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

 

 

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

Blog Tour: Hinder

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog for today’s post which is the tour stop for Hinder, a New-Adult Paranormal novel by Kristin Ping! Contained throughout will be more details about the book as well as my own review and a international giveaway running. Ready? Let’s get started!

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Book details:
Hinder
by Kristin Ping
(Guardian of Monsters #1)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Synopsis:

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35145741-hinder?ac=1&from_search=true

Pre-order: 
Kristin
AUTHOR BIO:
Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.
She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house. You can find more about Kristin at www.authorkristinping.com

 
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REVIEW: I was super excited when I learnt that I had been selected to be a part of the Hinder tour. This 2018 release is one that you definitely need to keep an eye out for! Ethan is a bender which his Mum died trying to protect him. He uses the Earth element and has the skill to bend it and be in control of witches. The other main character Alex is trapped in her Aunt’s locket and she needs to find her bender before everything crashes around her. When Ethan and Alex’s worlds both collide, they have to stay alive before evil creeps up behind them and swallows them away in a puff of black smoke. I don’t read a lot of New-Adult but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it. Hinder was visual, action-packed and also portrayed the joys and strains of relationships very well. As this is the first book in a series, I did like how the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger but at the same time, did leave some mystery behind which hopefully is solved in book 2? I would say what but that’s spoilers 😉
GIVEAWAY!: As part of the blog tour, there is a giveaway going on to win a $75 Amazon gift card and… it’s INTERNATIONAL entries! To be in with a chance to win, click on this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232205/  Entries close on January 7th 2018!
That concludes this post! A big thank you to the team at Xpresso Blog Tours and Kristin for the opportunity to be a part of the tour. Don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs that are currently participating in this too.
Alice x

My Favourite Reads of 2017

Welcome all to my year’s round-up of books that I’ve read in 2017 and absolutely enjoyed! This post will be split into two parts starting with the books I gave the full five stars to and then ones I gave 4 or 4.5 stars to and some reasons why, so without further ado, here are my favourite reads!

FIVE STAR READS:

 

There’s no denying that by having images of stars in the sky on the book cover, I end up absolutely loving everything about the book. The Little Prince was one that truly left me speechless and even trying to type up a book review for it was tricky at times. Autoboyography is a recent read and one that when offered for free to read as part of the Riveted Lit 25 Books, 25 Days promotion that is currently running, 4am me was left mesmerised and excited for more!

FOUR/FOUR AND A HALF STARS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve enjoyed receiving free books as part of blog tours or sent to me via publishers. This year, I have also made use of libraries at both my College and public ones near my home. You see by the covers featured that there were a variety of genres, characters and plotlines I experienced which left an impact on me. All of these books are listed on Goodreads!

Thanks so much for reading this post, what were your favourite reads of the year?

Alice x

I’ve Been Reading Books!- Review Round-Up.

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Sorry everyone for the lack of activity on my blog, I’ve decided to no longer participate in this year’s Blogmas for personal reasons. Hope you all can understand that this decision was a difficult one to make and had to take a lot into consideration regarding the posts I had planned as well as assignment matters. But the good news is that I’ve been reading books again and have some new reviews to share! So, let’s see what I thought of these three books:

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I am part of a YA book group, this was October’s pick of the month but have only just got around to finishing it yesterday. Going into The Girl Of Ink and Stars, I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than adventure and um… Stars. Me being me, I thought this was a book set in space, it isn’t. I would definitely say however that the plotline sounded more MG to me then YA but I like reading MG and as a nineteen year old, I have loved reading stories for a younger audience. The story follows young Isabella who lives on a island with a father as a cartographer (person who draws maps and follows the constellations of stars in the sky above). A girl Isabella knows is murdered then her best friend Lupe goes missing after she ventures out to solve the mystery surrounding the murder itself. Being worried, Isabella disguises herself as a boy and joins the search party looking for Lupe and using the map skills she has acquired from her father.

What I enjoyed was the astrological aspect as well as the adventure involving Isabella on the search for Lupe. Sadly, the length of the story is what let it down for me a little, once I did feel fully on board with everything that was happening, the adventure was over. I think younger readers around the age of 12 or 13 will really enjoy this. Overall, a great idea that just needs some more development to it. The illustrations in my edition were really pretty to look at, what made the reading easier was that the story was clearly split into sections so for example, the first part is set in Joya then it moves onto the forests and so on.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Guys… My little classic movies heart is just bursting at the seams. The references made just askajaksjaksa. Anyway, onto my actual thoughts! I read Alex Approximately in one sitting pretty late at night and enjoyed the experience. If you are a fan of the film You’ve Got Mail, this is basically like the film itself, just having teens as main characters and set in California, not Brooklyn. Bailey also known as Mink has been chatting to a guy called Alex online on a film lovers forum and harbouring a secret crush for him despite not knowing what he looks like. Her parents are divorced so she moves into a town on the coast which is the same one that this Alex is said to be located in to be with her Dad who is also dating a local police cop. Finding work at a local museum, she meets one of the security guards called Porter who is not only a twit, he’s a very attractive one too. As the summer turns to autumn, Bailey must work out what her heart really wants. This mysterious Alex or Porter.

The perfect Contemporary summer read for teens over the age of fifteen. I loved the fact that Bailey is against such a film fanatic and not reading a character like that before in YA, that was super refreshing to see. It is a long book but I was satisfied with the conclusion and as a standalone, am pleased where the story stands. The story touched on so many other things such as peer pressure, parent relationships, friendships, I could go on and on. There are scenes of gun use around 40% of the way in so little warning to those who are interested in reading Alex Approximately and find those kind of scenes uncomfortable to read. I am excited to read some more books by Jenn!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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People, it was worth waking up at 4am in the morning to pick up Autoboyography, my feels are still in tatters right now a few hours later after I finished the epilogue. I have absolutely no hesitation recommending this book to others, hands down one of my most favourite books that I’ve ever read (and I don’t say that very often). The cover is absolutely stunning and once I read one of my closet friend’s reviews on her blog, I was instantly sold. Tanner is the main character, he’s an eighteen year old who has moved states from California to Utah. Once openly bisexual, he is forced to retract from that and hide away. His hiding suddenly comes to light when his friend Autumn suggests that he takes a seminar offered by the high school they attend. The goal is to write a novel in four months, but a massive distraction in the form of Sebastian Brother, a novel he wrote in the previous year’s seminar which ended up with a publishing contract and is back to mentor the year’s students. From the start, both of them discover that everything in life can be an adventure and whether taking the risks would be worth it.

This novel tackles aspects such as writing, family relationships, love, Mormon (as Sebastian is Mormon and bought up in a family of Mormons), religion and life changes. From the first page, I was left spellbound by the growing desires between Tanner and Sebastian. I love it when authors and writing are involved within the plotline. The tensions and relationships, joy and heartbreak which was experienced throughout. I was generally left in tears once the ending of book arrived. The writing style was simply beautiful and again as a standalone, was left satisfied with the pacing and life developments. I love, love, love this book, it was everything I could have wanted and ask for. I’m tearing up as I write this oh my. But for anyone looking for a good LGBTQIA+ YA novel, this is the one, look no further.

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Here are images of the books I am either currently reading or just about to start:

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Let me know what books you are currently reading and see you all very soon!

Alice x