Holiday Promo – Amy Caudill

Looking for your next read for a cold winter’s night? My new book, Virtual, will be free on Amazon for a limited time starting December 14th. https://goo.gl/jphMpW

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Quick update

So I have been slightly MIA for the last few months for a whole variety of different reasons, but I finally feel as if I can say watch this space…. now excuse me as I go and binge read many blogs xxxxx

Check out this free offer for ‘The Weight of Shadows’

Hi everyone, Today I’m announcing that my first book ‘The Weight of Shadows’ is going to be made available for FREE on Amazon Kindle from Sunday 1st October to Tuesday 3rd October (the exact timing is subject to Amazon’s internal clock). Over the next month, I’ll be announcing some other opportunities for potential readers, including […]

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Book Nostalgia – Books of my Childhood

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So yesterday I finally counted up all of the books I have reviewed since I started this blog,  and was a tad surprised to see I have hit the halfway mark of 50 books woohoo, 50 more reviews to go! (I probably really should of started at the actual beginning of the year as opposed to April as it only gives me 4 and half months left but whose counting).

This kinda got me thinking back to all of the books from this year, and then I sort of progressed back to reminiscing to all of the books from my childhood which I wish I still had or could read again. For me not only to the books remind me of my childhood but they also remind me of England, (I moved to New Zealand 12 years ago now). So instead of being sensible and writing up the reviews I’m behind on, I’m going to list the main books that give me that warm fuzzy feelings when I think back on them!

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle4948

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is definitely one of the first books being read to me as a child, we read it at school, home, wherever it was just one of those books that seemed to be everywhere!

The Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

Okay so this is definitely another one that seemed to be everywhere, not only that but there was several cartoons revolved around Peter and I always loved looking at those drawings. The main reason this one gives me the warm fuzzy’s is that I would always get to read it when visiting by Nan.

 

The Sleepover Club – Rose Impey, Fiona Cummings, Lucy Diamond, Angie BatesMega Sleepover Club 1 (Sleepover Club)

So this was one of the first series’s I can ever remember reading, they revolve around five children who you guessed it have a lot of sleepovers haha, not without getting into a bit of mischief or trouble of course. From memory there was like 50 books in the series and I was pretty determined to read them all. (Not sure I ever actually did though)

 

39988Matilda – Roald Dahl

To this day Matilda is still my favourite Roald Dahl novel/film. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact it’s about a little girl who loves to read who suddenly finds out she has super powers, not at all. It was also one of the first ‘grown up books’ I can remember owning which also may or may not have something to do with it.

 

Goosebumps – R.L StineWelcome to Dead House (Goosebumps, #1)

Okay so I can’t remember exactly how I got into this series, as a rule I don’t read horror/scary kind of books, I have a sneaking suspicion it would of been peer pressure because at the time they were ridiculously popular. The only reason this one gives me any sort of warm fuzzy feeling is because it used to be one of the main discussion points of me and my friends.

The Story of Tracy BeakerThe Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

I loved pretty much any Jacqueline Wilson books as a child, some of them were definitely not meant for the age I was reading them at but they still remained by favourite. Tracy Beaker was the first Jacqueline Wilson book I owned and when it became a children’s programme on CBBC it just made it that little bit extra special.

 

Angels Unlimited – Annie DaltonWinging It (Angels Unlimited, #1)

This book series remains special to me as it’s the first time I can remember ever waiting patiently for the book in the series to come out. I was not a particularly patient person then and it hasn’t really improved much when it comes to books haha. I actually finished all the books in the series a couple of years ago after realising many more had come out since I had last read them.

3Harry Potter – J.K Rowling

Now what childhood book list would be complete without Harry Potter, especially when one grew up in the UK as they were first being released! This was a book that was initially being read to our class, but as I was so curious as to find out what happened I begged my Mum buy it not only so I could read it again but also so I could overtake everyone else and find out what happened! The last time I read the first book was New Years Day last year where I had to go into work on what has to be the least busy day of they year as everyone assumed we would of have closed!

So there you have it there is definitely a lot more that I could add but these are the ones that hold the best memories for me. Have you read any on the list? What are your childhood nostalgia books? Let me know!

