WWW Wednesday: 19th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently ReadingThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

I started reading This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab yesterday and while I’m only around 15% in I am absolutely loving it. This is one of those books I’ve had lurking on my Kindle forever (ok probably around a year) so it’s good to be finally starting it, although I had reached the stage where I was a little bit scared to read it in case it didn’t live up to expectations. It’s Schwab though so I’m sure I’ll be fine (and pretty much all I’ve heard has been good).


Recently Finished

Daughter of the Burning City

Three books finished this week, the first of which was Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the Summer so I was very lucky to receive an ARC from NetGalley. It’s a murder mystery set in a magical carnival. It’s quite dark which I loved and the author has truly created a wonderful world with some very diverse characters. There are however some pacing issues and I did feel like maybe there was too much crammed in but I did enjoy it. You can read my full review here.

Big Sexy LoveI wandered off my reading plan with my second book this week. I’ve been a big fan of Kirsty Greenwood for a while so when I saw she had a new book out, Big Sexy Love I couldn’t resist. I was also in the mood for a rom com as I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy, horror and thrillers recently and this was perfect. It was just so funny, sweet and heartbreaking. I laughed a lot, I ugly cried and it just made me feel so good. Greenwood is a seriously under-rated author and I’d definitely recommend all rom com fans read this (and all of her other books). Reminded me a bit of Sophie Kinsella’s best works (Shopaholic, Got Your Number).

The Marriage Pact

The third and final book finished was The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. I started it on Sunday morning and found it very difficult to put down. It’s about a newly married couple who are offered the chance to join an exclusive and mysterious group known as the pact. The goal of the pact is to keep marriages happy and intact and all members are required to follow a set of rules. A lot of the rules seem sensible but the penalties for even relatively minor infringements are fairly severe.

I found this a totally addictive read. It’s all told from the point of view of the husband and his voice is instantly likable which definitely helps. The tension really builds throughout and I did find myself reading it at 3am one morning. Hopefully my review will be up later this week.


Reading Next

Next up I think I’ll continue with Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology with Our Dark Duet. If I manage to read it before coming across any spoilers it will be a miracle. Honestly I wandered onto a GoodReads thread “Chat to Victoria Schwab” and it was littered with spoilers (why do people do this???). Anyway I also got my hands on There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins and Artemis by Andy Weir last week so despite having a whole reading plan I may pick one of them up.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)There's Someone Inside Your HouseArtemis

Have you read any of the books on my list this week? Any others you’d recommend? As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 18th July 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from the absolutely brilliant Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood. I love Kirsty Greenwood and despite a title you probably don’t want to type into Google, this is an incredibly sweet and funny rom com about a scaredy cat who travels to New York on her own at the request of a dying friend. Honestly I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at a book and there were more than a few tears too. I can’t recommend this book enough.


My Teaser

I did used to be a lot braver when I was younger. I was the girl who, at the park, ran up the slide rather than slide down it. Badass.

~ Pg 8 Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood


BlurbBig Sexy Love

Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn’t do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.

Except … Olive’s best friend in the world​, Birdie, is dying.

Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she’s stuck in the hospital she needs Olive’s help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.

As if the big city isn’t scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn’t seem to want to be found.

Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish? It’s going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen …

WWW Wednesday: 12th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently ReadingDaughter of the Burning City

I started reading Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody late on Monday night but I’ve been trying to catch up on a lot of other stuff so only really made it to chapter 3 despite loving what I’ve read so far. It’s a YA fantasy about a girl who works in a travelling circus/city as an illusion worker. She can create illusions that others can see, feel and touch and uses this ability to create something of a family for herself, and then one of her family is murdered.

It is early days but the writing so far has been brilliant and it’s a lot darker than I was expecting.  


Recently Finished

Close Enough to Touch

I’ve had another really great reading week with three books finished, the first of which was Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley. I really enjoyed this story about a woman who is allergic to other people and a man who’s struggling to connect with his children. As you can probably tell it’s quite a quirky story but it’s very sweet, funny and occasionally heartbreaking. Jubilee was a wonderful character and, with her love of books and knowledge of random facts, was a joy to read. My only slight niggle was that the ending felt a little bit rushed. Other than that would definitely recommend.

