Book Reviews

Book Review: Pages and Co by Anna James

Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today. I am all tucked up in bed not feeling too great but with a lovely stack of books next to me just waiting to be read. Today I am bringing you a book review of Pages and Co by Anna James.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Pages and Co Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pages and Co is a story that focuses on Tilly, a young girl who lives with her Grandparents in their bookshop, who finds that there is a lot more magic in books than she thought possible. I loved the magic in this story, it embodies the wonder that children feel when reading and living the enchantment of books. It also carries a childlike innocence throughout that gives the whole story a lighter tone despite the serious moments. The plot of this book was so unique and it drew me in from the very first chapter

Pages and Co Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Tilly is the main character in this book, she is headstrong and adventurous. I loved following her as she discovers where her life is going. I felt that Tilly had a great character arc in this story but also I think her character still has a lot of room for growth in the rest of the series. Something else I loved about the characters in this book is the friendship between Tilly and Oskar.

Pages and Co Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There’s not a lot that I can say about this other than it was clear and smooth and I felt that the writing helped to carry the plot on.

Pages and Co Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I really enjoyed the story and I am excited to continue reading the series (at the time of reading this I have already read the second book in the series).

Blurb/Synopsis:

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!

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Chopped: Romantic Dinner Readathon!

Happy Friday bookish people! Today I am bringing you something extremely exciting. Earlier this month I teamed up with @Plaid_Reader is writing on Twitter to create a readathon. This readathon is based off the TV show Chopped and we have created book prompts to match different items of food and drink that could be found at a romantic dinner. The point of the readathon is to choose prompts by picking foods that you would have at your dinner. The readathon will run from February 1st – February 28th with a celebration on March 1st.

The Rounds

Like the real show the readathon will be broken into three rounds: Appetiser, Entree and dessert. You are welcome to take the rounds in whichever order you like but we have built them so the prompts get tougher as you go along.

Appetizers
1) Pizza
2) Strawberry
3) Milkshake
4) Leftovers
Entree
1) Steak and Lobster
2) Edible Glitter
3) Spaghetti
4) Dark Chocolate Truffles
Dessert
1) Champagne
2) Ring Pops
3) Baked Alaska
4) Yuzu

The Prompts 

The Prompts 
SpaghettiGood Friendships or Multiple Points of View
ChampagneA Protagonist with Anxiety
Steak and LobsterAn expensive book or one that looks fancy
Ring PopsA book where someone gets married or a wedding shapes the plot.
YuzuA book with a sweet and tart protagonist.
Dark Chocolate TrufflesA book from a ‘darker’ genre horror, mystery, thriller.
LeftoversA book you started but didn’t finish
Baked AlaskaA book with a surprise
Edible GlitterA book about magic or a fantasy
MilkshakeTwo people must go on a quest
PizzaA comfort read
StrawberryRed Cover

The Reading:

We will be counting the pages that you (and we) are reading so make sure to enter the pages you read each day and make note when you finish each book. There will also be some cute prizes along the way…but remember everyone is a champion no matter how many pages or books you read.

The Points and prizes

Everyone will get a prize for participating but the top 3 readers may get a special prize. There will be two top winners, one from the US and one International, we will be doing a random draw for both. The US winner will receive a signed copy of A Place At The Table by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi. The International winner will get £20 in Book Depository credit as long as it ships to your country.

Here is a link to the announcement video :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NK_btUJHPI

And if you have any questions leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter at @oliviatempleto6 or my co-host at @Plaid_Reader is writing. All of this information and the sign up form is on the Chopped Readathon Twitter: https://twitter.com/choppedread

Also, we would love to see your TBR’s for this readathon!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Murder On Christmas Eve

Happy Monday bookish people! Today is a very busy and exciting day for me, I am going with my sister to see her try on wedding dresses. But before that I am here to share a book review or two, starting with Murder on Christmas Eve – an anthology of short stories all set on Christmas Eve.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Murder on Christmas Eve Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I will start by saying I don’t think there was a story in this anthology that I didn’t enjoy. My favourite of them being the one about the cat, The book isn’t near me now so I can’t check the title but if you read the book then you’ll know exactly which one I mean. There isn’t much more I can say about the plot except to reiterate how much I really enjoyed it.

Murder on Christmas Eve Characters:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This category is also hard to describe because there are so many characters throughout the stories but there is a wide range, old, young, tall, short, the villains aren’t always who you expect it to be and I loved that.

Murder on Christmas Eve Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Each of the stories are written by different authors, some of which I had read before and others that I hadn’t. It was nice to read some work by new authors and start to enjoy their texts.

Murder on Christmas Eve:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because it kept me very entertained while on a car journey. Each of the stories are very intriguing and contain great mmysteries.

