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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Stand Alone Sunday


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 Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope ye're all having a great weekend. I felt like doing a post today, so why not a meme? I found this yesterday, and since today is Sunday, it's the perfect time to introduce it to this blog!

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too.

I'm always going to love series, and getting three or four books to fall in love with characters and get the development they deserve. But sometimes, after reading a particular heavy series that would crush you emotionally (looking at you, Sarah J Maas) I love to read a stand alone book that has its issues solved in one book and always ends happily ever after.  

The book I'm going to focus on today is one I'm currently reading, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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Synopsis:
 
 In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

I think this book is being made into a movie, so next year this could be in every bookshop all over the world, with new covers being released with the actors on the front. Who cares? If it will get people reading this book, I don't care. I may not be finished it yet, but I can't put it down! It's addicting, intriguing, mysterious, and every other adjective you can think of that makes books so amazing. If you were born in the 80's, you're going to appreciate this book even more than me, (a 90's kid) as I don't get all the references all the time. However, that doesn't take away from the ingeniusness of this book and I'm so glad I picked it up after so many years on my TBR.

What stand alone book is your favourite? Or do you read them at all? Have you read this one? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro



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Book: Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Vintage Books
Release Date: August 31st, 2010

 As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Re-Reading has come to Goodreads!

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Guess what! Rereading has come to Goodreads! That's right - books that you have read previously will now be added to your Reading Challenge! Is this not the best news ever? 

Last year, I wanted to read 100 books, but I found it quite difficult as I wasn't as enthusiastic about reading because none of the books I'd read had really grabbed me. So I ended up re-reading three different series that I loved, but of course none of them counted toward my challenge, which really frustrated me. So you can see just how ecstatic I am that any book I read, no matter whether it's the first time or the millionth time I've read it, it will still count toward my challenge and I won't have to panic and get stressed whenever it tells me I'm "one book behind schedule".

How about you? Are you delighted that Goodreads has finally added rereads? Let me know in the comments below!

*Check out blog post on Goodreads for more information!
https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/817-rereading-is-here-let-s-say-it-again-rereading-is-here*


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge



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Book: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Release Date: January 28th 2014

 Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way - by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom - all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout - Trailer Reveal

Guess what! Jennifer L Armentrout is releasing a new book soon! I love how often she releases books, there's never a shortage of them whenever I get an urge to read from my favourite author. I'm so honoured to be one of the bloggers showing you guys this trailer! This book is called Till Death, about a young woman who comes home to reclaim her life, even when a murderer plots to end it...


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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.
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Doesn't it sound amazing? And today I'm here to release the brand new trailer of this book! 


Oh, wow, doesn't it make you just so hyped for the book? It's out February 28th, 2017, so be sure to preorder so it can come as soon as it's available!
 

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2jVMYpk
 
And don't forget to check out Jen's social media so you can be caught up on all her new books (as she's got lots coming out!)
 
Twitter: @JLArmentrout
Instagram: authorjlarmentrout
Website: jenniferlarmentrout.com

Monday, 23 January 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! I was nominated for this award by Kimberly over at Nelms Tree Books, and I haven't done one of these types of posts in ages, so I'm super excited about it! Kimberly's blog is gorgeous too, so don't forget to check her out. It was originally created by Okoto!

Rules:
  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog! 
  4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog too.
  5. Tell the readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify each of the nominees.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question, which you must specify.
  9. Share your link to your best post(s).
 3 Things About Me:
  1. I come from the tiny island of Ireland, which is a country I love (despite the accent), but I cannot wait to go abroad and travel the world.
  2. I'm in my final year of college, studying Montessori Education. I love what I'm doing, although I have a dissertation this year too which I don't like at all, haha. However, only four months to go! It's going to fly.
  3. I have made some amazing friends through a shared love of reading, friends I never would've met if it hadn't been for this blog and Goodreads. I'll be forever grateful to books, my blog and Goodreads for being able to have met such amazing people.
Questions from Kimberly:


If you could be a main character of a book, what genre would it be?
 Young Adult Fantasy, the main genre I read. The heroines in those books are always super strong, and end up saving the world while learning something crucial about themselves while also finding the love of their life in the process (usually). It would make my mundane life seem so much more exciting.

What would your super hero power and name be?

 This is a hard one. I saw this on Tumblr, and it's actually so true. You're all expecting me to choose one that's book related, but I'm actually going to use the power to refill things. You know why? Your glass is empty? Refill it without getting up. Bank account empty? Refill it! Person annoying you? Refill their bladder! Absolute genius!
My superhero name? Uhh... Fill-It Girl :P

What is your all time favorite book or series?
I think Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It got me into reading, I can re-read it numerous times, and my friend is reading it for the first time and I've been staying up late with her the last few nights to help her get through some pretty bad cliffhangers. (Shadow Kiss, anyone?)


 Would you rather have the best plate of food ever or the best dessert? And what would it be?
 Dessert. Hands down. My sweet tooth is the boss of me and I wouldn't have it any other way. I think strawberry pavalova or else chocolate cake.

What is the first book you ever remember reading?
I can't remember the first book I ever read, but I remember my first favourite author was Jacqueline Wilson. I read nearly every one of her books, I loved them so much. I even sent her in a letter once telling her how much I admired her books, but I never got a response :P

Weird question: Dogs or Cats?

 Dogs! All the way! I own two myself, and they're my babies. And they hate cats, so we could never get a cat. I would like to get a cat and a dog together in the future though, and see them become friends, haha.

My Questions:
  1. What is your favourite place to read?
  2. What's the name of the last book you read?
  3. Tea or coffee?
  4. Paper back or Kindle?
  5. Would you go see a movie adaption of your favourite book?

My nominees:
  1. Erika @ Books and Stars
  2.  Carrie @  The Butterfly Reader
  3. Alise/Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
  4. Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
  5. Fiona @ A Girl Between the Pages
  6.  Jess @ Fairytales and Books
  7. Jennilyn @ rurounijennireads
  8. Alyssa @ The Eater of Books
  9. Kariny's Box Frenzy
  10. Laura @ BlueEyeBooks
And anyone else who wants to do it :)



Saturday, 14 January 2017

ARC Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Keneally



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Book: Coming Up For Air, Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks series #8
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 1st, 2017

Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?