Book Blogger insider tag

30118951_10155165148256581_889335546_nI got tagged by Manon from Cafe Manon to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag. Thank you so much for the tag!

Rules

Read on to see my answers to the questions of this tag.

1 – Where do you typically write your blog posts?
I either sit on my sofa, in my front room with my laptop on a stool and go nuts or if my three-year old is napping I’ll sit at my desk with my laptop for a change. Little man is currently in bed but as I’m going to be gaming after this I’m on the sofa.

2 – How long does it take you to write a book review?
It depends, sometimes I have to stop and come back to it, sometimes I can just mash it out in an hour or so.

This question has just reminded me that I haven’t spell checked my latest review I’ve just scheduled.

3 – When did you start your book blog?
I started around the end of February I believe so we’re still only young (the blog at least) at about four months old but I had already been a booktuber for over a year at that point.

4 – What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
I want to read all the books! I love writing reviews and obviously I love reading but I do panic a bit if I’ve got a good few arcs backed up because I like to get reviews going live on release days but that’s just not always possible. I also hate promoting myself. I know that sounds silly but I always feel a but silly being all “look I made this” which is ridiculous.

5 – What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
The community, hands down! So many people are just so friendly and lovely. It’s a nice feeling to scroll through my Twitter or my blog feed and just see many great views and opinions (whether I agree with them or not) and I really enjoy reading other bloggers reviews for books I have read and or reviewed as well, I just love having a platform to discuss books. That and I love writing and reviewing is a kind of writing!

6 – What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
I think I enjoyed most of my Star Wars week blog posts, especially the top women of the Star Wars universe ones, I’m also very happy with my Starfish review and kind of proud about my review of The Exact Opposite of Okay as well.

7 – What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
If it’s the right kind of book then it has to be book reviews. I like think pieces too but I don’t write quite so many of them. These kind of Q and A posts are fun too.

8 – When do you typically write?
Either in the morning before I head out for the day, fairly early because I usually get woke up around 5am or I wait until my son is asleep so around 7:30/8pm

9 – How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?
It has to be silent, I don’t even listen to music when I review which is strange for me. I can’t have the TV on (ideally) and I don’t have any food or drink near me. Ideally my phone is nowhere near me either.

10 – When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I would prefer to put down my book and pick up my laptop but it very rarely happens. As soon as I finish a book I start trying to put the review together and it’s the time when I can remember everything the most clearly, the longer I leave it the less I can remember and the harder it is to write.

11 – How often do you post?
At least twice a week. Tuesdays are reviews or think pieces, Thursdays and book tags, book hauls, wraps ups or similar and when possible I take part in the Six for Sunday challenges, on the odd occasion I’ve written a review for a book coming out on a day different from those days I will usually post that then as well, such as this week I have a review on Bookshop girl coming out on Saturday 16th!

That was a nice, easy, fun tag post, I hope you all enjoyed it! I tagged a lot of people for my mystery blogger post last week so I won’t tag anyone specific for this but feel free to have a go at it if you’d like and let me know ❤️ Until then speak soon,

Jemma.

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TBR Tuesday – Drowning in books

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If you follow me on any kind of social media you’ll know that I have more books than sense by a very unfair ratio and recently they had begun to pile up and had spread everywhere in my house. Today however I managed to wrangle them back under control a little, removing some of the books that have gotten dusty while I’ve found myself unmotivated to read them (sorry Steig Larson, they seemed like a good idea at the time). I now have the problem of not knowing what I will be reading after my current read (Ash Princess) because I have so many great books I want to read next, so as I’ve done before I figured I’d lay out a few of my options here and get your opinions!

