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Sif Sigmarsdottir – The Sharp Edge of a Snow Flake : Review

Synopsis – “The captivating, feminist, Nordic YA thriller from Sif Sigmarsdottir. The snow is falling thick and fast now. Snow in Iceland is dangerous.

Hannah Eiríksdóttir has been banished from her home in London to a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. No, not Hell, but close: Iceland. There, she faces a new life working as a journalist for her father’s newspaper – a man she barely knows.

Imogen Collins has the perfect life as a social media influencer, showing off her glamorous London existence to adoring fans. But behind the filters lies a dark secret. She thought she’d buried it: But the Beast is back – a ghost from her past who’s threatening to ruin her future.

When a man is found murdered at the edge of the road in snowy Iceland the girls’ lives collide. Imogen had the motive. Can Hannah find out the truth, and discover the reality of the girl beneath the filters?

Behind perfection often lies unbearable ugliness.

Genre – YA / Thriller 

Star Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote That Stood Out Most – “The screen goes dark. Another head turns the other way. Quietly. Cruelly. Deliberately. And out of habit.”

Spoiler free review – Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to @darkroomtours, @teambkmrk and @sif.sigmarsdottir for allowing me to be apart of this tour. I was literally hooked from reading the synopsis to this book and couldn’t wait to get my head into it!

For some reason, I had in my head that this book was going to be back dated a little but I was pleasantly surprised. The book is very modern and up-to date and I absolutely adore the Instagram post pages, definitely my favourite addition.

The book immediately introduces us to Hannah and Imogen and I just love their completely different personalities. I found Imogen super interesting because being an influencer is so common now, but I also found Hannah intriguing because I’m more of a Hannah personality.

I was hooked on the first page of the book and just kept devouring it. The author keeps the book so interesting with different twists and turns.

Overall I loved this book. I will definitely buy this author again and I’m super interested to see what next books are coming up 👀.


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T.E.Carter – I Stop Somewhere : Review

TRIGGER WARNING

Ellie Frias has never wanted to be popular, she just wants to blend in, to be accepted. But then Caleb Breward, tells her she’s beautiful and makes her believe it.

Ellie loves Caleb, but sometimes she’s not sure she likes him that much – his awkward smile, the possessive way he touches her, his harsh tone, how he ignores her one minute and can’t get enough the next. And then, on one black night, Ellie discovers the monster her boyfriend really is.
 
Ellie wasn’t the first girl Caleb raped. But she was the first he murdered.
 
Now, trapped, unable to move on, she witnesses him shatter the lives of other girls again and again. Powerless and alone, Ellie tries to keep hold of happier memories, always waiting – hoping – that someone will find her.

But no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place. 

Genre: Young Adult

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quote: “I disappeared before I actually did. And now, I’m trapped here. Forgotten.”

This was an extremely strong and very powerful story about rape. The concept is so so important and the story is just incredible.

The story focuses on our main character, Ellie. Ellie is instantly likeable and we follow her through her experience, all her thoughts and feelings too. It allows the reader to understand why some rape victims don’t tell anyone and how their experiences effect them.

The pace of story was very fast. It had short chapters and short sentences which I loved because it made it so easy to read and follow.

I didn’t want to put this book down, I wanted to keep reading and it was such an easy page turner.

Downfalls of the book were that some parts got repeated at times but this wasn’t enough to put me off. It’s also listed in the thriller genre which I wouldn’t agree with. This book isn’t a thriller, it’s a very suitable book for young adults but definitely not a thriller.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it. It was so insightful and as I said, extremely powerful.


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John Marrs – The Passengers: Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?”

Big thank you to Ebury and PenguinUK for sending me this book to review.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was amazing! The whole concept intrigued me right away, I mean, self-drive cars? SO INTERESTING! Especially since they are trialing them in the UK! Super intriguing.

The Passengers is set a few years in the future and starts out introducing us to Libby, the main character who most people can relate to. Libby is an average girl who opposes self-drive cars. The book continues to tell us about self-drive cars and how they operate as well as their different levels.

When the hacker takes over and we are introduced to the eight passengers, things get very interesting. John Marrs was very clever about how he wrote this book and it switches between each of the passengers and Libby.

This book doesn’t give you the opportunity to wonder what is going to happen because once you are told something, you read something else and your opinion changes completely!

Very cleverly written and some amazing twists throughout the book. A very enjoyable read and I would high recommend! 🚗


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Roxie Cooper – The Day We Met : Review

“Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Big thank you to Ebury & PenguinUK for sending me this book to review. Available now on ebook and paperback is released 07/03/19.

I found this book to be a very easy and fast paced read. I was able to put it down and pick straight back up with the story just continuing to flow. The ways it’s written over ten years is amazing and definitely contributes to it being a fast read.

