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Book Review: The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro

* I have received this book for review from NetGalley but this in no way affects my review *
Title: The Hockey Saint Author: Howard Shapiro Source: NetGalley Publisher: Animal Media Group Rating: 5/5 stars 





Summary from Goodreads:
The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereotypical Freaks" and the 2nd book in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy, this is "The Hockey Saint" Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable. 
Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up with him, wi…

Recent Rambles: A blogging crisis

So after 9 months of blogging, I have finally reached 100 posts, of which this is the one hundredth and this really crazy when I think about it because that so many posts. I started this, not even knowing where it would go and now we are here. It is quite mind blowing. 

          The thing about this is I don't actually know if I like a lot of stuff on my blog. I mean sure right now what my favourite song is on a Thursday or the top 5 books that I was spoiled for are fun but are they actually the stuff that when I look back in five years time and go, "Wow I'm am making some good content." Short answer no. I feel like memes - e.g. Top Ten Tuesday or Top 5 Wednesday- are good for so long, they are great for you to build and grow your blog but they are not the best content in the world. I am not criticising anyone who does memes because let's face it I do them. I do them because they are quick and easy and they can be done in like 20 minutes and for a Uni …

Book Review: What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

* I have received this book for review from NetGalley but this in no way affects my review *

Title:  What We Left Behind  Author: Robin Talley  Source: NetGalley Publisher: Mira Ink Rating: 2/5 stars






Summary of What We Left Behind from Goodreads:
From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love may not be enough to conquer all.
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, theirs is bound to stay rock-solid.
The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gret…

Totally Didn't Book Tag

So I was browsing youtube question and I discovered the Totally Didn't Book Tag. This was created by ReadsLikeWildfire and seems really interesting so let's get started with the questions... 


1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman- I absolutely love this series but the first book could be a stand-alone and I am pretty sure that it was meant to be. Saying this I will carry on reading this series so...










2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I mean do I need to say anymore, it just was not needed











3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.
I don't think that this happens as much in the UK compared to the US but they did do it to the Take Back the Skies cover by Lucy Saxon and they didn't really have to. 










4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- If you think about what happens in the Bloodlines series does there actually have…

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Were Spoiled For

It’s Wednesday so that means that it’s Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic are top five books you were spoiled for. To find more about Top 5 Wednesday’s you can join the Goodreads group and discover the creator of the group Lainey. So let’s get started…

Number 5: City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 




Number 4: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 




Number 3: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer




Number 2: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 




Number 1: Looking for Alaska by John Green 




What book were you spoiled for? Leave them in the comments below.

See you soon, 

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Anti-Valentines Reads (also known as these books will break your heart)

It's Tuesday which means that it is time for a Top Ten Tuesday post. This week's topic is ten anti-valentines reads. The Top Ten Tuesday feature was created by The Broke and the Bookish and more about it can be found here. Let's get started...

Number 10: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 




Number 9: Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon 




Number 8: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider




Number 7: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews




Number 6: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 




Number 5: In Bloom by Matthew Crow




Number 4: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider




Number 3: The Maze Runner by James Dashner




Number 2: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 



Number 1: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green




What topic did you do this week? Do you have any anti-valentines reads? Leave them in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

Amy

UK vs US Book Covers #2

So back in August of last year, I decided to compare the UK and US covers of some books. It got a pretty good response so I thought that I would return the feature and compare some more considering a lot more books have been released since then. So let's get started...

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 

         UK                                           vs                                    US




I would like to say that I have not read this book so I am judging them based on if I like the cover or not. To me the UK cover is not very appealing it is just I don't know to basic for my liking although I do like the typography better than the US cover. I love the US cover it is so much more eye-catching and it looks a lot more like a fantasy book compared to the UK one. Also the girl on the cover looks like a complete badass. 

Winner: US

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

       UK                                  vs                                US



So I have read this book and I know which one repre…

Thursday Tracks: Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy

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So I know that I run a book blog but I saw this feature on Gone With The Words and thought it would be interesting to tell you about my music tastes with the Thursday Tracks feature. So let's get started...
The song that I am going to talk about this week is...
Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy 

I have been following Birdy and her music for the longest time and this is her newest song. I really like this one so I hope you do!
What is your favourite song this week? Leave them in the comments below.
See you soon, 
Amy

Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Badarses

It’s Wednesday so that means that it’s Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic is top five books with the biggest badarses. To find more about Top 5 Wednesday’s you can join the goodreads group and discover the creator of the group Lainey. So let’s get started…

Number 5: Penryn from the Penryn & the End of Days series

Penryn is just such a badarse. I definitely like her strength and her love for her family. 











Number 4: Willowdean from Dumplin' 

Although when you think of badarses, I think to tend to of fantasy or dystopian reads but what Williowdean does in this book takes a lot of confidence that I would never be able to do. 









Number 3: Saba from the Dustland series

Saba gets kidnapped, is then make to cage fight in which she has to survive, escape and then try to save her brother. If this is not the definition of a badarse then...










Number 2: Isabelle from the Mortal Instruments series

Isabelle is just so cool, she carries a whip and fights all the faeries and demons of the shadow world. …

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Futuristic Books I Love

It's Tuesday which means that it is time for a Top Ten Tuesday post. This week's topic is ten futuristic books I love. The Top Ten Tuesday feature was created by The Broke and the Bookish and more about it can be found here. Let's get started...

Number 10: Angelfall by Susan Ee

So this book has a lot of hype but I could not, not mention this book on this list. It is amazing in a creepy way and the story is really interesting combining both angels in a dystopian setting. The story is so good and I highly recommend it.   









Number 9: Unwind by Neal Shusterman 

I think out of all the books mentioned on the list, this one is the most frightening by how real it can actually be. The book focuses on teenagers who can be unwound for extra parts. It follows characters that this can happen to and how they rebel. This is definitely one of my favourites.









Number 8: Blood Red Road by Moira Young 

This book can be describes as a western set in the future which is a fast-paced read which is defin…