Roar (Stormheart, #1)The second book finished was Roar by Cora Carmack, a YA fantasy about a world where storms are the enemy and only the Stormlings can control them. With her lineage main character Princess Aurora is supposed to be one of the most powerful Stormlings but in reality has absolutely no abilities. To avoid an arranged marriage she fakes her own kidnapping and runs off with a group of stormhunters to try and find some powers of her own.

This was an easy and quick read and I loved the idea of the storm magic and even the world the author created but unfortunately there wasn’t enough to make it stand out from all of the other YA fantasies. Not helped by the fact it has all the usual tropes, journey/training, love triangle, insta love etc.

The Rome AffairThe final book read this week was The Rome Affair by Karen Swan which I received from NetGalley. I like Karen Swan’s books but have to admit was a little worried initially that it was going to be a rehash of her previous book The Paris Secret. However while there are some similarities, European city setting, secrets from the past being revealed while there’s a romance brewing in the present, I found it a very compelling read. I think I sat for about 6 hours straight unable to put it down. I loved the Rome setting but it also has flashbacks to the life of an American socialite in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s which made for some truly addictive reading. I should have a proper review up this week but would definitely recommend.


Reading Next

By some miracle I’m still sticking to the list I posted for Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout challenge (here) so based on release dates, author events etc I think my next reads will be one or more of the following:

The Marriage PactNow I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

My list is feeling a little YA fantasy heavy though so I may sneak a wee horror in there somewhere.

As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 11th July 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. I received this from NetGalley and only started late last night so it’s very early days but so far I’m enjoying the writing style and I get the feeling I’ll love the story.


My Teaser

His body is cloaked in shadow, barely visible against the black and red stripes of the tent, except for the whites of his eyes and the light reflecting off his comb. With his scarred face and patched-up clothes, he looks like a beast who just crawled out of the kennel

~ 3% Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody


BlurbDaughter of the Burning City

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

WWW Wednesday: 5th July 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Close Enough to TouchI started reading Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley yesterday and so far so good. It’s about a man and women in their twenties who have issues. Hers possibly being a bit more serious (and interesting) as she’s allergic to other people. I do like unique books and this definitely sounds a bit different from the norm 🙂

Unfortunately my audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer returned itself to the library and I haven’t been able to get it back out so it’s on pause for the moment. I am kind of missing having an audio so if you have any recommendations please shout out. I have three free audible books to pick so all suggestions welcome. I was thinking about Game of Thrones to make the most of my freebie (it’s like 30+ hours) 🙂


Recently Finished

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)I’ve had another really great reading week with four books finished. First up, I’m very happy to say was  Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It was possibly just that I had a physical book and couldn’t cart it around with me but this seriously seemed to take me forever to read. It is slightly longer than my usual reads but it just felt really slow and drawn out. Yep, unpopular opinion time, I didn’t love it. There wasn’t anything particularly bad about it, I just found that I didn’t really care what happened. I also wish I’d known there were spoilers for The Infernal Devices trilogy which I haven’t finished. I do have the next book so I’ll keep going but I may swing back and finish TID first.

Two Nights

Second book finished was Kathy Reich’s latest release Two Nights which I received from NetGalley. I hadn’t read any of Reich’s other books or watched the TV show so I can’t compare but I liked this a lot. It’s been a while since I’ve read this type of book and I’d forgotten what I was missing. This is supposed to be a stand alone with a new main character but I’m kind of hoping she changes her mind and turns this into a series. I liked Sunday Night (yes, that is her name) a lot and while she is a little cliched (bit of an attitude, doesn’t like authority, gets into trouble) I would like to see more of her.

The Duet

Looking for something a lot lighter, and not involving murder or terrorism, my next book was The Duet by R.S. Grey. It’s a contemporary romance about two singers who are forced by their record label to collaborate on a duet for an awards show. As you can probably guess they initially clash before things get hot and steamy. It’s probably not going to win any prizes for literary greatness but I enjoyed it and it was the kind of book I was in the mood for. I do like to alternate between different genres.

