Hello everyone! I have the wonderful Maxine Morrey on my blog todaaay!
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a bookworm! As years went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition with her romantic comedy, 'Winter's Fairytale'. Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.
I’m thrilled to have been asked by the lovely Beth to take part in the Christmassy celebrations on her blog.
The question put to me for my guest post was: ‘What’s your favourite Christmas film?’
I’d narrowed my faves down a short time ago when I chose my top five but now I’m only allowed one! Eek! After a short deliberation, I came to the conclusion that my All Time Favourite Christmas Film has to be…drumroll….’Love Actually’. It doesn’t matter if it’s thirty degrees outside and not remotely near Christmas, I absolutely love it!
There are so many different aspects I enjoy about this film. Firstly, the writing is incredible. We all know Richard Curtis is an amazing screenwriting talent and it’s fascinating to watch how seamless the interactions and threads are between all the characters here. From the obvious ones (Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson’s close friendship) to the minor, and cleverly woven in ones like Rowan Atkinson’s distraction of the airport staff, followed by a conspiratorial wink at Neeson. Little touches like that are perfect!
Apart from the fantastic writing, I love all the emotions explored here. It’s not all sugar coated – there’s certainly heartbreak (the funeral scene gets me every time, as does Emma Thompson crying). There are moments of absolute mortification for Andrew Lincoln’s character that have us cringing along with him, and there are also parts that make me laugh every single time, without fail. Colin Firth’s sideways ‘lurch and fall’ manoeuvre into the lake cracks me up in its inelegance as does the line referencing a nativity play’s octopus costume - a nativity that oddly featured a very high percentage of sea creatures! But the earnest statement that ‘Eight is a lot of legs, David,’ never fails to tickle me.
Great writing, great acting and a cleverly interwoven cast of characters all tied up in a festive bow make this my truly favourite Christmas film.
Thanks so much to Beth for having me on the blog! Merry Christmas!
Christmas in the city has never been more magical!
Professional organiser Kate Stone has never - NEVER - been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O'Farrell is the most obnoxious - and heart-stoppingly gorgeous - man she has ever met. If he weren't her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.
Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.
But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen...
Hello everyone to day 6 of Christmas month!
I have a review of the newest Christmassy book from Sarah Morgan. I am a huge fan of Sarah and she sent me a copy of this book a few months back and I just loved it so much!
Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous-and mysterious-owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings...This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
~I was sent a copy from the author - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I just love Sarah's writing. I am a huge fan of her books, especially her Christmas ones and this one was just as fantastic as the others I've read. It really put me in the Christmas spirit and it has a hint of drama, heartbreak and an author whose hit a roadblock.
Eva is asked by Lucas Blade grandmother to decorate his house for Christmas as she is worried about him. When Eva gets there she is surprised to see that Lucas hasn't gone away but is at his house and very angry with her. Lucas hasn't been himself since his wife's death. With it coming up to her anniversary and he needs to write a whole new book but has no idea what to write it about, having Eva come into his life just complicates things for him. But, they get stuck together and before they both know, Lucas starts to open up to her and before she knows it, he's writing again.
Can Christmas bring these two together and heal Lucas? Or will it just push Lucas back into his isolated self?
I just love the way Sarah writes and it was such a fantastic story. I loved the relationship between Eva and Lucas and how they are both trying with each other and how Lucas realises he can trust Eva and maybe, just maybe help him finish his novel.
A fantastic Christmassy read that I think everyone will enjoy!
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 14 million copies of her books. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
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Today I have the wonderful Lindsey Paley on my blog with a fantastic blog post! Give it a read and definitely answer the question at the bottom!
Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.
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Winter Wonderland or Sunshine Paradise? Which would you choose?
Like lots of people I love Christmas. I love the music, the spicy aroma of mulled wine, the twinkling fairy lights on the Christmas tree and the home-made snowflake decorations. But most of all I love the food and like many people I have my favourite recipes that I bake every year - a chocolate log smothered in chocolate buttercream, flaky pastry mince pies (without the candied peel - yuk!), not to mention my Grandma’s special recipe Christmas pudding.
