Wednesday, January 18

Review: The One We Fell in Love With

The One We Fell in Love With
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Date Read: December 7, 2016
Genre: YA - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
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From Goodreads:
Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

The One We Fell in Love With is another one of Paige Toon's books that has been sat on my shelf for so so long before I actually picked it up to read and I am now kicking myself for not reading this one sooner. The One We Fell in Love With is so different to other Paige Toon books but for all the right reasons. I have always been in love with Paige's book since her debut because of their fun, beautiful and romantic stories that are amazingly girly and although this one has all of those aspects it is emotional and heartwrenching at the same time which gave this book just another beautiful layer that her previous books doesn't have. I loved every second of it.

The One We Fell in Love With follows three identical triplets, Phoebe, Rose and Eliza. They have always been different people as much as they look alike but one thing they have in common is Angus. The boy that all three of them fell in love with. All three of them have dilemmas in their life but can they come together after a tragedy? And can Angus bring them together or will he tear them apart?

I absolutely loved this book. What a stunningly emotional read. For the first time ever I cried reading a Paige Toon book. This book just has so much emotion running through it I will seriously doubt if you have a heart if you can read this book without shedding a tear. One of the things I adored the most about this book is that running theme of sisterhood throughout it. All of Paige's books have this amazing romance going on but while that happens in this book I feel like it is more of a back burner to the relationships between the sisters and it was amazing to read about and experience and it made me love this book even more. It made me laugh, cry and it broke my heart before putting it back together again. It was such a phenomenal read.

The One We Fell in Love With is one of the most emotional, sad, moving and uplifting books I have read in so long. It was absolutely stunning and I loved every moment of this book. I cannot recommend it enough. It is so beautiful book, in both story and writing. Paige Toon has proven helself once again to be at the top of her game. She is phenomenal and I am now heartbroken that I have no more Paige books to read. If there's one book you pick up this year to devour make sure it is this one.


Wednesday, January 11

Review: The Sun in Her Eyes

The Sun in her Eyes
Paige Toon

Published By: Simon and Schuster UK
Publication Date: May 21, 2015
Date Read: November 30, 2016
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 420
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From Goodreads:
Blinding sunshine… A bend in the road… What became of the little girl with the sun in her eyes?

Amber was three when a car crash stole her mother's life. She doesn't remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she's trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

Paige Toon is without a doubt one of my favourite authors. Right from the moment I read her phenomenal debut, Lucy in the Sky, I fell head over heels in love with her books. I couldn't wait to dive into The Sun in her Eyes when it was released but as many amazing books do, it ended up sat on my shelf for forever before I read it. The Sun in her Eyes was a little different from Paige's other books but it was still a beautiful amazing read.

Amber has her own life in London. Married to Ned, she is happy-ish. Her and Ned are fighting a lot and all she wants is to work things out. But when she has to jet back home to sunny Australia Amber's life turns upside down. Looking after her father and hanging out with the guy she fell in love with when she was younger Amber's life with Ned feels a million miles away.

Amber was a good character to read about. Not my favourite Paige Toon character, actually in terms of the other main characters Amber is probably my least favourite because of the questionable actions she does throughout this book which although understandable I did not agree with at all. She was still a great character to read about and you really sympathise with her situation but I feel like she could have made some much better choices throughout the book.

The Sun in her Eyes was a fantastic and heartwarming story, as all of Paige's novels are but honestly I was a little bit let down with this one. It didn't have that gorgeous, amazing Paige Toon feel that her other books have had. I am always so excited to read a Paige Toon book and as I was reading I just felt like this wasn't her usual amazing writing and storyline as her other were. This by no means this book isn't good becase it was so amazing and I throughly enjoyed this book. I just didn't love it quite as much as the others.

The Sun in her Eyes is the perfect summer read. It's a gorgeous, adventurous and heart-melting storyline and I love that all her old characters popped up in it somewhere. I can't wait to read her next novel. I adore Paige Toon and I highly recommend her books. If you want a good romance this is definitely the book for you.


