChanges in Latitudes
These are the books I am dithering about. They have fallen on my radar and I am interested in reading but I’ve not heard anywhere near enough about them to buy straight out. If you’ve read any of them please tell me all the reasons I should (or shouldn’t) be reading them.

What books are you looking forward to being released this month? Do you prefer waiting for a book to be published in your country before buying or do you not have the patience for that?

03 July 2017

White Hot // A Long Awaited Sequel Which Surpassed All Expectations

White Hot
Published: 30th May 2017

Source: Bought

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance

My Rating:
Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .
I have been waiting for the publication of White Hot ever since I read Burn for Me in 2015. So two years I have been waiting and it was made all the more painful because I expected it to be published not long after I’d finished Burn for Me but then the date got pushed back two years! They do say good things come to those who wait, though, and this was most definitely good, brilliant, in fact.
I have been intending to review this book ever since I read in May and I began my review with one single word: Brilliant. I left that review sat in my drafts waiting for me to finish. Rather unsurprisingly that is not helpful when you sit down to write the review a month later. Luckily for me, I wrote up notes on my phone as soon as I finished. They aren’t all coherent thoughts (asd;fkljj is one of them) but we’ll work with what I’ve got.

After such a long, long, loooooong wait for this book to be released, I obviously had high expectations for White Hot. I mean, sky-high ones. I’d been hooked into Nevada and Rogan’s story from the get go and I was eagerly anticipating the next book with hopes of some sexy times for them and hopefully a bit more background on both because we didn’t get to find out anywhere near enough details in the first book. When I say the writing duo that is Ilona Andrews exceeded all expectations and blew me away I mean they seriously smashed it with this book. I mean, the storyline was excellent and everything but it was the amount of work that was done on both our MCs but the secondary characters as well. This book made Burn For Me look like child’s play in comparison to this and I loved Burn for Me.

I feel I should explain some background for you, in case you’ve not read the first book (why not? Go check out my review and correct said error) the world of White Hot is very similar to ours except that there are people with powers. There was some kind of serum developed with gave people abilities in the past and now there are families in the world with power (called houses) which are basically the ruling class. They are rich and powerful and you do not cross them. Nevada and her family run a private detective agency and try and stay off the radar. They are not deemed powerful or anything. They just investigate stuff. Mad Rogan is crazy powerful (like seriously, it’s kind of scary) and he is totally uber rich and also a total recluse. I think that’s all the background you really need in the world this book is set in, but I probably have missed an essential detail.

What made this book so great really was the character development. Anyone who had read Burn for Me will know what I mean when I say Mad Rogan, whilst kind of hot (totally hot, actually) he is full on cray-cray and I would not let anyone I liked go anywhere near him. I don’t care how much money the boy has he comes across a touch psychopathic. I say this because in this book he gets all fleshed out and I loved him for his personality not just his bank account and smoking hot body. He still comes across like a bit of a psychopath but you get an explanation for why he acts like he does. Before he just came across like that billionaire you get in romance, the one who notices the nobody and instantly wants to marry her and throw money at her to fix her problems. As well as a psychopath who will kidnap folks off the street and doesn’t blink an eye when he has to kill somebody because that is the most expedient solution to his problem. This time around you get background for why he is so distant from people and why he acts as he does. It still doesn’t justify his actions but knowing why definitely makes him more Rogan and less Mad Rogan.

The other aspect of this book I loved was the entire Baylor clan. We met them all in Burn for Me but not all of them had the full personality they got this second time around. I mean, I already loved Nevada’s grandmother (that woman is hilarious) but I didn’t realise how awesome her sisters were! They are hilarious (I mean, sticking Nevada’s face on wedding pictures and decorating her office with them whilst they ask her to marry Mad Rogan kind of funny) and we really learn more about each family member which was great. I think it’s very easy to forget about secondary characters so to have them develop their own story and background was really appreciated. You realise how much they were neglected in the first book this way.

I will not reveal too much about the book itself as I hate spoiling stuff but the relationship between Nevada and Rogan developed awesomely, those two have chemistry which is off the charts! And the mystery in this one was pretty brilliant too. I can tell that the story is building up to what will happen in the third book, Wildfire, and I cannot wait for it be released. Luckily for me, that is at the end of this month so no two year wait for me this time.

If you haven’t already check out Burn for Me. If you’re even slightly a fan of urban fantasy this will be a series for you (I hope). White Hot demonstrated that sometimes a long wait for a book is worth it. It did everything the first book did but better and I am definitely deeming this a favourite book of 2017, if not just a favourite book.

Have you read any Ilona Andrews books? Which is your favourite? What was the last book you had to wait for which was totally worth waiting for?

02 July 2017

Sunday Summary // 02.07.2017

Sunday Summary
It’s July! I can’t believe we’re officially in the second half of the year! 2017 has certainly passed by quickly so far and it may not have been all good but I am feeling positive right now.

This week’s theme was sleep. Half of my conversations have revolved around the fact I have been bone-achingly tired. I cannot fully explain why I was so tired. I think it was working last Saturday it put my body clock out of sync because no matter how much sleep I got I was still tired. I aim to remedy that fact this weekend and get lots of sleep but my plans frequently go awry. My tiredness means I haven’t really done a lot. I have basically spent a copious amount of time getting reacquainted with my bed. PJs have been my go to outfit and it’s been awesome.
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I have started a rewatch of Psych, as well. I heard they’re doing a movie and I remembered how much I loved this show and so I’ve been slowly buying up the seasons online. I’m onto season 2 and sure it may be ridiculous and rarely gets too serious


What I’ve Been Reading

Every Little ThingWhen Dimple Met RishiBig Boy
My reading slump is improving ever so slightly. I've finished three books! I mean, one was a novella so it's not completely a book, but I say I've finished three. Every Little Thing was such an excellent read and it got me excited to read again. Then I started When Dimple Met Rishi and I finished that in two days! That is the fastest I’ve read a book in about a fortnight so you just know I loved it. And then Bog Boy was just this brilliantly satisfying romance that I absolutely loved. Why have I not read more Ruthie Knox? 

New To Me

When Dimple Met RishiA Harmless Little GameRemeber WhenBig Boy31331865Conspiracy of RavensLucky Harbor Collection 4180 SecondsMoxieThe Start of Me and You
Yes, I admit I probably bought a few too many books this week. I kept hoping it would motivate me to read. I mean, I had to return Crooked Kingdom back to my library unread because of this slump so I want to kick this slump and reborrow that. But yeah, I bought way too many cheap Kindle books and way, way too many physical ones. I’m glad I have, though. I was so excited by the new Zoella books so I kind of had to. Especially as Moxie and The Start of Me and You aren’t out here yet. So yes, I bought more books than necessary but I am excited to read all of them.
Leviathan WakesAnd I borrowed a single book from the library. Hopefully, I will manage to read this one, unlike Crooked Kingdom. I’ve been more in the mood for some sci-fi lately. I loved the TV show, The Expanse, so I hope this book is good if not better than the TV show.

How has your week been? Anyone got any good books recs? Anyone else love a bit of Psych, too?