Readers of my novels cannot fail to have noticed that my love of baking has spilled over into my writing and that was no exception with Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes - book one in my Camille Carter series. The story follows Millie, an all-round buttercream princess, who gets caught up in the snow and becomes stranded at a culinary school in the English Lake District. The village is Christmas card-perfect, but Millie hates the snow and the cold. She plots her escape and ends up locking spatulas with hunky estate manager Fergus McKenzie when he is forced to rescue her. It’s a story of love and friendship and of reaching for the buttercream and edible glitter when life gets tough.
In order to fill in the time until she can catch a train back to civilisation, Millie rustles up a batch of Christmas Cake Muffins - a lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. Of
course, I had to triple-test the recipe before the cupcakes made their debut in the story.
However, whilst I do love Christmas, I have to confess that I’m no fan of the weather in December. I’m a summer baby (my birthday is in July) which may be the reason why I prefer the sunshine; why I crave the golden sandy beaches, a warm sea fringed with palm trees and if there’s a Pina Colada going so much the better. Skiing is not something that will ever feature on my personal bucket list either.
In Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes, Millie loathes the freezing temperatures too. She loves her strappy tops, her Capri pants and sparkly sandals and that’s all she has in her suitcase when she arrives at Craiglea Manor. She is mortified when she is forced to wear a borrowed woolly jumper and an old wax jacket, complete with the aroma of dead ferret, and which make her look like her great-aunt Margery.
So, which would you choose?
Winter wonderland or sun-drenched shores? Let me know in the comments below.
When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.
The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it - she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.
She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hypothermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.
Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.
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It is day 4 of Christmas Month and I have the wonderful Rachel on my blog today with a Q&A!!
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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1. Can you tell me about Christmas At The Cove.
Christmas At The Cove is the fourth book in my ongoing Templeton Cove series (published by Harlequin), but all the books can be read stand-alone. This is a reunion/secret baby romance revolving around two new characters to the Cove, Carrie Jameson and Scott Walker. After a brief fling, Carrie left the Cove never to return, but after the death of her husband, she realizes just how fragile life is and the biological father of her little girl has the right to get to know her. Christmas At The Cove is an emotional, forgiving and hopeful story of righting past mistakes.
2. What are some of your favourite Christmas movies?
Every year my husband, our two teenage daughters and I come together the week before Christmas to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This is a tradition I look forward to every year. I also love The Holiday and It's A Wonderful Life.
3. Who are some of your favourite authors?
I have many but my absolute favorites are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Philippa Gregory and Jodi Picoult.
4. If you had one Christmas wish, what would it be?
To have another year of my family being happy and healthy. That is the Christmas wish I make every year.
More family for Christmas?
Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.
Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.
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Today I have the wonderful Zara on my blog talking about her favourite festive reads!
Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in Staffordshire and wanted to be James Herriot when she grew up. After completing an IT degree, working as a consultant, running a dog grooming business, teaching, and working at a veterinary practice she decided she had more than enough material to write several books even if she would never qualify as a vet!
She is the author of the Tippermere series (Stable Mates, Country Affairs and Country Rivals) published by HarperCollins, as well as several standalone novels. Snuggle up this winter with her latest book 'The Holiday Swap'- the perfect cosy, Christmas read which will whisk you from Cheshire to Barcelona, and back again!
Zara is currently writing the first book of a new series, which will be published by HarperCollins in 2017 – look out for a hot vet and the most gorgeous country village ever!
You can find out more about Zara on her website www.ZaraStoneley.com. She also spends far too much time on social media – Twitter Facebook You can follow her travels in Barcelona and Cheshire on Instagram, and explore the inspiration behind her books on Pinterest.
