4.18.2014

Friday Favourites! No. 3


Friday Favouritess is a feature on my blog where I talk about books I love and would recommend! It won't be a weekly feature. I will post Friday Favourites sporadically. If you have any similar posts feel free to link them up in the comments so I can check them out.

Another Friday Favourites post! I have to admit I absolutely love doing these! Some of my favourite books wouldn't be the most popular or the most known, so trying to get more people to read them is a huge wish of mine. If you've read any of the books I've featured in past Friday Favourites let me know, I need more people to fangirl with!

For this edition, I'm not going to be featuring a certain book or a certain series. I'm going to be featuring an author! This author has written so many of my favourite books! Every book I've ever had the pleasure of reading by her has automatically gotten five stars. Her books are all love stories, so may not be to everyone's taste, but I absolutely adore them! They're so well written and really fun to read! All are set in the past in the early 20th Century. They feature princesses, ballet dancers, countesses, refugees and so much more. If that sounds at all appealing to you, then go get them and read them! You'll definitely want to set aside an uninterrupted afternoon to read them, you won't be able to put them down!

I can't go on about every single book I've loved by her so I'm just going to feature my favourite four.

In no particular order.

The Morning Gift, The Secret Countess, A Company of Swans and Magic Flutes are among my all time favourite books and quite possibly are my all time favourite romances! They're all perfect summer reads!

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to read any of these books? If you've read them or are going to read them, I'd love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments below if you think you're going to read them or if you already have!  


4.15.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I'd Like To Own


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week a new topic is selected in advance and participating bloggers must make a list in regards to the topic!

Ever since I first saw this topic I've been dying to put it together. At first it was kind of hard to find ten bookish items. I wanted to make sure that they weren't all basically the same. So no more than one t-shirt, on phone case, etc. You get the idea. So it was pretty hard to find ten unique bookish items that I would genuinely want to own. I found a few and decided to come back after a few days. I waited a week or two and left this post to the last minute. Well the last minute for me considering I have two essays due and an exam on the day this is going to post. 

So after waiting two weeks I cam back and suddenly there was tons of things I wanted to add to the list! I'm not talking going over and making the list twelve or thirteen instead of ten, the list would have been around thirty! It's like the internet just exploded with bookish items! 

Anyway, here's the top ten of everything I found! All are going on my Christmas wish list!








That's it from me! Have you got any unique bookish items that you'd love to own? Let me know in the comments below!




Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!
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Mortal Enchantment


“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


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The Shadow Prince

Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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Photoshoot-21Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
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3.30.2014

The Sunday Post!


"The Sunday Post" is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The Sunday Post is a chance to share news from the previous week, show the schedule for the upcoming week and show books bought or received during the week. This post is also linked up to "Stacking the Shelves", a meme that gives you the chance to showcase new books, hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

It's been so long since I did a Sunday Post! Unfortunately life got really hectic throughout February and March, I barely had time to touch a computer, never mind actually having the time to blog. So lately I've been MIA. I've barely posted anything in the last two months due to college and life in general, but I didn't want to go on an official hiatus. I kept thinking I'd find time to post tomorrow and I was just never able to. So I owe all of you who are still around a huge apology, I'm sorry for being so irregular with my posts!

Anyway, on to the details of my life the past two months! The blog celebrated its six month blogoversary! It may not be a big deal to some but for me it's really amazing! I hosted a giveaway to celebrate, hurry and check it out because it ends tomorrow! As I said before life has been really hectic. I had to present a group project that was worth a huge 70% of my module and there were plenty of problems with working in a group! I then had two essays due and two exams, so I was really trying to focus on them. At the beginning of March I also started my clinical placement. As some of you may know, I'm studying to be a radiation therapist, so for four weeks we have to complete a work placement in a radiation unit. To be honest I was really starting to dislike my course. I dreaded attending lectures and actually doing the work. But now I see a light at the end of the tunnel! I absolutely love being a radiation therapist! It's such an amazing job! Now there's only exams this year and then three more years to get through before I can escape college and actually work! But before then I have two exams, a presentation and two essays to write. And that's before my actual end of year exams four weeks from now. Kill me now please! 


