Spotlight: "Just Juliet" by Charlotte Reagan




Title: Just Juliet
Author: Charlotte Reagan
Published: September 21st, 2016
Publisher: Inkitt
Find the Author: Goodreads | Buy on Amazon

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.




The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love.

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?
Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.

"It feels real without being tedious, and heart-warming without being sappy. It's not all roses, and it's not all doom and gloom. It's great.” - Jon

"Just Juliet is the story I wish I could have given to my parents to read when I was 16 so that they knew what I was going through." - Caro M.


Just Juliet is out TODAY! I will be reviewing it soon here on my blog, so stay tuned! 

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πŸ‘—Review: Matthew Williamson: Fashion, Print & Colouring Book πŸ‘—


Title: Fashion, Print & Colouring Book
Author: Matthew Williamson
Published: September 5th, 2016
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads | Buy on Amazon

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



Fashion designer Matthew Williamson is internationally renowned for being a master of print, embellishment, and kaleidoscopic color. His collections reflect a refined yet spirited sense of glamour inspired by global and artistic influences. 

This fabulous coloring book shows inspiration shots, behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches, and prints from Matthew's 20-year archive. 
Includes beautiful drawings of his prints for you to color in yourself.



When I first laid eyes on Matthew Williamson's colouring book by the British Fashion designer (who has over thirty-seven thousand followers on Twitter, a range at Debenhams, is internationally known for being involved in London Fashion Week, global creations and more) I was astonished at the detail and unique designs.
Like in the image above, on multiple pages there are colourful dresses and prints and the "colour me" part on the right. The one above was one of my favourites by far. Tropical, more autumnal colours have always been a hit for me and this one struck me as intriguing (although I couldn't help but start colouring in multiple pages instead of focusing on one). The prints are graphically stunning and eye-catching and from turning the pages I can definitely understand why Matthew is known for being artistic and inspirational with the patterns, lively creations and original pieces (the dragonfly chapter at the start was a favourite!).
Overall, this is far from just another colouring book on the market. With the glamorous, picturesque patterns and gorgeous, idyllic designs, this is surely to be a hit with fashion-loving colouring addicts. I can't get enough of the beauty inside the pages. Be sure to see it yourself in the boomerang post I did on Instagram below and it's out right now! You won't be able to keep your eyes or colouring pencils away... (now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get back to colouring!)


Fashion-loving colouring addicts! (Like me)


Have you seen Matthew Williamson's Fashion, Print and Colouring Book?

What did you think?
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🎑 Review: Whisper To Me by Nick Lake 🎑


Title: Whisper To Me 
Author: Nick Lake
Published: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter
Reviews also by this Author: There Will Be Lies

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.


A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

When I read There Will Be Lies last year, it was a clear hit for me. So when I saw the twist of a new kind of novel from Nick, I was excited to see what was inside this Ferris Wheel picturesque masterpiece cover.

After reading Under Rose Tainted Skies, a whole new world of YA Fiction was opened up in my eyes. It was so refreshing to see mental illness and real life issues in the Young Adult community, so when I started reading Whisper to Me, and realised Cassie also suffered these issues, I was enthralled to see if it would be acted out realistically and true to life. 
Cassie, our main character, hears voices. But it's not like the voice that we sometimes hear, like our inner voice, but another. A voice that tells Cassie things. The book is written like a letter, one that Cassie is writing to the boy who's heart she broke, but it's hard to explain to him just why everything happened did. She can't find the right words to explain why she had to hold him at arm's length. The writing is honest, thought provoking and lively.
Cassie is this multidimensional character with this huge heart. She's embarrassed about the voices she hears so sincerely, giving her some real life down-to-earth aspects. Her voice made me laugh, then cry, and root for her so much. Her Dad is extremely protective of her, coming across as more abrasive than most, but he cares a lot for Cassie and wants to shield her. Paris, on the other hand, took Cassie under her wing. Their friendship was out there, but in a good way. They had a quirky sense of friendship, even though they both at times felt broken and not normal, but together they found a new kind of normal. Through the letter, explaining whys and whens and things that she is sorry for and why she broke the boy's heart were heart-wrenching. Everything in her life comes into play with her words to the boy, all leading her to the dark parts of her life. She wants to change things, she wants to say things to him and apologise for something she has done, that ultimately makes her doubt herself.
Overall, if Whisper To Me were the weather, it would be a dark sky with the brightness of stars radiating goodness through the blackness, meaning that though Cassie's story might be dark at times, she had goodness in her life. Five stars, of course. 

