Monday, 31 August 2015

BOOK REVIEW: THE INTERN BY GABRIELLE TOZER




Josie Browning dreams of having it all. 

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism - and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson. 

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry


slight spoilers

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

IN MY MAILBOX - 26TH AUGUST 2015

And just as thought I was doing well

I've recently decided to put myself on a book buying ban, and spend some money on clothes, seeing as a lot of mine are quite outdated. So I got ready, went into town and thought I should go get some clothe-oh look, the bookshop! 

I bought myself two books and zero clothes. What can I say? I'm fussy when it comes to clothes and nothing caught my eye. Two books did, though, so I want to show them off.

I also got a very generous gift from an amazing friend of mine. Lucky girl!







Friday, 21 August 2015

BOOK REVIEW: HEIR OF FIRE BY SARAH J. MAAS


She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.





Read the last paragraph of this book and try not to get goosebumps. I dare you.

(You didn't get goosebumps? I don't believe you.)

Hey, everybody got goosebumps reading the final paragraph of this book!

Having read and been a fan of the Throne of Glass series since its inception, it was hard to imagine that it could in any way become more addictive, more enthralling than it already was. And having praised and loved Celaena Sardothien's strength and perseverance in the past, it was even harder to imagine her surpassing herself to achieve new levels of badassery. This crowd of loveable characters couldn't possibly become more lovable, nor could they land themselves in situations even more hopeless than before. Right?

Wrong.

This book was stunning.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

TOP 10 SLOW-BURNING ROMANCES IN BOOKS

A couple of days ago, a lovely vlogger made a video over on YouTube where she shared her favorite slow-burning romances in (mostly YA) literature. With a love for a good slow-burner ourselves, we sat down and took notes. Our TBRs are groaning under the added weight, but our inner romantics are thanking both Riley and our weak nature when it comes to book hoarding. It appears that there will be quite a few more of these in our future!

Inspired by Riley's choice of topic, meanwhile, we've chosen to dedicate this Top 10 Tuesday to our very own slow-burning-romance picks, and attempt to explain why it is we love them so, so very much. (And boy, do we ever!) 

(Spoiler alert: below in this post, we discuss some of the more-or-less principal romances in Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, Percy Jackson, The Raven Cycle, Love Rosie, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, One Day, Penryn & the End of Days, Anna And The French Kiss and The Scorpio Races series. We have tried our best to keep the explanations low on spoilers of actual events, but the sheer title of each pairing is a spoiler in and of itself. Proceed with caution.)




Thursday, 13 August 2015

BOOK REVIEW: THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN



When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.


Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.



When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.







Late into the game, and with so many YA dystopians under our belts, it's easy to come to expect the same old from every new one we come across. As someone who enjoys dystopians, despite their waning popularity, this expectation didn't prevent me from going into The Darkest Minds optimistically. But I didn't go into it enthusiastically.

I should have.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

BOOK REVIEW: BE WITH ME BY J. LYNN





Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.


Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not… 




possible spoilers

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

TOP 10 MAGICAL CREATURES

Most consider the winter season to be a perfect time for fantasy, but with the upcoming release of Sarah J. Maas's Queen of Shadows, Bloomsbury disagrees - and so do we. So this week for our top 10 list, we are choosing our ten favorite fantastical, magical and/or otherwise supernatural creatures that may help or hinder a fantasy hero(ine) in their quests. 

Painting by Sergey Ryzhov

Saturday, 8 August 2015

GIVEAWAY: QUEEN OF SHADOWS BY SARAH J. MAAS

It's just as the title says - the Honest Bookclub is hosting a giveaway of a copy of Sarah J. Maas's highly anticipated Queen of Shadows - the fourth installment in the Throne of Glass series! We know how torturous it is to not be able to get a copy of a book in a series you're dying to read, and everyone's talking about its epicness online. So, we want to share the Celaena love. We want to give away a copy to a fellow Throne of Glass-er and bring you the next installment in the series!

We are based in the UK, so the copy in question will be the UK paperback edition (pictured below). It has been downright impossible to choose a favorite edition of this book since the cover change early into the series, and we won't try. But we are, naturally, biased towards our own editions, and we're delighted to be able to ship this one somewhere into the world.



About the book:






Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world







Don't forget to check out the terms and conditions first, just in case. We wish you the best of luck! May the Wyrd be with you all.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

TOP 10 BOOKISH PROBLEMS

As consummate readers and book-bloggers, we favor reading above most passtimes. We are, to paraphrase J.K. Rowling, "ruthlessly protective" of our reading habits and reading time, and we put a lot of thought and energy into it. (You didn't think reading was a workout? Now you do.)

But yet.

At times, this reading time is usurped, the habits are disrupted, the thought we put into it is in vain, and... we've got ourselves a reading problem. So this week for our (late, rebellious) top 10, we've each picked the ten problems we face while reading, time after time, and to which other readers might - just might - be able to relate.