Chocolate Book Tag

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I spotted this over on Amy’s blog and knew I had to do it. I am huge lover of chocolate and books just go so well with it 😉

This tag was originally created by the amazing Faye!

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Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

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Blood Will Out is full of darkness, murder and abuse of all kinds. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

White Chocolate — Your favourite light-hearted/humorous read

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The Selection is just fun to read and extremely fluffy. Don’t take it too seriously.

Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.

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I haven’t read a V.E Schwab book yet (I know, don’t kill me!) but City Of Ghosts sounds right up my street and I can’t wait for it to release!!

Chocolate with a caramel centre — Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

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Break The Line is by a fabulous smaller author and I just loved it. It’s completely gooey and heartwarming!

Wafer-free Kit-Kat — Name a book that surprised you lately

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I recently finished The Wicked Deep and it really blew me away! I didn’t expect it to be so amazing and would highly recommend it.

Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about

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READ IT!!!! 100% my favourite book so far this year, it’s just incredible! If you’re looking for an awesome high fantasy read then look no further.

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows — What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

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Harry Potter is my childhood and he always welcomes me back with open arms.

Box of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone

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Not a series but DOTBC definitely has a diverse bunch of characters and is extremely enjoyable!

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That was a fun one! Do you agree with any of my picks?

I tag:

Dora

Ash

Maggie

Linda

Megs

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣

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Lacuna Candle Co – Dreams Can Come True – Unboxing

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Hey guys!

If you know me then you’ll know how much I love candles! There’s nothing better than lighting a candle, snuggling down and reading a good book. It’s so peaceful and really calms my mind from the chaos of life.

I recently discovered Lacuna Candle Co over on Twitter and the company immediately caught my eye. I headed on over to their Etsy Store and spotted the July candle box – Dreams Can Come Dream. This box is heavily inspired by Disney Princesses and I just couldn’t resist it! The fact that it was on sale and I was also able to use a rep discount code just sweetened the deal.

Stick around for some gorgeous candle delights!

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Glass Slipper is inspired by sweet little Cinderella. It smells divine, with scents of pumpkin, midnights and cupcakes – It honestly smells like cookies and cream, SO GOOD! This is probably my favourite because I love purple and the blue glitter is so pretty.

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Just One Bite is all about Snow White. I wasn’t sure if I would like the smell of this one as I’m not huge on apple scents, but it actually smells beautiful and the apple isn’t too strong. It’s scented with ruby apples, fresh daisies and purity. It’s just so cute with the red and blue glitter!

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Best Day Ever is Rapunzel’s candle – I love that it’s named after the song in Tangled! This one is definitely the strongest smelling, so I won’t need to burn it for too long to fill the room with berries, magical flowers and moonlit lanterns! The deep purple and green glitter is gorgeous.

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I was most excited about Under The Sea because it’s Ariels’! I am utterly obsessed with mermaids and this candle is perfect! With scents of ocean air, mermaid whispers and lemons, it smells so refreshing! I’m totally digging the green and purple glitter mixed together.

There was also an extra gift included in the box which is fabulous! This cute little badge reads ‘Dreams Can Come True’. The little pouch that it came in is SO adorable and the colours are just stunning! I’ll definitely be using it to keep my nik naks in!

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And as if I wasn’t amazed already by this box, they also included a little baby pack of tea! This is Belle inspired and the name is just perfection and really complete’s the theme!

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I’m so incredibly pleased with this box and couldn’t have asked for more! The packaging is terribly cute and well thought out and I love the quirky names for the candle scents too. Each candle is made with soy wax, so they’re eco friendly too. The company has truly exceeded my expectations and I will absolutely be ordering again in the NEAR future!!

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I hope you enjoyed unboxing my most recent purchase with me! Have you tried anything from Lacuna Candle Co? Let me know!

Until next time ❣

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Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik – Review

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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Intoxicating, Captivating, Enchanting, Magical, A Shining Star In The Fantasy World.

My Thoughts

I knew I would like Spinning Silver after loving Uprooted so much, but this book was even better! I didn’t think Naomi’s writing could captivate me even more so, but it was utterly mesmerizing.

The moment I opened the book I was a goner and quickly sinking into the delightfully enchanting writing. I swear Naomi has some sort of magical power that enables her to pull the reader deep into the story and immediately fall in love, she’s a sorceress I tell you and her talent for storytelling is something else.

The story is told from various characters point of view, which I really enjoyed. I’m not usually a fan of multiple POV’s, but this way I could see how certain events affected each character and what their side of the story was. I especially liked how the chapters worked – they were usually told in the present and then the next part would show how that certain event came to be – they melded together well and gave a unique and magical reading experience.