Everyone.


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What did you think?

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πŸ”₯ Review//Tour: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent πŸ”₯

Title: The Flame Never Dies (#2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Published: August 16th, 2016
Publisher: Mira Ink
Find the Author: Goodreads / Amazon


I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased. Thank you to Cara at HQ!




For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Stars Never Rise was one of my favourite reads last year. I have the whole of Rachel's Soul Screamers series also (that I LOVED) so when I found out that TSNR was part of a duology, I couldn't wait to read the companion.
After The Stars Never Rise ended on a note that left us hanging in the air, The Flame Never Dies was a welcome read. I was met by these vibrant characters again and the unique plot that wove Exorcists and Demons together in a different, fast-paced setting that hasn't been touched upon before, highlighting an edge-of-your-seat story. In The Flame Never Dies, Nina and her younger sister Mellie, who is pregnant, and the group of Exorcists they met in The Stars Never Rise, are in the Badlands on the run from the Church. 
But still, they know that just because they have escaped their grasp doesn't mean that enemies aren't on the horizon, because now they have bigger issues, like Pandemonia and the strict evil that controls it.
There is always something extra special about the books Rachel writes. Whether it's the distinctive voice of Nina, the original take on mythology, or the way reading one of her books sends the readers away to a whole new world; each one is never shy of epic. The Flame Never Dies is high on thrills and low on romance, but that doesn't stop the connection that binds the characters together through their journey together, or the ties that keep friends and family united. With a plot like a fast heartbeat, there was never a dull moment when it came to Nina, Melanie and Finn, the love-to-hate villains and the end of the Stars Never Rise duo. Each new revelation was exciting and the twists and turns were executed perfectly, keeping me hooked to my eReader for hours. 
Overall, Rachel has written another amazing story that is sure to be a hit with the YA community. I'm in awe at her imaginative story lines that never fail to entertain and enthral. 

Young Adult readers looking for an epic adventure.






NYT bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. Rachel is the author of the SOUL SCREAMERS series and can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.comA resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

@HQYoungAdult   @RachelKVincent   #TheFlameNeverDies


What do you think of The Flame Never Dies?

Have you read any of Rachel's books?

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🌹 UNDER ROSE TAINTED SKIES 🌹


Title: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Published: July 7th, 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter


I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.




Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

As soon as I heard about URTS a few months ago on Twitter, I felt a magnetic pull to find out what it was about and what was beneath the beautiful floral cover. When I saw it dealt with things such as agoraphobia, OCD and anxiety, I was compelled even more. These things are hardly touched upon in the YA community, so many heroines being potrayed so unlike real life. I was excited to get involved anyway that I could and I was over the moon that I got the chance to read URTS and be a part of the tour.
Norah is undeniably honest, this I know from only opening the book just a crack. She talks about her mental health; her agroaphobia, OCD and depression/anxiety so bravely, reminding me in parts of my own struggles with social anxiety and OCD that I still have to this day. Norah's anxieties and problems affect her every day and the way that Louise captured the qualities of the feelings and thoughts was unerring. Norah is housebound from her illnesses, only ever getting air at her front door on occasions, life outside like a different world completely. It's there that she meets Luke, who moves in next door. Her anxieties don't stop or halt when she meets him and love doesn't conquer all her problems, but he tries to help in different ways, like trying to alter her way of looking at things and her thoughts. She can't help but feel like he deserves someone "normal", though. Nevertheless, her poignant and charming narrative of trying to cope with letting someone in whilst going through an inner battle with herself is as vulnerable and honest as a reader can observe.
Not only does Norah feel real, but her story is one I'll never forget. URTS feels real because Norah's mental health problems are real world things that can hold us back, shape our lives and try to change who we are. It's her sheer determination and enthralling, heart-felt voice that reminds me that it's okay to be different and to not be "normal" and sometimes need help along the way.
Overall, Under Rose Tainted Skies is in a word; phenomenal. It's powerful, moving, heartwarming and sincere. Norah and Luke's connection was written beautifully, as was Norah's courageous journey through the pages. I was overwhelmed at how effortlessly I fell into the story and wrapped around the characters, feeling as if they were my friends and that I knew them. URTS is a breathtaking debut that is going to sky-rocket and it deserves every amazing thing that happens. Louise has written what I can gladly say has been my favourite book of the year so far. Five stars completely.


