My new bookshelf

I know I promised to post this and I finally have got round to doing it. I am still trying to organise my books in a way that I’m happy about. The main problem is I have too many because I have been collecting them since I was 17 years old so I have alot. You all seen my previous set up, if not then click here.

So this is the overview of my bookshelf, not all of it can be seen in this picture so I will post some more to show my shelves. You may notice that I like to keep my little figures on display with my books. With the organisation of the bookshelf I tried to organise the books by subject but then I gave up and started to organised it but colour and size aswell.

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So right on top of my bookshelf I keep all of the stuffed toys, these I have accumulated over the years. Some have been given to me as presents and some I purchased myself. I also have some glow in the dark stars and planets on it because when I turn of my lights I like how it makes the bookshelf stand out.

The top shelf is sorted out by the subject, and that is vampires. So on here I have my Vampire Diaries books, Twilight series, House of Night series, The Sookie Stackhouse Series and my Vampire Knight Manga books.

The second shelf I sorted by genre which was Fantasy. On here I have my Hush Hush series, Dream Catcher series, Blue is for Nightmares series,  Divergent series, The Inheritance Cycle and The Mortal Instruments. You can see I have some books that come in the Fantasy genre but I have had to stack on top of the current books because there is not enough space.

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The third shelf is sorted by the Fantasy genre again. It has my Chronicles of Narnia books, Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series, The Lord of the Rings series and all my Maria V Snyder books.

The forth shelf is a bit cluttered and mismatched. I sorted this shelf by colour and put all my remaining fantasy books on here. I also have some random first books of a series on here too. So I have all my J D Robb books, Sarah Dessen Books, His Dark Materials, my other paperback copy of The Hunger Games and Darkest Powers Series.

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Lastly I just put all my remaining books on this shelf. As you can see you cannot actually see the books on this shelf because they are covered by other stacks of books. These books you can see in these piles are the ones I keep promising to do my haul about, I will get round to do it some time soon, I promise! So this bookshelf still has the same problem of being a bit too small but that’s my fault because I keep buying more books. I really need to get some more self control.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my bookshelf!

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ARC The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower – Erica Ridley (The Dukes of War #1)

I received this ARC from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

To start of the review I’d like to say I really enjoyed the way the book was written, it found it to be enjoyable. There were parts of the book that were witty and made me laugh out loud. To use a quote “Death by Salad”, when on it’s own it does not sound funny but in the book it definitely is.

I liked both characters in their own way, what I found to be refreshing was both characters were upfront about what their situations were like. Both Oliver and Grace knew why the other needed to get married, and so this did not lead to a massive misunderstanding plot.

I do wish Oliver was more developed, because I wanted to know more about him. He was witty in his own way.

“Anybody who fantazied about war was an imbecile. Anyone who fantazied about inheriting a title was an even bigger imbecile “

“If he punched a hole in the wall, he could ill afford to repair it. His jaw tightened. Even that small avenue of release was now closed to him”

I do not know how historically accurate this book is at points, the research done in this is good but there were certain parts where I thought this would not have happened in that time period. The main thing was that Grace was too forward, she did not bat a eyelash when Oliver spoke about ‘eating her’. Also, usually if someone is ruined then they are cut from the ton, their invitations to balls are rescinded the next day but this did not seem to happen to Grace? I understand she got no new invitation once she was ruined but was surprised she was not taken off the guest lists for the ones she was already invited to.

The ending was nice, though I found it to be too neat and wrapped up a bit too quickly. I think what happened in the end was too big of a coincidence to make it more believable, but then who does not like a happy ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

This book is a nice easy read. It was enjoyable but there is scope for some more development.

Happy Reading!!

It’s nearly here…Countdown

            

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We all have books that we cannot wait to be released, Shadow Study is one of those books for me. The first book review I ever posted on this blog was of Poison Study which is the first book in this Study Series so it holds a special place for me. I have read the Study Series multiple times and so am excited to see what new adventures come about for Yelena and Valek.

Recently saraletourneau posted an author interview which was interesting and insightful, it also has made me want the book right now. Check out her post 🙂

As I am impatient I did apply on Netgallery for an ARC copy of this book, but unfortunately my request was turned down for it. Oh well moving forward my mission is that I will get an ARC of Night Study when it is due to come out. I just want 12 March to get here soon so I can get my hands on my pre-ordered book. I decided to get it as a Kindle Ebook because the UK covers for the original Study books are undergoing a revamp and the current cover does not match my current series so I’m hoping when the original books covers are changed this one might be too, otherwise I’m buying the US cover for this. See below…

This is what my current UK series looks like.

What the UK covers are changing to.

If you have not read this series then you are missing out. Pick it up now!!

Hyperfangiveaway Winner

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Fangirl Hyperfangiveaway, I can only pick 1 winner though. The winner is @varsh_24! I used a random name selector and the photo can be found on my Instagram  showing the winner (For some reason I could not record it, my phone would not co-operate). Well done to @varsh_24.

Once again thank you to everyone who entered 🙂

ARC If the Viscount Falls – Sabrina Jeffries (The Duke’s Men #4)

I received this from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. The reason I requested this book is because I love the Sabrina Jeffries stories I have read so far and this book sound like something I would enjoy. I’m glad to say it did not let me down.

This is the 4th book in a series and I have not read the previous 3 books because I did not realise it was a series. However I loved this book nonetheless and I did not feel you had to read the previous books to understand this one but it would be better if you have.

This book contains some mature content.

