Blog Tour: The Game Can’t Love You Back

TheGameCantLoveYouBackTourBannerHello readers! Welcome back to my blog for today’s tour post, this time for the YA Contemporary Romance novel The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo. As always, this post will contain a full review as well as the opportunity to enter into a promotional giveaway that is running alongside the tour and all of the information you need to know about the novel itself. Hope you enjoy reading this post and thanks for stopping by!

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Book details:
The Game Can’t Love You Back
by Karole Cozzo
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

 
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AUTHOR BIO:
Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.
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REVIEW: This was a great YA Contemporary Romance to read, as the summer months begin and the baseball hots up. As I am from England, I was a little bit nervous to see what the baseball storyline regarding the main character Eve would be like. But rest assured, it was really refreshing to read a sport that I don’t often see portrayed in YA Fiction. After her high school is involved in an accident, the sport teams from the high school end up merging with a different high school. Truth is, Eve is the only girl on her high school’s baseball team and not everyone is accepting of that. She meets Jamie, one of the star baseball players who always seems to want it all, the fame and trophies but she wants to be the best that she can be, not second best. Throughout the novel, their interactions are key, I can also relate to the only girl on a sports team aspect as I was on my old high school’s basketball team with a dozen other guys. I enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to get into the story with good pacing. I liked reading from both Eve and Jamie’s POVs as I was curious to see what the other was thinking during their encounters.
I also like the fact that the novel stands alone, the ending really tied up the storyline well. Eve as a character at times could get really emotional but also, try to stand her ground. It was a good coming-of-age novel and would happily re-read this again! The romance involved wasn’t too insta-love either since this aspect is actually a pet peeve of mine. This is a prefect read for teen girls and no, you don’t need to be a huge expert in baseball to read this one. The conversation that Eve and her Mum had at the end was really heartwarming and one of my favourite scenes overall. In conclusion, add this one to your summer TBRs!
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 24th 2018!
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of The Game Can’t Love You Back

For the chance to win a physical copy of the novel, head over to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232446/ Entries are open to residents living in the US or Canada!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso, Swoon Reads and Karole for letting me be a part of the tour. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

 

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Blog Tour: The Forest Beyond The Earth

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Hello readers! Welcome to my book blog, for today’s tour post upload. This time, it is for the YA post-Apocalyptic novel The Forest Beyond The Earth by Matthew S Cox. As always, this post will contain a full review as well as the chance to enter in a giveaway and purchase links so you can grab a copy of the book to read! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
The Forest Beyond the Earth
by Matthew S. Cox
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Under the watchful eye of the Mother Shrine, twelve-year-old Wisp ekes out a simple, but challenging life with Dad, foraging for food and losing herself in old books from the world that came before. She loves the Endless Forest ― except when the Tree Walkers come for her.

In ages past, the great rain of fire and ash destroyed the Earth, wiping out the ancients and everything they had made. Nature has reclaimed much since then, spreading out in a vast forest full of wonder and dread. Ever in fear of being taken away, she follows Dad’s rules without question while learning to survive off the land.

No longer a small child, she accompanies Dad on one of his treks, her first time more than a few steps away from the cabin. A day exploring with him is the happiest time of her life, but joy is short-lived.

A monster follows them home.

Safe in her Haven, she hides while Dad goes outside to confront the beast. She wakes alone the next morning, and waits. Alas, her hope of his return fades with the daylight. Desperate, she breaks his strictest rule and goes outside alone. Not far from the cabin, she discovers his rifle abandoned next to the monster’s strange footprints.

Afraid but determined, Wisp sets off on her own into the Endless Forest to find Dad ― before the Tree Walkers catch her.

