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Blog Tour: The Eden Paradox by Barry Kirwan Book Review

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

Title: The Eden Paradox Authors: Barry Kirwan Source: From Blog Tour Publisher:  Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Summary:

A murder... a new planet mankind desperately needs... a thousand-year old conspiracy... What really awaits us on Eden? In a world beset by political turmoil, environmental collapse, and a predatory new religion, a recently discovered planet, Eden, is our last hope. But two missions have failed to return. Blake Alexander and his crew lead the final attempt to bring back good news. Meanwhile back on Earth, Micah Sanderson evades assassins, and tries to work out who he can trust as he struggles in a race against time to unravel the Eden Paradox.
Book Review:

When I got the opportunity to review The Eden Paradox I was really excited because I really enjoy sci-fi but tend to read much of it so this was the perfect way to do so. I found the book really enjoyable and highly ent…

Turning 21?

You see I have put this blog post for such a long time but tomorrow the inevitable will happen and I will turn 21. I don't know why I decided to add and to keep a question mark in the title because it's not like it is going to happen it will but maybe it's because I just don't feel like it. Queue all the age is nothing but a number talk but I  guess that this is not what this blog post is going to be about. 

Being 21 has always been the number that I have aspired to, the one that has been in the back of my mind for the longest time. When I was 18, I knew that at 21 I would be in my final year of university, which I am, and that I would graduate this year and on to the future. But am I right?

I feel like so much has changed it want this magic number must be, given the bears with keys in their hands as if a sign that this would be the time that we would get keys of our own and would gain so much independent. But this is it, it is just a dream. 

That's not going to happe…

Wildest Dreams Book Box Unboxing January

So yesterday I received the Wildest Dreams Box which I purchased in December. The January Theme is Into The Jungle which is the first official box!

Wildest Dreams is a UK based Subscription service that costly £18 including shipping and includes a new release book, a tea based on the book as well as a bath related product. To find out more click here.

So on to the unboxing! This obviously has spoilers...

The tea:

The tea is Toffee Apple this month which I was quite excited for and is from RosieLea Tea. The tea itself does smell gorgeous especially of cinnamon which I am a fun of. I did like the taste but I think I preferred the Chocolate Orange tea but I feel like it is something that if I drink more from I would like. The design of the tea is also very cool and is a test tube which is a more personal touch that works so well. The tea also lasts quite a while something that I learnt from the last box. It also comes with some tea bags which is really cool for those who don't have a tea…

The Revolving Bookshelf

I feel like I should explain what I mean so here goes. Basically, this is just a fancy phrase for I unhaul a lot. Queue screams of panic where people say how can you get rid of books. 

Well I just can.

So where it did start you might ask? Well almost two years ago I moved which meant goodbye books. I was only aloud one book shelf in my room that doesn't allow for double stacking so cue the unhaul. Still isn't to say I didn't get rid of books before of course I did. Ones that didn't like, ones that I was no longer interested in or childhood books that I would never read. Let's face it if I wasn't interested away they go.

It has gone a bit far though. I do consistently go through my shelves to see which books I don't want anymore and which I don't. I promise you I am still interested in books and still have way many books, but it does help. I definitely have less books than I did which is good.

I just read a book and see if I want to keep it or not. A lot of …

Blog Tour: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: Zenith Authors: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings Source: From Publisher  Publisher: HQ  Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Review Summary from Goodreads:
From #1New York Timesbestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, full of action, fantastical intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.  But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.  Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to…

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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

Title: Before I Fall Authors: Lauren Oliver Source: From Publisher  Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton  Rating: 5/5 stars


Book Review Summary from Goodreads:

They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’—but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or—in my case—remember to say goodbye to them at all.

But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change...?

Book Review:

I knew that Before I Fall was turning into a film, however, I did not get a chance to read the book before I saw the film although after falling head over heels over the film I really wanted to read the book. It did not …

British Books Challenge 2018

So today I thought that I will tell you about a challenge that I am going to sign up to in 2017. This is the British Books Challenge which has been running for the last couple of years but in 2018 is being run by Chelley from Tales of Yesterdays

The British Books Challenge was created with the focus on reading and reviewing British authors throughout the year. The aim is to read 12 books by these authors which equal's one a month. These can be from any genre but has a focus on YA and MG fiction. If you would like to sign up, you can do so here.

