Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.


It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut


So I have to admit something to start of this review, I have had my copy of this book on my shelf for over a year and I know we are not supposed to judge books by their cover but I think that is what I have been doing because I didnt pick this up. 
I am so glad I decided to read it because I think this is the first 5* book of 2020.

The story is slightly confusing to begin with but that is because they are building the world up but it is still very fast paced and I would much prefer a little bit of confusion than a slow paced story. I enjoyed the complicated network of Voyants and the different skills they possess. 

I liked Paige well enough because she wasnt wimpy or needy at all and she didnt need saving by the men in her life which was refreshing. 

I found the romance a little predictable but that doesnt really matter at all and I think the relationship will grow in ways that I couldnt anticipate.

I have already ordered the second book and I cant wait to get stuck into it! 

Thanks for Reading
Em x

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

LOKI: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

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We start this book with a young Loki and Thor trying to figure out who is most suited for king and where Thor is physically strong Loki is developing his magic skills.
Odin seems to be favouring Thor and punishing Loki or at least that's how Loki feels when he is sent to Midguard (We would call it Earth).

We recently watched the Marvel movies and Loki was one of my favourite characters. He had that bad guy/ Villain kind of vibe that I like in a character because the villains are normally more interesting. When I saw this book in my local Tesco's of all places I immediately picked it up and I was drawn to reading it almost straight away which never happens.

The idea of reading about Loki before the Avengers and about his story was appealing to me and I wasn't disappointed. Not only is the story interesting, fast paced and fun but it is set in Asgard and 19th Century London.

The way Mackenzi Lee has written really lets us imagine the attitude and feeling of the characters and we are introduced to a whole bunch of characters we haven't met before as well as some that we have.

I was left feeling for Loki way more than I expected to especially after the conversations between Odin and Loki. It was really helpful to the Marvel story and explained some of the behaviours that we see Loki have. 

The story itself is also really interesting so even if you are not a Marvel fan then you would enjoy this book. 

Check out our youtube channel for a full review.


Thanks For Reading 
Em x

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Ink & Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan


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An artist who inks magical tattoos....
Rea is a Suveri, part of a tribe that can create tattoos with devastating powers. Bitter after the death of her father at the hands of a cruel general, she tries to get revenge...only to fail at her mission and be saved by a mysterious stranger who demands to know the secrets of the Suveri's tattoos.
A prince searching for power..
Sebastyen is the heir to the throne and a warrior who has shed more blood than any other on the battlefield. But the woman he meets offers a glimpse of peace. Intrigued by her rebellious nature, he agrees to fulfill three of her wishes in return for learning how to tattoo with magic.
Note: Due to mature content the book is intended for older readers.

I enjoyed this book but I found the story a little slow with a lot of back and forth between Rae and Sebestyen. I think that there could of been so much more going on for the length of the book. 
Sebestyen went to war but we didnt get to read about that at all the book just skipped the whole war. 

In theory I would like both Sebestyen and Rae as characters they had the relationship that I would usually enjoy and the personalities that normally would keep me interested. I liked Sebestyen more than I liked Rae but neither of them will stand out to me going forward. It confused me that the whole story was focused 100% on just 2 characters. 
I would have loved to have learnt more about Rae's world and how she grew up and then for Sebestyen to fit into that or even the other way round and Rae was taken to the palace but to be honest nothing really happened at all. 

The book was a very quick read for me which I love. It was easy to get into and there wasn't too much explaining or world building but I think that is also what made it difficult to connect with the characters.
I think the main problem for me was the lack of connect to the characters and the story. 

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I probably wouldn't recommend this book over books like Siege and Storm that have similar feeling but much more world building. 