The story is kind of predictable HOWEVER I was still crying 😭😂. It’s a very real story and I love the was Roxie Cooper uses songs to interpret feelings throughout the book. Being able to listen to a sound track as you read, that matches the story is just a whole other level.

It loses a star simply because it was predictable which made me not want to read in because I knew what was going to happen, but I’m so glad I did!

I won’t say anymore because I want to keep this spoiler free but definitely have tissues near by and definitely enjoy the read!


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Karen M McManus – Two Can Keep a Secret : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review

“Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it.

It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return.

Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news.

And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death.

His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace.

His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again.

And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it?

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure.

Then another girl disappears.

As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. “

(Young Adult / Mystery/ Thriller)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: Called it.

Ok, this was amazing. I love that its a thriller but its also a teen book so its not super creepy or scary .. (yes I’m a wuss).

The book is written from two different perspectives, Ellery’s and Malcom’s, and it does not disappoint. Right from the get go this book will grab your attention and you won’t want to put it down because its so exciting. I was constantly on edge, my mind racing to keep up and try to figure on what the hell was happening, who was it, whats going on and how do i get to Echo Ridge to join Ellery and Malcom.

Karen McManus is an amazing writer and her style is so captivating. I would defiantly recommend you go and buy this book to read, especially if you kind of like mystery and thrillers but don’t like them scary, like me haha!

My two word review “called it” because theres an amazing twist but i called it from the beginning HOWEVER that is not the only twist and boy did the other twist leave me shook. YES. Go get this book!


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Julie Anne Peters – Lies My Girlfriend Told Me : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, suddenly dies, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanees room for mementos of their relationship, she finds swanees cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a girl named Liana”

(Young Adult / LGBT)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: Yes mate.

I loved this book. Julie Anne Peters never fails to amaze me with her books and I love them all, slightly bias? Nah.

This story is about a girl struggling with the grief of losing her girlfriend, the girl she gave everything up for, only to find her phone with messages from another girl (ohhhhhh)!

The book explores different forms of grief, loss, acceptance and also it subtly explores emotional abuse which, applause to Julie Anne Peters, I love that there is awareness being raised within young adults.

Alix is real (not really real but real). She has such a realistic personality and I love how her home life is included in the story and from start to end you can see how it all comes together and develops Alix as a person.

The only disappointment for me was that we didn’t get much of a back story but I guess it wasn’t really needed, just an extra I would have liked 🤷🏼‍♀️

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I kind of guessed that Alix and Liana would end up dating, it was inevitable but I was SO for it! I mean they are cute AF. I loved that the story subtlety told how they had both been emotionally abused by Swanee but obviously had so much love for eachother. I mean askjknabdge they are cute ok?!

I would have defiantly liked more of a back story of Swanee, how she managed to date them both, why she was doing it, just a snippet of her version would have been nice 🤷🏼‍♀️. But the story was still brilliant and I loved it, thanks Julie Anne Peters 🙊🤟🏼


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Jessi Kirby – The Secret Story Of Us : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

(Young Adult)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: very predictable.

The story was good and the concept was amazing but it was clear from the start what the story was and where it was going.

Although there was incidents and events in the book it was crystal clear what was happening but you didn’t find out until the very end, which was annoying.

Unfortunately there’s no other way I can review this without spoilers, I’m sorry 🤭

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I NEED MORE OF WALKER!!

I loved this story but I can’t believe we didn’t get more of a relationship blossom with Walker sooner in the book. I mean, why wait until the end of the book to bring them together 🤷🏼‍♀️. So annoying.


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Monthly Boxes – Night Light Candle

Hi? Hello? Good afternoon? Wassup? How the hell do you start these blogs?! 😂

Anyway, I thought I would do a new series of blogs related specifically to Night Light Candle. If you don’t know what Night Light Candle is .. well I’m sure you do since your reading this blog right? I’ll tell you anyway. Night Light Candle is my tiny small business that makes bookish themed candles (wooo) 🎉. This series of blogs will be about what candles and stuff we’re doing and why we chose certain these, a little like a background story to some of our decisions and a behind the scenes haha!

If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen that we have started to do monthly bookish themed boxes. Now I LOVE a mystery box and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE a bookish mystery box but they can be so expensive for us here in the UK 😭. So I decided I wanted to create a small bookish themed box that was going to be a cheaper alternative to the bigger, more expensive boxes out there. Therefore, we have Night Light Boxes 😂 (I literally just made that up, that’s not real 😂). BUT, we do have our monthly boxes that include one large 8oz candle, one small 4oz candles, one a5 print and two bookmarks all for (drum roll please …) £12.50 ( woooooo 🙌🏼). Our boxes are theme every month and are always themed around books or bookish ideas 💡.

