Sunday, 25 September 2016

Review: Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Published by Hodder
Released 2nd June 2016
448 Pages

Sixteen year old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he'll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother Andre. It's easy when you keep yourself to yourself, listening to your dead dad's Earth, Wind and Fire albums and watching sci-fi. But everything changes when Marlon's first date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no idea why. With his dad dead and his brother helpless, Marlon has little choice but to enter Andre's old world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him. It's time to fight to be the last man standing.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Bands I Loved as a Teenager

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is audio week and I thought I'd share with you the bands I loved when I was a teenager. When I was a teenager I went through an 'emo' stage and for that reasons most of the bands on this list will be from that genre. Some of these bands I still love to listen to however. You have been warned!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Review: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Published by Sphere
Released 1st September 2016
400 Pages

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

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.
Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own.
But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . .
Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?
Inspired by the author's experiences with his own son, A Boy Made of Blocks is an astonishingly authentic story of love, family and autism.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Red Winter by Annette Marie: First Look Celebration!

Happy Thursday! It's been a busy week on Amy's Bookish Life this week and it gets even better today as I am sharing with you a first look at Red Winter by Annette Marie! I have an excerpt to share and I really hope you enjoy it! The book isn't released until 21st October so this is a real treat! Thank you to Barclay Publicity for arranging this.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Review: Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Published by Bloomsbury
Released 22nd September 2015
276 Pages

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

French Fries with a Side of Guys by Rebekah L. Purdy / Blog Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I am taking part in the Blog Tour for French Fries with a Side of Guys by Rebekah L. Purdy thanks to the guys at Enchanted Book Promotions. The book is actually released today and I have an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway to share with you! If you love YA Romance/Contemporary then this may be right up your street!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dawn of the Vie by Laura Diamond: Cover Reveal

Today, thanks to the people at Xpresso Book Tours, I am able to reveal to you the cover for Dawn of the Vie by Laura Diamond. The book is the first book in the Immortal Aliens series and is set to be a good one! I am excited to be sharing this with you, and I hope by seeing the cover it entices you to look into the book! So here's the cover...

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite YA Contemporary Books

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is 'all time favourite books from X genre'. So with that in mind I have decided to share my favourite books from the YA Contemporary Genre. I do love books with realism, I feel that I can relate to them more and also I adore YA fiction so its a win win situation! As always this list is in no particular order.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Love is a Four-Legged Word Sample Book!

Happy Monday! I am very excited as I have a treat to share with you, my lovely blog readers! Today I am going to sharing the sample book of Love is a Four-Legged Word by Michelle Gorman. The sample book includes the first five chapters of the book which isn't released until 13th October! The only way you can get this preview is by looking on book blogs, such as mine, as the author isn't even releasing the sample book publicly until 24th September! Before I share how you access the sample, however, I'll share with you the synopsis and a few quotes just to give you an idea of what the book is all about. 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Released 22nd September 2016
351 Pages

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

What happens when love, marriage and children don't come in the expected order?

Fifteen years after the tragic death of their older brother splintered Josie and Meredith's already fragile relationship, the two sisters are following very different paths.

Hardworking, reserved Meredith thought she'd done it all the right way round - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but now she's wondering if she got the love part wrong.

Impulsive and spirited Josie has been single for years. She wants a child so much that she's preparing to head straight for the baby carriage all on her own.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and secrets from the past surface, Josie and Meredith must come to terms with their own choices. Perhaps they'll find that they need each other more than they know..

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite TV Shows

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is TV week, so for that I am going to list my favourite TV Shows. I don't talk about TV at all on Amy's Bookish Life so hopefully this will give you an understanding of the sort of TV that I watch!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Review: The Missing Wife by Shelia O'Flanagan

The Missing Wife by Shelia O'Flanagan
Published by Headline Review
Released 16th June 2016
480 Pages

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

Have you ever wanted to disappear? 

When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She's always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen's past is right behind her...

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?

August Wrap Up

Hello September! I honestly can't believe that its September already and soon Autumn will be on its way - time for jumpers, halloween, dark nights, snuggling up under the duvet and the gorgeous colours that autumn brings! I am looking forward to this month but first lets take a look back at what I got up to in August shall we?

Friday, 2 September 2016

The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare Release Blitz / Author Interview

Happy release week to The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare. As a treat I have an exclusive interview with the author herself to share with you in celebration of the release! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for setting this up.

The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare
Released 30th August 2016
Sci Fi/Young Adult

Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.

It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.

When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.

Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.

As does leadership.
…As does betrayal.