My favourite character has to be Miryem. She watches as her father gets taken for a ride as a money-lender and decides to take his place. She becomes rather cold to the situation, which is ironic given what happens, but she’s had enough in all honesty and I think she’s very brave and becomes even braver as the story progresses. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t let people walk all over her and I wish I had a bit more of her in myself.

I enjoyed the other characters very much too and Wanda and her family definitely stuck out to me, especially little Stepon. Miryem’s parents are really quite lovable too, with their huge hearts and kind words, I want nothing but a happy life for those two.

The Staryk King reminded me very much of The Goblin King from Wintersong, who you should know by now I absolutely fell in love with! So the Staryk King definitely has a place in my heart, however cold he may be. There’s reasoning behind the bad deeds of the Staryk people (which I won’t say because of spoilers) and we eventually see what really lies within his kingdom.

I really enjoyed the subtle take on the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. I mean she’s not exactly stealing babies, but it was definitely there and weaved magically into the story. I found all of the European folklore very interesting throughout the book and often found myself looking up names and items to try and locate where the story was set. I believe Russia is a good guess.

This story was everything I wanted and so so much more! I can’t possibly put into words how much I adore it and will forever treasure it on my shelves. This story is high fantasy at its finest and will completely enchant whom ever reads it.

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I’d like to thank Jamie at Tor Books ( Macmillan) for sending this book my way in return of an honest review (you rock!).

Find the book

Spinning Silver is due to release TOMORROW on July 12th 2018

Goodreads
Amazon
Waterstones
Book Depository

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The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw – Review

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Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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An eerily captivating tale of three sisters and their unrelenting revenge.

My Thoughts

I’ve been intrigued by this book for a while, so when I spotted it at my local library, I knew it was time to delve into the deep for myself. Witches have always been an interest to me and stories told about them tend to be completely spellbinding – I can definitely feel the sprinkling of magical dust in this one.

The tale of the three Swan sisters is ultimately what drew me in and also what kept me captivated. I found their story really interesting and enjoyed the little snippets that were revealed after every other chapter. I have a lot of sympathy for the sisters and for what they endured. Their past is completely heartbreaking and their death’s ultimately made me quite emotional. I believe their revenge was warranted and I didn’t feel very sorry for the town of Sparrow. Revenge is after all – sweet.

Innocent lives being picked off one by one is never nice, but I myself love the darkness of it all, that’s the best bit 😉 – It almost felt like a ghost story in certain places. The atmosphere was really quite eerie and supernatural, I lapped it up!

There’s a hell of a lot of emotions running high in this book and it was completely unexpected. The sadness runs deep and the secrets and deception even deeper. I loved the mystery and the intrigue, it kept me on the edge of my seat and always reaching for another chapter, then another (let’s just say I was up quite late most nights)!

The romance was really enjoyable and quite subtle, yet not at the same time. The story definitely runs on love, but there’s so much more to it than that. There are lots of little mysteries to be solved and people to suspect, though I knew from the beginning how this would go. Whilst the ‘twist’ was predictable, it was still really enjoyable to read.

I have the tiniest negative feeling about this book, but it wasn’t enough to mark it down. The ending kind of had me feeling multiple things and that wasn’t necessarily good. I liked it, but I just had a little issue and it ultimately stems from my own personal feelings on relationships and how people should ‘feel’ whilst in them. I know that probably sounds weird – like wtf Sarah?! If you’ve read it then maybe you will know what I mean and maybe not.

Either way, I really did love this story and recommend it to fans of witchy/ghost stories.

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If you’ve read The Wicked Deep, please let me know what you thought and how you felt about the ending!

I hope you enjoyed, until next time ❣

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My War With Mental Health – I Will Win!

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Hey guys!

These last few months haven’t been the greatest for me. My mental health has reared its ugly head and completely crushed me. I’ve felt very anxious, panicky, drained and unwell. It’s also affected my reading and blogging, but that has picked up more recently.

So this month I want to change. I want to try to highlight certain things that are triggering me and where I might be going wrong in areas that I CAN control.

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Putting myself in harm’s way

I’ve noticed some rather unhealthy behaviours in myself and these are things that definitely hurt me in my progress.

  • Setting myself up to fail – I often want to achieve high before I’ve even started and end up setting myself a huge task that’s just unrealistic.
  • Agreeing to too many responsibilities – I tend to grab any opportunity that comes my way, in terms of blogging, and end up very stressed and burnt out.
  • Pushing myself into uncomfortable situations – I’ve read that pushing yourself into different situations is supposed to help your social anxiety, but for me this simply does not work and only makes me worse.
  • Stressing about the little things – I worry too damn much about silly little things and it’s not good for my health.
  • Trying to please everyone – I definitely strive to support people and whilst I love helping others, I neglect my own needs.
  • Not eating properly – When I’m depressed and anxious I comfort eat and it’s really not good, not for my self-esteem or my waist.

