Tuesday, 27 October 2020

All You Hold On To (Anderson Creek # 1) by K.T. Egan

 


Aspiring author Roxanne Wortham lives a comfortable life in Las Vegas. She spends her days at her nine-to-five job and comes home to her boyfriend, Ethan, and an unfinished novel that she can’t seem to crack. Her life is simple— that is, until she gets a phone call saying that her childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend, Maverick Sterling, has been in a near-fatal car crash.

As Roxanne discovers that she still has power of attorney over his affairs, she places her life on hold and rushes to Maverick’s side in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While helping him to recover, memories of childhood and old relationships resurface, making it difficult for Roxanne to balance her new life with her old one. Roxanne is left to sort through complicated feelings from her past alongside the realization that Maverick may still have feelings for her— and even worse, she may still have feelings for him, too.

This story follows a group of childhood friends into adulthood, Focusing on Roxanne and Maverick and their love story. Roxanne and Maverick were totally in love with each other until they broke up and Roxanne moved to vegas and got a new boyfriend. 

The story was a cute easy read without too many twists and turns, this allowed me to really get into their world and explore the friendships between the group. I would have loved to learn a little more about the characters and although I was invested in the relationship between Roxanne and Maverick I don't feel like I really got to know them that well. 
The supporting characters were not really developed into individual people that could exist without the main characters so maybe the next books will focus on somebody else. 

I liked the style of writing in this book and did find it pretty easy to read. I really like the cosy vibes of the cover too. I dont think I will be rushing to pick up the next book in the series but it definitely has potential. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing this book in exchange of an honest review. 


Thanks For Reading

Em x


Friday, 23 October 2020

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon


This is the third book in The Bone Season series and you all know that I was a massive fan of the first two books. I want to try and review this book without giving too much away but if you havent read the first two books in this series maybe give this review a miss. 

The first thing I want to mention is the covers in this series have changed and that is really annoying. Like a lot of readers, I like it when books match on my bookshelf but never mind I suppose.  

 
Book three picks up where book 2 left off which is nice especially as it was fairly recently that I read book 2. I struggled quite a lot to get into the third book and I think it was a a lot slower than I wanted it to be. 

Paige and her gang travel around the UK more in this book and it was fun to read about the different places and how they slot into place within the world. 

This book wasnt my favourite in the series but I am still really enjoying the series and I am excited to see where the next book takes us. 


Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Thursday, 8 October 2020

For Holly by Tanya Byrne



Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It's a cliché but it's true.
Lola Durand can't get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother's death together.
If he won't listen, she'll show him. She'll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it.
Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She's going to share it.

For Holly wasn't the top of my list to pick up because I don't really find the cover very appealing but this is one of those don't judge a book by its cover moments. 
Lola is a really interesting young lady, she has recently lost her mother in a terrible accident and her whole world was turned upside down. Lolas dad married Agatha who lives in Paris and that is where Lola finds herself living. Lola hates everything about living in Paris or at least she things that she does. 
This story follows Lola in a complicated journey of revenge and growth. 

The characters in this story are so diverse, I really enjoyed meeting all of them well except for Agatha. 

I am not normally interested in mystery books but this one was fast paced and kept me really interested. The book is written in the style of a diary which definitely helped with the pacing. The book covers Lolas grief and a couple of tragedies. 

Growing up my family used to take many trips to France so the snippets of french conversation was a welcome treat and for the bits that I was unable to understand Lola cleared up in English for us.    

I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it for an interesting quick read. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Reflections by Elizabeth Lim

 


When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang's great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must traverse Diyu to find Shang's spirit, face harrowing obstacles, and leave by sunrise⁠—or become King Yama's prisoner forever. Moreover, Mulan is still disguised as the soldier called Ping, wrestling with the decision to reveal her true identity to her closest friend. Will Mulan be able to save Shang before it's too late? Will he ever be able to trust her again? Or will she lose him--and be lost in the Underworld⁠—forever?

