Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What I'm Reading This Spring

Springtime is truly the season of new beginnings. The flowers start to bloom again after a weltering winter and slowly but steadily, my bookshelf has yet again become cluttered with new reads in the BEST possible way. I was a Spring baby, born just in the off middle of April on a Wednesday (full of woe, some might say) and every year, I truly embrace the fresh start of Springtime. So, this year I thought why not make it a BLOG thing? 
So in the name of book blogging, I've compiled a list of a few (can you imagine if I listed them ALL?) books I either own, want to read, or am expecting this Spring! Let me know if I've missed any of your highly awaited Spring reads - I love to get and give book recommendations! 

I've heard nothing but incredible things about Caraval, a novel that seems to be sweeping the YA world like a beautiful storm. I recently bought it (it had one of those hidden hardcover things with a slipcase and hidden indented design that was GORGEOUS) and I posted a very bookstagram style post about it over on instagram. This one is very high on my Spring TBR!

Emery Lord is a shining example of perfection and realistic, powerful storytelling. The Names They Gave Us is my current read and it's SO GOOD. It deals with friendship, love and loss and so beautifully and carefully. I'm always in awe of her books and if this isn't on your Spring TBR, you need to add it! 

FLOWER POWER. Okay, but seriously, what better name for a book to read in Spring? I picked this one up last month and then started reading something else but I think I'm ready to delve back into it. It's a light, YA contemporary with some love and life dilemmas and from the few chapters I read, it was one of those kind of reads that's fun and momentary with hints of what's to come buried in the storyline. 

I'm mentally kicking myself that I haven't started this one yet. I got it for review and I NEED to read it - the cover is calling me to open the pages already! Lisa wrote the inspiring novel The Art Of Being Normal, which unless you've been living under a pile of books, was (and still is) a HUGELY successful and amazing story. This book is next on my Spring TBR and I really, really, really can't wait.

Since this one doesn't have a cover as of yet available on Goodreads, I've inserted the lovely ARC picture that I took on my Instagram page! Show Stopper is set to be a hugely popular YA book set in near-future England where poor people sell their children to the circus! How insane (yet also intriguing) is that?! 

So there you have just a pinch of the titles on my Spring TBR this year! I'll be keeping my twitter and instagram loaded with my new reads and releases so be sure to stop by my pages if a Bookish Giveaway is your kind of thing? (Hint: watch this space this week!)

happy reading!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Title: Allegedly 
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Published: January 24th, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Find the Author: Goodreads 

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
First Thoughts
Nothing had looked more inviting to me at midnight than Allegedly on my TBR shelf and since I was so, so behind on reading and reviewing because I've been hectically busy (sorry, world!) I thought it would be a perfect read to get back into the reading habit. The premise of Allegedly looked edgy and mysterious.

As I began delving into Allegedly, I realised why I love reading books and started this blog in the first place. Mary is this flawed, striking character with a complicated past that begs the question of what kind of society we live in. As a child, Mary was accused and locked away for supposedly killing a baby when she was caring for it with her ill Mother. Over the years, Mary has developed a thick skin for the way her life has been unlike normal girls. She's been kept in a sort of seclusion that she calls baby jail until she's moved into a group home. Whenever she questions why she's there in the first place, no one will answer her pleas. She constantly lives in the dark, waiting for someone to shed a little light on her and pull her out of the box she has been put into, because: Mary and her mother are Black, and were looking after a White baby. The media had portrayed them wrongly, and because of her hushed interview with detectives those years ago, they had filled in the missing information with what they assumed.
Now, Mary knows more than ever that she doesn't want to live like this anymore. After meeting Ted on an assignment, she knows he's the one that she wants, now more so that she's expecting a baby. But when they tell Mary that her baby will be adopted and taken from her, she knows she's got a fight on her hands if she wants to be happy and keep her child. Still, fighting their decision means facing the person she can't stand, her Mother, and she's going to have to delve into the past and the real her to reveal what really happened.
Allegedly is one gem of a read. It's gritty, thought provoking and honest. It's not shy of telling it how realistically life really is and how vicious the media can be without knowing the details. In this dark, raw read there existed Mary, this intriguing and powerful YA voice that begged to be heard. Her experience made me sad and mad, and sad again. There was more than just one twist (and one nearer the end that was totally unexpected) and the pace was steady enough to keep my attention throughout. I finished this mid-early morning, thanks to my insomnia, but that night I knew that Allegedly had just made those hours I couldn't sleep tolerable. 
Overall, Allegedly is a five star firecracker that's the definition of real. The characters, friendships, and sheer power of the premise was mind-blowing and it's a book to make you really think about what you just read. Truly amazing. 

Perfect For:
Everyone who enjoys YA books. 


Have you read Allegedly?

What did you think?

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

happy reading!
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Happy World Book Day!

Hello, Book Lovers!

