Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015 - A Year of Blogging & Announcement


Hi Everyone, this is now the last post of 2015 and what a year it has been. I think although I haven't been as active on the blog as I would have hoped I think I have accomplished so many things that I thought I never would have thought. I have read some incredible books, I have met my favourite author and I've attended some awesome publishing events. I have met some more  awesome bloggers and continue to be in touch with some of my closest friends. I'm even lucky to have so much in common with some of my friends besides books. I guess that for me is the best thing about having a blog and having such an audience such as you. This will be my last post until 4th January 2016. Having a well deserved break, spending Christmas round my grandparents and then relaxing for a week full of reading and sadly working. 

So speaking of books here are my Top Ten Tweleve Books of 2015. I found it hard to choose 10 as I had to add a couple of extras that I've recently read. Links to my reviews and/or Goodreads. If anything that stood out for me it was Am I Normal Yet? This is one author that I'm a HUGE fan of if you haven't already guessed and she is truly an inspiration. There is nothing like her honest words and realistic values of YA fiction. It also could be something to do with the fact I'm quoted in all her books. ;) Close runners up would also be, Everything Everything, Twist and The DUFF!


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ANNOUNCEMENT - THE READER'S LOUNGE - SIGN UPS OPEN!


The Reader's Lounge, my YA online Reading Group has been truly successful this year and I couldn't thank the members for being the best supports and people to have in the group. So as it's another year I am opening up sign-ups to anyone else who wants join. Just let me know in the comments or fill out the form below to submit your interest to become a member. As you can see from the above image, it's had a revamp as it celebrates it's year in the making... If you want to find out any more information then please do contact me either via email neverjudgeabookbyitscovers{at}gmail{dot}com or Twitter: @NverJudgeaBook


or use the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CyJPhyHSZSfSsNhAFe12vPidHFG6O1Z45GMa6HM7feQ/viewform
So all there is left to say is... I wish you all a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and have a FANTASTIC New Year. Here's to 2016! I hope you get lots of bookish gifts. I will be returning to the blog on the 4th January. 


Happy Reading!



Thursday, December 17, 2015

#ROCKMYTBR - 2016 Book Challenge - My List


The Challenge: To read a minimum of 1 book per month you already own (published book). This challenge is totally what YOU make of it! You can do 5 books a month, 10, WHATEVER! Anything you accomplish is fantastic. This challenge is really what you make of it.
Hi Everyone, it's coming to the end of the year already and I'm like where has the time gone, This year I really wanted to read more, but to be honest, I've come to learn that I better off reading what I want at the right pace rather than creating such a large goal to achieve. One the main things I didn't really achieve was my overgrowing TBR pile. I really need to try and crack down on it big style. So Sarah from The YA Book Traveler whom I know from our bookclub has created possibly the most essential challenge in the entire blogosphere. I'm not usually one for challenges but I'm making an exception as this will give me the kick I need to read those books of mine. 

So for this challenge I already have a shelf dedicated to it and these are the main books I really want to read next year as well as a few from my kindle too. Here is a list of books I want to read on my TBR....

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This is my TBR shelf, I change it up every time I buy new books or ones that have actually been published. So these are the main books I need to read next year. One series I need to catch up on is Throne of Glass series, as well as The 100 series before Season 4 comes out next spring. Yay. Love that show. One series I want to start is the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, so many I have loved it and one of all time favourites will be her Vampire Academy books. 

I have also kept a Goodreads shelf for this challenge so I can tick them off as I go so if you have any books similar to mine and you want to buddy read them, then please let me know. I love a good buddy read! Also I'm collaborating with Sarah to use this challenge with my reading group, the Reader's Lounge so if you would like to join my group then please let me know in the comments. 

This is such an important challenge that you all need to join it, so to find out more and join, click here for more information....

GO JOIN!!!!

Happy Reading


Friday, December 11, 2015

REVIEW - DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU? by Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1)
by Estelle Maskame
Publisher - Black & White Publishing
Release Date - July 1st 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?

Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.
It's been a long time hasn't it. The last time I posted was over a month ago and I really didn't mean for me to have such a break. I guess I've been pre-occupied and I just haven't felt the need to review very much, but I am pleased to say that I am indeed back, then I'll be having a Christmas break, and then back in time for a new year and a new start once again.
On my break this has been the best of the bunch by far. I was in terrible need for a romance and one such as a step-sibling one, colour me intrigued. What I also love is you really don't have to wait very long for the remaining novels in the trilogy, which is awesome. At the beginning I wasn't sure because of the growing love and hype for this book, but I did what I'm trying my best at which is forgetting what other people say and just zone out. 

It's just Eden Munro and her mum this summer but when her dad invites to stay over the summer with him and his family. She's like what the hell?! a) her dad hasn't spoken to her in 3 years since the divorce and b) she hasn't exactly forgiven him for leaving her and her mum for younger person. But opportunity and curiosity beacons when she accepts his offer, a summer in Saint Monica has got to be better than a summer there. Only it isn't as easy as it sounds, with the awkwardness between her father and the serious hotness and bad boy vibe, Eden is in a world of trouble. 

Maskame doesn't just create a romance step-sibling contemporary, although that part was rather scorching. However she pours everything else that happens to a sixteen year old girl that makes so much more than just a romance, but a truly relatable and honest character. I felt that reading through the protagonist of Eden, the relationship between her and her mum was inspiring, and truly touching especially when my relationship with my mum is so similar that it really did hit home for me. Eden clearly hasn't had a great time with her friendships back home either, because of this she is a little too accepting when it comes to some of her friendship in Saint Monica. Doing crazy things that she wouldn't usually do, she became quit the opposite of what her persona really like. Although I felt that she growing as a person, she became a lot stronger, she grew some balls basically, that's the side of her I really loved. Despite living there, she keeps one part of home life vicariously through her best friend too, to make sure she doesn't lose herself along the way. I felt that Eden really got me as a person. Although I didn't fall my step-sibling as I don't have any. Aow. 

Tyler Bruce is the badass of all YA badassness boys. But a lot of people will think that, including Eden, she thought all kinds of things, the polite way to put it was he was a tool! The truth is, he is misunderstood and very much a damaged soul. I mentioned the darker side to humanity that Maskame really captures, and Tyler is the epitome of it! Tyler drinks, deals and takes drugs and in incredible insulting and rude. All of that was a front, a disguise to what and who he is. Truth be told it was quite a shock and truly heartbreaking. I won't spoiler for you all because that wouldn't be fair and I would rather wait for you to all read...queues the suspense. Tyler's character really did shine throughout this entire novel, what I would have loved was maybe hearing his side of the story as I think you would see so much rawness and heartbreak convey through his and his actions. But really that is just a minor critique of DIMILY!

Together Tyler and Eden are doomed from the beginning. there is no way that their relationship could be perfect or even realistic to their outside world. However for that's a load of crap and I think they are perfect, the main argument in my eyes would be, 'well I didn't know that Tyler was my step-brother, I laid eyes on him before I even knew.' Ha. But I find the whole forbidden step-sibling romance totally hot, I mean there really isn't another work for it. Just something about it makes you and Eden feel totally reckless and fun, and I love that!!!! Oh and the step-brother, Tyler in this case is almost way hotter which isn't fair when your sharing genes with him. Overall though I found that together it was Eden's weakness and Tyler's strength. They built a foundation together, a way that made the whole thing more perfect. They aren't perfect by a long shot in this novel but I hope that they are going to be. 

DIMILY is a book that really hit me in all levels and I related to Eden's characters more strongly than any other contemporary novel this year. I find that I can't wait for both books and I think I will need to keep reading these every year just to get that perfect hit of step-sibling romance. It's a sensational debut novel and series from the highly acclaimed Wattpad enthusiast and now author. 

Rating: 5
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