2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Books 1-10

Hello all! It’s Alice here from Married To Books and for today’s upload, I’m going to be wrapping up the first ten books that I’ve read so far in 2018! These first reads of the year were a mixture of some interesting and memorable plotlines and those that didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally. If you would like to hear my thoughts on any of the books mentioned here, add me on Goodreads to see reviews: www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44 

So, in star order starting with my least favourite all the way up to my favourite of the collection, they are the following:

1 Star

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

2 Stars

Lady Catherine’s Necklace by Joan Aiken

3 Stars

Appetite by Anita Cassidy

Luca, Son of the Morning by Tom Anderson

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

The Island At The End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun (3.75 out of 5 stars)

4 Stars

You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando

Swoon Reads: Winter 2016 Sampler

5 Stars

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington

 

Here are some books that I am currently reading!

How is your 2018 reading year going? Read any incredible books that have stuck with you? Or a book that you really disliked? I’d love to know in the comments section below, so don’t hesitate to post.

Thanks so much for reading, have an awesome day and please subscribe to see what books I read and review next. 🙂

Alice x

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Blog Tour: Appetite

Hello readers! It’s Saturday and time for a surprise blog tour post. I normally do blog tour posts at the start of the week so when I was given the opportunity to do one on a weekend, I jumped at the chance. This post is for the Adult Fiction novel Appetite by Anita Cassidy and published by Red Door Publishing!

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Because everyone hungers for something…

Food and Sex: two appetites the modern world stimulates, but also the ones we are expected to keep under control. But what happens when we don’t?

Embarking on an affair, lonely wife and mother Naomi blossoms sexually in a false spring while David, the fattest boy at the local comprehensive and best friend of her son, struggles to overcome bullying and the apathy of his divorced mother.

David finally starts to learn about the mechanisms of appetite through a science project set by his intelligent but jaded teacher, Matthew. David’s brave efforts to change himself open Matthew’s eyes to his activist girlfriend’s dangerous plans to blow up VitSip, a local energy-drink company where Naomi works.

At the mercy of their appetites, this exciting debut novel shows that some hungers can never be satisfied…

Goodreads Link- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36228483-appetite

Amazon Link- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Appetite-Anita-Cassidy/dp/1910453471/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514889560&sr=1-1&keywords=appetite+anita+cassidy

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About the author:

I am a writer, a relationship radical, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. I am also a lover of old books, new music and (mostly) clean food.

Whilst I understand the limitations of labels, I do identify as bi-sexual, polyamorous and kinky.

Above all else, I am curious about everything: about life, about learning and about love.

Find Anita across these social medias!:

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/anitacassidy76

Website- http://www.anitacassidy.uk/

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17162217.Anita_Cassidy

REVIEW: Appetite was definitely a book out of my comfort zone. I don’t really read a lot of adult fiction and when I do, it does take a while for me to get settled since I mainly review YA. There are multiple POVs in the novel and are clearly separated out by the names of the main characters. David is a high school student, getting bullied because of his weight, Naomi works for an energy drink company and has a son who is friends with David and Matthew who is one of David’s teachers. Their paths cross at various points throughout.

Naomi’s journey is looking for a solid romance so spends most of the time chatting to guys and arranging dates. David deals with his parents relationship breakdown and then the desire to start eating more healthy foods and not end up like his mother who has arranged a gastric band. Matthew is struggling to keep the students engaged and motivated in their learning and is also dealing with a break-up. Appetite contains topics such as Food, Sex, Peer Pressure and the choice between Right or Wrong. For readers over the age of eighteen looking for a book that tackles everyday issues and the power of thinking, this is for you. 

 Thanks to the team at Red Door Publishing and the author Anita for letting me be a part of this promotional blog tour. I will leave a banner which lists all of the other bloggers that are participating as well so stop on by and read their posts! Have a great day! Alice x

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Blog Tour: A Mighty Dawn


Welcome to my blog for today’s post! I’m super excited to be participating in the promotional blog tour for Adult Historical Fantasy novel A Mighty Dawn by Theodore Brun. Keep reading for more information about the book as well as a full spoiler-free review containing my thoughts!

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Blurb:

A gripping and brilliantly realized debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible tragedy befalls Hakan’s household he is forced to leave his world behind. He must seek to pledge his sword to a new king. Nameless and alone, he embarks on a journey to escape the bonds of his past and fulfil his destiny as a great warrior.

Whispers of sinister forces in the north pull Hakan onwards to a kingdom plagued by mysterious and gruesome deaths. But does he have the strength to do battle with such dark foes? Or is death the only sane thing to seek in this world of blood and broken oaths?