  • Books I am SUPER excited for
    Before the Storm by Christie Golden (This is a very high contender from one my favourite authors about one of my favourite game worlds).
    Renegades by Marissa Meyer
    Vicious by V.E Schwab
    Lifel1ke by Jay Kristoff
    Legendary by Stephanie Garber
    Circe by Madeline Miller
    Slay by Kim Curran

 

  • ARCS/Review copies etc
    (I’m excited for these books too but I feel that these books should really take priority over ones that I’ve just brought where possible.)
    Killing it by Asia Mackay
    The Island by M A Benett (Not out until Aug so this one can probably wait a little longer)
    The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross
    Season of  Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski
    Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
    Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
    Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

There are so many more, these are just my short list choices!! I’m genuinely thinking about putting book names into a hat and going from there to be honest! How is your TBR looking at the moment? Got more books than you know what to do with? Have you read any of the books above? If so what did you think? Help me choose my next book to read! Also let me know how you decide to pick your next book usually? Any tips greatly appreciated! Feel free to link me to any spoiler free reviews you may have written for the above books as well if you’d like me to check them out.

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Bookshop Girl Review

36642932Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Rating: XXXXX

Published: June 14th by Hot Key Books

“What do we want? Books! When do we want them? Forever!”

Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?

I received a digital advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw the title of this book and the cute cover artwork I knew I needed to check this book out and I must be on a winning streak at the moment because I’m so glad I requested a copy.

Bookshop Girl is two things for me, one is a inspirational, little fluffy, fun, easy and enjoyable read and the second is a scarily arcuate representation of my town. I worked in a local pet shop that got shut down because rent’s became extortionate, foot fall in town fell and many more people go online or further afield and most of the time sadly independent retailers cannot compete so when the same thing looked to happen to Bennetts bookstore I immediately felt a connection there. It wasn’t just the retail climate that felt familiar either, although I’m a good 14/15 years older than the main character I remembered essentially being her. Sure the slang has changed and technology is vastly more superior but her essence and personality just felt so relatable to my “youth” (now I REALLY feel old). The surroundings and townsfolk seemed eerily accurate too, down the guy who used to try to hide things in his trousers to shop lift and the shops etc, I had to check the authors info page to find out how close she really lived to me because it felt like she could have easily written this about my town and I think that really helped connect me to this book in a way I might not have done otherwise.

Bookshop girl is a super laid back read and is, I think certainly for the younger side of the YA market with a sixteen year old protagonist and fairly light events which were no less meaningful for it. This book is heartwarming and just the right kind of funny, silly and cringe inducing and the couple of days it took to me read it just felt relaxing. The writing feels very arcuate to the age group (insert hello fellow young people meme here) and shows a lovely side of the “younger generation of today” instead of the bad image a lot of young people are unfairly branded with today. Paige Turner is normal, average and I love her for it because it helps hammer home the idea that anyone can help to make a difference if it’s something they care about.

I can see why some people, especially of my age, might find this a little too “young” for them but I throughly enjoyed it and can happily recommend it. I’m so happy books like this are being written, although we need the deep hard-hitting stories I feel like we also need books like Bookshop Girl too which address issues and current situations that I don’t think we see a lot of but that can still effect young people. Thank you so much to Hot Key Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read Paige’s story in time for its release date today!! Happy Book Birthday to Bookshop Girl and don’t forget if you’re attending YALC Chloe Coles will be attending the event and signing books on the Friday!

Until next time,

Jemma.

The Extinction Trials: Exile Review

37824187The Extinction Trials: Exile by S.M. Wilson

Rating: XXXXX

Published: June 1st 2018 by Usbourne Publishing

“You’ve spent your life making plans and rules for everyone. It’s time to throw that out the window. Leave it behind. Life follows it’s own rules.”

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.

*The Extinction Trials: Exile is the sequel to The Extinction Trials, you can find my spoiler free review for the first book here and although this review will also be spoiler free when it comes to Exile it will most certainly contain spoilers from the first book.

Since reading The Extinction Trials a few months back I have been SO excited to get hold of this sequel! I made sure to preorder it and went to pick it up on day of release and despite buying a lot of other books that day because there are just so many great books coming out right now, this is the first one out of all of them that I read. Piloria was stuff fairly fresh in my mind and I’d been excited seeing all the updates about the impending release and this had to be the book I dived into first, I needed to know what happened after the way the first book and ended and DAMN I was not dissapointed.

