Monday, 11 September 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY BY EVA WOODS | BLOG TOUR



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Publication Date: September 5, 2017



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With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.

“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still some joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

"Simply irresistible!" -Library Journal 

“A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Rating - 4/5

Review:


Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.

Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-five years old thinks nothing can lift her spirits and Polly is the last person she needs right now, but soon Annie is challenged by Polly to take part in the 100 Happy Days Project with her and Polly shows her how to take joy from simple things. How doing small things for yourself can be positive.

On the other hand, Polly has a life threatening disease, but nothing stops Polly from being full of life, funny and happy. And in a way, Polly teaches Annie to live a little too. Both characters couldn't be more different and both of them suffer from different ways but still, their friendship works and they're powerful together. It could have been a depressing story as the plot goes but it wasn't. It was humorous despite the heavy emotions. It was an amazing emotional roller coaster ride filled with magnificent joyful moments. I loved getting to read about the other characters as well. The character development of these two is so well written, it's visible as you read further.

Annie and Polly are both interesting characters but I am guessing Polly is going to be favourite of many like me. This story shows how you can be at solace from small and simple things in life. It was a different kind of read for me, it was an amazing story and very uplifting.

 *An ebook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY / CAN'T WAIT WEDNESDAY #43 ~ SUGAR PINE TRAIL (HAVEN POINT, #7) BY RAEANNE THAYNE


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books that we are excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they are books that are yet to be released as well. It's based on "Waiting On" Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

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Title: Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point #71)
(Click on the title to know more about it on Goodreads.)
 Author:  RaeAnne Thayne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Christmas
Publication Date:  September 26th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever.

I'm waiting because...


I got this book and the previous book in the series called Serenity Harbor for review and I loved reading Serenity Harbor and now I'm so excited to start reading about the couple I expected to get a book, so can't wait!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

STACKING THE SHELVES #9



Stacking The Shelves is hosted by  Tynga's Reviews and it's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hello Everyone!

After a long break, I am back! to properly back to blogging. So I thought I'll start with my haul this week.

(Click on the links to go to the Goodreads pages of the mentioned books)


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This just released days ago. I like her books, they're fun and light, so looking forward to this one.


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I like her books as well. They're good romance books, so looking forward to this one as well.



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I got them last month but I just finished reading and I am at the moment speechless because I have too many things on my mind that I want to type. So full reviews soon to come, until then check them out on Goodreads, I highly recommend them!

*Ebooks I received for reviews*



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I read the book 6 for review and loved so have high hopes for this one!



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This will be my first book by this author so I am quite excited to read this 'cause so far its sounding good.


These are the new addition to my shelf this week. I would love to know about yours so comment your post links down below! 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ A CHRISTMAS WISH BY ERIN GREEN | BLOG TOUR






Buy links:

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2r8FJee
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2q8mymL



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Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.


Review:

Rating - 4/5


I was hit by a tiny reading slump this week and that's why I am late reviewing this, but I'm so glad I read it because it got me out of my slump. This is my first book by this author and I see myself reading her books in the future.

Flora is our heroine, she, like it says in the blurb was abandoned on a doorstep. The story starts on a Christmas Eve night where Flora abandons her Christmas party on a whim and is on a path to go find answers, find her birth mother. Lately, she was feeling abandoned because her boyfriend cheated on her and she didn't feel like doing the whole thing celebrating the Christmas Eve drunk in a pub with strangers and all. So she heads to the small village called Pooley. And her first encounter in the town with people is not so comfortable as she almost goes to jail for accidentally assaulting a police officer. And she discovers she is already popular around in this part of the town. It was all fun to read. 

Joel is our hero. He is the police officer Flora accidentally "assaults". He too just went through a breakup recently. He seems to be so curious about Flora. I liked Annie and Mike who ran the pub and also own the inn where Flora is staying at. Annie was my favourite character. She helps Flora solve her mystery. We get a lot of POVs so that was great to see everyone's perspective as everyone has some sort of secret.

Ms. Green created a nice world. It was amazing to read about a village full of people being so close. Everyone has their own secrets and it was mesmerising to see them all unfold. I wanted all the gossip and making me sit on the edge of my seat at times. I liked the ending too. I liked reading about the England version of a small town, I hadn't read any book set in a small village of England before. I felt like I was in the village and part of their community so the writing was exquisite. It was a great mystery romance novel. I wholeheartedly enjoyed it.

*An ebook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~




Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.


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Friday, 18 August 2017

WRAP-UP | SUMMER TBR WIPEOUT 2017

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I had so much fun participating in this readathon! Thanks to Olivia, I was motivated to read quite a few books this summer(post summer for me).