At the moment I’m rushing around like a loony so haven’t got time to read, but I’m hoping to curl up in a quiet corner with some lovely books over the Christmas holidays. Here are five gorgeous heart-warming stories I’ve already read, that I think you’ll find are great to unwind with – whether it’s after you’ve wrapped presents, written a pile of Christmas cards, or when you finally have your feet up after Christmas dinner!
‘Christmas at the Comfort Food Café’ by Debbie Johnson.
The Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it... Read more
‘Not Just for Christmas’ by Alex Brown
Kitty thinks she's come to terms with her husband Ed’s death on active duty. When she learns that Ed’s army dog, a black Labrador named Monty, is being retired and needs rehoming, it awakens her heartache once more. She knows she could never take on Monty – it would be too painful, but with more than one dog needing a home this Christmas, is a miracle too much to hope for? Read more
‘One Christmas in Paris’ by Mandy Baggot
Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex. Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men... Until they cross paths with sizzling hot, oh-so-mysterious photographer Julien. Read more
‘Every Time a Bell Rings’ by Carmel Harrington
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss. Christmas is cancelled. Then Jim crashes his car one icy December night, and Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born. But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening… Read more
‘Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop’ by Jane Linfoot
The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true. Read more
I hope you have a lovely Christmas, and enjoy these reads as much as I did!
A sweet, funny and compelling tale that makes you wonder exactly what your life would be like if you just had the nerve to try and change it' - Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe Two women, two very different lives - one perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak! Tucked away in the idyllic English countryside, Daisy Fischer's cosy little cottage has always been her safe haven. But when her completely dependable boyfriend issues her an ultimatum, Daisy realises there's a whole world out there she's missing out on. Florence Cortes's life couldn't be better - gorgeous apartment right on the beach, fabulous job and dreamy boyfriend, or so she thought. Suddenly, Flo's life isn't so perfect after all. When the girls house swap for the holidays, it's not long before Daisy is being distracted by sun, sea and sexy Javier while Flo finds herself snowbound for Christmas with only handsome neighbour Hugo and a house full of animals to keep her company. Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas, but in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it...
Welcome to day 2 of Christmas Month and I have a Q&A with Moira Young! Her new book, THE ROAD TO EVER AFTER is one that will tug at your heartstrings,
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Moira Young is from Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. She moved to the UK to attend drama school, and so began a performing career that took her from London's alternative comedy circuit to the West End as a tap-dancing chorus girl. After retraining in opera, she sang at venues in Canada, the UK and Europe before moving to Bath and becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of the Dustlands trilogy, now published in over 30 countries. Her debut novel, Blood Red Road, the first in the trilogy, won the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award and was optioned for film by Ridley Scott.
Can you tell me about The Road To Ever After?
Davy David is a 13 year old homeless orphan scraping by on his own in a dead-end town. He finds comfort and companionship at the library and the movie house. Three days before Christmas, a stray dog called George crashes Davy's world into ruins and the two run straight into the life of Miss Elizabeth Flint. The elderly recluse is about to embark on a last road trip and she hires Davy and George to escort her. An extraordinary adventure awaits them.
It's a classic story of three outsiders, their unlikely friendship and the hope that grows on their life-changing journey together.
The basic story of The Road to Ever After - the boy, the dog and the old woman going on a journey - rose out of my sleep state, it nagged me awake so I would write it down. It grew especially from the old movies that I love. I like to think of stories - from myth and legend, from life and books and the movies - as the shared dreams of people down the ages. I believe they run in me and through me in a continuous stream of dreamings. I wonder if The Road to Ever After will draw some readers along in a kind of waking dream.
What are some of your favourite Christmas memories?