 Everyone.





Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy, and she is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. A YA aficionado, film nerd, identical twin, and junk food enthusiast, she's also an avid collector of book boyfriends. Her debut novel, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, will be published in July 2016..

The YA community and finding a place! 
by Louise Gornall

Stepping into the world of writing was jarring. Admittedly, I knew nothing when I arrived. A query letter? What’s that? Books have word counts? I just thought you were supposed to stop when you ran out of story. No?

Luckily, I signed up to Twitter and bumped into the lovely Heather Marie, who was also writing books for teens. I think it took just one quick chat with Heather to discover how complex writing YA was, and how dangerously I lacked in direction. 

Cut to four years later, and a vast community of YA writers, several of whom I consider among my best friends, have taught me how to be the best writer I can be. And not just technically with the querying and the word counts and the character building and all that other stuff. The YA community is an amazing source of support, because, real talk, this business is tough. You will be rejected more times than you can count. You will feel crappy and worthless and like you want to quit, at least once a month (if not once a week). And people outside of publishing won't get it, as wonderful as family and friends can be, if they don't know shhh about the industry, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be needing support from someone who knows exactly how it feels. That’s just science.

Plus, you know, there are perks to being BFF’s with YA writers, apart from them being lovely human beings, who, for the most part, really understand the importance of pyjamas and junk food, and that’s exclusive reading privileges.


Have you read Under Rose Tainted Skies?

What did you think?

If you were affected by any of the issues in the book, MIND and the Mental Health Foundation are available.

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Blog Tour & Review: "The Problem With Forever" by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Amentrout 
Published: June 1st, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Find the Author: Goodreads
Other Reviews by this Author: Cursed, Don't Look Back, Half Blood

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Anyone who has read my blog for the past few years knows I can't go long without a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. Not only does her writing entertain and grip readers, but her plots are always unique and interesting. I was definitely excited to see what kind of book The Problem With Forever would be, stepping away from the Fantasy genre I had always linked Jennifer to.
I thoroughly loved this book. Usually, I save my more praising notes for the end when I wrap up my review, but it had to be said: this book was perfect. The lead character, Mallory, or Mouse as she had been nicknamed, had been through hellish and bad times. Now, since those times had gone she had been home-schooled for years with loving and incredibly caring adoptive Parents, but now it was time to go to school for Senior Year to prepare for College, back into the open world. It was not only a scary experience for her, but for me as a reader, watching her go through this inner struggle. When Mallory gets to school, she doesn't expect to run into Rider. His face brings back a whole lifetime of memories, mainly the ones of him defending and protecting her back then.
She doesn't expect to find that the tethered connection isn't as broken as she thought it was between them and it's easier to reconnect than met the eye. But Rider's life isn't perfect and before she knows it, she's watching it run away with him and cast him into bad ways. The only way she can help is to step out of her shadow and silence and into the freedom to grasp the life she deserves after her past neglect and childhood terrors. It's the only way to save herself, Rider, and secure the lives they both so desperately need.
The Problem With Forever is a love story, a friendship, a whirlwind masterpiece and a deep, true-to-life book. It's everything you want in a book. It didn't take me long to finish it and it will be with me for a long time yet. Every time I read something new by Jennifer I am blown away and this was truly no exception. I'm wonderstruck (as Taylor Swift says) by this amazing story, these beautifully flawed characters and how effortlessly it has become such a winner in my eyes. Truly beautiful, five-star worthy YA read. Anyone who doesn't read this is truly missing out on something so special.

 Young Adult readers.




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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
 
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