I have had this book on my book shelf for a really long time and the Twisted Tales overall have been a little bit hit of miss for me. This one was a total miss, I think in fact it is my lowest rated book so far this year. I was honestly so disappointed. 

 I have been using a random number generator to pick the books that I read and this one came up. Honestly when it came out I didnt really have a preference either way. I have recently watched the Live action Mulan and it was very middle of the road so I thought that this would at least be better than that. 

I honestly just didnt get it. Ping goes against orders to win the war against the Hans but Captain Shang gets very injured in the process, this leaves Mulan feeling guilty so she agrees to go into the underworld to bring Shang back to the land of the living. 

In theory the underworld part of the story should have been really interesting and fast paced but for me it was exactly the opposite. The rooms in the underworld were all really similar to one another and nothing particularly interesting happened until the end of the book. 

It surprises me that the book has such good reviews on GoodReads because I just couldnt connect with the story at all. 

I think if you are a big fan of Mulan then you will probably really like it but if you find her kind of meh then give it a miss and read something else. 


Thanks for Reading 

Em x



Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao : Kingdom of curses and shadows book 1

 

One prince wants her out.
Another wants her as a pawn.
Someone wants her dead.
Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.
Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn't attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place.
Now she's competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It's her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she's a fragile damsel who doesn't belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he's stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.

And then there's someone trying to kill her.

Lets start this review with the cover. The art on the cover of this book is absolutely stunning and depicts Zora almost exactly as I imagined. 
I wasn't expecting too much from this story, I thought it might just be a fun read but I was so surprised. I really enjoyed the story and I cant wait for the second instalment of this series. 

First I love that Zora is a woman scorned and the whole story kind of starts off as a revenge mission to show her cheating boyfriend that she is better than him. Zora is smart, strong and brave she makes a refreshing change from some of the needy heroines that we get in some YA books. I always love a book that has some royalty in it so two princes and a king is a fun scenario. 

The plot was also really interesting I thought it was kind of a mix between the selection by Kiera Cass and The Tri-wizard tournament from Harry Potter with a little bit of Hunger Games. There is a little bit of magic and the hint of a bigger world that will be built throughout the series.

It was a really fun fast read that I wizzed through it. 

In Conclusion I loved everything about this book. 

Thank You to NetGalley, Day Leitao and Sparkly Wave Publishers for providing an Arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank You for reading
Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com







Monday, 21 September 2020

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

 



The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

I must admit that I have had Lady Midnight sat on my bookshelf for a really long time and with the size of the book and the Shadowhunter hangover that I was in after the previous series I wasn't really in any rush to pick it up. I finally did start it and although it is intimidating the 698 pages are a pretty speedy read. 

I might be a little bit biased because the main character is called Emma but I liked some of these characters better than the originals, there were also characters I didnt like so much. 
The story mainly follows Emma and Julian who I did like. I thought the relationship between Julian and Emma was really sweet, I liked reading about how it grew slowly into something confusing that they need to discover. 
I personally thought there were too many younger siblings. My focus was shifted from the story to the chaos that was going on in the institute but not in a good way. I cant remember enough about any of the children for them to be important to me and their ages were really confusing, we treated some of them like babies and then find out that they are teenagers. 
Mark was a really interesting character me it was nice that he wasnt the perfect shadow hunter instantly. I liked hearing more about the fairies and the wild hunt. 
We even got a guest appearance from Magnus Bane!
The characters in this book have been through so much and they came out stronger and wiser. I love that Emma isn't a weak female character like is often portrayed in books. 

The storyline about the parabatai laws was really interesting because this wasnt something that had been discussed in the previous series and I think it would have been important to mention. I am really interested to see where this story goes though. 

I personally enjoyed this more than I did the City of bones series but I am not sure if that will still be the case when I have finished the series. I dont even think that you need to have read the City of Bones series to get into this series. 

I would 100% recommend this book. I loved it. 

Thanks for Reading
Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com



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.