Blurb:

Christmas Eve. While the world sleeps, snow falls gently from the sky, presents await under the tree … and murder is afoot. In this collection of ten classic murder mysteries from the best crime writers in history, death and mayhem take many festive forms, from the inventive to the unexpected.

From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who killed its owner on Christmas Eve, these are stories to enjoy – and be mystified by – in front of a roaring fire, mince pie to hand.

The trinity cat / Ellis Peters —
The Santa Claus Club / Julian Symons —
The four seasons / Michael Innes —
No sanity clause / Ian Rankin —
The footprint in the sky / John Dickson Carr —
A wife in a million / Val McDermid —
The dagger with wings / G.K. Chesterton —
Cambric tea / Marjorie Bowen —
As dark as Christmas gets / Lawrence Block —
On Christmas day in the morning / Margery Allingham

Book Reviews

Book Review: Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today. It is the new year and I am getting around to putting up my first book review of the year! The book review is for Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and it is the final book in the Brown Sisters Trilogy.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Act Your Age Eve Brown Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay so first I will admit that I only started this trilogy so that I could read this particular book. I thought the description of Eve was something that I could relate to and the grumpy and sunshine trope was something I hadn’t read before.

Now my actual reading of this book wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped it would be. The beginning was something I did enjoy, with the introduction of Jacob and the setting of the Inn. It felt very warm and cosy and I was looking forward to the romance of it, which is very rare for me. However, one of the things that I really don’t like in books is when drama is added for the sake of having drama and that is what it felt like at some points in this book. A good point for it though is that it has representation of autism that I felt was good.

Act Your Age Eve Brown Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Eve was my second favourite of the sisters, Chloe being my favourite, and I loved her bubbly personality and how she went from being supported by her parents and having no confidence in herself to how she is at the end of the book. Jacob is the love interest in this book, he is the grumpy character at the beginning and I liked how he was represented.

Act Your Age Eve Brown Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Talia Hibbert’s writing is very enjoyable because of it’s witty dialogue and humour. It was clear and well structured.

Act Your Age Eve Brown Overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I am giving the book three stars overall because it didn’t quite live up to my expectations but I did really enjoy the characters and the dialogue.

In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Monthly TBRs

January TBR!

Happy Tuesday bookish people! It’s the first month of the new year and it is time to share what I hope to be reading this month. I feel like I want to read a lot this month so far, I am hoping this will continue throughout the month and I’ll have a great month to start the year.

My January TBR:

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am really excited to read this book, I bought it with some vouchers I got for Christmas and it should be arriving today.
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I’m not sure what I will think of this book but I want to read more outside of my comfort zone this year
  • Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am so close to finishing this series and I think this book will be another great one just like the rest of the series.
  • Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I will say at the time of writing this that I have actually finished reading this book and completed the Brown Sisters trilogy!
  • Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – A good Victorian mystery, that’s just what I want to read right now.
  • Shadowscent by P M Freestone – this is another book that I am not sure what to make of it yet but I hope I will enjoy it.
  • The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – a historical murder mystery, it sounds so different and intriguing and I am excited to get into it.
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I am hoping that I will be able to get into this book easily.
  • Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I read one of the books in her Poirot series and enjoyed it so hopefully the rest of the series will be the same.
  • The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I loved his other book and a murder mystery set on a boat sounds intriguing.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – It is time I got around to reading this book.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I love any book to do with a circus or carnival so I have high hopes.
  • European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have already started this one and just like the first book in the series, I am already immersed in the world.
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t actually know much about this book.
  • Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I started reading her other book and ended up putting it down so I hope I will have better luck with this book.
  • Pages and Co 2 by Anna James – this is a lovely series of books that I am excited to continue.
  • The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – another series that has a brilliant world that I want to get back to.
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber – finally I am hoping to finish up the caraval series!
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I am still interested in reading it.
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – this is an intimidating book but I am excited to get around to it
  • Empire of the Vampire – another book I’m not sure about but I have heard great things.
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I am excited to read more mysteries this month.

That’s it for my January TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Monthly Wrap Ups

December Wrap Up!

Happy Saturday bookish people! If I am scheduling this right this should be my first post of 2022 which is crazy because 2021 went by so fast. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year and that you are all excited about what 2022 could bring.

So let’s talk about what I did or didn’t read in December 2021 and what I thought of the books!

