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Blog Tour: Book Review, Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *


Title: Street Song
Author: Sheena Wilkinson
Source: From Publisher
Publisher: InkRoad
Rating: 5/5 stars

Book Summary from Goodreads

When life goes off-key, change your tune.
RyLee’s career is over. After winning a national TV talent show and becoming a teen pop sensation, his fame and success has quickly been followed by addiction, media scrutiny, and career suicide. After a brief spell in rehab, 18-year-old Ryan has some rethinking to do.
His stepdad – music promoter and self-appointed creator of ‘RyLee’ – wants him at home and in school, and under his thumb. But after an argument descends into violence, Ryan decides to run away from his old life, his failed career, and his dysfunctional family.
When he meets the stunningly witty but distinctly average guitar-player Toni almost directly outside his front door, the opportunity to start afresh seems too good to pass up. Before long, he has arrived …

Under 200 words, Book Review: The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Iron Warrior
Author: Julie Kagawa
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: MiraInk
Rating: 5/5 stars








Book Summary from Goodreads

The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. 
He killed me. 
Then, I woke up. 
Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder have renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 
Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must di…

Blog Tour: The Jungle by Pooja Puri Book Review

* I have received this book for review from the publisher as part of the blog tour but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Jungle
Author: Pooja Puri
Source: From Publisher
Publisher: Ink Road
Rating: 3.5/5 stars








Book Summary from Goodreads

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?

Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world's most inhospitable environments the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many 'unaccompanied children', the Calais refugee camp has a wildness, a brutality all of its own.

A melting pot of characters, cultures, and stories, the Jungle often seems like its own strange world. But despite his ambitions to escape, Mico is unable to buy his way out from the 'Ghost Men' the dangerous men with mag…

Book Review: Silver Stars by Michael Grant + GIVEAWAY

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Silver Stars
Author: Michael Grant
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Egmont
Rating: 4.5/5 stars








Book Summary from Goodreads

The summer of 1943, World War II. With heavy memories of combat, Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the rest of the American army are moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily.
The women won’t conquer Italy alone. They are not heroes for fighting alongside their brothers—they are soldiers. But Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. They will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of WWII, and they will come face-to-face with the brutality of war until they win or die.


Book Review Summary:

Front Lines was one of my favourite books of last year, and Silver Stars does not disappoint. The characters are developed, the …

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

So for the last two years, I have completed the Popsugar Reading Challenge to diversify my reading, to often push me out of my comfort zone. Although this works to some extent, I like the challenges and thought that it would be quite fun so let's get started... 
A book recommended by a librarian:
A book that has been on your TBR list for way too long: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A book of letters:
An audiobook: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 
A book by a person of colour: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A book with one of the four seasons in the title:
A book that is a story within a story: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill 
A book with multiple authors: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan  
An espionage thriller:
A book with a cat on the cover:
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace…

Diversity Bingo 2017

To continue with my aim of reading diversely, I decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to do the Diversity Bingo Challenge. The idea of this being to read 36 books and complete the bingo-like sheet with the aim being to read as much diverse fiction as possible. Like a lot of people in the bookish community, I wanted to continue reading more diverse books and thought this would be the way to do it. This post is to update myself and others on my progress in this challenge so if you are looking for recommendations in what to read please look here, herehere and here. So let's get started...
Romance with a trans MC: Non-binary MC (own voices): SFF w/disabled MC: Jewish MC: Indian MC (own voices): Displaced MC:
MC with an under-represented body: Panther by David Owen  Neuro-diverse MC (own voices): Re-telling with MC belonging to LGBTQIA+:
Bisexual MC (own voices):
MC with an invisible disability:
MC with an anaphylactic allergy: MC of color in SFF: Welcome Back Volume 1 by Christop…

Book Review: The Actual One by Isy Suttie

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Actual One
Author: Isy Suttie
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Orion 
Rating: 3/5 stars







Book Summary from Goodreads

Isy Suttie—stand-up comedian, actress and songsmith—has reached her thirties and realised her life is never going to be what she expected. She'll never become that tennis champion, be an expert in birdsong or make a living from playing pinball. Yet Isy maintains her trusty "glass half full" attitude to life. Why? From goldfish-murdering mothers and housemates obsessed with VAT to boyfriends who don't appreciate gifts of homemade human-sized penguins, Isy delves deep into the vaults of her memory, writing with warmth, agonising honesty and sharp humour to bring to life all of the scrapes that optimism has led her into.

Book Review Summary:

The Actual One is a wildly funny autobiography which is a must for those people in the twenties.

Book Review: 

So this book…

20 things I have learnt in 20 years.

As I am sitting here writing this blog post, I should be editing a blog post that I am going to be assessed for, but instead, I am writing this.  I'm just gonna get to the point, this is the last day that I am going to be a teenager, and as I am writing this tomorrow, the day that I am going to post this I am going to be 20. 20. I think it is too early to have a mid-life crisis, but seriously I'm turning 20 really? Anyway, I have seen lots of posts about the things that people have learnt in 20 years, and I wanted to do one so here goes...

1. You will grow up, it is a fact of life but your age is nothing but a number, and you can always be young in your heart.

2. You will lose touch with people. It is a fact of life but even though you will lose contact with people does not mean you can't think about them every day.

3. Your passions are important, don't forget them. If you think that you are alone in these passions, you are probably wrong. Find those people and don't …

Favourite Books of 2016

2016 has been a great reading year for me. For some reason juggling blogging, a university degree and some free time, I managed to read over 160 books. Yeah, I have no idea how either. But with all these books comes the really hard decision to pick my favourite books because I read a lot of good ones this year. As I have read lots of books this year, I am also going to do favourite graphic novels/ comics too. So let's get started with my favourite books...

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Although I didn't love Throne of Glass which I read in 2015, I really loved this book as it was definitely nice to see the "origin" story of Celaena which I loved so much. I also really love the relationship of Sam and Celaena. 










The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger 

I am one of those people who always says they hate classics but although that is still the case, The Catcher in the Rye was different. I loved this book, it just felt so much like a YA book that I just did not ex…