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Trying to fix this

Identifying what’s wrong in your life is never an easy task and sometimes it comes with a ton of denial and self-loathing. But these reactions are so toxic for our mental health and this is why I need to actively try to change!

  • Slow and steady – I’m going to try to set myself smaller goals and not overwork myself to try and achieve more in such a short time, it never works and I end up failing.
  • Just say no – I’ve already starting doing this, but I definitely need to continue to stay away from blog tours and such, until I’m truly ready and want more.
  • Comfort is key – I really need to just step away from those uncomfortable situations and stop pushing myself. I will be ready one day to take that step, but it’s not today and that’s OK.
  • Think about the bigger picture – I’ve always been a worry wart and it generally comes with the territory of being a mum. I need to stop for a second when I begin to worry, think clearly and logically and look at what the end result will be, don’t worry about those little things that really don’t help or matter.
  • I can’t please everyone – Not everyone appreciates or deserves my attention and support and in the long run I end up neglecting my own emotional and physical needs. So I’m going to continue to support those who love me, but leave a bit leftover for myself.
  • Keep a healthy diet – This is a tough one for me. Before I had depression and anxiety I was healthy inside and out. Now I look at myself and hate my body and I only hate myself more for being the cause of it. So my plan is to try to keep a balanced diet (with the odd treat of course) and exercise more, because honestly I feel so good afterwards!

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This isn’t going to be an easy task, as old habits die hard! But if I think of them as individual little steps to tick off, I think (and hope) I will get somewhere 🙂

I apologise if this post didn’t pique your interest! I’m back to books next I promise, but I hope at least some of you can relate and will take some kind of motivation for yourself!

Love you all! Until next time! ❣

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My Blog’s Name In Books Tag

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I’m in the mood for another tag and the lovely Kris just so happened to tag me! So fate has spoken 🙂

This looks like a really interesting one, so I’m excited to do it! If I don’t have a book starting with the letter, then I will go to the next word of a book.

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Rules:

  • Spell out your blog’s name.
  • Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter.

NOTE: You cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR. Don’t cheat my friends!!!!!

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B – Bellamy & The Haunting by Alicia Michaels

O – Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

O – Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

K – (Rebel) Kingdom by Mihai Bunea

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H – Hunted by Meagan Spooner

O – Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

O – (Song) Of The Current by Sarah Tolcser

K – (Poison’s) Kiss by Breeana Shields

E – Evermore by C.J Archer

D – Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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N – No Filter by Orlagh Collins

O – (City) Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

O – (Girl) Of Glass by Megan O’Russell

K – (The Traitors) Kiss by Erin Beaty

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Jeez, there are not a lot of O’s and K’s in my TBR! I had to look for the next word for quite a few!

I tag:

Linda

Tiffany

Beth

Dora

Megs

Ash

And anyone who wants to do it!

I hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣

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Monthly Wrap Up – June 2018

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We’re already half way through the year! Time is literally flying by – we’ll be in Autumn before we know it.

My reading has picked up this month and I’ve managed to read seven books! I’ve had a real romance kick this month, so that’s the majority of my reads.

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The Wild Heir by Karina Halle

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  • ★★★★☆

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Chilling Tales Of The Unexpected by Ann Girdharry

  • E-book copy from author
  • ★★★☆☆
  • Review

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Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan

  • E-book
  • ★★★★☆

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Waking The Watcher by Kim Loraine

  • E-book
  • ★★★☆☆

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The Score by Elle Kennedy

  • E-book
  • ★★★★☆

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Wrong In All The Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee

  • E-book copy from author
  • ★★☆☆☆

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  • Hardback copy from publisher
  • ★★★★★
  • Review to come

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That’s a wrap for June! My mental health has settled down , therefore my reading has improved and I’m happier 🙂

How many books did you manage to read this month? Let me know!

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out – 2018

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I did this tag last year and it was so much fun! Since we’ve hit the middle of the year (HOW?!) I’m diving back in to air my book grievances and book loves!

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Q1: Best book that you’ve read so far in 2018?

To be honest, I’ve only read a few books this year that I’ve absolutely loved! But To Kill A Kingdom has to be the one, it just blew me away!

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Q2: Best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2018? 

I’ve been focusing mainly on standalone books this year, but I have read a couple of sequels. Angel Of Shadow has to be the best hands down! I love Kali and Tiamat!

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Q3: New release that you haven’t read yet but want to?

I feel so bad for this one! I loved Wintersong to death, like literally, I’m in love with it. I was so excited for Shadowsong to be released and I bought a copy and just haven’t read it yet – I really need to get on it!

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Q4: Most anticipated release for the next half of 2018?

This is EASY! Have I told you how much I adored Renegades? I mean I probably have lol! I can’t stop shouting about that book and its sequel – Arch Enemies – is releasing in November EEEK!!!

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Q5: Biggest disappointment in 2018? 