Wednesday, January 4

Review: Thirteen Weddings

Thirteen Weddings
Paige Toon

Published by: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 8, 2014
Date Read: November 26, 2016
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
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From Goodreads:
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…

Thirteen Weddings has sat on my shelf for what feels like forever. Paige Toon is one of my all time favourite authors and it is thanks to her that I am the avid reader that I am today. I recently bought the 8 book bundle of Zoella's Book Club which included Paige's more recent book The One We Fell in Love With. As much as I was dying to dive into that one I wouldn't allow myself to. The thing I adore about Paige's books is that they all interconnect so the later books always include characters from the previous books so I like to read their stories first. That led me to finally picking up Thirteen Weddings and I am so so glad that I did. I loved every moment of this book, as per usual for a Paige Toon book.

A year and a half ago Bronte flew to England for her friends wedding and while on her hen night met the gorgeous and newly single Alex. After a night of passion she flew back to Sydney and they expected never to see each other again. Now she has moved to England to work for a magazine in London and what Bronte doesn't expect is to bump into Alex again. Alex never expected to see Bronte again, and now he is engaged to the girl he was on a break from that night. Can they both go their seperate ways or are their lives destined to entwine once again?

I loved this book. Right from the start I was convinced that I would know how this book would end. You know how it goes with a romance book. You think you have it all sussed out. Thirteen Weddings did not end how I thought it would and I couldn't be more pleased about it. I loved every single moment of it and I loved all of the characters.

Bronte is an awesome character and although I don't agree with some of her choices I understand why she did what she did. She was in an awful situation and her reactions were realistic. Nobody is perfect and I absolutely love how real Paige makes her characters. Yes they make mistakes but so does every other person in the world.

The boys.... Well I loved Alex to start and then the more I read the book the more I kinda went off him. I like him okay but he just messed with Bronte's emotions so much in this book that I just wanted him to decide. Was he staying with his fiance or was he going to leave her for Bronte? I just wanted him to decide and stop stringing her along. Lachie on the other hand I fell head over heels in love with. A gorgeous, cheeky Australian wedding singer he was sweet and adorable and the more I read the more I fell in love with him.

Thirteen Weddings was a fantastic chick lit novel and I can't praise it enough. Paige once again turned me into a total fangirl with all of the mentions of the other characters from her previous novels. Every time some of them were mentioned I totally squealed and it just made me want to re-read all of the previous books. I just love all of her books so much.

Thirteen Weddings was full of romance, friendship and the importance of family and I loved every second. If you haven't read Paige's stuff yet I highly recommend that you do as every single one of them is perfection in the form of a paperback.



Sunday, January 1

Wrap Up: December 2016


May can you believe that 2016 is over already? It's flown by but I think I speak on behalf of everyone to say THANK GOD 2016 is finally over. It's been a hard, surprising and awful year for a lot of people but it was a good year of books and that's what matters. Here's to a fantastic 2017 with lots of awesome books.

Anyway, here are the books that I read, reviewed and collected in December.

Book Haul:






A Faerie's Curse (Creepy Hollow #6) by Rachel Morgan
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Shadow Hour (Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Companion
The Case of Beasts (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)
Musicals Book


Books Read in December 2016:


The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - 4 Stars
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - 3 Stars
The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern - DNF
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson #2) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
All About the Hype (Jessie Jefferson #3) by Paige Toon - 5 Stars
Fearless (Elemental #1.5) by Brigid Kemmerer - 4 Stars
Irons Prophecy (Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa - 3 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2016:

Fire in You (Wait for You #6) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Frostblood (Frostblood #1) by Elly Blake
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (Dash and Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Top 3 Books of December 2016:





What did you read this month?
 

Saturday, December 31

K-Books Top 5 Breakthrough Authors

Hey Guys,
So I always like to do this little post each year. It's the Top 5 new-to-me authors that I have read for the first time this year and who really blew me away.

5. Rachel Morgan, author of the Creepy Hollow Series

This year I devoured the first three books from the Creepy Hollow series and I absolutely adored them. They were utterly fantastic and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. Rachel is definitely an author I will be looking out for in the future.

Visit her Website HERE
Find her on TWITTER



4. Alwyn Hamilton, author of the Rebel of the Sands Series

This year I read Alwyn's debut, Rebel of the Sands, and I fell head over heels in love with her writing, characters and story-telling. I was also thrilled to meet her at this years YALC. I loved her book so much and I am so so excited for the sequel coming out next year. She is definitely an auto-buy author for me now.