Here's my wrap up:

1. Kiss of Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
2. Serenity Harbor (Haven Point, #6) by RaeAnne Thayne
3. Again the Magic(Wallflowers, 0.5) by Lisa Kleypas
4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
5. When its Real by Erin Watt
6. The Duality of Nature (The Monster of Selkirk, #1) by C.E. Clayton
7. Too Close to Call (Romancing the Clarkson, #3.5) by Tessa Bailey
8. Rainbows Ever After (Rainbows#1.5) by J.J. McAvoy
9. Tremarnock Summer (Tremarnock Series, #3) by Emma Burstall
10. Amour Amour (Aerial Ethereal, #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
11. Infini (Aerial Ethereal, #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
12. The Dark Isle by Clare Carson
13. Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1) by Jill Shalvis
14. Crazy Stupid Love by Cassie Rocco
15. It Was Always You by Georgie Capron
16. Royally Raised (Royally, #2.5) by Emma Chase
17. Royally Endowed (Royally, #3) by Emma Chase

Here are the covers of some my favourites from the list above.

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I read 17 books in total! I am so happy to see that! This readathon has definitely helped me boost my reading speed. You can check out my list on goodreads here. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ IT WAS ALWAYS YOU BY GEORGIE CAPRON | BLOG TOUR






Buy links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qEVkWA
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2s0HDkH
iBooks: http://apple.co/2rLYDLP
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qNl2mO

Georgie’s previous now, JUST THE TWO OF US is out now:

iBooks: http://apple.co/2hDoT2W
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2jRQkas



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Libby has been drifting through life for too long and, now in her early 30's, it's time to grow up. She decides to have one last summer of fun before buckling down, so heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy.
There, despite all her good intentions, she can't help but fall a little in love with the very handsome, but rather naughty, Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.
Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her eyes all this time?
And, when it comes to affairs of the heart, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?


Review:

Rating - 3.5/5


Libby is our main protagonist. She is in her thirties and wants to go on a proper vacation before settling down and becoming serious. She chooses to go to Italy. She goes to Positano and lives and works there. She meets this gorgeous male Luca, whom I didn't like from the beginning only despite his charming self. 

This story is more about what characters are going through and how they are dealing with various aspects of their lives and problems. I like the way everyone's life was described and the raw nature of it. I liked Libby and her journey. I also liked Angus a lot. He has such a big heart! 

The story is a bit complicated after Libby's vacation. I wanted to like it but I couldn't keep up and there were things that made me happy to read and some did not. I kept on reading to find out more about the company which some of the characters start together. I liked Libby because she didn't give up and she did what she wanted in the end. And liked Angus for supporting her.

You see a lot of other characters through Libby too. Like her sister Helen. I liked reading about her part too. Angus was a surprise and I really liked that. The ending was a bit too sudden. But nevertheless, I liked it and the epilogue too.

*An ebook copy was provided via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

Georgie Capron lives in South West London with her husband. She works as a primary school teacher, and writes during the holidays. She studied Italian and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and loves travelling, yoga and all sorts of arts and crafts. 

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ CRAZY STUPID LOVE BY CASSIE ROCCO | BLOG TOUR







Buy links:

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2tjXET3
iBooks: http://apple.co/2tnHsky
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2tWNBB9



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Are there written rules on how to find a soulmate? Or is it better to trust the hands of fate? A hilarious romance perfect for the fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

After enduring a string of dead-end relationships, Zoe Mathison has made a decision – to find a man who truly appreciates her. But this is turning out to be more complicated than she expected. Fed up of being surrounded by insufferably happy couples in love, her mission to find the perfect man starts to become an obsession.

Eric Morgan is pushed to his limits. Hopelessly in love with Zoe, who sees him as nothing more than a best friend to lean on, he can’t bear seeing his hopes of romance crushed every time the sculpted pecs of a younger man comes along. But when a new girl appears on the scene, he is determined to prove that he can push his infatuation aside and move on. But is it as easy as it seems?

In the romantic and bustling city of New York, will Zoe and Eric’s hilarious misadventures attract Cupid's arrow?


Review:

Rating - 3/5


Crazy Stupid Love is the second installment in Blame it on New York series. This is a story about Zoe and Eric.

Zoe Mathison has it all, but she never really had friends as she never clicked with the girls and guys just thought of as someone to flirt with. I didn't click with Zoe from the get go only but there is a certain sweetness to her. I guess I was irritated with her because she just couldn't see or didn't want to accept what was in front of her. Eric's love.

Eric is our hero. He is sweet and nerdy guy who is irreversibly in love with Zoe. Throughout the book he struggling with his emotions between love for her, feeling cowardly to express his love and frustration when she went out or flirted with other guys. What I didn't get is why he waited for 10 years to confess his love, when they were always together. Zoe never got a clue about his love in 10 whole years!!

I really liked their setting of the gift shop where all the characters work. I liked the friendship between the four characters, Zoe, Clover, Eric and Liberty. We also get to see Clover and Cade, I really liked them. I believe there's is the first book.  I also liked Clover as a person. If you're looking for a quick contemporary romance set in New York, you can check this series out.

*An ebook copy was provided via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*




~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~



 
Cassie Rocca is a writer of Sicilian origin who has lived in Genoa since the age of three. In everyday life she is a child-minder, a job which gives her plenty of ideas for her modern fairy tales.


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Friday, 11 August 2017

UPDATE POST #2 | SUMMER TBR WIPEOUT 2017

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This is Update #2 of the readathon so it will be the books I read till July 31st.