When I was small, my sisters and I would ceremoniously place a glass of milk and sugar cookie for Santa on the hearth in front of the fireplace, where they'd be the first thing he saw when he came down the chimney. We'd also leave a carrot for the reindeer. If only I'd been more canny. Posting an advance list of the extra chores I'd do in exchange for a better present might have spared me that set of plastic bowling pins. The smell of the fir tree inside the house. The tang of thin-skinned Mandarin oranges, which came only at Christmas time, packed in a wooden crate with each fruit carefully wrapped in a square of thin tissue paper, either lime green or pale purple. The new leather smell of the ice skates I got when I was eight; my main skating influences were hockey players and Hans Brinker, so I adopted a unique crouch-and-dash approach with flailing arms and collapsed ankles. I must have been quite a sight.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
My mother's an excellent baker and has a number of specialties that we still love: Christmas tree sugar cookies sprinkled with coloured sugar, shortbread, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars; basically, sugar sugar and more sugar. One family tradition is that my youngest sister will eat far too much turkey and end up lying on the floor groaning and vowing never to do it again. It's predictable and never fails to entertain us. We'll play Pictionary or some other worn-out board game and my mother will cheat in plain view. I must have seasonal viewings of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the David Lean A Christmas Carol, Meet Me in St Louis and - always and forever - It's A Wonderful Life.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
I depend upon my childhood comfort reads in these short, dark days of the year: The Little White Horse; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; The Secret Garden; Anne of Green Gables. I'll turn to Great Expectations for the umpteenth time, Dickens is a master storyteller and a big influence on me. Since it's Christmas, I'll pull out A Christmas Carol. This year, I'll also be reading The Greatest Gift by Philip van Doren Stern, and I'll read it with particular joy and thankfulness. It's the short story that gave birth to It's A Wonderful Life and, since that movie gave birth to The Road to Ever After, I owe it a very large debt.
Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her. A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.
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As you know, in October I did a Horror Month which went down really well! So, I decided to do a Christmas Month! I have some wonderful authors and bloggers with guest post, Q&As and loads of giveaways!
Kicking it of is Darcie Boleyn!
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
No Christmas would be complete without movies. Each year I have my favourites that I watch over and over again.
Here are my top five festive movies:
#1 has to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Growing up I watched this movie with my Dad every year and every time he would belly laugh until the tears rolled down his cheeks. It has such good memories for me and these days I watch it with my husband and children.
#2 is Home Alone – This movie is a classic. I loved it as a child and my children love it, especially my son. It never ceases to amuse us all and the ending sees me in tears every time.
#3 is It’s a Wonderful Life – A beautiful movie that always reminds me to appreciate what I have and, again, that makes me cry!
#4 is The Grinch – I just love that wicked green guy with his bah humbug attitude and I’m always moved by his turnaround and acceptance of the error of his ways.
#5 Die Hard – I can’t believe this was made back in 1988! Its exciting action scenes featuring the fearless, wisecracking Bruce Willis AKA John Maclane and its messages about family values get me looking forward to Christmas every year.
Warm your heart with this perfectly festive romance…
Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
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I come to you today with a small wrap-up. I read a total of 7 books in November, 6 physical and 1 ebook. I was doing so good earlier on in the year with reading 15+ books but then I started my new job and just didn't have the time and I hope this changes in December because I have a lot of Christmassy books to get through!
The Ebook was - The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey! This was such a fun festive read that I enjoyed a lot and I think I might re-read this month - REVIEW HERE
And A Happy New Year? By Holly Bourne was just amazing but I'm so sad to see this is the end of these wonderful girls as I enjoyed reading their stories and this novella was just the icing on the cake and I just loved it so much! REVIEW HERE
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake was just so amazing and different. About 3 sisters who get separeated and when they meet on their 16th birthday they have to fight each other and only one can become queen. THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH! REVIEW HERE
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon was so beautiful and I was just hugging my copy afterwards because I didn't want it to end. It's such a fantastic book that everyone needs to read. REVIEW HERE
The Woman In The Walls by Amy Lukavics is really creepy and kept me up all night. It's not full of gore etc but just how it's written just makes you want to not go near any walls but it was so good I couldn't stop reading it. REVIEW HERE
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is a sci-fi story that took me on a rollarcoster. It was so fun and I loved Nemisis, our main character, she is a diabolic and has to take the place of the person she protects to protect her but, things are going to get crazy and you all need to read this book. REVIEW HERE
To Love And To Cherish by Lauren Layne is the last book in the Wedding Belles series! I'm so sad it's over but loved how it ended with the two main characters and I just adored this series a lot! REVIEW HERE
Today I am doing a post on my favourite re-reads. Books I can just re-read over and over again and still be in love with them. Whenever I get into a book slump I usually go to these books to help me get out of it and plus, I just love reading these books.