 

Blogger Recognition Award!

Thanks so much to Jay @ This Is My Truth Now for nominating me for this award! Jay runs a truly awesome blog which includes book reviews, TV and film reviews and his own personal 365 challenge which explores a characteristic of himself each day. If you haven’t check out his blog yet, make sure you go check it out, you won’t regret it I promise!

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

How I started my Blog:

Starting a blog has always been something that’s been in the back of my mind, one of those things I would think about and decide yes that’s something I want to do, and then promptly go and do something else forgetting the thought had crossed my mind in the first place. A few months ago I decided that I should really become more determined and start actually doing things that I have wanted to do. Still I had absolutely no idea what I would write about, surely I had opinions and views on the world that could translate into a blog post. Turns out not has many as I wanted, this was until I stumbled across a blog dedicated to books. It took approximately 3 seconds before I had formulated a plan and was setting up my site!

Advice for New Bloggers:

  1. One of the main things I struggled with when I first started was knowing when and how often I wanted to post. After setting up a schedule of sorts I felt pressured to keep to it without wavering. After awhile it started to feel like more of a job then something I wanted to do for fun. My advice is that while setting up a schedule is good (definitely keeps me more focused and motivated) don’t feel guilty if life get’s in the way and you have to postpone a post or your not posting as much you initially thought you would. Make sure it remains something you do for fun.
  2. Don’t afraid to experiment with your posts, there is no right or wrong way to blog so if you have an idea go for it, not everything might work out how you was expecting but you never know until you try!

My Nominees:

Meltotheany

Carries Book Reviews

Literary Weaponry

Whimsy Pages

Des’ Random Thoughts

Life of a Crazy Mum

Bookmark Your Thoughts

Read Eat Sleep Repeat

Bibliobeth

Lost: Purple Quill

Book Review: The Hunted by Chrissy Lessey

“Everything is different now”

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new queen rises…The Hunted (The Crystal Coast Series 2)

When Stevie vanquished her family’s greatest threat, she thought they’d be safe. Unaware of the evil surrounding her, she trains with her coven and prepares to inherit her mother’s role as queen and protector of the amulet.

Chaplain Benjamin Parris, descendant of the notorious reverend behind the Salem Witch Trails, plots to resume his family’s mission and rid the world of witches. He joins forces with Susan Moore, who’s sought revenge against the coven for years, and together, they formulate a plan to destroy Stevie’s family.

Left weakened after the theft of their protective amulet, the coven confronts the unthinkable as a modern day witch hunt unfolds around them. And this time, Stevie might not be able to save the people she loves.

Review:

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I had originally read the first book in the series after downloading it from NetGalley and fell in love with it immediately (you can read my review here), so when I got the chance to read the second I was more than a little excited. ‘The Hunted’ starts of immediately after the events of the first book, leaving Stevie in a place where she is dealing with her new powers, the knowledge that she is one day meant to be Queen of her coven and making sure her five year old, non-verbal magical son doesn’t accidentally turn is classmates into a frog. The story itself is a bit shorter then first, so the plot moves quickly, with more then a few twists and turns. There was not as much character development as the first but it was great to see the whole coven again, some who have a few surprises of their own.

One of the aspects I have loved with the series is that the author has the ability to explore the past and incorporate it within a modern world. She is able to do this through flash-backs as well as bringing aspects of the past into the 21st Century, e.g. the Salem Witch Trials. I wouldn’t class this as Historical Fiction or anything but it was good to read. As for the ending, after an initial ‘twist’ that I didn’t really see coming, the ending I was pretty sure of. However although it wasn’t really a surprise it was well done and full of drama leaving me wanting more! I think I would of liked to see a little bit more to the story as it did feel quite short, however at 286 pages perhaps that was just me. Either way one I would recommend.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

500 Followers!

500 Follows!

Hi guys, just a super quick post to say thank you to every single one of you that have clicked that follow button. I honestly had no expectations going into this blog, about well, anything, I figured it would be a great way to keep track of books and what I’m reading and so on, but I’m definitely super excited to have reached this milestone so Thank You!