 
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AUTHOR BIO:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

REVIEW: This YA Post-Apocalyptic novel follows a young girl, who is kept hidden away from the outside world other than the surrounding lands nearest her Haven which are known as the Endless Forest. I personally love reading and writing about settings of forests and woods, it really builds something extra onto the reading atmosphere. Now that the young girl (called Wisp) is twelve, she can have some extra freedom. But when that does happen, a scary monster follows them both back to the Haven. When the sun rises, Wisp discovers that her Dad hasn’t returned. The only way to find him, is to break all of the rules and forget being safe. She has to venture out, and use her Dad’s rifle to defend herself against the so-called Tree Walkers, enemies that could kill her.
This was an adventurous story as Wisp has to make some difficult decisions throughout the novel, as she tries desperately to find her Dad. The ending of the novel was what shocked me the most as a reader, a plot twist that I didn’t see coming at all! It was a visual journey, with the visual settings my favourite part of the experience. There is no romance in this novel which also made the plotline really refreshing. A good standalone read for readers who like to go on a journey.
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 31st 2018!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $30 Amazon gift card + 2x signed copies of The Forest Beyond the Earth

For the chance to win the prizes listed above, head over to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232444/ Entries are open internationally!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso and Matthew for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon!
Alice x

Blog Tour: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog for today’s tour post, this time for the YA Suspense novel Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J Garcia. As always, this post will contain a full review of the book as well as purchase links and a giveaway opportunity. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy reading and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for recent uploads!

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Book details:
Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
by R.J. Garcia
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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AUTHOR BIO:
R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!
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REVIEW: This was definitely a storyline that I found to be full of suspense. Scary, creepy with those scenes in particular a good read for around Halloween time. Told from two teen male POVs (which I found really refreshing), Tommy and his sister are sent to live with an Aunt and Grandparents who are completely new to them. This is after social services take them away from living with their Mum. In this new location, Tommy meets one of the local troublemakers called Finn, sadly for him, Finn lives with a Stepfather who doesn’t give him any form of acceptance and also works as the sheriff. Joining with more local teens, Tommy feels he has found new friends for the first time in a while. But, the struggles of adolescence as well as a case of kidnapping and an unsolved murder, turn their lives (and friendships) completely upside down.
This standalone novel was full of twists and turns, with interesting perspectives from the teens featured throughout the story. I liked the setting of a small town in Indiana and the chilly plotline of the unsolved murder. Personally, the two teen male POVs of Tommy and Finn were written really well, each chapter represents one of their perspectives. Dialogue kept the pacing fast and flowing well throughout. This is a story that I can definitely see readers over 15+ enjoying. I did read this in one sitting which I felt added to the intrigue and excitement.
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 17th 2018!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • An eBook copy of Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

For the chance to win an eBook copy of the novel, head to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232437/  This giveaway is open for international entries!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso and the author R.J Garcia for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you soon for a new upload!

Alice x

Blog Tour: ISAN

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Hello readers! It’s Alice, and I’m back with a new tour post, this time for the YA Dystopian novel ISAN by Mary Ting. ISAN is the first book in a brand new series which I’m really excited to be promoting on my blog! As always, this tour post will contain more details about the book such as purchase links, a full review and a giveaway opportunity. Thanks for sticking by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
ISAN
by Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.

SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

“Captivating from the very beginning…this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of actions.” –School Library Journal
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AUTHOR BIO:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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REVIEW:Set in a divided United States, the main character Ava ends up in a detention for juvenile until one day, she is offered the chance to take a serum that will ultimately change who she is and give her a boost of powers. The catch is that by taking the serum, she must join a program known as ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). On missions to kidnap, kill and seek targets. On one of these missions, she meets Rhett who she knows from her past. He is part of a different gang and so, take her hostage. During this time, all the secrets start to unravel, leaving Ava with trust issues for everyone she knows and loves.

This YA Dystopian I really enjoyed, starting straight away with tension and heart-racing action. Each chapter contained plot twists and turns at every corner that kept me wanting to read on till the final page. The pacing at times was a little slow, but picked up towards the end with Ava and Rhett’s interactions. The ending is a cliffhanger which I was a little sad by, however, due to the writing style which I really liked as well as a range of characters, I will be picking up the next book to see where Ava’s adventures take her next!

