What I’m Planning To Read This Christmas

I have not sat down and read a book in the longest time, I got Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them on release day and it’s still just sitting on my bookcase. In fact, I’ve had quite a few new books recently that I’m really excited to read but I just have not felt like reading, which has not been helped by the fact I’ve been incredibly busy these past two months. I had to make the very sad decision to lower my Goodreads Reading Goal once again, because there was simply no way I was going to manage to read 75 books by the end of December, considering that to this day I have only read 35.
But my Christmas break is right around the corner, and so help me God I will be reading, although my break is looking like it’s shaping up to be pretty busy too! This list is for myself as much as it is a sharing of what I’m going to read with all of my fellow bookworms. The way I see it, if I put it in a list, on the internet no less, then I am definitely more likely to get (at least some of) these books read! I would also absolutely love for you to share with me what you’re planning on reading this Christmas, I love nothing more than finding new books that people recommend and adding them to my wish list! So please share what you’re wanting to read, whether that be writing the books in a comment, or adding a link to your own post in the comments!



I want Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to be a book that I just sit down and read in as close to one sitting as possible. So although my copy arrived on publication day I’ve put off reading it until I’ll be able to blitz it. I’m excited to read and watch this, and see what I think of the American wizzarding world.



I’ve been anticipating this book for quite a while, and it’s been sat on my bookcase for too long. I am excited to read this book, but as I said, I’ve been really busy lately and not had much time to read at all. I’m looking forward to reading this book, hopefully with chocolate, next to the fire with my doggy curled up next to me.





 I have owned this book for an embarrassingly long time considering it has quite simply spent it’s time looking pretty on my shelf. I’ve heard amazing things about this and I want to read it, the amount of time I’ve had it suggests I need to read it!




Sometimes I just want a New Adult novel to enjoy, Smut is the book I’ll be picking up when I’m craving New Adult. I heard about this book on booktube and have since downloaded it on my Kindle, hopefully it’ll be a quicker read and will up my 2016 reading total!

That’s a list of the main books I’m hoping to read over Christmas. I hope to be reading these along with a few other books too! As I have already mentioned I would love to know what books you’re hoping to read this holiday period, so please let me know in the comments!

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Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend | Blog Tour | Review | Giveaway |

Title: Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend

Author: Kay Marie

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

4 Stars

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review, this does not effect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist – thank you, Ollie – but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confessions #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret – pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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I really enjoyed the first Confessions book, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, I was lucky enough to take part in that tour too and you can find my review of book one here! I’d definitely recommend picking up book one before diving into Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist, but it’s such a great book you won’t regret it!
In my review of Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist I made it pretty clear that I liked Skye, and hated that the book had ended! Book two gave me more Skye and her clumsy shenanigans, and I got a resolution to the way book one ended!
After reading both books I can happily say that I am a fan of Kay Marie’s writing style. She gets me hooked immediately and I end up devouring the book in less than a day. I found that Confessions #1 made me laugh out loud, and I am happy to report that Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend had the same effects! 
A character that I particularly enjoyed in this book was Blythe. In the first book she’s pretty nasty and determined to get rid of Skye, whether that be from wok or her brother’s personal life. I would say that Blythe undergoes that largest character growth over the two books, and she ended up being one my favourites! 
Kay Marie writes brilliant characters and they all just worked so well together, although Bridget can be loud and opinionated, at some points overly so, we also saw the calm and caring side to her. The only character I hands down did not like was John, but that was pretty much guaranteed!
I would highly recommend going out and picking up Kay Marie’s Confessions books if you haven’t already, they are incredibly enjoyable New Adult reads, and they aren’t overly smutty which is really refreshing!
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About The Author

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her for with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her – about her books, about scheduling an even, or just in general – you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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‘Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend’ by Kay Marie
4 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | May 2016

Four books isn’t particularly fantastic, but May has probably been my best reading month so far! I seem to be in a never ending reading slump, but I have broken up for summer and I will be spending lots of time reading! I have finished my third year of university, and come September I will be in my fourth and final year, which is pretty damn scary!

I managed to review a couple of these books, so click the image to read my review!

What I Read

All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack

Summer Days and Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Currently Reading

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart

I’ve had Falling Kingdoms sat on my Currently Reading Goodreads shelf for about a month, and I haven’t picked it up in quite a while, and it’s not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, because I really was! But more the fact that I was kind of scared for some of the characters, so to delay reading bad things just stopped. Tao about being a bad reader! I really was enjoying the book, though and with only around 100 pages I am going to finish it!

What did you read in the month of May?

All At Sea by Pepper Ellison | Book Blitz and Giveaway

Title: All At Sea

Author: Pepper Ellison

Release Date: July 15th, 2015

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I love me a good romance, and who can pass up one set in Hawaii with an Australian love interest? It’s ticking all the boxes! The story is told through text messages and emails, I loved Love, Rosie a whole lot, so I’d like to see Pepper Ellison’s take on the text/email situation.