I enjoyed the first book immensely but I LOVED it’s sequel. Exile takes all of my favourite aspects from the first book and somehow manages to turn it up another notch. We got more Pilora, we got more political intrigue, more character development, new dinosaurs but less dinosaurs on a whole which I’m not sure is a bad thing to be honest. It reminds me of shows/stories like The Walking Dead when people learn, or at least begin to learn how to more or less surrvive the huge primary threat and it becomes just another thing to surrvive and then other things come to light and you realise there are often other dangers closer to home you had lost sight of or missed due to the primary threat being (understandably) all ecompassing. The dinosaurs are very much still there and still a danger but they aren’t what I would call a huge focus in Exile. When they did appear they were still pretty terrifying (especially a scene with one of the new ones) and although I maybe would have liked a couple more I think they were done well, too many encounters I think would maybe have oversaturated the story, especially when there were other things going on to focus on.

I feel this was a great book for characters, Storm and Lincoln both good, interesting personal arcs and I enjoyed seeing more of some of the other characters and the few new ones we were introduced to as well. For me we really got to know Storm a lot better and she became more of a person in this book whereas before I had found her a bit too unbalanced and not making as much sense as I would have liked. Lincoln, although not as interesting to me as Storm, managed to really redeem himself for me in this book after me being pretty furious at him after the end of the first book. Although his motives were understandable then I didn’t like the way he went about it and this book I feel like we understand him more and he’s learnt from his mistakes to a degree making his character much more enjoyable and relatable. I won’t go into detail about the other characters so as not to spoil anything with hints but one of the returning characters we got to see more of was possibly one of my favourites after this other than Storm herself and I really enjoyed the direction that they were taken in.

Overall I found that I enjoyed this book even more than the first, I think down to the nice mix of elements here and the infacuation with the story garnered from the first book. Also I’m a very character based reader, a plot can be weak but if the chracters are enjoyable and/or relatableI will still get a fair bit of enjoyment out of it. Although the over arcing plot in Exile is relatively simple there are some interesting reveals and even though a couple of them were fairly predictable they were no less enjoyable for it which I put down to Wilson’s writing style and keeping everything still fresh somehow. I didn’t have to wait long between reading the first book and this second one and I know the wait for the third is going to be painful becasue I genuinely adored the ending but I need more immediatley. A television show wouldn’t go amiss either, I feel like this story would port to TV very well. So now the wait begins for the third book and I honestly already can’t help imagining the things that could happen and am resisting writing fan fiction because I need more.

Sadly now I need to get back to the absoloute mountain of books I have to read this month and by popular vote via my Twitter it looks like I can finally dive into Vicious so hopefully I’ll see you next week with another review. So until next time,

Jemma.

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#S4S – Reasons you love books

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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

This weeks Six for Sunday prompt is a nice and simple one and I’m glad I’ve had time to actually take part this week. The prompt is “Reasons you love books” and as someone who writes about books, reads and owns a lot of books and spends a good deal of my time surrounded and immersed in something book related this feels like an important  prompt.

1. Books are timeless.
A phrase often heard and very true, despite being over a thousand years old they are still relevant and without having to change very much. Other forms of entertainment have waxed, waned and evolved throughout time and although we have more recently seen the introduction of audio books and ebooks they are essentially at their core unchanged because why fix what’s not broken right? Obviously some things have changed, the materials they’re made with for example but they are still the same thing and I love the idea that I could sit in a little cafe somewhere or on my sofa and I could be reading the exact same words and feel the same emotions reading them as someone who was born hundreds of years before I was even thought about and that feels huge.

2. Books can be whatever you need them to be.
Books have such a unlimited amount of uses I couldn’t even begin to name them all but perhaps for some (myself often included) they are an escape from any number of things, they are used for school, for business, to send a message, to inform and to entertain. Whatever your need there is more often than not a book out there that can help in some way.

3. Books bring people together.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is talk about books (if you hadn’t gathered by this point) and it’s so good to talk about them with other people. This includes people on the internet I’ve perhaps never met, my friends and family, a stranger in the street or bookstore, someone at work etc, having read the same book can create a link between you and somone else you have almost nothing else in common with.

