Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Tour: "Relativity" by Antonia Hayes






Title: Relativity  
Author: Antonia Hayes
Release Date: 19th January 2017 
Publisher: Little, Brown
Links: Goodreads
I received this book for review on my blog from Little, Brown! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased. 



'Relativity is wonderful, a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that I feel certain will find the huge audience it deserves.' SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep and Second Life

'Relativity is a novel of assured and measured empathy, a story of familial love and familial hurt that is fair, honest and remarkably non-judgmental. Hayes is a convincing writer and a true storyteller: her characters are alive.' Christos Tsiolkas, author of THE SLAP

Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy. 

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can't shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.

Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father's absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.

Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness. 
First Thoughts
When I read about Relativity first, it quickly moved fast up my TBR pile because of the sheer beauty that it had the potential to be. What person wouldn't delve into the pages after that blurb?

Review
Firstly, before anything else, this story is about Ethan and Claire. They are beautifully flawed and magnificent characters that light up the pages with their amazing bond. Ethan was a brilliantly written character, something that I highly applaud Antonia for. Since Ethan was really young, he has always lived with his Mum, Claire. But like any child would wonder, he did think about who his father was because of his vacancy in their family picture. 
What we get next is a story that truly grips the reader. We learn about Claire's past with Mark, Ethan's father, and the structure of their early foundation and how it plays into the future. As the magnitude of the situation unfolds in the pages, we learn that there's more than meets the eye to what we know is the truth and how there are many versions of the same story that need listening to. This all plays into the unsteady foundation of the past and how it invades the perfect family Claire and Ethan had. 
I love stories about family. There's something about reading about these strong bonds that makes me happy and sad at the same time. Claire, Ethan and Mark's story is an unforgettable one that will have your heart breaking at the powerful plot. Overall, I couldn't have loved Relativity more than I did. The characters were written so elegantly and the plot with care and realistic elements. If you love stories about the journey of family, love and bonds, you will adore this book like I did. It's surely one of the best books in it's genre that I've ever read. Five stars completely. 

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About The Author


Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, currently lives in London with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.











Have you heard of Relativity?

What do you think?

Let me know in the comments and stop by the other tour stops today to see what everyone else thought of this amazing book!

happy reading!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: "Carve The Mark" by Veronica Roth


Title: Carve The Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: 17th January 2017 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Links: Goodreads

I received this book for review on my blog from Harper Collins! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

**Reader discretion is advised as it has come to my attention this book might offend certain readers. This did not change my review.**


On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another. 


First Thoughts
Veronica has to be one of my top five Favourite YA authors of all time, so when I was offered the chance to read an ARC of Carve The Mark I was over the moon. I had heard amazing things about what Veronica was writing next and with Divergent being such a huge success, I had extremely high hopes. 

Review
From the get-go, I had the feeling that Carve The Mark was a mix of Star Wars meets The 100 with some kind of drama mixed in to give it an intriguing edge. Cyra and Akos were the POV's of the book and while I thought that the gender reversal of the gentler characteristics given to the male and strength to the female was refreshingly powerful, I had heard from some readers on Instagram that the book could potentially be offensive toward POC readers because of the race of certain tropes in Carve The Mark - so I would advise discretion to readers who might be offended by these elements, but I also stress that Veronica probably didn't mean/want to offend any readers with her story.
Though it is slow-paced, I loved that it was because it gave way for the elements of the story to come to light and build a strong plot to carry it through powerfully. I had Shatter Me and Divergent vibes at certain points (which was a huge YES from me!) and the way that the characters powers projected through the pages was dynamic and brilliant. Cyra was my favourite character and she was a strong-willed and minded character (and I love those). Akos was one of those characters that I could picture on the big screen, though I couldn't relate to him as much as Cyra. The way that they weave into each others lives with their special powers called currentgifts is enrapturing. They could either help each other survive or give in and fight - but the need to survive in their world is strong and they ultimately decide that they're going to need help if they want to live.
The character development for both Cyra and Akos throughout the story was compelling and with the spaceships, planets and stars, Carve The Mark was a gem among the diamond-like solar system. The Sci-Fi elements meets drama made for a story worth jumping into and getting lost in the pages. With enthralling enemies, raw and well-written characters and the hope for more of the believably magnificent story when Carve The Mark returns in this duo-logy, I am in awe at the way Veronica's writing has evolved and grown. 
Overall, Carve The Mark is a story worth waiting for. With brave and bold characters, a story set in the stars and a lively plot to keep you hooked, you'll be turning the pages faster than you think. Though it didn't live up to Divergent (because that will forever be the best), I still thought that it was in an epic league of it's own. Amazing!


Have you read Carve The Mark?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or @LittleMemoirs on twitter!

happy reading!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blog Tour: "The Dry" by Jane Harper


Title: The Dry
Author: Jane Harper
Published: Janurary 10th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown
Find the Author: Goodreads 

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.
A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


First Thoughts
The Dry isn't my typical go-to read as I usually reach for YA. But as soon as I delved into the blurb, the premise seemed more and more like a greatly welcomed change of pace for my reading habits. I was eager to see what Jane Harper's writing was like, also, because I had heard great things from Goodreads and given it's her debut, it was even more enticing

Review
Set in a small town, The Dry began with a setting that immediately makes a mystery more interesting. Small towns are like a goldmine for a mystery and like the synopsis says, they certainly do have big secrets for such a small vicinity. Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown after being called back to the town he fled years ago. His best friend from his childhood has killed himself after murdering his wife and child and Falk returns to attend his funeral. The town is reeling from the shocking scandal of the murder, although Falk can't help but think that there's more to this than meets the eye. He throws himself back to their childhood when his dead friend Luke and him hid another secret, but it only makes the situation more dire and he has to ask himself the question hanging in the air. Did Luke actually murder his family? Or is this tied to the secret from their childhood?
I absolutely loved The Dry. It was compelling and eerie in the small town in the midst of a bad drought, alongside a puzzling mystery that bound together the lives and secrets of Aaron and Luke. The characters were vivid and believable, and I could honestly picture this being such an immensely powerful movie. The flashbacks put the present day secrets into a frame that kept the mystery going with slight tension and brilliant engaging charisma until the enthralling and startling end. 
Overall, Jane is surely an author to watch. The Dry is a five-star novel not to be missed! Mystery and Psychological-Mystery fans will be turning the pages in this like there's no tomorrow. 

