The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Review

Title: The Unexpected Everything

 

Author: Morgan Matson

 

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
 
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). 
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby – pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who need’s anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.
 
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
 
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the sam house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all – working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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Live Me by Celeste Grande | Review

Title: Live Me

 

Author: Celeste Grande

 

Release Date: October 27th, 2015

 

Rating: 1 Star

 

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:
Broken…
 
Shattered…
 
How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to… die?
 
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
 
Run.
 
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem – she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless facade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by… him.
 
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before – only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
 
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realise life is worth living?

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One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij | Review

Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: June 26th, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
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:

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down – like her mother – or open up to love. 

Last year, seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive. 

But a car crash changed all that – and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career. 

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. 

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself. 

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him – and destroys herself?

I absolutely adored this book. I have a serious soft spot for ballet, I am in no way a dancer, but a girl can dream. One of my favourite all time films is Center Stage, a ballet film following the lives of students at the ABA, and it got a mention in this book!! There’s no point trying to hide it, I had a full blown fangirl moment to my mum and sister when I got to that page! Now of course the ballet element to this novel is not the reason that I gave it 5 stars; sure it totally added to my enjoyment, but the book was just something else!
Natalya has a whole lot to deal with at only seventeen years-old, her father died in a car crash with her in, her mother turned to alcohol, her uncle has cut communication with her, and she has a serious injury that could call an end to all of her plans as a prima ballerina.

It’s safe to say that Natalya struggles with everything that she is going through, and quite rightly too. Not only is her life changing around her, her outlet has been taken away from her. Natalya has to go to normal school and negotiate this totally new life, she reconnects with an old friend, and makes some new ones along the way. I loved the fact that Natalya endured some real struggles through this book, she one hundred per cent went through her fair share of ups and a lot of downs, but I think going through all of that with her only made me feel for her more.

I felt really connected and invested in Natalya and her story. I loved this book and highly recommend!

‘One, Two, Three’ by Elodie Nowodazkij
5 Stars

Dream Book Conference Panel | Author Edition

There aren’t many book conferences that take place where I live, however if I were to create my own book conference I would use Eventbrite!  Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Eventbrite are currently working on a project right now, and have encouraged me to share my dream panel for a book conference!
I thought the project sounded really interesting so here is my post!

My Dream Author Panel

J. K. Rowling

Sarah J. Maas

Marie Rutkoski

I would love to get these three authors together to talk about fantasy in Young Adult fiction. I think it would be super interesting to get their takes on world building and character description/development in the fantasy genre, because let’s face it, they’re all pretty incredible at it. I’d also love to get them talking about kickass female characters, the likes of Hermione, Aelin, Kestrel, Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall, whether they’re the main heroine or play a minor role in the narrative. 
They’re the three authors I’d love to get together to talk fantasy, I’d love to know who you would pick! I really enjoyed writing this post, so if you’d like me to do a character based post then I would be more than happy to do so!

My Christmas Book Wishlist | Wishlist Wednesday


I, like many other booklovers, have more than one book on my Christmas wish list. Of course I also have quite a few items that I would love Santa to bring me that aren’t books at all, but I do have a list of books that I would really love for Christmas this year. The books that have made it onto this list are books that I wouldn’t particularly buy for myself for one reason or another, but do really want. I in no way expect all of these books for Christmas, it’s simply a list of books that I have never got around to buying for myself,  although I may end up gifting myself a book or two!

The first book is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I got Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas last year so I’d love to continue on the tradition and add the second illustrated book to my collection!



Next up I would love one of the Penguin Classic editions of Jane Austen’s books. I’ve mentioned these editions more than once before, but they’re beautiful and not the kind of thing that I would buy for myself! So one of them would be the perfect Christmas treat, and as Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite books, I’d have to say that’s the one that I’d love to have a spot on my bookcase.



This book is a little on the pricey for Amazon side of things, which is honestly the big reason that I’ve put off buying it for myself. Again I’ve spoke about this book before and really love the sound of it, but over a tenner for a book? I don’t think I could justify spending that on a book for myself!



This books sounds so cool! My sister has a slight love for Russia due to her history course, and from being constantly told about it, when I saw that The Crown’s Game is set in Tsarist Russia I knew it had to be. As with Blackmoore I feel that this book is slightly pricey at just over £12 on Amazon, so again I’m not able to fully justify buying it for myself.
If you have any recommendations for books you think I should invest in then please let me know in the comments!

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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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How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You | Blog Tour | Review

Title: How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You

Author: Tara Eglington

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Rating: 3 Stars

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:
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed – and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counselling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom. But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around toes her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else… and that’s what makes him so intriguing.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day is she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

Aurora’s clever manœuvres keep her away from kisses, but they can’t seem to bring her any closer to her secret admirer – a potential prince. A humorous take on the trials and tribulations of crushes, secret admirers, and first loves, How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You will keep you laughing up until the page.

This title totally intrigued me, because usually in YA books the aim is to get a boy kissing you, not to stop it from happening.
The first thing that hit me when I started reading How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You was that it definitely has an immature tone. The girls are not the most mature group of friends in the world, and Aurora has a serious drama queen, over the top thing going on, and to be honest it did get on my nerves a bit. After just going with it and reading through the annoying, I got over it, but there were still times when the annoying picked up again.
Despite the two new boys who arrived on the scene, it took literally minutes of reading for me to figure out that Aurora and Hayden were clearly going to be romantically linked. It was also pretty clear that Hayden liked Aurora, and Aurora’s deep and OTT hatred for Hayden was just bizarre! 
Despite the immaturity and other issues I had with the book, I did still enjoy reading it. It’s not something I think I’ll feel the need to read again, but I did enjoy it while I was reading. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for YA set in high school with a bit of Shakespeare action, and of course the romance!

About The Author

Tara Ellington grew up in Byron Bay, Australia. Her hobbies when she’s not writing include watching endless cat videos on YouTube, planning pretend holidays to the Maldives, and day-dreaming about who would play Hayden Paris in a film adaptation of How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You. The novel’s sequel will be published in 2017.
‘How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You’ by Tara Eglington
3 Stars