As this book was an ARC so some of the quotes that I have mentioned may change slightly in the finished edition, please be aware of this! 

Synopsis:

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

Rating: 4 Stars

Review:

I love Sabrina Jeffries books and this book was no different. It was a really good read. The story was well written and at no point did I find that the story dragged. What I liked the most was that sometimes with certain ‘mystery’ type books they can sometimes rely on something happen by coincidence for the story to move forward, but with this one the reason behind each action was explained and then they moved forward from there, this was a nice change.

Jane was also a lovely surprise because she stood up to Dom and for what she believed him. She did not let him walk all over her because he knew best. I’m glad she knew her own mind and that she had a sense of humour. I felt so sorry for Jane when the book started, I know what Dom done he thought it was for her own good but you could feel her hurt.

“Because clearly true love was the greatest lie of all”

“And once again, you decide what would or would not interest me” She sniffed. “It must be nice to be able to read minds”

I do not think this books is too historical accurate because I know back in those times love matches were hard to come across and people were looked down upon if they did fancy themselves in love. However I do not mind that because I have read other books that are like this, this for me was a really good read. Saying that I probably would not have enjoyed it if there was no historical accuracy either!

I have to admit like most leading men in Historical Romances Dom thought he always knew best and so acted according to that, but I was glad that the book was a growing process for him, you could see him understand Jane’s point of view. I have to admit the reason this is not a 5 star review is because I thought Dom was stupid for not trusting Jane’s love, but then based on his reasoning I do also understand, I just hate that they missed out on being together for 12 years?! You do forgive Dom for this though because what he did he did for what he felt was best for Jane.

“Because he was an arse who wanted to have his cake and eat it, too.”

If I had to say one thing it would be to read this! This book was released on 27th January 2015. You can buy the book from Amazon UK for here

Happy Reading!!

What I’m Reading #2

I thought I’d do a what I’m reading update. My reading has been a bit slow because I’m ill and haven’t had that much energy. I’ve had a cough since November and haven’t been feeling like myself. I’ve been to the doctors a couple of times and they say there’s nothing wrong (which is good I guess). Anyway I’m off work ill today and was off yesterday too. I have work tomorrow though and so I’m going to go in no matter what because I’ve been ill twice in the last 3 months and have taken time off work because of it. Anyway enough about my life.

Sorry for my ramble so on to what I’m reading. Currently I’m Leo by Mia Sheridan, I loved her book Archer’s Voice and so when I saw this book I read the synopsis and thought that this sounds like my kind of book. When I checked it out on Amazon UK I also found it was free! So I downloaded it straight away and am loving it so far. It seems like an emotional read, not as much as Archer’s Voice but a good read so far. Both Evie and Jake are interesting characters, I like the wittiness at their first official meeting.  You’ll probably see my review of it up in the next few days 🙂

“I don’t think it’s stalking if I get an invitation, but yes, I’d love to accompany you to the store.”

“I don’t know if I’m ready for this huge jump in status,” I tease. “From stalker to chaperone in a day? You’ll think I’m easy.”

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

Synopsis:

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

You can check out the details on Amazon here. Also how beautiful is the cover of this book? The model is so pretty.

Happy Reading!! What are you currently reading?

Sweet Addiction – J Daniels (Sweet Addiction #1)

I took everyone’s tips about how they blog on board and so this time when I finished this book a week ago I made some quick notes about how I felt on it! It’s taking me ages to get to doing my review of this (I share the laptop with my brother and apparently Football is more important lol) but rereading my thoughts that I have written reminded me how I felt, so thank you all for the tips.

I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon 🙂

Warning: This book contains adult themes and bad language. Recommended for 18+

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis:

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

Review:

People ask me why I like reading books that can fall in the erotica genre. My reply is that sometimes even though the book has sex scenes the relationship between the main characters can be sweet and there can be relationship development, the perfect exmaples of this is The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders and Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. Plus now you cannot really get romance books that don’t have sex scenes in (i’m sure there are some without but generally), they don’t bother me but I am not a fan of no relationship development and just loads of sex scenes. This book actually was more based on the sex scenes rather than the relationship development for me. There was some relationship development between Dylan and Reese which was nice but not as much as I hoped to see more substance because I was actually interested in both characters. Personally for my taste they were too many sex scenes and they were quite graphic, I swear I was blushing at points. But I can overlook this because this book was a good read. I must say J Daniels did a great job with making the characters funny, likeable, relatable and easy to connect with, this include the side characters.

“He must be joking. Beautiful and highly intelligent? I feel like I’ve found a unicorn.”

“You make me want different things, things I’ve never wanted before.”

Both Dylan and Reese were well written and interesting, I loved how independent and witty Dylan was. I was so glad she stood up for what she believed in even if she was attracted to Reese. I do not want to spoil the book but lets say there was a slight misunderstanding about Reese’s relationship status after Dylan and Reese had ‘hooked up’ at the wedding. Dylan’s friends are so funny aswell, I’m glad they were supportive of Dylan and Joey was such comic relief.

This book is well written and I thought that the storyline was good too. There ofcourse were points where I wanted to shake both characters because they were both being blind and needed some sense talked into them, but eventually both Reese and Dylan came to there senses so I cannot hold it against them. Plus I did think Dylan had a point, at no point did Reese say he was after a serious relationship so if anyone is to blame for the lack of sense I blame Reese. I may be a bit bias though because I loved Dylan as a character.

This was suppose to be a mini review but I could not help myself! If you like what you’ve read in this review then give this book ago as it was a good easy read.

Happy Reading!!