4.“You will be transformed by what you read.” —Deepak Chopra
There is always something to be learned when reading, this might be when reading a text-book or a non fiction book but it could just as easily happen when reading a work of fiction and to me that is beautiful, books are more than just words on a page, they are experiences and pain and love and lessons. “Never deny yourself an experience just because it’s unknown or uncomfortable — it may just be a defining and wonderful part of your life.” (The Hobbit J.R.R Tolkien) “Words are valuable and insanely powerful. Words can be used for both good and evil and they should never be used lightly.” (The Book Thief – Markus Zusak) “Love not in spite of, but BECAUSE of flaws (which applies both to loving yourself and others).” (Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë:) Each time you read there is also the opportunity to learn.

5. “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” —Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
I’m sure it can’t just be me but just looking at a book can bring back emotions and memories, running my hand along my book shelf feels like tapping into those hundreds of stories in an instant, each spine sending me a snapshot of how that book makes me or made me feel and the memories contained within. I often use the example of Dumbledore’s penesive in Harry Potter, swirling full of memories you can pluck out and look at glimpses of.

6. Books also allow you to experience things you can’t otherwise due to physical and other limitations. A blind person can see the word through other’s eyes. A person with physical disabilities can travel the world and much much more. With books the things we can do and the places, times and worlds we can explore is endless.

So that turned out harder than I thought. It’s one thing to feel things and another thing entirely to put those almost intangible feelings into words even for someone who spends a lot of time writing. I hope you’ve enjoyed todays Six for Sunday but things are getting rather busy in the Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them household at the moment,  work is busy, the summer holidays are coming up, I’ve actually been going to the gym, I have A LOT of books to read and for those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ll know about the birth of NPC Crate and how busy I’ve been with that. I’ll still be posting regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays though so I’m not disappearing anywhere! I’m excited to share my Extinction Trials: Exile review with you on Tuesday as well so until next time,

Jemma.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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So What is Mystery Blogger Award?

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” Okoto Enigma

I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the awesome Victoria from Be Careful of Books (Cassie Clare related name = love).

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to their best post(s).

Three Things About Me

1. I enjoy to write as well as read and I’ve been writing the same manuscript for two years and I’ve still not finished the first draft because I keep starting again.
2. My taste in fictional men is horrid. I like them very morally grey.
3. I love to work out.

Questions From Victoria

  1. Have you picked up any characteristics from your favourite literary characters? If so, which ones? If not, which would you like?
    I like to think that my entire personality is a mix and match of my favourite fictional characters I’ve read and seen over the years. I wish I was as sassy and confident as Jace (Shadowhunters), as funny and good a friend as Zuzana (Daughter of smoke and bone) and could fight like Cassian (ACOMAF).
  2. What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?
    I tend to browse books a lot, read more reviews of books I’ve not read yet and are interested in. I’ve got a lot of unread books at home too so sometimes I just pick them up and browse through them.
  3. What is your least favourite genre to read? Do you have a book you did enjoy in that genre?
    I’m not normally a big fan of contemporary so I have to really like the sound of a book in that genre to pick it up but Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is contemporary YA and one of my absolute favourite books.
  4. What is something you’re obsessed with at the moment?
    Dungeons and Dragons and Panic! at the Disco
  5. Which book have you been putting off for the longest? Why?
    Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. It might not be the longest but I’ve gone to read it so many times and just not got to it yet for one reason or another. I think it will be a book I’m going to love and I think I want the timing to be just right when I read it so I get the most out of it.

I Nominate…

Cora from Tea Party Princess
Kirsty from PaperbackPunkRock
Manon from Cafe Manon
Lydia from SilverWolfReads
Jess from JessHeartsBooks
Isla from A Whisper of Ink
Ashley from Thrifty Bibliophile
Mandy from Book Princess Reviews
Steph from A little but a lot
Kelly from Kelly’s Rambles

Questions for my Nominees

  1. Which fictional world would you live in?
  2.  If you were a fictional character and had an animal companion tell me about them, they can be a fictional creature too.
  3. What book do you wish you coud read for the first time all over again?
  4.  What is your biggest bookish peeve?
  5. Where is your favourite place to be?