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33258364-a-mighty-dawn?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1782399941/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

REVIEW: A Mighty Dawn is one of those books that really transports you on a journey across mysterious lands where anyone and anything can pounce on you. Haken is loyal to his father until a tragedy that occurs in his home settlement and hidden secrets come to light. Soon, he renounces himself, changes his name to Erlan (meaning stranger) and begins a dangerous journey to find another King to form an alliance with. During the travelling, he meets a young boy Kai who becomes his companion. With talk of dark enemies who are around and out for blood, fighting back is critical until the abduction of a royal princess opens up new obstacles to face.

I don’t tend to read many historical fantasies but this one certainly didn’t hold back from the action. Hakan as a character was brutal, powerful but yet ended up with various injuries throughout the novel. I enjoyed the journey that Hakan and Kai took to rescue the princess, with twists and turns in each chapter, I was genuinely excited to see what happened next. This debut novel made me as a reader experience the fictional world (inspired by Norse Mythology and Scandinavia) being bought to life. I am descended from Vikings so I was interested to see Scandinavian roots amongst  the main characters. Adult readers who like tales of finding a new identity and kingdoms of secrets with strong characters, this is the book for you!

Find the author on Twitter!: www.Twitter.com/theodorebrun

Theodore’s website: www.theodorebrun.com

Follow the publishers Corvus on Twitter!: www.Twitter.com/CorvusBooks 

Thanks to the team at Corvus Publishing and Theodore for letting me be a part of the promotional tour for this book. For more posts like this on, by sure to subscribe to my blog, I post frequently and am always reading!
Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs that are all participating and see you all soon! Alice x

 

 

Announcing: The #LoveOzYA Series!

I’ve sort of kept this hidden for a long while and sort of told a few people about it. But now, here is the official main announcement post. Ya girl is starting up on her blog a new Love Oz YA reading and reviewing series ahhhhhhhh *cue confetti and party music* so what will this series consist of? To help with this, let me share all of the goodness of Love Oz YA with you ❤

Begin End Begin is the Love Oz YA anthology I was sent for review so that will formally kick off the series. Hamilton and Peggy doesn’t fall into this category but was contained in the same tweet so I can’t change that XD

Looking at this Goodreads book list is my life right now:  https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/106013._LoveOzYA_2017 All of the pretty books that are listed and all so very different!

Here are some released this year that I hope to get my hands on at some point!

 

 

I do live in England so as of right now, I am unable to attend any events in Australia for Love Oz YA but I do actively chat to other users on the Twitter hashtag regularly and awkwardly mention that I live very far north than they do 😛 however, I don’t want distance to be a barrier and hinder my love for this community that I’ve grown passionately with this year. Via NetGalley, I do have one title that is ready to read and review and that is:

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I have another title from Text Publishing but I’m not sure it falls under Love Oz YA so for now, I won’t include that one here in this post. So readers, I do hope that you will follow me on this journey to bring something new to my blog and have a great time reading and reviewing books. Don’t forget to comment down below any Love Oz YA titles that you think I should include in my year-long series for 2018 and if you would like to send me any, let me know and I will give you my business email to discuss further details!

Thanks so much for reading and see you all in the New Year with the Begin End Begin review!

Alice x

 

 

Blog Tour: You Won’t Know I’m Gone

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Hello readers! Welcome to my blog for today’s post, a blog tour stop for the YA Thriller You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando, the second book in The Black Angel Chronicles series. Here, this will contain a full review as well as more information about the book including purchase links. Enjoy reading!

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Book details:
You Won’t Know I’m Gone
by Kristen Orlando
(The Black Angel Chronicles #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name.

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34499229-you-won-t-know-i-m-gone?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase: 
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AUTHOR BIO:
Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she has been lucky enough to make it her living, first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great love of her life, Michael. You Don’t Know My Name is her debut novel.
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REVIEW: Reagan Hillis is looking for revenge after her mother is killed. After being given a chance to prove her skills in training to become a member of the Black Angel at their training academy, every move she makes will prove vital to achieving her goal of finding and ending the life of a ruthless killer. When her friend and guy she kissed Luke shows up at the training academy, the story follows their interactions across missions and surviving classes in combat and survival skills. That ending! Ahhhhhh, this was an adventure, thrilling and exciting read. Reagan was not just fighting with her mind but also torn between following the rules and doing what she feels is right. The events in this book do follow on from the ending of book one (You Don’t Know My Name) but it was easy to read and follow the storyline without having to refer back to the first book. I liked Reagan as a character as well as the missions that she and the rest of the trainees at the training academy participated in. Luke as a character did frustrate me at times, however, the fast-paced ride definitely kept me excited to read on to the very end! 
GIVEAWAY!: As part of the blog tour, there is a giveaway running for a chance to win a physical copy of You Won’t Know I’m Gone. Entries are open to residents living in the US/Canada. The closing date for entries is 18th January 2018. To enter, click on this link to be directed to the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232230/
Thanks to the team at Xpresso as well as Kristen and Swoon Reads for the opportunity to let me be a part of the tour for this book. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs that are participating in the tour!
Alice x