Happy World Book Day! (aka our favourite day ever.)
I hope that wherever you are right now, you get to curl up with a good book, cup of cocoa and some indulgent candles at the end of the day. Don't forget, it's last chance today to enter my UK ONLY giveaway on my twitter page. What better way to celebrate the day than to win ANOTHER book?

happy reading!
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

🌹 Prestige Flowers 🌹

Happy Saturday, book lovers! 
Today, I'm doing an alternative kind of review about Prestige Flowers (pictured above). Since I adore flowers and everything Pretty, it was a welcome invitation to review!

About Prestige Flowers
Flower delivery by Prestige Flowers, Voted #1 on Review Center and Review Florist's Editor's Choice 2014. We have an incredible selection of vibrant and elegant bouquets. We deliver 7 days a week and next day delivery is possible when you order flowers before 9pm with our flowers by post.Each bouquet is designed by our head florist with over 25 years of experience and use only the freshest and most premium quality stems in our arrangements so you can enjoy them for longer. Flowers with free delivery available on select arrangements.We pride ourselves with an enviable reputation for quality flowers online with over a million bouquets delivered to date. If you are having trouble deciding on a bouquet our florist team are here to help. All of our bouquets are backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can safely order flowers. With an excellent review rating of 4.7/5 we are proud to be the UK's favourite online florist.


Flowers are one of those things that just makes a room. They're the focal point of fields, coffee tables and windowsills. Even with hayfever, I still can't stay away from their beauty and wanting them in my house. When I had the chance to work with Prestige Flowers on their Valentine Flowers I was thrilled. They arrived in a beautifully patterned box (pictured above) and inside were the most gorgeous Red Roses that I had ever seen. They were delicate and strikingly magnificent. Along with the Roses, there were a box of British Crafted Truffles (included in most flower deliveries) and they were SO GOOD. The kind that you don't want to share. I received these last Saturday and I wanted to give them a chance to bloom and thrive before I fully reviewed them and gave my final thoughts, and all I can say is that no other flowers that I've bought before have lasted this long and still look beautiful. Since Valentine's Day is almost upon us, these Roses reminded me of all things love. They're reasonably priced for flowers (actually cheaper than most I've seen on flower delivery sites) and they do a range of Roses, Lilies, Orchids, you name it. 
Overall, they're perfect for all occasions, especially Valentine's Day. Their service is easy to use and they have an in-depth review of all the flowers, occasions and types of hampers you can get online. If you're looking for a place to get your significant other flowers for Valentine's, without a doubt Prestige Flowers would be top of my recommendation list. Truly beautiful!

*This post was sponsored by Prestige Flowers for an honest review of their Valentine's Roses. I was not paid for this review and was only gifted the above items. 

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have the best weekend.

love always,
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Blog Tour: "Because Of The Sun" by Jenny Torres Sanchez 🌞


Title: Because Of The Sun
Author: Jenny Torres Sanchez
Published: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Find the Author: Goodreads 

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

From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.
But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.
Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.
First Thoughts 
Because Of The Sun drew me in from the cover. Although I try not to judge a book by it's cover, it reminded me so much of a dusty sunset with the swirls of rich-meets-pastel colours. The blurb itself seemed just as inviting and I was eager to get started and see if it was just as beautiful on the inside..

I read Because Of The Sun in two sittings, both after midnight (when I should have been sleeping, but fellow insomniatics know it can be very hard) and devoured this incredible story with twists, emotional turmoil and the power of grief. 
Dani has never really had a perfect relationship with her Mother, in fact, Dani's Mother has acted fairly hostile toward her, moving them from place to place and drowning herself in alcohol and men. But then, out of the blue, Dani's Mother is killed by a bear in a very unique plot twist. The situation forces Dani to go deep within herself and become a numb version of herself, the qualities of grief definitely showing. She is sent to live with an Aunt that she had never heard of, let alone knew existed, in New Mexico. 
At first, their relationship is strained and awkward. Dani doesn't know her or how to act around her, or feel inside about this whole situation. After taking long walks in the excruciating heat, she met Paulo. He doesn't have a major part of the story, but his character was a welcome and fitting part in Dani's life. He knew how Dani was feeling, even if she didn't quite yet, and knowing that someone else had been going through the same thing makes her come out of her shell a little more. The more time that she spends with Paulo and her Aunt, the more she can feel a different self coming around to the idea of healing and forgiving. 
Overall, Because Of The Sun is an undeniably vivid and sincere read. Dani's character development is flawless, because she is flawed, herself. The enormity of the situations she is put in and the steps that she takes toward happiness again is meaningful and realistically on point. Jenny has written such a powerfully eloquent novel that I am so thankful to have read. This is a book that you must have on your bookshelf this year. Five stars completely - the easiest I've given. 


About The Author

JENNY TORRES SANCHEZ is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children.

Have you read Because Of The Sun?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments! Check out the rest of this blog tour by tracking #BecauseOfTheSun on twitter!

happy reading!
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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?

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. 


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. 

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!

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