Monthly Wrap Up | April 2015

Firstly, huge apologies for how late this post is, it’s now May 6th and that’s late for monthly wrap up even for me. April was the month of the Easter holiday, so naturally assignments were forgotten and reading took centre stage, until the guilt started to really eat away at me that is. As always, click the picture to read my review, but unfortunately some of the books have not yet got reviews. But don’t worry, they’ll be going up soon!

What I’ve Read

Mending Michael by J. P. Grider
The Princess Problem by Diane Darcy
All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Boomerang by Noelle August
The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend by Nadia Lee

Currently Reading

The List by Kate L. Mary
Cursed By Fire by Danielle Annett

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

You know what? I decided to not include Girl Online in this month’s post, sure it’s still got my bookmark in but I’m not actually reading it at the moment so it doesn’t deserve a place under that banner. Now, all of the other books I am reading and I am really enjoying!
Slightly random favourite for the month of April, Five Guys. The burger was fantastic, the fries were fantastic. And, more importantly GRAPE FANTA!! I’m going to leave you with that little gem!
What books did you read in April? Let me know what you’re food favourite of the month was!
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First Impression Friday | The Jewel by Amy Ewing

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Huge apologies for the lack of a First Impression Friday post last week, as I mentioned briefly in the Cursed By Fire blog tour last week was crazy. Friday was the deadline for a particularly difficult and confusing assignment, so the latter half of the week was spent concentrating on that. I’m in the post assignment chill, which will hopefully last a while as my next and final assignment of the year isn’t due until the end of May. Safe to say everyone is loving this turn of events. 
Anyway, back to the book. The Jewel, you’re probably wondering how I managed to do any reading with all that going on. Well, The Jewel was originally scheduled to be last week’s featured First Impression Friday book so I actually started this book during the Easter break. 
I love YA dystopian books, I genuinely adore them, like I might have a problem. So The Jewel was a no brainer.
I’m really enjoying The Jewel, it’s a take on the dystopian genre that I haven’t seen before. Violet is a surrogate so she’s been sold to a rich and powerful woman who’s baby she will carry. Being forced to carry another woman’s child is not something I would want to endure, and it’s not something Violet wants either. As in she’s genuinely terrified. This makes her even more appealing, got to love a girl who goes against the system!
Know what I really like about The Jewel? So far there is no love interest for Violet, I’m pretty certain someone will emerge later on in the book, but for now there’s no one. I really like that Amy Ewing’s given Violet the chance to develop as a character without a boy hanging around.
The woman Violet’s been sold to seems a little cuckoo, it will be interesting to see how she gets out of her control.
So far, so good. I’m really glad I picked up The Jewel in Waterstones, I’m really enjoying reading an actual book for a change!
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I probably have a lot more than ten books I meant to read in 2014 but didn’t, when I reached ten I stopped looking to avoid the book sadness and disappointment. Here’s my list in no particular order of books I really wanted to read in 2014, but I just didn’t get the chance.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
This book is sitting on my bookshelf as I type, I bought it with good intentions of reading it immediately, sadly it wasn’t to be. I really want to read this, and I’m looking forward to (finally) starting it. I’m on placement for two months now, so finding time to read in the week is really hard, seems like it’s going to be sitting on bookshelf for a while longer.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I was pulled in by the rave reviews I’ve seen throughout the blogging world, and I liked the description, so why didn’t I read it? Honestly, I just never got round to buying it, but it’s on the list!

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Trial By Fire is the new take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play I love and know far too well. As soon as I saw this in Waterstone’s I knew I had to read it, now I just need to sit down and start!

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
This is another fantasy book that I wanted to read in 2014 but just didn’t get around to, fantasy as a genre is really starting to sneak into my heart.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Falling Into Place certainly doesn’t sound like a light-hearted read, it seems more like it fits in the full-on heart breaking category. It’s the only book on this list that seems like it will be hard hitting, but that’s all part of the appeal.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This book sounds super intriguing and incredible! I want to but it immediately because I need this book in my life!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely adored Fangirl, so it was only natural to add Landline to my TBR list as soon as I saw it, unfortunately I just never got round to reading it, or even purchasing it for that matter!

Magnolia by Kristi Cook
I read a review of this book a while back and it’s been sitting on my TBR pile ever since. It sounds like my kind of book, funny, set in the South and with romance thrown in, what could a girl ask for? I hope 2015 will be the year I read it!

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
I loved the Gallagher Girls books and what I’ve read of the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, so when I saw that this book is in that genre I added it to my TBR pile immediately! I’m looking forward to reading this one in 2015!

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
This fantasy novel really appealed to me, not as much as some of the others on the list if I’m completely honest, but that being said I still want to read it.

I’m genuinely gutted that I didn’t end up reading any of these books in 2014, I still really want to read them all. Let’s hope 2015 will be our year! Which 2014 releases were you meaning to read? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Books To Cuddle Up With At Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m lucky enough to have already be in my third week of the holidays. There’s nothing better at Christmas time than to cuddle up by the fire with a tin of Quality Street and a good book. Here’s my list of books that I think are perfect during the Christmas period.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
I read Flat-Out Love when I first got my Kindle and loved it. It’s a really sweet YA romance with a twist, perfect for this time of year.
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Once upon a time I had a slight obsession with books about Princesses and royalty, and Suddenly Royal was by the far the best of the bunch. What could be better at Christmas than an ordinary girl falling in love with a Prince?
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Shopaholic series is one of my favourite chick-flick series, without fail they all make me laugh out loud, and I think they’re perfect feel good books for Christmas.
Just For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
Just For Christmas is a lovely Christmas novel (the only full-on Christmas book in the list), that I really enjoyed. It’s the perfect amount of romance, Christmas-ness and laugh-out-loud situations. Link to my review.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know, I know, I talk about Pride and Prejudice A LOT, but it’s just SO GOOD! It’s the perfect book to read and make you swoon. I love this book at any time of the year, but especially sat next to the fire with some chocolate!
The Selection by Kiera Kass
I love The Selection trilogy, it encompasses two of my loves, the dystopian genre and princesses. Do I need to say any more? With the new one coming out next year I highly recommend you read these books!
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
I haven’t read this book, but as I write this it’s sat on my bookshelf staring at me. The Jewel is a book that I’m planning to read over the holiday, and to quote my sister, “it looks Christmassy!”
So they’re my books to cuddle up with at Christmas! They’re not all Christmas novels, but I think that the fun and feel-good books are perfect for this time of year! What books are you planning on reading over Christmas? Let me know! As always I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!