Don't Close Your EyesFourth and final book finished this week was psychological thriller Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon. I still haven’t figured out the reason for the title as it’s about twin sisters and their seriously dysfunctional families and relationships but it’s definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a while. I found it completely addictive reading and while it’s not necessarily edge of the seat and action packed it just drew me in completely. I did think the ending was a little bit of a let down (it was all over too quickly) but the writing was brilliant and it had a surprising amount of emotion in it.


Reading Next

I posted my reading list for the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge hosted by Candid Cover at the weekend (here) so whatever book I read next will definitely come from there (well probably). I’m thinking most likely one of these.

Roar (Stormheart, #1)The Rome AffairWaiting For Columbus

It should really be Waiting for Columbus as that’s my RL book club book and the meeting is next Friday but I just don’t fancy it and the reviews are less than encouraging (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Mills and Boon). If anyone has read it and wouldn’t mind giving me details of exactly what happens so I can fake it that would be great 🙂

As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 4th July 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from psychological thriller Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon which I received for free from Readers First. I finished this late last night and enjoyed very much. It’s seriously addictive reading and unusually for a thriller did somehow manage to make me cry.


My Teaser

The matching tattoo they both have is just visible from her angle. The quote from Labyrinth, mirrored on her own arm: “It’s only for ever, not long at all.”

~ pg 268 Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon


BlurbDon't Close Your Eyes

A gripping novel of psychological suspense centered on two sisters whose lives have taken them apart, and the shocking family secrets that bind them together.

Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.

Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.

Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.

The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page.

WWW Wednesday: 28th June 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Two Nights

I started on Kathy Reichs newest book Two Nights on Monday morning but haven’t made a lot of progress as my train buddy is back and he expects me to talk to him rather than sit reading on our commute 🙂 It does seem a bit cliched (troubled PI trying to deal with their demons by helping others) but I don’t mind that provided it’s done well and there have been some nice one liners which are always good.

I haven’t made a huge amount of progress on my audio book Attack of the 50ft. Women by Catherine Mayer, mostly because I haven’t been doing much driving and when I have there has either been someone else in the car or I’ve been using the satnav (satnav and audio books are a bad combination. I have however made quite a bit of progress on Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It’s a big heavy hardback so I’m only really reading at weekends and evenings but only around 150 30 pages left so should finish in the next couple of days tonight.


Recently Finished

The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand

This has been a pretty good week for me with three books finished and most of them very enjoyable. The first of these was  The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French. It’s a light and fluffy summer read about three thirty something women who, when their lives go a bit pear shaped, end up buying a B&B on a little known Greek Island. It’s a nice read and perfect for lying on the beach or beside the pool. I’m not sure having three separate storylines worked for me (I would have preferred the focus on just one) but I loved the way the author depicted the island and the locals. You can read my full review here.

Ginny MoonAfter the Bed and Breakfast on the beach I abandoned my original plan of reading a thriller next and decided on Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. I’d received this a couple of months ago but put off reading it as it was a little out of my comfort zone, as the whole story is told from the pov of autistic, 14 year old Ginny. I knew I’d either love it or hate it and thankfully it was the former. Considering this is the author’s first book it is truly incredible. It’s completely unique, addictive, frustrating, funny and a little bit heartbreaking. Definitely one I’d recommend.

When Dimple Met RishiThe third book finished, When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is one that had been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for ages but I was lucky enough to get from NetGalley. I think I possibly built this up a bit too much as while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. It is quite a cute read but it wanders into “afternoon special” at times and Dimple is not the most likeable of characters. I do have to applaud it however for bringing some cultural diversity into a YA contemporary romance. How accurate its depiction of Indian culture is I have no idea (I suspect not completely based on some of the reviews I’ve seen) but it definitely made a change.


Reading Next

I think my reading next list is more or less the same as last week’s due to my wandering off course so I plan to read one of the following.

Yesterday: The thriller of the summerDon't Close Your EyesDaughter of the Burning City

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below. I may be a little bit slow in responding and visiting everyone’s posts this week as internet on my phone isn’t working so apologies in advance.

I will also be dragging my poor cat to the vet this evening to get him checked out after an asthma attack at the weekend 😦

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!