How much is your life worth? In the territory of Ixia the government maintains control through the Code of Behaviour, forbidding the practice of magic, but danger lurks in mysterious places...Imprisoned for murder Yelena Zaltana's punishment is death, until she is reprieved - for a price. As the Commander of Ixia's food taster she will risk assassination from poison daily, a position she would be a fool to refuse...In a world where magic equals death and freedom is for the lucky few, survival is all Yelena has and the battle for her life has just begun. BUY HERE!
Poison Study is my all time favourite book! I read this when I was about 15 and I always have to re-read it over and over again. Especially since she brought out some more books in the series and I just love the world and the characters and is definitely my favourite book of all time.
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words ...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ... BUY HERE!
This book is one I adore so much. When I first read it I felt like I was reading about myself when I was 17/18. It's just a fun filled story about relationships, friendships, family and fanfiction and it's just the best!
Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store - for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? BUY HERE!
This is one book I have read recently and just instantly fell in love. I have re-read it a few times after the first time and it's still just as brilliant and beautiful as the first time. It's an amazing diverse book that just gave me all the feels and I just love Nicola's writing.
A dark enchantment blights the land in the award-winning Uprooted - a enthralling, mythic fantasy by Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire series. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all they value behind. Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes. BUY HERE!
This book is one that I read last year and I was just instantly transported to that world. I was happy that it was just a standalone as it ended perfectly but I just want more and more from this series but it's just brilliant and amazing and if you haven't read it yet then you should as it will just take you on this journey through this fantasy land and you'll never want to leave.
Today in the post I received some wonderful goodies from the lovely people over at My Kinda Book. They are having a #MKBParty over on Twitter! People who signed up got some boxes full of goodies to host a MKB party and some bloggers, like me, got some wonderful gifts this morning to do with it. The idea behind MKB party is to just have fun with your friends, whether they're with you or online and to read some of the wonderful books MKB have published!
I went online to see what books people had picked and I chose 3 of those.
Beautiful, Broken, Things by Sara Barnard - A book I have read early this year and adored! Sara has a new book coming out next year so it was great to give her first book a re-read and it was just as fantastic as the first time I read it. Sara is a fantastic writer and if you haven't read this book yet you definitely need too!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This is one of my all time favourite books. I read this last year and instantly fell in love with it. I have re-read it a few times and re-reading it again was just as wonderful as the first time. I just love Cath and Levi and I fangirl a lot over this book.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge - I was excited to pick this book as I hadn't read it yet and MKBParty has given me the chance to finally pick it up. It was just as good as everyone had said I will have a review up for it pretty soon, once I can get all my thoughts back together at that wonderful book! -buy the illustrated copy here-
Now to show you the goodies I got!
First was this cute little notebook. It's bright yellow and has significant life events on the front of it. I just love it so much because it's so bright and I am definitely going to write down my life events in it.
Next where two pink pencils with mykindabook on them and an awesome bookmark and I just love these little touches and I don't want to use them and ruin them but I know they will come in hand!!
Next had to be my favourite thing from this parcel and it's this Fangirl travel mug! I was so excited to see this in the package and I can't wait to start using it! The quote is, "Did you just stop by to say hi?" "No, I came for coffee" and I loooooove it.
Last was a candle! It was inspired by The Lie Tree and it smells like vanilla and I don't want to burn it but it just smells and looks so good!
So thank you again to MKB for these goodies and I can't wait to carry on with reading some more tomorrow. If you haven't checked out the #MKBParty hashtag on twitter you really need too! Loads of fun is happening and quite a few giveaways are going on if you want to win yourself some of these wonderful goodies.