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Thank you for stopping by my blog for this day of The Dry Blog Tour! It's been an absolute pleasure.

What did you think of The Dry?

Let me know in the comments below!

happy reading!
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Pretty Little Recap: #1

Hello book lovers! I thought I'd start the New Year with a new trend here on PLM: Pretty Little Recap! I used to have a section here called Play It Again which was similar although it focused more on music and books and I wanted to delve a little more into Lifestyle, Culture and of course Books. 
The theme will be divided into things I've watched or listened to this week, things I've read and things I've bought that I want to share with you all! If you want to see these things in more depth, my insta page is always readily updated. 

Books
I haven't read too much this first week of 2017 because I've had the flu and reading only makes my head fuzzy. Getting back into reading is like bumping into an old friend or finding that book you've been searching for ages to find, so that feeling of getting to delve back into old habits was perfect. 
I received Girls On Fire this week for review from Little, Brown and it looks like one of those die-hard books that you get lost in. Robin Wasserman is the author of the book and if you're interested in captivating yet spine-tingling novels, you might want to look into this one! I'll let you guys know what it's like ASAP. 
I'm also on some amazing blog tours coming up very soon so check back next week for the information on those if you're a fan of Adult fiction. 
Below are some of the books I'm DYING to read this year that I got late last year. I'll be reviewing them all this month RIGHT HERE.



Lifestyle
I think I found my new favourite store, you guys. SERIOUSLY. I haven't been to Homesense before this but I love it's sister-store TK Maxx so I thought I'd give it a try and headed in over the holidays. Not only did they have AMAZING furniture but unique and beautiful stationary! I almost did a haul picking up things for my desk. I'll be posting some of the white marble accessories I got there on my insta page this weekend for you to have a closer look! But if you haven't checked out Homesense you should - unless I'm way behind on the trend and you already love it. 

Music
I'm going to miss Christmas music SO MUCH. The song from the Grinch, What If by Kate Winslet and Daniela Andrade's EP. There's just so many good Christmas songs to get into the winter mood with and now they're gone. I did a little rooting around on Spotify to find some new music for the new year and found the Spotify Winter Acoustics Playlist and it's almost like I'm making snow angels in a sun-lit forest. Perfect. 

That's it for this months Pretty Little Recap! (Hopefully next time I'll have more incredible things to share without having the flu).

happy reading!
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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Blogger Tutorial: How to Make a Header (Beginners)

So you have a blog, but you're missing that *perfect* new header for it. Let me help!

If you're a blogger or beginner in web design and you want to build your own header, my Pretty Little Tutorials guides are perfect for you. Today in this post I'll help you gather the information you need to make your own header including graphic sources, free and premium fonts to use and how to upload it and size it correctly.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Welcome to 2017! (And a new PLM Design)

Welcome to the new and improved Pretty Little Memoirs!

My new design is thanks to the lovely blog designers at Get Polished!  I remember the first time I saw Chelsea and the team's work and I knew that was the goal I wanted for PLM. Turns out, it was a great fit! I customised a few things like my header and some colours, but other than that, this new clean and beautiful design is thanks to them!

Not much has changed here, but some things have simply moved places. If you can't find something that you used to like here on PLM, just hit me a message on @LittleMemoirs on twitter and I can help out. 

I want to wish the whole PLM Reader Family a very Happy New Year! I hope you all had the best bookish holiday ever and spent quality time with loved ones. I was a little absent over December as I have the flu and was very, very busy with plans with family but now I'm back and ready to focus on all things bookish. You'll see a few new things heading your way soon including:

Reviews from major Authors new releases
Giveaways
Tutorials
Blog Tours
and more!


happy reading!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

🎉 MyKindaBook Party: Giveaway & More 🎉


Welcome to Becca's MyKindaBook Party Weekend!

It's lovely to have you here, whether you came for the bookish giveaways or because you just love being part of blogger weekends! This weekend, I have the pleasure of becoming a hostess for a MyKindaBook party online and offline (with a few friends!) where I get to share my views on some of the amazing books that MyKindaBook publishes and even throw in two giveaways just for this weekend and my blog readers! 

What is MyKindaBook?
I'm glad you asked, because they are amazing. MyKindaBook.com has been a haven for book lovers and I love going on there and seeing all the bookish things available. You might have seen Fangirl, Beautiful Broken Things and The Lie Tree in your local bookstore and they're the books that my Party is focusing on this weekend! 

How do I get involved?
There are tons of ways you can get in on the action. You can search the #MKBParty tag on social media and catch all the parties happening this weekend (yes, Saturday and Sunday!) or you can stick around on my social channels and enter some giveaways in the meantime! If you follow this link, it will take you to a special Twitter giveaway I have for WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher (another MKB Book) or below, you can enter to win a special bookish set! Or both, because why not?

All you have to do is enter below or head on over to my twitter here to enter my other giveaway! Here, you can follow the MKB Parties happening RIGHT NOW. 

The Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you to the over a HUNDRED of you that entered! And the winner is...

Darla C!

Wondering what my favourite quote of the weekend is so far? It's from Beautiful Broken Things:
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
happy reading!
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