📚Top Ten Tuesday – Books I want to be stranded with📚

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 week we are discussing books that we want to be stranded with on a desert island! I have quite a few for this so I’ve managed to narrow it down to 5 with extensive reasons as to why I want to bring these with me.

1 – IT by Stephen King. I’ve chosen to bring this one with me because to be honest I have been trying to read this book for about 4 years now and I just for whatever reason cannot. And I thought, hey, I’m stuck on a desert island with absolutely NO REASON not to read this book, so why not take it with you and actually read it!

2 – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. This is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE books in the whole entire universe, one I never get tired of reading, so of course it’s in my bag when they decide to drop me off at some random island and leave me there forever.

3 – The PJO series by Rick Riordan. I will never get bored of reading these books, they bring so much joy and light to my life. They are perfect for when you need to give yourself a happiness boost! Plus, the chapter headings alone are enough to give you those laughs that keep going until you’re crying, which is a reason enough for me to bring these with me.

4 – Wicked series by Piper Lawson. Ya girl is stranded for fucks sake, I need something to keep me entertained and bring some excitement to my life!

5 – How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Tim O’Shei. Now I haven’t read this one (as I don’t plan on ever getting stuck on an island) but the title alone is enough to make me want to bring it along, if nothing else it will give me something to read when I’ve gotten through the rest of my books haha.

And there are my 5 books I will be taking with me when the aliens decide to transport me to the nearest deserted island!

Until next time, Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’ve read the most books by📚

Hey guys welcome back to my blog! It’s Tuesday (7th July already?!) which means it is time for Top Ten Tuesday! Currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together!

This weeks topic is top 10 authors that I’ve read the most books by, but I’ve decided to do as many as I can, I might get to 10 (or I might not) I’m going to look back through my Goodreads and total my reviews for certain authors haha.

1 – J K Rowling. I’ve read all 7 Harry Potter books, the 3 Hogwarts Library books and The Casual Vacancy.

2 – Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read the 4 Twilight saga books and The Host and I will be reading Midnight Sun when it’s released. (WOOOOOP!)

3 – Thomas Harris. I have read all 4 of the Hannibal Lecter book series.

5 – Roald Dahl. I’ve read his 15 book collection, numerous times! I still have the boxset in the loft, a bit battered and faded but I’m saving them for when I have my own little ones!

6 – Dan Brown. I have just (as in the start of June) completed Origin which means I have read every book of his!

7 – Rick Riordan. I’ve read the first 5 of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I want to do a reread at some point but the other books on my TBR list will screech at me if I do that lmao.

8 – Piper Lawson. I’ve read 4 of her books so far and enjoyed every single one, they were all amazing.

9 – Stephen King. I’ve lost count now of how many books of his I’ve read, I had ones from before I started blogging and using Goodreads too.

10 – Adam Nevill. Someone I didn’t find until the last year or so but so far I’ve enjoyed!

That was easier than I thought actually to find 10 authors I’ve read multiple books of, here was me thinking I’d struggle. Let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post too.

Em xxx

Wicked Girl (Wicked #3), Piper Lawson – A Review. [SPOILERS].

WOOP, hello everyone, I am back again with my final review of the Wicked series, it’s Wicked Girl (#3) and you can read my review for book 1 and 2 here.

I want to start by saying that this book had a happy ending which gives me life, I feel like all 3 books led up to this point and it gave me so much joy that Haley and Jax finally got their shit together!

I didn’t think that Piper Lawson could kick the sex up another notch from the previous book, but she did. As usual, it didn’t feel cheap and was written so well.

Just like book 2 we started to feel more emotions with one, it wasn’t just a teenager following a rock star around anymore. There were some really grown up themes going on. I did feel that Piper Lawson could have addressed these more and included them within the story rather than just brushing them to the side – it did frustrate me a little bit that they weren’t discussed after the initial mention.

I particularly enjoyed how we got to see Jax and Annie, it was a refreshing change to see Jax in a different light, and to watch him grow right from book 1 through to now was something that Piper Lawson managed to do effortlessly. I really enjoyed their interactions towards the end, when Annie really opened up to her Dad.

