Top Ten Tuesday – Books I would gladly throw in the ocean…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is books I would gladly throw in the ocean, submitted by Beauty & Her Books.

Now when I tell you I was excited for this prompt, oh man I was literally reeling books off and had to narrow it down to just 10 for this list. I try not to be overly negative about books, I always try and look for something positive but some of them just are awful and belong at the depths of the ocean.

All of these books have been reviewed on my blog and I will tag the reviews if you wanted to check them out!

1 – Christmas Wishes Come True by Jessica Coulter Smith.

2 – The Crack of Evil by Taylor MacNeill.

3 – Black Edge by Charlotte Byrd.

4 – Flatlined by John Meaney.

5 – Promise You Won’t Tell by John Locke.

6 – Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

7 – Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney.

8 – Sleeping Beauti by DB Green.

9 – Dr Sleep by Stephen King.

10 – How Much To? by Matt Shaw.

I think it’s pretty clear from my reviews of these books why I wanted to banish them to the depths of the ocean… From the truly awful miscommunication trope to books that could have been better written by children they do not deserve to be out there for people to read!

Let me know if you’re taking part in Top Ten Tuesday and what’s on your list.

Until next time, Em xxx

📚I Dare You book tag📚

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! I’m super excited to do this tag so I won’t waste time introducing it…

1 – What book has been on your shelves the longest? A – This is still The Green Mile by Stephen King, someone literally is going to have to force me to read this book!

2 – What is your current read, last book you read and next book you will read? So my current read is His & Hers by Alice Feeney, my last read is Cinderella is Evil and my next read will be an undecided Christmas themed one (I have some left over from last year and I really want a feel good romance🙈)

3 – What book did everyone like that you hated? A – I probably can’t say this as I’ve not read it the entire way through but IT by Stephen King, I just cannot get stuck into it no matter what I do, I’m not saying I hate it but yeah I strongly dislike it…

4 – What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but probably won’t? A – 100% The Green Mile, it has been on my shelf FOREVER.

5 – Which book are you saving for retirement? A – I’m only 25 I have definitely not planned that far ahead!

6 – Last page: do you read it first or wait for the end? A – I wait for the end, I don’t want to spoil it.

7 – Acknowledgements: are they a waste of paper and ink? A – I love a good acknowledgement, especially with larger authors that have a lot of published books when they thank their wife or husband or whoever it makes my heart feel happy❤️

8 – Which book character would you switch places with? A – Hermione Granger, yes she had to save Harry like all of the time but could you imagine being a witch and attending Hogwarts?!

9 – Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? A – Not really, I used to use books to get away from real life when I was younger so I’ve blocked out some of those memories.

10 – Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way? A – Oohhh! I have a collection of ghost story books that are coming up 90 years old which came from some distant relative who’s house we helped clear out when they died, they were in their loft for ages and we found them so I was allowed to have them.

And I have a copy of Macbeth that we found in our own loft at home, we have no idea who it belonged to and none of my family recognise the handwriting in the front of the book…

11 – Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? A – I’m probably really harsh but I don’t give books away to people, they only go to the charity shop if I hated them haha.

12 – Which book has been with you to the most places? A – That would be The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas.

13 – Used or brand new? A – Either, before lockdown I would regularly hunt in charity shops for used books, I’m not fussy.

14 – Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? A – Yes all of them! I love Dan Brown.

15 – A book that made you hungry? A – Probably Harry Potter, whenever I used to read about the feasts they had at Hogwarts my mouth would WATER.

16 – Most read author? A – Stephen King, easily.

I feel like you can learn a lot about people from book tags so I hope I’ve done this one justice, I never want to write loads for each answer as it can become quite long!

As always if you want to play along consider yourself tagged.

Em xxx

Sealed With A Kiss, Leeanna Morgan – A Review.

Sealed With A Kiss by Leeanna Morgan.

Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

I absolutely adored this book, it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside when I finished reading it.

Sealed With A Kiss was a slow burner to start off with, but once I got settled into the story I couldn’t help but be swept up with our characters.