Which brings me onto our first month (🥁) A Box For Dead Queens inspired by Astrid Scholte’s Four Dead Queens which is due to release February 26th! We’re super excited about this box because the synopsis of Astrid’s book sounds AMAZING! I was scrolling through goodreads when I came across Four Dead Queens and as soon as I read it I knew I needed to do something to go alongside the book. I was hooked at “A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A Nobel messenger. And the murders that unite them.”. I mean 😱😱😱!! I need to read that right now!!

So yeah, that’s why A Box For Dead Queens is our first monthly box and will be posted out mid February in time for the book release 🙊! We’ll be releasing our next theme 1st February so keep your eyes open for that one and please let me know if you would like me to carry on with this blog series. I think it’s kind of nice giving a background to some of our products and what we do 😝.

If you wanted to purchase A Box For Dead Queens you can get it here but there is only two left at the time of writing this 😱.

I didn’t know how to start this blog so I’m ending it with a peach out 🤟🏼 (oh god help me 😂). Thank you all for reading! ♥️


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Claire Fuller – Our Endless Numbered Days : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.”

(Mystery / Survival)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Two word review: its ok.

I love survival type books and this jumped out to me straight away, I was intrigued! The story is very well written but as a book, I simple think it was just ok.

I mean, I did enjoy reading it and got through it quiet quick, but nothing grabbed me that made me want to read on, the story was predictable and I guessed what was going to happen at the end.

The characters are intriguing but it takes a while for the book to begin and then because it’s spread over so many years, there’s not a huge amount of detail. Hmm, I guess it was a strange book really, I did enjoy it but it wasn’t anything special.

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As Iv said above, this story was a strange one for me because I enjoyed it but didn’t think it was fantastic.

I loved Peggy but think the story was abit ruined when her name was changed to Punzel, I know it was supposed to be fairytale like but sticking to Peggy would have been fine. I guessed that Peggy had made Rueben up in her mind which made the book kind of predictable. I also thought that Peggy’s ‘relationship’ with Rueben near the end wasn’t needed, it made the story go from a young adults book to adults.

It also took a while for the book to actually get started although it did set a background, it took some of the detail away. & I mean, what the hell happened to Oliver Hannington?

I did like the ending and I liked how Fuller rounded it all off nicely. I liked the German parts in the story and it really made you feel part of the story.

I would recommend reading this book as something you just kind of want on the side as an extra read as the book isn’t too long and you can get through it fairly quick.

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John Green – Turtles All The Way Down : Review

Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)

“Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”

(Young Adult / Mystery)

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two word review: too short.

Holy s**t, I have missed John Green. This book was just amazing and he definitely did not disappoint. I literally couldn’t put this book down, I was so intrigued and curious and hooked and ugh, I just loved it ok?!

The book if 100% worth the read, the storyline is simple yet so complicated once you start reading. It’s definitely not what you expect from reading the back cover information, there is so much more to the story! I love how John Green writes about mental health in a way that is so relatable, it’s amazing that he highlights it.

There was one disappointing thing about this book and that was … it wasn’t long enough! John Green I need more! Seriously, I could have read this book forever, I didn’t want to read it to fast but I just wanted to know what happened too.

As I said, defiantly worth the read and I would 100000000% recommend it. Do it everyone, just read the book! Haha 😋.

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This book broke my heart at the same time as fixing it up. Does that even make sense? I fell completely in love with the characters in this book, especially Aza. Green made Aza (or Holmesy) so relatable, like, I thought it was just me stuck in that spiral sometimes but it turns out that it’s probably most of us right?

John Green did an amazing job of highlighting mental health in teens and young adults but wrote it in a way that was so understandable. Aza’s thoughts & mental health literally made this book what it was, amazing!

I loved Aza’s and Davis’ relationship, it was so pure but not real at the same time. I feel like they didn’t get the opportunity to become a real couple and I would have loved to have seen that! It was the least they both deserved. The ending of this book was just heartbreaking – Davis leaving that spiral picture for Aza, melts my heart!

Daisy was an amazing character and demonstrated what a true friend was, although she was kind of shitty when she wrote those fan fics about Aza, not cool Daisy. But … it did kind of make sense, it was her way of dealing with it, so we still kind of love her.

I love how the beginning of this story is all about the mystery of Russell Pickett but the majority of the book focuses on Aza’s mental health and her relationships with Daisy & Davis. But it all links to the mystery and at the end, it finally comes together.

I was so disappointed that this book wasn’t longer, I really, like really, wanted more! I was reading it and couldn’t stop but also wanted to stop so it lasted longer 😩!

Please read this book and let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear how others interpreted the book and your opinions on it 💭