FairyLoot Unboxing: March 2018!

Hey guys! It has been a while since I bought a FairyLoot box, I think the last one was in July. None of the themes since have really caught my eye, but when I found out they were having a two year anniversary box this month and that it would be purple, I just had to get it! I loved the first one year anniversary box and I had high hopes for this one.

Incase you haven’t heard of them, FairyLoot is a YA fantasy monthly subscription box based in the UK. In every book you receive one recently published Young Adult fantasy book and several bookish goodies related to the book’s theme! Lets get into the unboxing, yay!


1) Toast To The Warden of The North Hot Chocolate (Made by Eponine)

The first thing I pulled out was this packet of hot chocolate and I am so happy with it! I immediately thought it was tea or coffee and I don’t drink any of them so I was feeling disappointed. However, I perked up right away when I saw it was actually hot chocolate which I have all the time! It apparently refers to John Snow from Game of Thrones when he became a Warden of the North. I have no idea what any of this means as I don’t watch the show. But I am happy with the hot chocolate!

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REVIEW: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10Title: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Pages: 344
Published by: Harvill Secker
Publication date: 30th June 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…

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How I Choose My Books Tag!

Hey guys! First of, sorry for not posting on Wednesday! I’ve been ill and it’s one that just leaves you feeling drained afterwards. I’ve had no energy to do anything, really. I hope today’s post makes up for it! I found this tag and it looked pretty interesting, like something I’d enjoy doing! Unfortunately, I do not know who the creator was so I am unable to tag them.

A Stranger in the House

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

I picked this up because I really liked Shari’s first book The Couple Next Door. It only took me a day to read this which is what I like about her writing. Her books are easy to read and they help me get out of book slumps. I did really like this book at the time but it’s not very memorable because I honestly can’t remember a single thing about it. I read it in July 2017 and I looked at my comments from my wrap up post to try and jog my memory but I still can’t remember anything about it.

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Things on my Bookshelf that Aren’t Books!

Hey guys! I don’t know if anyone is interested in this but I always like seeing what items people have on their shelves, so I thought I’d share with you all what’s on my bookshelf! I haven’t been well the past week and I just needed a quick post for my blog. I thought this would be quite good and I really hope you all enjoy it! I only have one bookcase and it’s an absolute mess so please ignore that. I need to reorganise it but I just can’t be bothered yet. Anyway, enough rambling! Lets get into the post!

I received both of these items in a FairyLoot box (I forget which one now – maybe the February 2017 box?) and I just thought they’d look really nice on my shelf. The first one is like a pencil case or a make-up bag, I guess it’s personal preference! I’m kind of nervous to use it because I don’t want to ruin it so I just let it sit on my shelf. The second is like a character card? It’s someone from the Throne of Glass series – maybe Dorian? I have all those books but I just haven’t read them yet. I thought the artwork was beautiful so I just sat it in front of the Throne of Glass books stack.

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REVIEW: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

He Said:She SaidTitle: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
Pages: 416
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 20th April 2017
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
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In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

Hey guys! This week is a pretty self explanatory topic! We can discuss what books we think deserve revisiting as we get older and childhood books that can still be appreciated when you are an adult! So lets get into it!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Maybe an obvious choice for some but I actually read this when I was an adult. It was in 2015 and I was 19. I’d never read them before and my friend finally convinced me to after a lot of pleading and begging! It’s her favourite series but for some reason I never read them when I was a kid. I watched the films just never read the books. They are good but I wasn’t raving about them. I think they are better appreciated when you are younger and are opening up to the world of books. But they can still be read when you are an adult too as my friend still reads them a lot and loves them for sure!

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Books That Surprised Me!

Hey guys! Today I am doing something a little different… I am going to talk about books that I thought I wouldn’t like but actually ended up loving! These are books that either belong to a genre that I don’t normally read or heard bad things about which put me off reading the book. But in the end it didn’t really matter because I ended up loving them anyway! So lets get into it!

Me before you

1) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

This book belongs to a genre that I really love to avoid and definitely do not read. Yes, that is correct. I am not a fan of romance books. I’m just not a very romantic person and reading about other people falling in love is just not something I want to do. The reason why I read Me Before You though is because my friend wrote a review for it on her blog and she made it sound really interesting. She asked me to read it and it was really cheap on Amazon so I just decided to buy it and give it a shot. I actually ended up really loving it and I ended up reading it really quickly because I was just so absorbed in the story. I loved all the characters and I was really not expecting the ending. This book was nothing like I thought it would be and it exceeded my expectations. I ended up watching the film and that was such a wonderful portrayal of the book, I loved it! I have the second book After You but I’m not sure if I’m going to read it or not because I’ve not heard great things about it. I am disappointed about that but to be honest I was happy with the first book being a standalone and didn’t see the reason for a second book. So I don’t know what I will do yet about that! I need someone to convince me to read it!

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ARC Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

20180213_210555Title: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
Pages: 384
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 27th February 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Fifteen years ago, teenager Ellery Hathaway was victim number seventeen in the grisly murder spree of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. She was the only one he captured who lived.

Now Coben is safely behind bars, and Ellery has a new identity in a sleepy town. But each July for the last three years, locals have been disappearing. Then Ellery receives strange messages hinting that the culprit knows exactly what happened to her all those years ago. Unable to raise the alarm without disclosing her past Ellery turns to the only person who might believe her story, her rescuer Agent Reed Markham. But can he help a second time, or like Ellery are there events in his past that are closer than he’d like to admit?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

Hey guys! This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic was a freebie! If you were bummed about missing out on a previous topic then this week is the perfect opportunity for you to go back and do that topic! I chose to do disappointing eye candy because the title immediately caught my attention and it looked like a funny topic to do. I always feel like I have been deceived and lied to when I buy a book with a pretty cover that turns out to be awful.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

Daughter of the Burning City1) Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I actually think I love the cover of this just because it’s purple (that’s my favourite colour)! No but when I pulled this book out of the FairyLoot bag, it actually took my breath away. I was so in love with the cover and the quote on the front, “Wicked, wicked to the core, the city will burn forevermore.” Doesn’t that just make you feel all tingly? I was really intrigued by this and I love how the title font was curling with smoke like it had been set on fire. Unfortunately it was such a terrible book. The characters were awful, the story was so boring. I was expecting magic and awesome things instead I got a whiny teenager and a story that dragged on and on and on. Also, if the ending was supposed to be happy, it left me feeling sour. This was actually made the list for my disappointing books of 2017, it was that bad.

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