I'm just going to have to soldier through somehow! But, if I'm not posting quite as regularly in the coming weeks then at least you know why!

Now on to the good stuff!


Currently Reading

I'm currently reading both of these gems! Hellfire by Jean Johnson and Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie. I'm really enjoying both of them. Looking at them now I realise I probably couldn't be reading two books more different if I tried! Hey, at least I'm keeping it varied! 

February & March Book Haul

Bought




As you can see I went on a bot of a buying frenzy with the Addicted series and it's companion novels. This is such a great series! 

For Review



That's basically the past two months in a nutshell! I can wait for life to calm down again! This Summer is going to one of major reading time! 

What did you get in your hauls this week? Let me know in the comments below!


3.25.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Things on My Bookish Bucket List!


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week a new topic is selected in advance and participating bloggers must make a list in regards to the topic!

This was a hard one to put together I have to admit! There will always be a few things I'm dying to do in relation to books, but ten?!? That's a lot! In the end I could only come up with nine that I really want to do. 

Finish my TBR



I want to someday be able to say I've read every book I've ever wanted to. Probably completely unrealistic since there's new books every week being released that I want to read. However I'm sure as I get older I'll be looking up new books even less (by older I mean like late sixties or so!). Maybe someday I'll get to read all of the books on my TBR!


Own a library




I think it's the dream of most readers to have their own personal library in their home. Not just a few bookshelves in the bedroom or the sitting room but a whole room dedicated to just books and reading. I would settle for a spare bedroom with a few bookshelves but how great would it be to have a library like the ones in the pictures above? I can just picture myself reading in the nook, the other picture showing what I would love the rest of the room to look like. Can you imagine reading on that bench, looking out the window while it rained heavily? Or even in the summer looking out at the gorgeous weather? I need this room in my future house!


BEA



I would love to go to BEA. It's such a huge dream of mine. It would really be amazing to go to a convention that revolves completely around my favourite thing, books! Unfortunately I can't afford it this year simply because I love in Ireland. The flights are so expensive. I suppose I could go on my own, but that would freak me out a bit. I'm incredibly envious of all of you who live in the US and can go without too much expense. Someday I'm going to go! Maybe even next year if I can save enough and convince my Mam to go with me!


Read a Book a Day




This one will probably require taking a year off college or eventually work before I have kids. This one is extremely unlikely to happen unless I wait until I'm retired and spend the year doing nothing but reading. But I can always dream!


Gain 1000 Followers
How cool would it be to eventually reach 1000 followers?!? As you can see, on Bloglovin', I only have 269 followers. That's pretty amazing in my opinion but I still want to someday reach 100.




Quoted in a Finished Copy



I've seen quite a few bloggers that have been quoted in finished copies from their reviews. That seems like the ultimate complement! It means that not only was your review well written but the publisher thought your blog is important enough to help influence people to buy their book. That's pretty awesome!



Write a Book



Half the world probably wants to do this one! I've always enjoyed writing, but never in a serious way. I'm always trying to think of interesting concepts to write about. It's so hard to think of something that hasn't been done a million times before. The YA paranormal romance has certainly been overdone! Someday I'm going to write a book, I swear it!


Invited to Amazon Vine



This is probably going to be another popular one on bloggers bucket lists. Being invited to join Amazon Vine would be amazing! For those of you who don't know, Amazon Vine is an invite only programme where Amazon send you books to review. They send you an email twice a month (I think?) and you can choose any two books featured to be sent to review. You can't be sent any more books until you review the ones you have been sent. I can only dream!

Make more Bloggy Friends

This is a getting to be a pretty big deal for me. I'm really terrible at talking to people online but I would really love to make more friends through blogging. I need to put myself out there a bit more I suppose. The funny thing is that I find it really easy to talk to people IRL. It's just speaking to people online that I find crazy hard. I would love to be able to talk to more of you about what I thought of my latest read, or look forward to finally meeting you at BEA 2015 like I've seen so many other bloggers do! So that's something I can start working on now for my bookish bucket list!

That's it from me for another day! Let me know what's on your bookish bucket list!