Adrift – Spoiler Free Review

35959734Adrift by Rob Boffard

Published: June 5th 2018 by Orbit

Rating: XXXXX

“Sorry.” Stop saying sorry. She tries again, still failing to bring up the main menu. “It’s my first day.”

In the far reaches of space, a group of tourists board a small vessel for what will be the trip of a lifetime – in more ways than one…
They are embarking on a tour around Sigma Station – a remote mining facility and luxury hotel with stunning views of the Horsehead Nebula.


During the course of the trip, a mysterious ship with devastating advanced technology attacks the Station. Their pilot’s quick evasive action means that the tour group escape with their lives – but as the dust settles, they realize they may be the only survivors . . .

Adrift in outer space, out of contact with civilization, and on a vastly under-equipped ship, these passengers are out of their depth. Their chances of getting home are close to none, and with the threat of another attack looming they must act soon – or risk perishing in the endless void of space.

So I have a really bad habbit of spending a lot of time browsing Net Galley when I have other books to read and then something catches my eye and I need to have it, Adrift was one such book. I had just finished The Illuminae files and I was hungry for more SF, this was a little different to the hordes of YA I’ve been reading lately as it’s an adult book (with a lot of varried aged characters) but it peaked my interest and I requested it. A little while later my request was accepted and I dove right in and I’m so glad this book caught my eye.

This is such a well balanced book, the writing was interesting and engaging, chapters were perfect snappy beats with a few longer ones slotted in when neccesary and the language not only helped move events along, create tension and evoke emotion when needed but also helped world building elements to feel natural and organic.

The story itself is mysterious and is covered pretty well in the blurb above, I love a book where you don’t really know who you can trust and at some point you end up suspecting pretty much everyone and this is no exception. I like to learn things piece by piece and enjoy stepping back and looking back at the big picture at the end and thinking “oh yeah!”

There are multiple narrative points of view which I found really interesting as they were all very different from each other. We had Corey a ten year old boy, Hannah a teenager on her first day working as a tour guide, Jack, a hotel reviewer with some baggage, Lorinda an eldery widowed ex miner and the mysterious Roman. Each character has a distinctive voice and style to them making the POV swaps very easy and not jarring at all. In addtion to the events they witness on board we also get insightful glimpses into each ones backstory and things that have helped shaped who they are now and how they react and deal with situations. In some circumstances the past events would probbaly feel like filler but they helped to develop a bond and understaning with each character and I found them to be a great addtion.

Overall although the story is great I think its the characters that really made this for me. It was nice to see (as we seem to more often in SF – possibly why I love it so much) a couple of same sex relationships featured in a normal off hand way as well! Without going into spoiler territory I would like to say also that I was fairly happy with the ending, especially for a stand alone which I’m begining to love more and more. We do have a a small part that is missing however and although I assume this was done for effect I was a little confused and dissapointed at first and wrote it off as lazy writing, it doens’t detract from the over all enjoyment of the book and is something I’ve seen happen in films and the occasional book before, I just hadn’t anticpated it at the time.

Adrift by Rob Boffard is available today and well worth checking out if you love SF and like a little mystery/thriller. Thank you to Orion books and Net Galley for my digital advance copy.

BTT – Avengers Book Tag

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Although they are in no way related (Joanne has informed me that if Marvel Loki and Runemarks Loki ever meet the worlds come to an end!) I wanted to celebrate the release of The Testament of Loki recently with an Avengers themed book tag which I found on Kayla’s Book Nook. That and I’m still not ready to think about Infinity War more than I have to.

Iron Man: A book that made you laugh out loud.
Obsido.
One word. Parachute.

Captain America: A book that sends a positive message.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
There are probably many others that fit this prompt and I would like to give an honourable mention to Starfish for it but I’ve picked Nimona, a graphic novel of sorts by Noelle Stevenson because it’s such a fun,pure book that had so many great messages hidden throughout, it’s an all time favourite of mine .