Thanks for Reading
Em x

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Sweet Revenge by Jennifer Hanks

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Loyalty. Bravery. Honor.
Three words the men of the Sinners MC live by.
Three virtues they have sworn to defend.
No matter what the cost.
Meet the intense and sexy men of the Sinners MC in Maggie and Gunner’s story where revenge isn’t the only sweet victory.
He shouldn’t want her.
Maggie O’Brien has the ability to destroy him and his plan for revenge on his club’s biggest threat.
But he’s craved her almost as long as his retaliation, and nothing will stop him from getting everything he’s always wanted.
Not even the man he fears she really loves.
She doesn’t trust him.
Ryker Evans, a.k.a. Gunner, has the ability to change that with his kind words and soft touches.
But she decided when she sacrificed herself to save another that she would never give someone the power to break her again and that kindness comes at a price.
A price she is no longer willing to pay.
In a world filled with lies and secrets where freedom is fleeting, can they learn to love each other enough to survive?
Or will the cost of revenge be too high?


We are introduced to Maggie who has had a hard time since her mum died and left her alone. Maggie got into a bad situation before meeting the Sinners when her life completely changed. 
Maggies character is very wilty and tragic which I suppose is to be expected after the things she has been through but I don't think we are given enough about her growth throughout the story. Gunner and the entire Sinners club are now solely dedicated to looking after Maggie and even though they are a club that doesnt agree with violence and such they do it to help Maggie. 

I did like a lot of the other characters and would have enjoyed learning more about them. Gunner for example seemed like an interesting character but all we we told about him is how crazy for Maggie he was. I know now that I enjoy a Motorcycle club story but I don't really enjoy a needy heroine that needs a man to get better and what would of happened to Maggie if Gunner wasn't completely into her?

That being said I enjoyed this read while I was reading it and I appreciate that the cliff hanger isnt so big that you cant read it as a stand alone. The story is fairly fast paced and I didnt get bored at all during the read. 

I am not sure if I will be carrying on with the series. 

Thanks for Reading

Em x


Friday, 1 May 2020

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

I started reading this book without really knowing what it is about but when I started and got into the book I couldn't believe how fitting this was for the time that we are in right now and how we are all in Quarantine in fear of an infection so it felt really relevant. 
The book is classed as a Horror and it definitely has horror aspects but it wasn't too scary just maybe a little bit gross. There is lots and lots of Death at the hands of the Tox which has taken over the island and made the girls very poorly. 

I liked the characters because they are really not that likeable to be honest but their relationships and emotions are complicated and explained really well. I loved that the Tox effected each girl differently and that nobody really knows what it is. It was refreshing to read a YA where romance isn't a major part of the story and that the author isn't afraid to kill characters off. 

The only real negative for me was the ending. I think i would of liked this book to be all wrapped up and done at the end of the book and the action started a new phase really close to the end of the story and then we are left with a cliff hanger. I normally don't mind a cliff hanger but I feel like this one was a bit unnecessary, I would be interested to see where the story goes though and I could be wrong it might really be worth it. 

Another point to make is how beautiful this cover is. 

Thanks For reading

Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Built to Last by Kate McBrien



A one-week road trip. Two relationship-phobic adults. What could go wrong? Max Carmichael finally has a shot to work with a legendary music producer and be something more than a band manager. But first, he has to demonstrate his skill by taking a road trip to scout new acts. The new job will give him the money he needs to help his parents with their struggling London pub and his little sister, who needs rehab. And if he has to spend one week with a free-spirited American woman who drives him crazy, he'll do it. Even if she is a seductive redhead. Max doesn't do redheads. Ever. Althea Grayson has been living on Santorini for years. She's a trained chef who aspires to open a restaurant that serves amazing food to everyone, not just the people who can afford it. The only thing standing in her way is money. A paid road trip as a traveling companion is a means to an end; it will pay her way back to San Francisco to claim her trust fund and put her on a path to seeing her dream come true. And If she has to spend a week with a grumpy Englishman who drives her nuts, she'll do it. Even if he is a sexy beast. Built to Last is a standalone contemporary romance based on secondary characters from the Indigo Series. It is not necessary to read the Indigo Series first.

I love a road trip romance story and I was really excited to get into this book. I have only recently started to get into romance books and I think that this was a really good one to ease me in. The travel during the story was realistic, both characters had enough time in each place for you to understand the reason for them being there. 

