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Cross Her Heart | Review

Title: Cross Her Heart

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Sep 18 – 27 Sep 18

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

Description:

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Harper Collins and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Cross Her Heart | Review”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Hello there, bonjour, hola, welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. I have been ‘travelling’ (eating) my way around the world showcase today and thinking about backlist titles I really want to read. I wasn’t even sure what a backlist title technically was, thankfully my friend works in publishing and filled me in. Turns out most of the books I want to read at the moment are backlist so it didn’t help filter them down too much, but I think I’ve managed to get it down to ten titles.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read”

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The Alchemist | Review

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paolo Coelho

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 23 Apr 18 – 13 May 18

Publication date: 01 May 1993 in English (orig. 1998)

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Classic, Philosophy

Description:

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. Continue reading “The Alchemist | Review”

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October: It’s a Wrap

Ahoy there mateys! It is I back to fight and read another day with a summary of October’s (less than stellar) reading performance. Now,m straight up I am going to say that I haven’t read that much. I am happy with what I read, but Florida is a big holiday both packing and preparing before, and then when you’re there. I bought some books with me to read and they haven’t been touched once they were removed from my bag, so the list is a lot shorter than it should be and is only as long as it is due to Charms Extra Credit Readathon being held this month. I have cracked another couple off the Book Riot Read harder challenge list this month too which has been nice as they’re getting harder now we’re through to the end of the year.

I’m actually in a bit of a book reading slump. You’ll see I’ve read a few things this month so you’re probably thinking that a slump isn’t the right thing to call it, but what I actually mean is reading physical books. You see all the reads this month are either graphic novels/comics, or audiobooks. I don’t know why it is but they’re the only thing appealing to me at the moment. I am really struggling to pick up an actual book and read it. Hopefully that will chance, and soon.

Continue reading “October: It’s a Wrap”

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T5W: Favourite Cosplay

Hello princes and princesses, I’m currently in Disney World having a magical time! It’s a bit hot too dress up here but that’s not stopping the hoards of Halloween obsessives from dressing up in any manner of weird and wonderful costumes. Speaking of, this week’s topic is a pretty cool Halloween but not actually Halloween topic, it’s all about dressing up and Cosplay. I’ve never really taken part in any Cosplay etc. if I am being honest, but, I love admiring the incredible outfits that people come up with and so with that in mind, check out my list of 5 favourite Cosplay ideas.

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: Favourite Cosplay”

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Shadowblack | Review

Title: Shadowblack

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 22 Aug 18 – 20 Sep 18

Publication date: 27 Oct 17

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy

Description:

SORCERY IS A SCAM . . .

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Hot Key Books and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Shadowblack | Review”

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Book Box Club | Unboxing August 2018

Hello, hello, and welcome to Liz unboxes things, even if it is a little later than she was planning on doing it. I really am a little behind with unboxings and that has irritated me for the past couple of weeks, so, expect quite a few over the next few weeks because I have some amazing things to unbox for you. I really need to show these incredible boxes a little more blog love because it takes me so long to unbox them on here and that is completely unfair to the hard work that went into creating them. I missed out on the July crate because I wasn’t sure the witchcraft theme was something I was interested in, but I’m back!

Book Box Club is a secret society YA subscription box that is sent monthly and features a specially selected, hot-off-the-press YA book release selected by the ladies in the know and owners Libby and Kate. The box features 4-6 specially curated bookish items, is wrapped beautifully and delivered reliably on time, and features an exclusive ‘Clubhouse’ invite to chat with the author whose book features in the box.

Theme: Tech Tribes


Jinxed Amy McCulloch

Description: At an elite tech academy only the highest achieving students, with the most sophisticated robotic companions are welcome. So when awesome engineer Lacey Chu missed out on a place at her dream school she’s devastated. And then she discovers Jinx: a high-spec, high-maintenance robot cat Baku and her dreams seem possible once again (if only she can only keep Jinx under control)!

I’d never actually heard of this book prior to receiving it in this box, but after looking into it, I’m surprised it hasn’t crossed my radar. I don’t usually read many contemporary novels based on tech and STEM, but the robotic and animalistic elements really appeal, and I’m excited to pick this up.

This book came with a Clubhouse invite, as all Book Box Club boxes do, personally addressed to me that had an invititation to join an exclusive chat with the author Amy McCulloch.


Robot Socks

I think anyone that knows me knows how much I love socks, so these beauties were ripped open and in my feet the day after they arrived. They’re soft and adorable and bright and I love them.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Joe Cool’s Facebook Page.

Lunar Chronicles Coaster

I don’t know much about this series, but this quote is absolutely awesome and the perfect thing to have on your table.

This is a Book Box exclusive commissioned by the gals themselves.

Ada Lovelace Sticker

Nothing like a motivational lady to have stuck on notebook is there!! Love this.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Victorian Store on Red Bubble.

Jinx Necklace

This is one of my favourite things in the box, is clearly cleverly ties into the book and is so cute and delicate. I love origami necklaces and this is adorable.

It’s also a Book Box exclusive commissioned by the gals themselves, aren’t we lucky!

BB8 Magnetic Bookmark

I love Star Wars, and like everyone else was completely taken in by BB8. He’s the most adorable companion in the film, and will make an adorable reading companion on a bookmark too.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Rachel Norline Art on Etsy!


Invent The Future Mug

This bright and colourful mug is perfect to sit on a desk. I love using mugs as penpots (I think they look better than actual pots made for the purpose, don’t @ me) and think this is going to be perfect for just that!

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Alicia Jo’s Instagram.

Bookish Goodies

This month, Usborne Publishing, Hacette Children’s, and Simon & Schuster have added in some extra bookish goodies into the mix. There are two amazing bookmarks, one which matches the box’s book perfectly, some samplers for future titles, and a poster. The bookmarks especially are top draw, I’m gaining quite the collection now which is coming in handy for the multiple books I seem to be attempting at once at the moment.


The item(s) of the month for this month’s box are:

Jinx Necklace and Robot Socks

Coming soon: September’s Book Box Club unboxing! The theme is Into the Wild!