Thor: A book with a character who’s strength you admire.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Kiko manages to do what I’ve been trying to do for years and doesn’t take the path that is necessarily the easiest but is genuinely the best for her. I have a bad habit of chosing whichever just makes me feel better or seems the least complicated and Kiko has taught me so much. I feel like I’m honestly a better person for having read her story.

Black Widow: A book with a kick-ass female protagonist.
Inferno Squad. Iden Versio. I don’t think she gets anywhere near enough recognition but she’s such a great character, she’s kick ass and stands up for what she believes in.

Hawkeye: An underrated book that you think more people should pay attention to.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin.
It might be because this came out last year now but it’s such a great book and I just want to talk about it all the time but it’s a fun book that punches you in the chest when you least expect it. One of my absoloute favourite stand alone books.

(Bonus) Loki: A book with a shock or twist that surprised you.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James.
I’m still not sure if I can talk about this book without giving myself nightmares. It was amazing and totally blindsided me!

Don’t forget the Testament of Loki  by Joanne Harris is out now and although it is technically a sequel, never fear it can easily be read as a stand alone too! (You can check out my spoiler free review here).

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New Releases and Coming Soon!

Everyone in my household (including myself) is finally not sick so I’ve returned from my brief hiatus to find I’m drowning in the release and imminent release of some AMAZING books, most of which I’ve preordered and am subsequently going to be engrossed in for the next month or so at the very least so don’t be surprised if I disappear from Twitter for a while! In anticipation (and to help me keep track of all these awesome books tbh) I’ve compiled a list of all these awesome books releasing very very soon).

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Legendary
by Stephanie Garber
The sequel to the amazing Caraval that came out early last year I have had a great thirst for this book for a good while and I’m so excited to dip my feet back into the world of Caraval once again! Release date: May 29th 2018

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The Extinction Trials: Exile
by S.M Wilson
After the first book in this series was released in January of this year I am so happy that we’re getting the sequel already!! I devoured the first book and I need more Dinosaurs in my life. Release date: June 1st 2018

38660363Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
After reading The Illuminae files I knew I wanted to read more by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman and I love the part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator premise of Lifel1k3 the blurb promises. Already out in Australia I’ve had to fight my instincts to just get it imported but I do have the ebook which looks to release earlier than its following UK hard copy, on preorder. Release date: June 1st 2018 for Ebook or July 26th 2018 for Paperback.

35959734Adrift by Rob Boffard
Keeping with the Sci-Fi theme for a moment I was lucky enough to get an advance digital copy of this via NetGalley and at over 60% of the way through I am HOOKED! I cannot wait for this book to officially release so I can tell you guys a bit more about it but lets just say I won’t be going on any tours anytime soon. Release date: June 5th 2018

36642932Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
This is another book I received an advance digital copy of (thank you NetGalley etc) and I haven’t been able to get my teeth into it yet but I’m so excited to get around to it next because although I don’t work in a bookshop myself I have worked for a small business that has gone down the drain, also I love book shops so hoping that will help? This book looks delightful and heartfelt, not one to be missed! Release date: June 14th 2018

36467381 Before the Storm by Christie Golden
A new Christie Golden book you say!? A book set in the world of Warcraft (see what I did there?) you say!? I had to have this. Often there will be a book or two after and/or before an in-game expansion and usually they’re very very good and I imagine the same will be true of this one. There are some exciting pages that have already been released to the internet/amazon and I’ve been trying so hard trying to avoid them for fear of spoilers and it’s been more difficult to do with a husband who decided to watch a forty minute video about them and what they mean. I want to go in with a fresh mind about it and I’m so excited to see the actions of the Horde and Alliance going forward as I’ve always been on the fence about my true faction. This book is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018! Release date: June 12th 2018

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Ash Princess
by Laura Sebastian
I have an advance readers copy of this book and although it does seem to follow a lot of stereotypical YA Fantasy troupes I think this is probably going to be a popular book with some and I’m looking forward to reading it ASAP. Release date: June 14th 2018