I found the story a little slower to start off but it didn't take to long to get into the story so it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed learning about the main characters and who they were individually before they meet each other. I did feel like I really knew who Max and Althea were and it felt like they really knew who they were too. 

I liked reading about the growth in the relationship between Max and Althena and over all I really enjoyed the story but I do feel like there was an issue just thrown in there to make the pages up and I didnt feel like Poppy needed to be in San Francisco at all but it didn't bother me too much. 

I found this book entertaining and easy to read. It has made me want to venture into more romance books and sit in the garden soaking them up. 

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

Thank You for Reading

Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Friday, 10 April 2020

Harry Potter Tag | Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter Tag




Questions

1. Favourite Harry Potter Movie?

2. Would you rather be a teacher, creature or a villain?

3. Favourite Good character

4. Favourite Bad character

5. Who would you want to duel against?

6. Favourite Wand

7. Favourite Movie Quote

8. Which House would you be in?

9. Best Potter vs Voldermort encounter

10. What would you use the room of requirements for?

11. What would you hide in the room of requirements?

12. What is your patronas?

13. Would you have a house elf?

14. Most hated character

15. Should there be another book or movie?


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Updated Disney Dining Plan |Pros and Cons| Disney Dining Plus


Updated Disney Dining plan

Disney have added another level of dining to the Disney dining plan so there are now 4 levels to the  Disney Dining Plan.

Quick Service - Which includes 2 Quick Service Credits, 2 Snack Credits and a refillable mug.
Disney Dining Plan - Which includes 1 Quick Service Credit, 1 Table Service Credit, 2 Snack Credits and a refillable mug. 
Disney Dining Plan Plus - Which includes 2 Table Service Credits, 2 Snack Credits and a refillable mug.
Disney Deluxe - Which includes 3 Table Service Credits, 2 Snack Credits and a refillable mug.

The current price of this upgraded version of the dining plan is $94.60 compared to the Disney Dining Plan which is currently $78.01

We think that this will be better value for adults that enjoy Table service restaurants but do not need the 3 Table service credits that are offered with the Deluxe Dining Plan.

For more details check out the video.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Disneys Boardwalk Inn Facts and Secrets

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort Secrets


Disney's Boardwalk Inn will take you back to 1930s America. It’s right in the middle of the lively BoardWalk with beautiful views of the harbour and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to explore. It’s particularly fun to stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn as the whole area comes alive at night when duelling pianos get to work to the delight of the crowds, and everyone gets into the holiday mood. It’s really easy to get to Epcot on the water taxi or by foot.





Chandelier

The Boardwalk Inn is home to one of the strangest and funkiest chandeliers that I have ever seen. It's called the Hippocampus Electrolier and it features mythical creatures that are half sea creature half horse. The chandelier weighs a whopping 3000lb.

Nanny Chairs

In the lobby of the Boardwalk Inn you can find four of the ugliest chairs in the world. The chairs are cast from the original 19th century carousel chairs. The initial intention for this type of chair was to allow nannies to take a well deserved rest while the children enjoyed the carousel. On the back of each of the chairs at the Boardwalk inn there is a name that is rumoured to be the name of the children of the imagineers who created the chairs. The Chairs are named Todd, Paul, Alex and Carrie. Watch our youtube video to hear the spooky fact about these chairs. 

Seashore Sweets

Seashore sweets is a candy/sweetshop attached to Disney's Boardwalk Inn but it is also a miss America pageant museum.Mixed in with the traditional sweets and cupcakes are pictures of Miss America winners dating back to 1921. To hear the story of Seashore Sweets check out the video above.

Let us know any secrets that you have found about Disneys Boardwalk Inn and don't forget to check out our Youtube Channel

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Travel

Coming Soon

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort Secrets and Tips

Coming Soon

London Trip Trailer


We visited London to meet a lot of our Youtube friends and we wanted to share the trailer for our trip with you all. 
The full vlog series is available on our youtube channel.