This one I’m really sad about. I couldn’t wait for The Beast’s Heart to come out and I ended up with an e-arc, but it just wasn’t that amazing. It was good but I expected more?

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Q6: Biggest surprise in 2018? 

This book was a review request for an indie author and I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I totally did! It was completely captivating and magical, I highly recommend it.

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Q7: Favourite new author (debut or new to you)? 

Jo Spain – I know she’s written other books but I’d never heard of her and when I read an arc of The Confession I was blown away! It’s one of my favourite books this year and Jo is super lovely too.

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Q8: Newest fictional crush?

I’ve only just read the Red Queen and I totally love Cal – he’s just lush!!

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Q9: Newest favourite character?

Lira from To Kill A Kingdom – I just love her, she’s wicked and sexy and totally devastating!

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Q10: A book that made you cry? 

I don’t cry easily and I haven’t really cried yet this year, but Simon definitely had me teary from happiness!

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Q11: A book that made you happy?

This book had me laughing in so many places and I loved the ending.

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Q12: The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2018? 

There’s no contest here –  The Surface Breaks is STUNNING and it’s even prettier in person, especially when the foil catches the light!

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Q13: What books do you need to read by the end of 2018?

Lots!! Send help, send a friend, send for an ambulance once I’ve passed out underneath ALL the books!!

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Let’s see if I manage to read those book eh?! What books have you fell head over heels for? Let me know!

I tag anyone who wants to do it!

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣

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Books I’ll Never Read Tag

 

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Hey guys!

It feels like so long ago since I did a tag! I’ve only posted a minuscule two times this month due to my internet loss last week, so a tag is the perfect way to get back to it!

Thank you to my beautiful Megs for tagging me, go check out her blog guys!

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A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading?

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I was so excited to read The Cruel Prince because it was hyped, so I hopped onto Netgalley and got an e-arc. I was so bored, I didn’t get very far in before I threw in the towel. Needless to say I won’t be trying again.

A Series You Won’t Start/Won’t Be Finishing?

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I really wanted to like Snow Like Ashes and at the beginning I did, but it slowly went down hill and I hated it by the end! I actually stuck with it and wish I hadn’t wasted my time, this is why I DNF, because I value my time.

A Classic That You’re Just Not Interested In?

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I’m not huge on classics. I’ve read some, such as Of Mice And Men, Oliver Twist, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. War And Peace just sounds so boring to me and let’s say it’s not on my future TBR.

Any Genres You’ve Never Read?

Biographies. Not for me.

A Book On Your Shelves You’ll Probably Never Actually Read?

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This book is gorgeous but it’s also freaking HUGE!! I’d like to think I’ll read it eventually, but let’s be real – there are so many interesting books being released each year, am I really going to get to it? Highly unlikely, but it looks beautiful on my shelf!

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That was like a little weight off my chest!

I tag:

Ash

And anyone else who wants to do it!

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣

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Chilling Tales Of The Unexpected – Ann Girdharry – Blog Tour Review

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Four twisty, short reads.
Addictive works of suspense,
That will leave you breathless and give you goose bumps…

Trading with Death
What sacrifice might we make for those we love? In the face of death, will we be selfish or selfless?

Tell Me a Secret
Deceit, lies and secrets – how well do we know those close to us?

Sweet Justice 
We follow Tess as she confronts the dark side…

Written on the Apple Tree 
A moment from a past life, a possession, or a simple meeting between strangers?

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Four very different and twisty stories. Something for everyone.

My Thoughts

I’ve always loved a good creepy story and short stories can be some of the best around, with a quick spine tingling read and a swift ending that chills you to the bone.

I really enjoyed these short stories for the most part. They were incredibly immersive from the start and some definitely gave me that creepy feeling. But others were rather more thrilling than horrific, which isn’t a bad thing, however I did want just a bit more horror to fuel my craving.

Each story was individual and gave me completely different feelings, which I liked very much. There was a good mix of emotions and agenda’s in the collection, so something that everyone would find appealing.

The only reason that I didn’t absolutely love these stories, is the endings. Whilst one of the stories was rounded off nicely, I felt like the rest were a bit lacking. Some of the endings just plain confused me and some were just a bit lacklustre. They just didn’t live up to my expectations and fell a bit flat.

Four enjoyable stories, but not 100% for me.

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About The Author

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Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years.
Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

She writes suspense and thrillers, is a book reviewer and occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post UK. Her crime thriller novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, was an Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist 2017. Two of her thrillers are READERS’ FAVOURITE Five Star Books.

Find out more about the author:

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Goodreads
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Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Ann Girdharry for sending the book my way in return for an honest review.

The book was released on May 25th 2018 and you can buy it through many good retail sites. Here are a few:

Buy Links​

Amazon UK
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Hope you enjoyed, until next time guys ❣

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