3. Lauren James, author of The Next Together Series

This year I met the wonderful Lauren James at YALC and after meeting her went ahead and read her The Next Together Series and it totally blew me away. Lauren has to be one of the most intelligent authors I have read as her series is so cleverly done and thought out. It's really unique and different to anything I have read before.



2. VE Schwab, author of Vicious, Darkest Shade of Magic Series and Monsters of Verity Series

Another author I was so happy to have met at this years YALC. I read VE Schwab for the first time this year and I cannot believe what I was missing out on. Her books are abosolutely amazing. I loved Vicious and This Savage Song and I cannot wait to read the rest of her stuff. On my 2017 to-read list is the rest of her books. She is a definite auto-buy author.


1. Elly Blake, author of Frostblood Series

Frostblood isn't out until January 2017 but I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the book and I loved every single moment of it. She is such a fantastic author and her book just utterly blew me away. I can't wait for the rest of her Frostblood series and whatever may come after. I will definitely be reading anything and everything she may write. 

Friday, December 30

Top 10 of 2016: Day 5 - Best Books I'm Looking Forward To in 2017


Hey Guys,
I've had so much fun this week showing you my Top 10 of 2016... I'm now going to share with you the last official Top 10. I will be posting tomorrow my Top 5 Breakthrough authors, the 5 authors that were new-to-me this year that blew me away!

Anyway here they are my top 10 books that I cannot wait for next year. There are many more but I tried to choose ones that have already had covers revealed or at least cover placeholds.


10. The Struggle (Titan Series #3) / Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

Okay, so I am totally cheating here by including two books in one but they're both by the same author so that's totally allowed right? 

The Struggle is the third book in The Titan Series, the spin off from my fave series of all time, Covenant Series. Book 2 in this series had such a big cliffhanger ending (DAMN YOU JEN!!!) so I cannot wait to see what is going to happen. 

Publication Date: March 20, 2017

Till Death is a new adult thriller / mystery / romance novel from Jen and although I'm not a big fan of thrillers I loved Jen's other thrillers so I cannot wait to read this one.

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval is a book that sounds like it is right up my street. I am so excited to get my hands on this book.
Caraval is the story of two sisters who escape from their evil father's home and find themselves in the midst of a deadly and legendary game.

Publication Date: January 31, 2017




8. Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed was one of my favourite books of the year so naturally Perfect is one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

Perfect follows the story of Celestine after she was branded as Flawed. She is now on the run but is harbouring a powerful secret. One that could destroy the whole Flawed society.

Publication Date: April 6, 2017


7. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Right from the moment I heard about this one I couldn't wait for it. Having met Katherine a few times at YALC (she is the sweetest person ever!) I just can't wait to read her book.

Wing Jones follows the story of Wing, a mixed-race girl who has often found herself caught between worlds, discovers a hidden talent for running. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Publication Date: January 5, 2017

 6. The Scarecrown Queen (Sin Eater's Daughter #3) by Melinda Salisbury

I am mixed parts excited and absolutely terrified for this book. I loved the first 2 books in the series and can't wait to read more but at the same time Melinda is well known for how brutally evil she is with readers hearts so I am petrified.

Continuing the Sleeping Prince's reign everyone must come together for the final battle against him. "Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury's internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater's Daughter."

Publication Date: March 2, 2017

 5. Roseblood by AG Howard

Splintered was one of my all time fave series. I love a good retelling and this one is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera, which is my all time favourite musical.

Rune is sent to a french opera house, rumoured to be haunted by the phantom, for her senior year where she befriends the masked Thorne, a violinish who helps her throughout her dreams. But can Thorne lead Rune to her destruction or is he to face the wrath of the phantom?

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

4. Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by VE Schwab

Note: This is the US cover, the UK cover has not yet been revealed
The sequel to This Savage Song, which I adored I am so excited to see what is going to happen next.

Six months after Kate and August were forced together the war between the monsters is terrifying. August and Kate are once again thrown into the fight.

