Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Set in School


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is a back to school freebie week so I am going to share with you my favourite books that have a school setting entirely or in parts of the story. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Musing Mondays / 29th August


Hosted by Books and a BeatMusing Monday's is a weekly meme where you answer one of the of the following questions and then a random one.

  • I'm currently reading
  • Up next I think I'll read
  • I brought the following book(s) in the past week
  • I'm super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish news)
  • I'm really upset by (book/author/bookish news)
  • I can't wait to get a copy of..
  • I wish I could read ___ but..
  • I blogged about ___ this past week..

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Review: A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern

A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern
Published by Macmillan Children's Books
Released 11th August 2016
304 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

'Neither of us is exactly living the dream. But we're living something and that's more than either of us expected this year.'

In A Step Towards Falling, Cammie McGovern tells a poignant, compelling story of not judging people on appearances and knowing how to fix the things you've broken.

Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Review: The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts / Blog Tour


The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts
Published by Piatkus @ Little Brown Book Group
Released 25th August 2016
383 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and for also allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia's father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell's cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia's world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia's courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . .

Monday, 22 August 2016

Musing Monday's / 22nd August


Hosted by Books and a Beat. Musing Monday's is a weekly meme where you answer on the of the following questions and then a random one.

  • I'm currently reading
  • Up next I think I'll read
  • I brought the following book(s) in the past week
  • I'm super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish news)
  • I'm really upset by (book/author/bookish news)
  • I can't wait to get a copy of..
  • I wish I could read ___ but..
  • I blogged about ___ this past week..

Saturday, 20 August 2016

University Checklist / Tips


So it's getting to that time of year where a lot of you will be off to University ready to start studying in a different city/town quite far away or maybe in a place near to you. Either way you are going to be excited but also nervous. As I have been and done University (and I am going back in September to do my MA) I thought I would write a little checklist and give some tips for those of you who are going. I will split the list into little sections just to make it easier to you to look at and read. I really hope this is beneficial! 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Chelsey Krause Guest Post: All Shook Up Release Blitz


To celebrate the release of her novel 'All Shook Up', I have a special guest post from author Chelsey Krause to share with you all. The post is all about how music from 40's and 50's inspired Chelsey when writing this book. Thanks to Barclay Publicity for setting this up! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in Britain

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is 'Books with X Setting'. I have decided to do my Top Ten books set in Britain. I am British and I have noticed that I don't read many books set here, so when I do it's always good! 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Defective by B. Austin: Release Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway


Happy release week to Defective by B.Austin! To celebrate I have an exclusive excerpt to share a giveaway to win an Amazon giftcard. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for setting this up!

Defective by B. Austin (Outcast, #1) 
Released: August 13th 2016
Dystopian/Young Adult


In a society where rebels are unwanted, the Outcasts have their own underground world.
What type of society applies the word Defective to healthy young humans?
IT IS ALMOST A PERFECT WORLD. One government rules earth—the Commonwealth and one people—the Commoners. The pure society of the Commonwealth has but one contamination, the 1%, the Outcasts—rebellious kids and young adults who for some puzzling reason cannot or will not conform.
When Dante’s girlfriend vanishes like thousands of other Outcasts before her, he enlists the aid of friends to find her. They discover the shocking secret of what extreme the Commonwealth of Earth will go to ensure that Outcasts reform and obey the rules!






Musing Mondays 15th August


Hosted by Books and a Beat. Musing Mondays is a weekly meme where you answer one of the following questions below and a random question. 


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Blogger's Journal

I love stationary and I certainly love buying it! Although I have had to restrain myself recently. My favourite place to buy/look at it is a store called Paperchase (I think they are only UK based). I could spend hours wandering around in there looking at everything. It's a bit of an obsession! I have a loyalty card there and as it was my birthday a few weeks ago Paperchase kindly put £5 onto my card for me to spend in store. I was really excited about this and went into store as soon as I could. I was browsing when I came across a Blogger's Journal. As a blogger I was obviously intrigued and after looking at it I knew I had to get it! The Journal itself was £15, but I got £5 off so I only paid £10. It may seem quite steep to some people but I knew how much it was going to help me. As, I must admit I have been slacking with posts lately. So I'm hoping it helps me become more organised with regards to what I post and when. It's also really pretty which is a plus!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten by Heather Beck
Published by Enchanted Publishing
Released 23rd June 2014
284 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Great beauty hides dark secrets...

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker
?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Before I was a Blogger


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind/freebie week so I have decided to do the topic 'Books I Loved Before I was a Blogger'. I have only been blogging since the start of this year, so not long at all. Obviously I was reading before I started up Amy's Bookish Life so I thought I would share with you some of the books I loved before taking the plunge into the world of book blogging. This list is in no particular order. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Musing Mondays 8th August


Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. With this meme you answer one of the questions listed below and also a random question. I am hopefully going to be doing this weekly if my schedule allows me so.

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Review: Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell

Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell
Self Published
Released 24th June 2016
338 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” 

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Launch Event


So, unless you have been living under a rock for the past week you would know that the whole world has been going crazy for the new book featuring our favourite wizard, Harry Potter. The Cursed Child, which started off as a play in London has now been published as a script book easily accessible for fans around the world to read. It takes place 19 years after the events of The Deathly Hallows and its known as the final story. Being a major Potterhead I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. A few months ago I was walking past my local Waterstones and advertised in the window was a sign about preordering the book for half price, there was also a sign saying if you ordered the book in store you get a ticket for two for the launch event happening in store on the evening of 30th July. My inner fangirl went wild at this and instantly went into the store to preorder my book and get my ticket to the launch event. I'd never been to a book launch event before and was really looking forward to it. I couldn't wait to be surrounded by fellow fans of Harry Potter and enjoy the night.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby


Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
Published by Blaze Publishing
Released 17th May 2016
E-Book
232 Pages

Thank you to the Publisher for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant. 

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she's forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Review: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan


The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
Published by Sphere
Released 11th February 2016
384 Pages
E-Book

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books... not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing...

July Wrap Up

Hello! First of all I'd like to apologise for the lack of posts lately. The past few weeks have been so busy for me so I haven't had time to blog. It's upsetting as I love blogging! Anyways, July has come and gone and it's shocking! I am still amazed at how fast this year is flying by, although I do say that every year but still!