BookTube Channels I’ve Been Loving!

If you know me well readers, you know that I love to watch YouTube, it’s an obsession in life that will always stick by me. So, for today’s upload, I am going to be promoting the channels that I’ve been watching and instantly fell in love with. So, let’s go!

Books and Lala is channel number one that I will be promoting! This is potentially one of my favourite videos of 2017 in BookTube which the title pretty much explains it all. Now one day, maybe my boyfriend might like to do this with me 😉 hmmm…. we’ll keep you posted on that one. But there’s a lot of choice on her channel and the pretty sights of new books oooooooo.

Channel number two is Little Book Owl AKA Catriona and currently have a link to her most recent upload which is a book haul and book hauls make me spend a ton of dough on books OK? But I love watching her videos and the reading vlogs such as ones for The Reading Quest I really enjoyed too.

Number three of this list is two of my awesome bookie friends from Australia’s channel The YA Room! I met Sarah and Alex on Twitter earlier this year and I’ve now turned into a LoveOzYA book nerd who doesn’t live in land down under (yet) but I love the monthly Twitter chats even with the huge time zone difference for me here in England.

I have to confess, I have promoted Hailey’s channel on my blog before but when I saw this video, I had to share this here because it was heartwarming and an incredible idea to give books to her old High School that doesn’t have a library. This is a must-watch! So channel number four is Hailey in Bookland!

Finally, channel number five is No Safer Place! I started following Zoe on Twitter a short while ago and when she tweeted about her channel, I just had to subscribe to it. I really enjoyed watching the November book haul since one day, I would love my name to be quoted in a book and I’m really happy for her in that her name was in a published book.

Thanks so much guys for reading, let me know any BookTube channels that you think I should watch (feel free to promote your own, just don’t spam), like and subscribe to my blog and happy watching!

Alice x

My 2018 Blogging Plans!

Hello everyone! Alice here with a new post and the start of new beginnings. 2018 is going to be a big year for my life on planet Earth. I turn 20 years old (20!), I hopefully will be starting University to study Creative Writing and completing lots of writing projects for Tablo which is honestly my current writing website obsession right now. There will be a separate post uploaded about some of my new story projects that are going to be written and released so stay tuned for that! But for this blog and my blogging world in general, I do have some plans for it and so here are the list of ideas and actions I have currently!

  1. Find one day a week to write new posts and then schedule them all for different days when I’m out and about.
  2. Continue as a blog tour host for Xpresso Blog Tours since I love working with them and promoting new reads to all of you who stop by my blog!
  3. Work on some special series posts, I have two new series coming out with one to do with YA books and the other involving tea.
  4. Adding more book review posts to this blog since I realised that there isn’t actually a lot of reviews here (whoops) XD
  5. Relaunch my classics blog Alice Reads Classics with a weekly upload.
  6. Look into other blog tour opportunities.
  7. Promoting my blog more using social media and word of mouth.
  8. Blog more about my creative writing because I do get nervous to post samples of my work here.
  9. Stopping by and reading new posts by other bloggers a lot more than I currently do just to show support and meet new people.

Here some stats that I would love to reach with this blog in 2018!

  • Reach 25,000 page hits (Currently at just over 6,000)
  • Hit 500 subscribers (Currently on 205)

Finally, I decided to remove that huge image from the top of my blog. It was simply doing nothing for it and actually slowed down the loading time for my home page which was picked up by a few visitors a while back. During the winter break, I’ve gone away and thought about what to do to solve this issue so I ended up creating a smaller header to display. However now, I’m not even sure my blog needs one. I’ll leave the said image here and let you guys decide in the comments if you feel I should use it!

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I think I mentioned everything that I wanted to but if you have any other suggestions for my blog, leave them down in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and subscribe to support my works and see new posts first when they get uploaded. Have a Happy New Year! ❤

Alice x