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Blog Tour: I Hold Your Heat by Karen Gregory Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: I Hold Your Heart Author: Karen Gregory Publisher: Bloomsbury Source: Sent by the publisher Rating: 4/5 stars
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Book Summary:
'You make me feel like there's something good in the world I can hold on to,' Aaron says. He kisses me again, draws me so close it's almost hard to breathe. 'I love you, Gem. And I promise I'll hold your heart forever.'

When Gemma meets Aaron, she feels truly seen for the first time. Their love story is the intense kind. The written-in-the-stars, excluding-all-others kind. The kind you write songs about.

But little by little their relationship takes over Gemma's life. What happens when being seen becomes being watched, and care becomes control?

Told in both Gemma's and Aaron's words, this is a raw, moving exploration of gaslighting in teenage relationships that skewers our ideas of …

Mid-Year DNF Tag

So I'm not a massive DNFer but I was tagged by Rachel of RacheLeanne to take part in the Mid-Year DNF Tag.

I feel like I have changed by DNF game of late, hence why I have actually DNFed one book and I think that I should do it more now because if I don't like something then I shouldn't suffer through it so there. 

So let's get started to the tag...

Here are the rules...


Introduce yourself with one random fact.List all the books you’ve DNFed this year, with a brief reason why.Tag five people to take part!So I'm Amy and I am currently doing a Masters in History and I will be going into my second year in October as I am doing it part-time!
So here is the book I have DNFed...
Ship It by Britta Lundin 

I was so excited to read this book, partly because the cover was really great and also because it had LGBTQ+ representation. To be fair I really loved this book at the beginning but seeking out reviews I saw that it was quite problematic and that there were problems with it. Th…

Three Hallows Book Club June Post: 5 Things I Enjoyed About Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Duggan

So this month, the book that we all have been reading Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan. Instead of doing a full book review, here are five reasons why you should read the book...

Number 5: Rom-com vibes

I think that one of the reasons that I liked the book so much was due to the rom-com vibes. I think that the book does follow lots of the tropes of the rom-com genre, but I did enjoy it. I think that by having LGBTQ+ characters in this setting was interesting and it was nice to read and LGBTQ+ rom-com. I also think that the setting definitely plays into this idea as you can kind of guess what is going to happen. I still did, however, love the setting and was another great part of the story.

Number 4: The Romances

First I am going to say that everyone has different views on the romance stating that it often falls on the stereotypes that bisexual people face and are often shown in the literature. I definitely do see this view and do recognise that it was there. If you do want to find out more…

4 Year Blog Anniversary!

So on the 15th June, it was my four year blog anniversary which is crazy to me because it does not feel that long but I guess looking where I have come from stuff has changed massively in my life. I feel like in the last year I have managed to do some great things on my blog especially the Three Hallows Book Club which I do with Alex and Rachel, but I feel like I have disconnected with a lot of the community in the most part. I might write something about this soon but this is definitely something that I would like to improve on!

Since my first year, I hoped to track the changes in my blogging life especially in terms of my reading life. So let's get started...


Q1) Favourite Book

The Book Thiefby Marcus Zusak- OK so this one hasn't changed. A book still has not beaten how I feel about this book. I don't think it will ever be beaten though but I would love to reread it soon.






Q2) What book do you hope to read in the next year?

It's funny because of my answer last year was the…

Blog Tour: Tulip Taylor by Anna Mainwaring Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Firefly Press in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Title: Tulip Taylor Author: Anna Mainwaring Publisher: Firefly Press Source: Sent by the publisher Rating: 4/5 stars
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Book Summary:

Challenged to go on a `survival' reality TV show, fifteen-year-old make-up vlogger Tulip only accepts to escape her mother's money-making schemes and protect her younger brother and sister. Set up to fail, can she prove to the TV show, to Harvey - the cute but annoying boy who got her on there - and most importantly to herself, that she's more than just a pretty face? As Tulip puts down her phone and heads for the hills, she finds she has both the courage and insight to take on each new challenge. But as 'reality' gets ever more crazy, will either teen escape their families and their time in the spotlight unscathed?
Book Review:
Tulip Taylor was a book that I hadn't really heard of before I was…

Three Hallows May Post: My Favourite Quotes From Enchantee

This month, the book club, Three Hallows that I have been taking part in with Alex and Rachel have been reading Gina Trelease. In this one, I would like to share my favourite quotes from the book. So let's get started...

Number 5:
To try is to be brave. Be brave.
Number 4:


It's like something from a fairy tale.' 'It is not,' Camille protested. As if good things happened only in stories. 'Lazare is nothing like a prince, and I am nothing like a princess.' 'True,' Sophie mused. 'Maybe it's a different type of tale.
Number 3:


Magicians needed sorrow. And deep sorrow existed only because of love.
Number 2:
This was the Paris of the strivers, of those who dwelt low, not high. This was not the Paris of balloonists. It was her Paris, and it was the same as it had been this morning. But she, perhaps, was not.
Number 1:

Remember – magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.


Here is a summary of the book:
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twi…

Three Hallows April Blog Post: Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks Author: Suzanne Young Publisher: Simon Pulse Source: Bought Myself/NetGalley  Rating: 5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who…

Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Readers First in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: The Flat Share  Author: Beth O'Leary Publisher: Quercus  Source: Readers First Rating: 4/5 stars
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Book Summary:

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course...

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes lef…

Blog Tour: Crown Of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Ink Road/ Black and White Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: Crown Of Feathers Author: Nicki Pau Preto Publisher: Ink Road Source: From Publisher Rating: 4/5 stars
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Book Summary:
In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And, meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders' return and…

Three Hallows March Post: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas Book Review

Title: On The Come Up Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Walker Books Source: Bought Myself Rating: 5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

Blog Tour: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: The Everlasting Rose Author: Dhonielle Clayton Publisher: Gollancz Source: Gollancz Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.
Book Review:
After reading the Belles last year I was interested in finishing the series to see  where it goes so whe…

Three Hallows February Post: My Favourite Quotes From I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

This month, the book club, Three Hallows that I have been taking part in with Alex and Rachel have been reading I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. All of us enjoyed the book although I did have some problems with it, it was an entertaining read. In this one, I would like to share my favourite quotes from the book. So let's get started...

Number 5:


“Real love: It was all about risk and having faith. There were no guarantees.” 
Number 4:“That's sexist crap. When a guy goes through obstacles to get a girl, it's considered 'romantic.' Think climbing through a girl's window unannounced to watch her sleep. However, when it's a girl making dramatic gestures for a guy, it's creepy. Double-standard bullshit!” 
Number 3:

“You cannot control who you love, Desi, but you can always control how hard you fight, okay?” 
Number 2:


“Everyone’s weird, though. If you’re not even a little weird, you are truly weird. In that bad way. Not in the good way.”
Number 1: 

“I …