REVIEW: Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid

I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction lately, especially books set in the two World Wars and Cross My Heart was one of these books. Set in Brussels in the Second World War, Cross My Heart follows the story of Nicole, a member of a resistance group set to cause havoc in Nazi-invaded Brussels. When Nicole’s father is taken away, Nicole decides to do something about it and joins the dangerous resistance group that is helping to fight the Nazis. In this business, it’s not about if you caught, it’s when you do. I’ve been a huge fan of Reid’s…

EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL: Runaway by Marie-Louise Jensen

I am so excited to be able to exclusively reveal the cover of Marie-Louise Jensen’s upcoming novel, Runaway! I’ve been a huge fan of Marie-Louise’s novels since before I started blogging and so this is a very big deal for me. Without further ado, here is the cover: Charlotte’s life has been torn apart. She must flee the city, leaving behind everything she knows. Alone and afraid, Charlotte hides herself away at a grand country estate. Her gift with horses draws the attention of Lawrence. Charlotte knows he’s far above her, yet he’s handsome, kind, and shares her understanding of horses.…

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

  “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly anticipating. This week I’ve chosen a book I’m very excited to read that comes out in 2014. I was a massive fan of her debut  and so 2014 cannot come soon enough. The book is… The Fearless by Emma Pass!  The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all…

MINI REVIEW: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I thought Code Name Verity was hard-hitting, but Rose Under Fire was painful in comparison. The companion novel to the award-winning success of Code Name Verity was just as good and maybe even more emotional. Set in part in the brutal concentration camp of Ravensbrück, Rose Under Fire follows the life of American pilot and recreational poet Rose Justice. I really liked Rose and found her story a very sad one indeed. The one problem I did have with her was that she wasn’t as easy to connect to and invest in as the main characters of Code Name Verity and…

August Wrap Up (2013)

August has been a really good month for me. I’ve been off school for the month and have got lots of reading done. In one week, I even read eight books! Wow! I’m trying another format for this months wrap up post so I would love to hear your feedback. This month I’ve read:   The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Elites by Natasha Ngan; The Duff by Kody Keplinger; The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa; The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa; Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire; The Distance Between Us by Kasie West; Losing It by Cora Carmack; Faking…

The Super Secret Project REVEAL!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have heard me mention the super secret project that I’m planning. I’ve kept things under tight wraps, until now when I’m going to reveal what it’s all about! I’ve been working this week to get as many authors as possible on board and now that I’ve reached the number of people that make the super secret project able to happen, I can finally start getting other people on board. So… Drum roll please! The super secret project is going to be a  blog tour full of guest posts, giveaways and interviews from…

I Am a Book Addict…

If you’ve read a few of my book hauls, then it’s no secret that I seem to get loads of books each week. Why? Because I am a major bo0k buying, borrowing and requesting addict. When it comes to books, I have absolutely no self-restraint whatsoever. I’ve always had some collecting addiction. When I was younger, it was Sylvanian Families. I was a massive collector and my room was FULL of them. Then it’s slowly turned to books, especially over the last year or two. Particularly last year, I went through a stage where I read a book a day and…

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly anticipating. I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday post since last year but my new schedule allows me to be able to slot them in and I’m really looking forward to showcasing some of the titles I’m very excited about. This week I’ve chosen a sequel to one of my favourite books. If you haven’t already read the first book then I urge you to right away because you won’t regret it. The book is… Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly…

UKYA FORTNIGHT: Bye, bye UKYA Fortnight!

I’m so sad that it’s the end of my UKYA fortnight! It’s been a huge hit, and it’s most likely that I’ll be hosting another one next year. Every comment, retweet and pageview has really affected me and I feel so much love towards you guys right now.I’d like to thank everyone who tweeted the links to the post or retweeted. The buzz on Twitter  is something that has completely blown my mind because I never expected anything like it. The UKYA Twitter chat was amazing and I loved chatting with you all.  Because of the success, I will be hosting another…

UKYA FORTNIGHT: Guest post by Amber Kirk-Ford from The Mile Long Bookshelf

I am super excited to be sharing this guest post with you today. Amber runs The Mile Long Bookshelf which is one of my favourite blogs. I’ve assured her that this guest post is brilliant and I’m sure you’ll all think the same; it’s her first guest post! I know a lot of people are firmly against books with difficult subjects, for example books that may revolve around cancer, bereavement, mental illness or abuse. But I would really like to see more of these subjects in UKYA books! Reading them can help you to relate to people you know who might be…

UKYA FORTNIGHT: Top Ten UKYA Books

To start the blogger half of the fortnight, I’ve compiled a list of my ten favourite UKYA novels, all of which can be found on my UKYA bookshelf. Look out for my recommendations throughout the week! Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja- I’ve chosen to include this because I’m totally in love with the idea of a computer programme that makes situations programmed into it come true. I loved every thing about this novel and so it was an obvious choice. The Other Countess by Eve Edwards and The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen. Britain has such a…

UKYA FORTNIGHT: Upcoming UKYA Titles Showcase

Today I’m going to be showcasing a few upcoming titles that are going to be released. All titles were not released at the time of writing this post, and all publication dates are subject to change. Publication dates have been taken from Goodreads and so MAY be wrong. If this is the case, please do contact me and I’ll change it straight away. The Elites by Natasha Ngan – September 5th, Hot Key Books   Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city…