Two review copies, Tremarnock Summer and The Dark Isle. Both were good.
I have started reading Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie, which I am totally in love with, so I wanted to try reading their other books. So I read the two books which are released from this series called, Aerial Ethereal. I LOVED both the books, Amour Amour and Infini. They're both worth reading.
I also read a novella, Rainbows Ever After by J.J. McAvoy. It was nice catching up with Levi and Thea.

Next I have three review copies, the Royals books and Addicted series books to read. Final Update/Wrap-Up coming soon!

You can find my proper tbr on goodreads here. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

UPDATE POST #1 | SUMMER TBR WIPEOUT 2017

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I am late to post this but I thought better late than never!
So I was hosting a readathon on Instagram for a week so I am going to be talking about that week's reading and of the next week. I'll talk about this week's reading in the update #2.
I am enjoying this readathon a lot! I have done quite a bit of reading done! I read 7 books in total! 

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Two of them were review copies, Serenity Harbor(Loved it!) and The Monsters of Selkirk.
I LOVED Kiss the Sky, The Hating Game and When its Real. I might write a review for these three books. Any historical book Lisa Kleypas writes is a hit for me so no worries there. And Tessa Bailey's book was a novella and it was a great read too! I am loving my progress so far! What is your progress this summer? Would love to know!

You can find my proper tbr on goodreads here. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ THE DARK ISLE BY CLARE CARSON | BLOG TOUR



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Published: 1st June, 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Links: Amazon/Goodreads



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"A very well-written first novel... an original and absorbing read"LITERARY REVIEW (on Orkney Twilight).

"A meaty, beautifully written and original thriller" IRISH INDEPENDENT (on Orkney Twilight)                            
                                   
A haunting thriller set in the windswept marshes of Kentand Norfolk,
from the author of Orkney Twilight


Sam grew up in the shadow of the secret state. Her father was an undercover agent, full of tall stories about tradecraft and traitors. Then he died, killed in the line of duty. Now Sam has travelled to Hoy, in Orkney, to piece together the puzzle of his past.

What she finds is a tiny island of dramatic skies, swooping birds, rugged sea stacks and just four hundred people. An island remote enough to shelter someone who doesn’t want to be found. An island small enough to keep a secret...


Review:

Rating - 4/5


Let me begin this review by saying, I absolutely loved the writing, the concept of this book and the main character. This book takes place in the 70s and the 80s so it was really a fresh start for me as I haven't read books from that timeline. It just gave me these amazing nostalgic feels especially since it's a mystery and has spies in it!

This is the first book I read in this trilogy and in spite of it being the third installment I find that I quite enjoyed it. I certainly will be thinking about going back to book 1 and start from the beginning but the past story did help and it was like reading a standalone so there's no problem in relating to the story. There are two timelines, 1976(the past) in London and 1989(the present) in Orkney.

Sam Coyle is on a hunt to find out the truth and her emotional journey is quite mesmerizing to read. The grief is just heartbreaking but she is determined and moves ahead on her quest. I really liked this character and found myself cheering for her at times. 

Sam and Anna grew up together and are best friends and if I had one problem with the book, then it would be Anna, I didn't quite like her but it was alright. The other thing that I really liked was the information that was given in this book. Orkney is certainly a very interesting place and combine it with history! You can see the author has done her research. 

I really liked the ending because Sam seems content and starts to accept things, it's not the end as it kind of ends on a cliffhanger so looking forward to the next adventure!

*An ebook copy was provided via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*




~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~


ClareCarsonClare Carson is an anthropologist and works in international development, specialising in human rights. Her father was an undercover policeman in the 1970s.  She drew on her own experiences to create the character of Sam, a rebellious eighteen year old who is nevertheless determined to make her father proud.




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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

BOOK REVIEW ~ TREMARNOCK SUMMER BY EMMA BURSTALL | BLOG TOUR



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Published: May 17, 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Sources: Netgalley



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"Burstall is a great writer, and this is not your usual run-of-the-mill chick lit... I was gripped from the start." Daily Mail

"A heart-warming, 'feel-good' novel that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside." Book Bag

Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands. Bramble is dying for an adventure.


So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents...

Review:

Rating - 4/5

The Tremarnock Summer is the third installment in the Tremarnock series. Everything is beautiful in this book, right from the cover to the story to the writing.

It's the story of Bramble Challoner. She is happy with her life, parents, friends and a boyfriend, what more could she want? But it's not all enough. She needs something more. So when she inherits an estate she can taste the beginnings of changes and is ready for an adventure! 

She fights, overcomes every obstacle and not let anything lead her down. I was even cheering for her at times and I was so glad to see her succeed. We get to meet other Tremarnock residents. It was nice to read about them as well. Liz seems to be one of the main characters. She was quite lovely helping people around. I liked her. Since this is the third book and I only just read this one I felt like I missed on Liz's past story so would like to read the books in the future. But having said that, this book can be read as a standalone so that's good too.

This is a nice summer read about characters in a town situated by the sea making it a perfect beach read.


~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~


Emma Burstall was a newspaper journalist in Devon and Cornwall before becoming a full time author. Tremarnock, the first novel in her series set in a delightful Cornish village, was published in 2015 and became a top-10 bestseller.