I hope to read The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles (which I am currently reading and enjoying) as well as A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris which I have also read some of. 

I will post which books I read and review on this page so hopefully, I will update this throughout the year. So let's get started...













Are you planning on taking part in the B…

Book Review: Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

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

Title: Book of Forgetten Authors Authors: Christopher Fowler  Source: From Publisher  Publisher: Riverrun Rating: 4/5 stars


Book Review Summary from Goodreads:

Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. 
So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney…

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018

I have been doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge for the last two years and this year is no different. I will be tracking my progress on here so it will be updated over the course of the year. Here are the challenges, let's get started... 1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen 2. True crime 3. The next book in a series you started 4. A book involving a heist 5. Nordic noir 6. A novel based on a real person 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you 8. A book with a time of day in the title 9. A book about a villain or antihero 10. A book about death or grief 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you 15. A book about feminism 16. A book about mental health 17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift 18. A book by two authors 19. A book about or involving a sport 20. A book by a local author 21. A book with your favori…

New Year Resolutions 2018

So as I am writing this it is the 1st January which means that it is time for New Years Resolutions. Let's get started
1. Continue to Learn French/German
This is something that I did in my first year of university and would love to continue to do. I would like to do this at least 3 or 4 times a week so...

2. Take better care of myself
For this one I would like to just eat better, exercise more and drink more water but also give myself self-care when I need it. 

3. Read as much as possible and read more diversely 
This one is kind of self-explanatory but I would like to read as much as possible reading something at least once a day. I would like to read diverse books but also to read more classics and adult books. 

4. Review books after I read them don't wait months to do so 
Again quite explanatory but I would like to write reviews at least two days after I read them and not leave them for months or even a year to review them better.

5. Write more 
I have a current Work In Progress that…

Diversity Bingo Wrap Up 2017

To continue with my aim of reading diversely, at the beginning of the year that I was going to do the Diversity Bingo Challenge. The idea was to read 36 books and complete the bingo-like sheet of diverse books. Here are the books that I read to complete  the challenge. So let's get started...
Romance with a trans MC: Non-binary MC (own voices): SFF w/disabled MC: Jewish MC: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli Indian MC (own voices): Displaced MC: The Jungle by Pooja Puri
MC with an under-represented body: Panther by David Owen  Neuro-diverse MC (own voices): The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas Re-telling with MC belonging to LGBTQIA+:
Bisexual MC (own voices): Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (maybe not own voices)
MC with an invisible disability: The Unlikely Hero of 13B by Teresa Toten 
MC with an anaphylactic allergy: MC of color in SFF: Welcome Back Volume 1 by Christopher Sebela  Latinx MC (Own voices): Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin A…

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 Wrap Up

So for the last two years, I have completed the Popsugar Reading Challenge to diversify my reading, too often push me out of my comfort zone. Although this works to some extent, I like the challenges and thought that it would be quite fun. I have tried to complete as many of the challenges as I possibly can but I have not completed all of them. Which ones did I complete and which ones to I need to do? Let's get started... 
A book recommended by a librarian:
A book that has been on your TBR list for way too long: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A book of letters:
An audiobook: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 
A book by a person of colour: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A book with one of the four seasons in the title: Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
A book that is a story within a story: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill 
A book with multiple authors: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan  
An espionage …

Book Review: City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

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

Title: City of Saints And Thieves Authors: Natalie C. Anderson  Source: From Publisher  Publisher: Rock The Boat Rating: 4/5 stars


Book Review Summary from Goodreads:

Street-thief Tina breaks in to the luxurious house where her mother was killed to steal from Mr. Greyhill and nail him for her mother’s murder. She is caught red-handed.
Saved by Mr. Greyhill’s gorgeous son, Michael, the pair set in motion a cascade of dangerous events that lead them deeper into the mystery, and reveal dark and shocking secrets from Tina’s past.
Tina and her mother fled the Congo years ago as refugees, trading the uncertain danger of their besieged village for a new, safer life in the bustling Kenyan metropolis. The corruption and politics of the Congo, and the gangster world of Sangui City, are behind Tina’s mother’s downfall. Is Tina tough enough to find the truth and bring the killer to justice?