Description from Goodreads:
When eighteen year-old American Amelia Beauchamp arrives in Honolulu for a three-month stay on her family’s yacht, the only thing on her mind is conquering her fear of water and hopefully – for once in her life – making a few friends. The last thing she expects is to fall for cocky surf instructor, Kody Murdock.

Twenty two year-oldKody has fled Australia. Cody’s not looking for love, he’s not looking for a hook-up, he just wants to surf. But when pale, awkward Amelia comes walking down the beach he can’t help but think she’s kind of adorable. The pair strike up a complicated friendship.

Can these two people from different worlds find a way to interact without strangling each other? And what, or whom, is Kody running from?

A surfer romance told through text messages and emails, All At Sea will appeal to fans of Meg Cabot’s The Boy Next Door and Alyson Noel’s Laguna Cove.

About The Author

Pepper Ellison was born in 1991 on a Royal Navy ice patrol ship stationed near Ross Island along the coast of Antarctica. Currently, she divides her time between Waipahu, Hawaii and Sydney, Australia. She has worked as a marine science research assistant, specialising in sea mammals, a brand ambassador for a craft beer company, and most recently, a Harley-Davidson joy-ride driver out of Kings Creek Station in Central Australia. She is a keen surfer and gymnast. All At Sea is her first novel.

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Will you be snapping up All At Sea? Let me know in the comments! 

Truth and Temptation by Riley Edgewood | Review

    Title: Truth and Temptation

    Author: Riley Edgewood

    Release Date: July 23rd, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:

She’s a liar. He knows the truth.

Reagan Walker gets around. Ask anyone – hell, ask her. She’ll own it with a smile. But beneath that smile is a girl whose parents didn’t want her. Whose grandparents raised her without affection. Whose struggle with a burning anger threatens to consume her, though she’d rather punch someone in the face than talk about it. With a new job looming, she’s determined to work her way into a better life. When she meets the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, she decides to kick it off with a bang. And she makes her move.

But he’s got moves of his own, and before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she wants to reveal – without removing a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He’s gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what’s the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again.

Except she does.

On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He’s the sone of her new CEO – and her boss for the summer – and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she’s ever told.
I wanted to like Truth and Temptation, I really did. The synopsis grabbed me immediately and I thought it would be love at first read. It was not. Sure, I liked it to begin with, Teagan’s fiery and gives as good as she gets, both qualities I like in characters. Problems didn’t really arise until Alec got a lot more involved in the plot. And it became anything but believable.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by that, well, Alec became cheese to the extreme. EXTREME ladies and gentlemen. Not just a few cringe worthy one liners, oh no. I’m talking full blown cringe that resulted in pages being skimmed and skipped. I’m not just talking cringey in the bedroom, but believe me there was plenty of that going on, I’m also talking just generally as a person.

I get what I want you know. Might as well say yes now.”

I’m sorry but arrogance overload! Yes, arrogance and cockiness can be attractive in a character, but only when it’s done right! In this case it was certainly not done right!

‘Careful,’ he says, against my mouth. ‘I only wanted a hint of sugar before dinner, but you keep this up, we won’t be eating tonight… Not food anyway. I can think of something else I’d like to eat.’

Creepy, or is it just me? There’s no way in hell that line would make me swoon, go weak in the knees as my heart flutters uncontrollably. In fact I’d probably try to stifle a laugh as I make a mental note to tell my sister later.

The two stars is not purely down to Alec alone. In my humble opinion Teagan lost a bit of her fiery pazazz. She started letting things slip that were (definitely) uncool and needed a whole lot more reproach. Don’t go ahead and do something when you’ve been specifically asked not to, that’s not how it works I’m afraid. At one point Teagan was all ‘you mess with me then you’re going to pay’, but then she became ‘I’m working on myself so I’m going to become more like a doormat than I have ever been in my entire life’. She still got angry occasionally and exploded, which was always entertaining, but the book became far too focussed on getting through the day without ripping Alec’s clothes off for my liking.

Truth and Temptation turned out to not be for me, while that saddens me as I expected and hoped for more, I’m just glad I’ve finally finished, because it took me a while!

Have you read Truth and Temptation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

‘Truth and Temptation’ by Riley Edgewood
2 Stars

Reaching Rose by J. P. Grider | Review

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Rose Duncan is dancing on Broadway. She’s spent hours a day for the last two decades to get there, and now she’s living the dream. She’s happy, she’s driven, and life couldn’t get any better. 

Ben Falco is a pitcher whose only goal is to make it to the Major Leagues. He keeps his grades up, he doesn’t party, and he stays away from committed relationships – they’ll only distract him. 

But when Ben meets Rose, she’s no dancer and she’s certainly not happy. In fact, she doesn’t seem to be happy at all. Yet something about her makes him want to know what’s turned her into this she’ll of a person, and if he can be the one o reach inside her mind and pull her out. 