The dynamic that Bella and Rachel had really made this book for me, we almost watched Bella grow throughout the time she spent with Rachel.

That being said, I liked how the author didn’t think Bella having a female role model put a plaster over the fact that her Dad missed a lot of her life and was away from her quite often. We still felt Bella’s pain and upset through the pages. It felt real.

I also loved John and Rachel’s relationship and dynamic, I felt it built up wonderfully throughout the book and again was very real.

I did get frustrated part way through as John was highly protective of his daughter and Rachel and it took quite some time for us to find out why – but I think my frustration was more that I’m impatient haha.

Whilst we did get our happy ending we had to go through some heartache to get to that point and I’m glad we did, because it made the ending that much sweeter.

I keep saying it, but even the heartache felt real – nothing about this book felt forced or over the top, it was just brilliantly written.

On the whole, Sealed With A Kiss was just a really nice read, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, it was lovely!

If you’ve read this one let me know what you thought.

Until next time, Em xxx

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson – A Review.

Good morning friends! I am here again with a January read, this time one that’s been on my TBR for a little while…

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

I absolutely LOVED this book, I put off reading it for ages because I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but it certainly did.

I don’t scare easily when reading scary books, but I was on edge the entire time I read The Haunting of Hill House, I was terrified.

The characters were brilliant, I loved how Eleanor and Theo bounced off each other to begin with and then the twists and turns of their relationship. Dr Montague was a joy to read, as was Luke.

My only wish is that Luke was included a little bit more, especially since he was heir to Hill House, I feel that wasn’t developed as well as it could have been.

The writing of this book is exceptionally clever… It’s written to make us question everything, whether the house is haunted, whether the characters are projecting their fears onto each other, whether there is so much mystery around Hill House that they’re simply scaring themselves because they feel like it should be haunted.

It felt like we were wrapped up in the house itself, living the story as the characters were.

My favourite part was how we were left questioning whether the others treated Eleanor in that way, or if it was all in her head as a result of the house and that is a question that will stay with me forever.

I finished this book over a month ago and I’m still questioning whether the house was haunted or not!

As soon as I closed the last page on this book I just sat, in shock, I felt like I’d been inside Hill House and watched this tale unfolding through my own eyes. It was excellent.

Let me know if you’ve read The Haunting of Hill House, I’d love to know what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

NETGALLEY – Haunt and Seek, Thomas Kingsley Troupe – A Review.

First of all, thank you to NetGalley, North Star Editions and Jolly Fish Press for the advanced reader copy of this book.

Here is my first ARC read of 2021! I’m so excited to share this with you guys as I really enjoyed it, as you’ll see…

Haunt and Seek Thomas Kingsley Troupe.

Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed Haunt and Seek, it was a great little read.

Aimed at middle graders this book was the perfect length to introduce your child to ghosts and spooky stories. And spooky it was, even as an adult I was a bit freaked out by the ghost!

The book itself flowed really well, the story progressed with every page we read and the pictures inbetween pages helped bring Haunt and Seek to life and helped me personally to visualise the characters. The pictures were beautiful too.

One of my absolute favourite parts was how the history of Chicago was woven in to the book, it was like a ghost story and history book into one, perfect for middle graders.

The ending of Haunt and Seek melted my heart, as did the family dynamic and relationship that was shown throughout the story. It was just lovely to read.

For middle graders I cannot recommend this book enough.

If you’ve read Haunt and Seek please let me know what you thought of it!

Until next time, Em xxx

Sex, Snow and Mistletoe, Laura Barnard – A Review.

Aloha friends and bookworms! I am here to share with you another festive book from December 2021. This was one of my faves so I’m super excited to share it!

Sex, Snow and Mistletoe by Laura Barnard.

Overall rating ❄️❄️❄️❄️ out of 5 snowflakes.

This was such a good read! It was completely different to the other ones I’d read and was a complete breath of fresh air.

Sex, Snow and Mistletoe was an easy read, but not in a negative way. It’s the kind of book you pick up with a cup of tea, in front of the fire when you need a bit of everything – humour, sarcasm and sex.