Publication Date: June 13, 2017


3. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

I absolutely loved Rebel of the Sands and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Set six months after the events of Rebel of the Sands Amani finds herself in the midst of the fight once again. Only one thing is certain, everything is going to change.

Publication Date: March 7, 2017


2. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas

I am such an enormous fan of Sarah J Maas and the ACOTAR series is mt favourite of hers. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It would have been number 1 but I wanted a proper cover for number 1.

Continuing from the shocking conclusion of ACOMAF Feyre is back inside the spring court waiting for the invading king. She has to decide who she can trust.

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Now although I adore my superhero books / movies, honestly I prefer Marvel heros over DC. However when it was announced that DC had teamed up with Random House for some YA authors to write novels on some of the superheros I was so flipping excited. I haven't actually yet read any of Leigh Bardugo's books before but I am so flipping excited for this one!!!!

Publication Date: August 29, 2017








What books are you looking forward to in 2017?
 

Thursday, December 29

Top 10 of 2016: Day 4 - Best Book Boyfriends of 2016


Hey guys,
Welcome to day 4 of the Top 10 of 2016 and today I'm going to be talking about the best book boyfriends in the books I've read this year.

10. Leo from The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon

The Longest Holiday was one of my fave books of the year (obviously, it's by Paige Toon). I absolutely loved Leo. He really grows on you a lot throughout the book and by the end he was just amazing. He is sweet and caring and the perfect guy for a summer romance read.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)




9. Ren from Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Ren is the sweetest guy and I absolutely adore him. He had a tough time in this book but it just made me love him even more. He is really sweet and adorable and so caring. Of course Tink totally stole the limelight but Ren is definitely one of the best fictional guys I read about this year.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)




 8. Morpheus from Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I was Team Morpheus throughout this series. This year I finally read the third book and again I adored Morpheus. He is eccentric, hilarious and amazing. I loved him the most and I just wanted to run off to Wonderland with Morpheus 💜


K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)



7. Caleb from Balance (Balance #1) by Janelle Stalder

Caleb was such an awesome character. He really grows on you throughout the book as he starts off as a bit of a dick. Ignoring everyone and then just bossing her around but by the end you totally understand him and he is amazing.

K-Books Rating: 4 Stars (Click Here to see Review)





 6. Ryn from The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan

Ryn was the guy in the book that you really don't think will be a love interest because he's a total ass to begin with. I however loved him. He's cocky and a bit of an asshole but he grew on me and although he is a bit hostile I know there's a reason behind it and I couldn't wait to find out more about him. I totally loved him.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)



 5. Seth from The Power (Titan Series #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Seth was a character that grew on me. I hated him so much in the Covenant series but in his own spin off series I started to love him. Even if I did want to dropkick him in the face for being an idiot in this one I still love him and can't wait till February so I can read more in The Struggle.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)




 4. Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

Ahh Rhysand!!!! I liked him in the first book but I adored him in this one. He is just wonderful and amazing and perfect and I have so much love for him and this book. I cannot wait for ACOWAR to see what happens to him next. 

K-Books Rating: ALL OF THE STARS!!!! (Click Here to see Review)




 3. Tom/Jack from The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon

Now this is one of the series where I have such trouble deciding between the two main guys. I really like Tom, who is the super-sweet hottest-boy-in-school who is there for Jessie as she is dealing with her mother's death. Then Jessie met Jack, the super hot guitarist in LA who fronts a new band who introduced Jessie to the Hollywood lifestyle. I loved Jack. I just cannot decide between the two of them.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Review will go live in January)

 2. Ollie from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Ollie is one of the sweetest guys ever. I absolutely adored him. He is sweet and so adorable who just wants to get to know Maddie. He teaches her about the world and everything and I just love them. I just wanted everything to work out with them.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)




1. Matthew from The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James

Imagine a book with a perfect, adorable, sweet leading male. Now picture a time travel book where you have about 7 or 8 reincarnations of that character. That's what you have in this book. Matthew is the epitome of the perfect guy and there are many many versions of him in this and you fall in love with each and every one of them. I adored this book, and Matthew, so much.

K-Books Rating: 5 Stars (Click Here to see Review)








Who were your favourite book boyfriends/girlfriends this year?