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – none of you will be surprised that again, no I haven’t read this book yet. I will but I didn’t get to it in 2021.
  • All Of Us Villains by Amanda Foody – I was so excited for this one but I wasn’t in the mood to read such a dark fantasy so I am hoping to read it soon.
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – I didn’t get around to this one either.
  • Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – I did not read this book.
  • Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson – I did read this one! I liked it but not quite as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series.
  • In the Crypt with the Candlestick by Daisy Waugh – I did not read this one.
  • It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood – I didn’t read this book.
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco – I really wanted to get around to this one but in the end I didn’t.
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens – I read this one and I really loved it, except for the ending.
  • Murder in Midwinter – I started reading this one but I haven’t quite finished it.
  • Not Here to be Liked by Michelle Quach – I read this book but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
  • Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – I also was very excited to read this but I didn’t in December.
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian – I didn’t read this book.
  • The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict – I did read this one and I have posted a book review of it.
  • The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – I didn’t read this one
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – I wanted to read this one but then I heard some reactions to it and it has put me off a little bit.
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – I read this one and I liked it but again it wasn’t as good as the first book in the series.
  • The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood – I didn’t read this one
  • Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty – I didn’t read this one either
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I didn’t read this one
  • Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson – I did not read this
  • Well Met by Jen De Luca – I did not read this one.

So from my TBR i ended up reading five and I started reading one other. On top of my TBR I read Murder on Christmas Eve, Rivers of London, Unsolved Deaths, and six of the books in the Pony Mad Princess series. That brings my total of book read to 14 in December which is a great amount.

That’s it for my December TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 31 – 31st December – stats for 2021

Happy Friday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 31! It is the final day of 2021 and so that means it is finally time to share with you all my book stats for 2021.

Amount of books read in 2021: 115

This is 15 over my attempted target so I am very happy with this number.

Total Amount of Pages read: 34, 200

This is an amazing amount of pages to have read this year!

According to Goodreads the average book length I’ve read this year is 306 pages and my average star rating is 3.7 so my reading has been on the better side for this year.

The book I read with the least pages was the Crime Archives with 64 pages and the book I read with the most pages is Moonflower Murders with 608 pages.

That’s it for my stats for 2021, I hope you enjoyed looking at them!

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 30 – 30th December – My Book of the Year 2021

Happy Thursday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 30. We are so close to the end of December and the end of 2021, what a year it has been. I am hopeful that 2022 will be much better.

Today I am revealing which book I have chosen as my book of the year 2021! This was a difficult decision because I read a lot of great books this year. So, without further ado my book of the year 2021 is….

SERPENT AND DOVE by Shelby Mahurin!

It almost wasn’t this book but then I remembered just how much I loved the characters, the story and the whole atmosphere of the world and I had to choose it as my book of the year.

What would you say is your book of the year 2021?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 29 – 29th December – End of the Year Book Tag

Happy Wednesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 29! I honestly can’t believe I have made it this far and actually posted for 29 days (hopefully! as long as all these posts schedule properly).

End of the Year Book Tag!

Are there an books you started this year that you need to finish?

The Guest List by Lucy Foley and The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty

Do You Have An Autumnal Book To Transition Into The End Of The Year?

I’m going to say any contemporary book for this, I’m not sure why but I just feel that the genre of contemporary has a very Autumnal feel to it.

A New release You Are Still Waiting For?

A Three Dog Problem by S J Bennett

Three Books You Want To Read Before The End Of The Year?

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict and Murder And Mistletoe by Robin Stevens

A Book That Could Still Become Your Favourite of The Year?

Well, I am writing this at the end of November so technically any book on my December TBR but I will say Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco.

Have You Started Making Reading Plans for 2022 Yet?

Not really, I have my list of releases that I want to buy but that doesn’t mean I will read them quickly after and I always make a monthly TBR based on my TBR game so I have no idea what I may end up reading yet.

That’s it for this book tag, my final book tag of the year! I hope you all enjoyed it. What would your answers have been?

Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 28 – 28th December – Jingle Bell Book Tag

Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 28! I’m giving you another book tag, I’m doing it. I have so much fun making them, I hope you all enjoy seeing what answers I put.

Jingle Bell Book Tag!

All I Want For Christmas Is You – which book do you want to see under the tree?

From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series Book 1) eBook : Armentrout,  Jennifer L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time – what book read this year did you enjoy the most?

Lirael: The Old Kingdom 3 by Garth Nix | Waterstones

It’s beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – which book has the most festive look to it?

The Christmas Murder Game: The must-read murder mystery for Christmas 2021  eBook : Benedict, Alexandra: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Elf – what book released your inner child?

A Little Princess: Frances Hodgson Burnett (Puffin in Bloom): Amazon.co.uk:  Hodgson Burnett, Frances: 9780147513991: Books

The Grinch – Your Favourite Villain

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

The Holiday – name your favourite two couples

Scarlett and Julian from Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Audrey rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Finally, what book would you gift your followers?

The Starless Sea: the spellbinding Sunday Times bestseller: Amazon.co.uk:  Morgenstern, Erin: 9781784702861: Books

That’s it for this book tag, what answers would you give?