I loved how this book rounded off to a happy ending, that also left it open for others to be written which I would be down for reading!

The twist about two thirds through this book I genuinely did not see coming, I was completely shocked and I loved it, it was such a clever little way to keep the story fresh and interesting.

What did bug me was how we didn’t find out the names of our two main characters until literally the last second, I just want to know who we’re reading about is that too much to ask?!

On the whole, I just really enjoyed Sex, Snow and Mistletoe and it was completely different to any of the other books I’d picked, which was great.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought!

Em xxx

A Cornish Christmas Reunion, Laura Briggs – A Review.

Fellow bookworms and bloggers! It’s review day again which means I’m still playing catch up on my December 2020 books, oopsies. Anyway, here is another festive book review for you all to read…

A Cornish Christmas Reunion by Laura Briggs.

Overall rating ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ out of 5 snowflakes.

This book was just like reading a Christmas film, it was beautiful! I truly felt as though I was in Cornwall.

We had some big characters return from the series but you definitely didn’t need to read the other books to understand what was going on, the author did a perfect job of reintroducing the characters and blending them into the story.

And of course, the characters were absolutely wonderful as always!

The whole book was written in Julianne’s POV, which I loved because she was all over the place meaning we got to see so much, and the detail and description that went into this book made it feel SO immersive.

A Cornish Christmas Reunion made me feel all of the feels, but had a perfect happy ending which was just what I needed to read in 2020.

This whole story was just a beautiful Christmas read, it had everything you needed to bring that festive cheer and was truly gorgeous.

Let me know if you’ve read A Cornish Christmas Reunion or any of Laura Briggs’s other books and what you thought!

Em xxx

Christmas Wishes Come True, Jessica Coulter Smith – A Review.

Hello friends! I’m here again with another festive review for you all, still playing catch up on my Christmas books!

Christmas Wishes Come True by Jessica Coulter Smith.

Overall rating ❄️ out of 5 snowflakes.

I have huge issues with this book, hence my 1 star rating, I’m trying to be constructive writing this review but I have SO MANY ISSUES.

The title of this book suggests Christmas, in actual fact all we got was sex with a bit of Christmas shopping thrown in and two adults who can’t communicate…

The entire time I was reading Christmas Wishes Come True I was just annoyed and frustrated, there wasn’t much of a plot, and what was written as story (not sex, I’ll get to that bit later) didn’t make much sense.

Now the sex scenes certainly didn’t leave anything to be desired and were the only parts of this story that I actually enjoyed – it’s just a shame they seemed to take up the majority of the book leaving not much room for a story to filter through.

I felt highly uncomfortable reading this book, there was a heavy implication that Elise needed the approval of a man.

As the plot focused on this approval of a man trope I was easily bored and frustrated with how the book was progressing, and allowed Nathan to treat Elise like property, like no this is the 21st century we do not allow that…

Christmas Wishes Come True showcased everything that is wrong with relationships, with decent sex scenes and absolutely no Christmas vibes whatsoever. It was just a real disappointment.

Let me know if you’ve read Christmas Wishes Come True and what you thought!

Em xxx

The Christmas Bake Off, Abby Clements – A Review.

Hello fellow bookworms! I’m back again with another one of my 2020 reviews, due to a small break from my blog at the end of last year I am still catching up on my Christmas reads.

The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements.

Overall rating ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ out of 5 snowflakes.

This was the perfect read to kick off my December with, The Christmas Bake Off was absolutely adorable!

While this was only a short book that doesn’t mean it didn’t pack in a lot in the time that we had. The story was just so sweet, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it had the perfect small village feel and the love for baking just oozed through the pages.

My favourite parts were definitely when Rachel’s daughter owned up to what she did – getting in that festive spirit! And when Bea won the competition, it would have been so easy for the author to pick the easy winner but it just reminded me that competitions aren’t always about who the “best” is, it’s the taking part and effort you put in that counts.

The ending of The Christmas Bake Off was absolutely perfect too, it rounded off the story but left it open for more!

I just loved this book and it kick started my Christmas reads perfectly, I’m so happy I read it.

Until next time, Em xxx