Ben doesn’t want a relationship. Rose doesn’t want to get better. But once their hearts collide, it’s a whole new ballgame. 
Reaching Rose is a story about Rose and Ben, and a little about their friend Johnny Gleason – a genius who has plans of his own until they too slip from his grasp. This is a tale about love, loss, and guts, and the ability to play hardball when life throws you a curve. 

After getting hit by a delivery truck Rose has to face the fact that her leg has been amputated, which to her means she’ll never dance again. Rose can’t handle this news, she shuts down and doesn’t talk, an understandable reaction to such life altering news. She’s burying herself in denial, trying to escape the truth of her present situation, and by doing so she’s missing out on living her new life to the fullest. 
Now, I’m not going to go and criticise the way Rose dealt with finding out about her leg amputation. I can only imagine how life changing having a limb amputated would be, and I completely understand why Rose dealt with it by shutting down. Sure, there were probably better ways to react, but the girl woke up with a huge scar and no leg beyond the knee. If you ask me, that’s pretty huge.
I loved that we got to meet Holly and Mick again, it took me a while to realise that they were in the same series, but once I caught on I appreciated that detail. I like when a series follows different sets of characters because there’s nothing worse than an author screwing a perfectly good relationship in the second book! That’s definitely not been done in the Hunter Hill series, and I’d happily read about other characters in another book. 
As I was reading Reaching Rose at no point did I feel that I was reading a piece of fiction. By that I mean that it was believable, it didn’t feel I was reading a story created by J. P. Grider for our enjoyment and reading pleasure. I liked how believable and realistic Reaching Rose was, and I’d definitely read more of J. P. Grider’s work. 
‘Reaching Rose’ by J. P. Grider
4 Stars

The List by Kate L. Mary | Review

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:

The List. Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty…

Body piercing
Get drunk
First Kiss

But thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items…

Fake ID
Skinny dipping
Road trip!!!

Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.

But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan…

Lose it
Get heart broken
Fall in love

The books I’ve been reading recently have all been following a similar theme, a girl in her late teens-early twenties starts college with absolutely no life experience, and especially no experience with boys. So, you know, basically my life.
In The List Annie hasn’t got a lack of experience due to her own lack of self confidence or unwillingness to go out and date. Oh no. Annie was sheltered by her father and four older brothers. And we’re not talking scaring off boys and making it impossible for her to get a date, we’re more along the lines of she can’t leave the house unless chaperoned by one of the five males in her family. Sounds crazy, but her dad thinks he has a good reason. 
Annie is understandably fed up with how controlling and strict her life at home is, comparing it to a prison. So she moves away for college to break free from her father’s cage. As soon as I started reading I knew I liked her, she blunders and trips and gets tongue tied around a cute boy. I know the feeling. I think we all do.

Annie lands a lovely roommate, eager to help her break free of her father’s constricting mould they make a list. A list of twenty things Annie wants to do before she turns twenty. I liked the idea of creating a list, especially as it had things like getting your ears pierced and go skinny dipping, fun things that weren’t huge decisions. Cami, Annie’s roommate is lovely, she’s so sweet and the perfect companion as Annie starts changing her life. Not to mention the fact that she also has a gorgeous cousin, Ryan.

Annie quickly finds herself in a love triangle (did you all just shudder with me?), she has Chris the cute guy she met on her first day who is really into her, and Ryan his best friend and determined to follow some stupid ‘guy code’. Ugh. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Ryan really, really likes Annie, there are sparks and chemistry and raw attraction. They both want each other SO badly, so I just don’t get why Ryan kept putting it off! That was my one major peeve with the book, that Ryan said Chris had some sort of ‘claim’ because he’d met Annie first, and that Annie actually followed that and started dating Chris EVEN THOUGH SHE LIKED RYAN MORE! And she did this once or twice, it got to the point I was nearly throwing my Kindle away in frustration. Annie and Ryan fit together perfectly, and clearly were meant to be together, so I don’t understand why Ryan kept delaying the inevitable.

Don’t let the love triangle situation put you off the book though, the relationship between Annie, her brothers and her father was really interesting. Annie doesn’t have a mother, she died when Annie was a baby and it takes a considerable amount of the time before we find out just what happened. We do know however, that whatever happened left Annie’s dad extremely emotionally scarred and unable to deal with the pain. I really felt that Kate L. Mary built the relationship between Annie and her father very well, I cared about Annie and I wanted to know why everything was happening, I also wanted her family to stop being so unfair.

Aside from the irritating Annie/Ryan/Chris situation I really enjoyed The List, it was extremely well written and I’ll be looking out for more of Kate L. Mary’s work.

Are you planning on reading The List? Let me know in the comments!

‘The List’ by Kate L. Mary
4 Stars