There were a couple of points that I felt there was a pointless backstory, but it did come to a head in the end, and made sense. I just wish that it had been explained/built upon better earlier in the book so we didn’t feel like it was time wasting or filling space.

The happy ending oh my goodness my heart, it made me so happy and I feel it rounded off the book series perfectly!

Em xxx

Bad Girl (Wicked #2), Piper Lawson – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hey everyone! I’m back again with a review of book 2 in the Wicked series by Piper Lawson, you can read my review of book 1 right here!

I loved this one even more than the first one! We finally got more of an insight into Haley and Jax’s lives, and it helped the story to make more sense, it built a foundation that I felt was missing.

We got to see more of Serena and Haley’s friendship in this book, and I am here for it! They bounce off each other so well and the banter between the two of them made me laugh throughout the book! It was nice to see that the author could focus on more the friendship aspects too.

Bad Girl was certainly not without its twists and it made the book grow up, it suddenly became a lot more serious and prevented it from turning into a trashy romance novel. There were points I literally gasped out loud with things that had gone on!

The sexual chemistry started to grow even further between Jax and Haley, Lawson does a really good job of building it up and letting us down again just when we think we’re getting to a juicy bit! It definitely is a page turner in this respect because you keep thinking will they/won’t they…

And when we did get to the juicy bits the author didn’t make them feel cheap or overdone, it was steamy and well written, the tension finally came to a head and it was worth waiting for. One thing Lawson does is write incredible sex scenes without them seeming cringey.

On the whole, Bad Girl (Wicked #2) was excellent, it built on the foundations that the first book introduced and it really grew into itself, going from a teenage dream to something that had substance and gave the reader a range of emotions.

Until next time, Em xxx

Good Girl (Wicked #1), Piper Lawson – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hey guys I’m back again with a review of Good Girl by Piper Lawson, which is book 1 of the Wicked series. And here is my review!

Let me start by saying that this book was my teenage dream written on paper. The thought of getting to travel with a rock star and be behind the scenes on the tour was literally my goal as a teenager, so this book was literally perfect to me.

The plot line was amazing, I loved the way everything panned out and developed, it didn’t feel rushed once and had a real slow burn feel to it. If anything that made it feel more believable and relatable as a real relationship.

Whilst there weren’t many sexual scenes in the book there was a LOT of unresolved tension which the Piper Lawson did an excellent job of writing, it didn’t feel cheap or overdone at any point.

I feel that we were let down a little bit with the lack of history in the book, it was very much in the now and we didn’t get chance to learn anything about Haley’s background. Which I was disappointed about as it played a large part of the story!

Character wise I love Jax and Haley, but I wish we got the same depth to some of the other characters as we did to them, some others were mentioned just as much but the author didn’t give them the same attention.

I will say though they were developed enough that background to the story made sense and there were no plot holes and I do appreciate that the story was about Jax and Haley not the minor characters!

I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who will listen, I loved it and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the next two and see where Jax and Haley ended up.

Em xxx

Schooled, Piper Lawson – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to review a free Kindle book that I got from the Kindle library, it’s Schooled by Piper Lawson.

Wowwww, where to start?! I read through this book so fast and it left me wanting for more, to keep the story going. I really enjoyed it. 

On the whole, the main storyline of the book was predictable with regards to the whole forbidden love and the best friends brother type thing. But, there were other aspects that made this book so enjoyable, that you could almost look past the overdone forbidden love. 

I particularly loved Lexi and Ava, I thought they were refreshingly brilliant characters, and it was nice that the book was led by females, and how they were striving to reach their goals.

That being said I do think that the author could have done with involving the other female characters more and developed their relationships too. I feel we missed out a little bit on some other interactions. 

 I feel this is the same with the male characters other than Dylan too, we didn’t get to hear much of them or really be introduced to them, which I feel would have added more depth to the story. 

I loved the business idea they had and how their parents seemed against it, it added another angle to the story and helped to bring the characters to life I thought, gave them some drive and purpose behind their ideas.

And as for the smut, wow. The sex aspects were written brilliantly and didn’t feel cheap or overdone.

Schooled by Piper Lawson was a real treat of a book, and even with the small issues I had with it, I did really enjoy this book!

Until next time, Em xxx