38087912Vicious (Collectors hardback edition) by V.E Schwab
I know the original version is and has been out for a good while and after seeing all the exciting, spoiler free lines from its sequel Vengeful on Twitter from the author herself I looked into it more and knew I needed to read this book so I decided to wait and preorder the new collectors hardback edition which includes some extra info and short story. Release date: May 29th 2018

35161442Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski (Translated by David French)
The final Witcher book Season of Storms set at some point around the same sort of time as the short stories featured in The Last Wish has now been translated into english and is now out! The lovely people at Gollancz sent me a copy to review and I have a bad feeling I’m going to be sinking a good amount of hours into this book and the third game very very soon! Release date: May 22nd 2018

So there you have it! SO many great books its unreal and this is just a few of them that I’ve been particularly excited about. Let me know what books you’re excited for that are coming soon, any one else not planning on leaving the house for a while? Speak soon,

Jemma.

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The Exact Opposite of Okay

35817737The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Published: March 8th 2018 by Electronic Monkey

Rating: XXXXX

“Basically, if you’re a woman, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”
Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…
I had seen this book a few times and sadly did my usual, “oh its contemporary, I don’t know if I’m that interested” and passed it by. I need to stop doing this (that’s a whole other blog post) because I almost missed this AMAZING book. Thankfully Jenn from the #CroneBookClub picked this as our read for May and I managed to just squeeze it in after this months other reads and WOW. I’m so glad for it.
This book is something I would recommend every person on the planet read. Not just because it’s a great read but also because of the situations and messages portrayed within the story that are SO important and need to be understood by men, women, girls, boys and honestly any other gender on the spectrum because we live in a world where too many of us tear each other down, we emotionally manipulate those we supposedly care about and are emotionally manipulated by them and slut shaming is so rampant and practised by so many, not to mention the terrifying wave of revenge porn ushered in with the birth of camera phones and social media. Although stereotypically we find men behind revenge porn and spouting about the imaginary friend zone just as women tend to be some of the worst for slut shaming and I want to address first that I know this isn’t always the way. Any gender and sexuality is capable of these things but during this review I’ll be using the examples used within the book.
I managed to read The Exact Opposite of Okay in about three sittings and could not put it down. The story is written in a blog post format that I’m becoming increasingly fond of, it gives the narrative an extra twist of personality and is the perfect way of bringing Izzy’s particular brand of humour across, I especially liked the added closed captions often explaining or adding more information and comments from a later date as well. I think this easy to read format was one of the reasons it was such a quick read for me, possibly because I’m a blogger or a young(ish – haha) enough person that I’ve been around technology for a good deal of my life and therefore read a lot of information in this kind of format.
The personality of the characters in this feel done very well and I had no trouble remembering who was who and what they were like etc. I found myself very protective of Izzy and Ajita and I did have to have a brief break to rant and rave to my poor husband about how people need to mind their own business re: slut shaming etc and a long intense full on rant about how the friend zone is a stupid figment of imagination dreamed up by “butt hurt” men (again I know not always men but in this case it was relevant to the situation and my personal experience). This is a good thing, this book should make people angry at the injustices that the main character and others are subjected to because these things happen every single day to people around us and that is not okay. This book feels like it stoked a fire that had previously just been simmering embers inside me and it made me so mad for the people events like these affect.
I was extremely satisfied with the ending which is a rarity for me, I usually don’t like endings but this felt like it ended right and I was happy with it. After Laura Steven herself joined the Crone Book Club for their monthly chat to discuss her book she revealed that there is in fact a sequel coming next year AND a spin-off about a murder podcast also set at Edgewood and I’m excited for both of these! If you haven’t checked out The Exact Opposite of Okay I highly recommend you do so! I feel like this is such an important book not to mention enjoyable, don’t let my ranting about the subject put you off because this book is genuinely so enjoyable and funny.
Thank you for checking out my review and I’ll catch you again soon.
Jemma.
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