Thursday, 8 January 2015


It has come to my attention that there are many different reading challenges about for 2015; Hannah at Broc's Bookcase has written a great post about the many available. Granted, I don't have the time or the reading ability to participate in them all there are a few I do want to participate in. I already spoke about The Re-read Challenge that I've joined, but a couple more I'm going to join are:

The Daily Prophecy
 I recently made a post about how I wanted to read more fairytale retellings this coming year and then I came across this challenge hosted by The Daily Prophecy and thought how perfect it would be to give the challenge a go and finally get reading some fairytale retellings. There are varying levels of reading to aim for, for this challenge and I think I am going to stick to the Magic Mirror goal; that's 5-9 books over the year.

Another challenge I'm participating in this year is Goodread's 2015 reading challenge, in which you can set yourself a goal; in my case I've decided to pick 52 books and your challenge is to meet that goal. I set myself one in April, 2014 of 30 books so this year I aim to read one book a week. All you need to do is join Goodreads and join me on this challenge. 

Are you going to participate in any challenges this year?

Keep an eye out for updates and reviews I'll be doing throughout 2015!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Andrea Portes

PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
GENRE: Contemporary
PAGES: 336
GET A COPY: BookDepository/Amazon

"Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?


I'm going to start with something I didn't like about this book - the romance. I didn't like it all. I didn't like how much Anika switched between Logan and Jared and how annoying juvenile it was. I understand it is about a 15 year old girl but I just couldn't deal with her view on the whole thing and how easy it was for to just blow one of for the other.

That being said, I really did enjoy this book. It was such an insightful and true account of her dealing with love, family, friends and everything else live has to offer when you're a 15 year old girl. It felt so whitty and funny in parts and Portes writing throughout was such a delight.

What I wasn't prepared for however, was the ending. It was so heartbreaking. I was broken. I literally had to put the book down with only ten pages to go just to have a moment to process what had just happened. It was the biggest "wtf just happened?" moments I've read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was such a quick and easy read that I think anyone could enjoy. Melissa Kantor blurbed this book saying she had laughed her way through until the book broke her heart into a million pieces. I think that pretty much sums up my experience and I definitely recommend it to everyone.

Has one else read this book? If so, what did you think?

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY - Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2015

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke & The Bookish is all about the books I'm highly anticipating this coming year which have previously been mentioned in another post, but these are dedicated just to the authors releasing their debut novels this year and those I can't wait to get my hands on and has made me get a bit "one click preorder" happy on amazon. 

  1. Love, Tanya - Tanya Burr (February 26th)
  2. The Glam Guide - Fleur De Force (February 12th)
  3. Playlist for the dead Michelle Falkoff  (January 27th)
  4. Everything That Makes You - Moriah McStay (March 17th)
  5. No Place To Fall - Jaye Robin Brown (January 15th)
  6. None of the Above - I.W. Gregorio (April 7th)
  7. The Night We Said Yes - Lauren Gibaldi (June 16th)
  8. The Distance Between Lost and Found - Kathryn Holmes (17th February)
  9. The Wrong Side of Right - Jenn Marie Thorne (March 17th)
  10. Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah Thomas (July 2nd)

What debut novels are you most looking forward to this year?

Disclamer - dates shown above may vary from country to country, they're the dates shown on Goodreads or UK Amazon