GIVEAWAY: For the chance to win a signed copy of ISAN as well as a bookish swag pack, head over to this link now to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/48cd2c9a135/ This giveaway is open to International entries!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you Xpresso and the author Mary for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon with a new post!
Alice x

Blog Tour: Cascading Petals

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog, for today’s blog tour post for the novel Cascading Petals by Jane C Brady, this is a YA Contemporary Romance. As always, there will be a full review, details about the book including purchase links, as well as a giveaway opportunity for the chance to win some cool prizes. Thanks for sticking by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
Cascading Petals
by Jane C. Brady
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Despite the years of bullying in school, Jewel Hart has remained sweet and kind. She has it all—a great life, a great family, and beauty—but she has never been able to obtain the one thing she wants—to belong.

When Jewel meets Kaiden Carter, a good-looking, charming new student at York Mills High, things start to look up. On the surface, he is perfect, but Jewel can’t shake the feeling that everything is not as it seems.

When the devastation of the rising suicides in her school hits too close to home and drives Jewel into a deep despair, she clings to Kaiden’s strength to find her way back. Through the pain and fear surrounding her, she finds hope and the will to go on. But just as she picks herself up, tragedy strikes again, threatening to steal her last glimmer of hope. How will she go on? Can she ever find her place in the world?

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AUTHOR BIO:
Jane lives life to the full because she doesn’t want to wake up twenty years from now regretting all the things she didn’t do. She’s an avid traveler who also loves throwing elaborate dinner parties where she wows her guests with gourmet meals. Jane has a passion for writing, interior design, history, movies, board games, and fitness. In her quest  for an exciting life, however, she now draws the line at zip-lining, which she experienced in Costa Rica. Never again!

Jane comes from a family of six sisters and lived in a Tennessee plantation house for several years while growing up. She now lives in Western Canada but dreams of owning a vacation home in South Carolina. She lives with her husband (her high school sweetheart), two teenagers, and two dogs. When she grows up, she’d like to be her brilliant sixteen-year-old daughter (minus the mood swings).

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REVIEW:Cascading Petals was an emotional read, following the life of a young girl called Jewel Hart. During her school days, she has been a victim of horrific bullying that has resulted in anxiety and upset, not having any friends to spend time with. As she starts her final year in High School, she meets a new student Kaiden Carter, they grow close despite fellow students at the school earning Kaiden about Jewel with untrue rumours. Across the news, the numbers of teens taking their own life have increased. After feeling depressed, Jewel has Kaiden to stay close to until a horrible tragedy occurs, shattering both of their worlds.

There are multiple POVs and sometimes, it was a little bit confusing to track whose perspective it was. The Contemporary romance was not insta-love, the high school setting realistic. There was one character in particular (a teacher) who was extremely unprofessional but you heard the story from all sides. The dialogue kept the story flowing well, I did struggle a little with character connection but the bullying I can personally relate to since I was bullied a lot during my high school years. The last couple of chapters really hit me, I can’t spoil the story since I don’t write spoiler reviews but what I will say is that Cascading Petals does give you, as the reader, the emotional impact. I would read more books by this author!

Giveaway: This closes for entries on May 24th 2018!
Tour-wide giveaway (UK/CAN/US)
  • A Kindle Fire HD 32 g + a signed copy of Cascading Petal

For the chance to win the prize mentioned above, all you need to do is head to this link and enter!: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232436/ This giveaway is open to residents who live in the UK, US or Canada!

That concludes this post, a big thank you to Xpresso and Jane for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon for a new post!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Nowhere Else But Here

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog, for today’s blog tour post. This post is for the YA Contemporary novel Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton. I will be sharing my review for the novel as well as purchase links and the blurb for everyone to read and enjoy! If you liked this post, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by tapping the subscribe button on screen. Follow me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3) for daily updates and all things books!

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“He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here?

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39676516-nowhere-else-but-here?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nowhere-Else-Here-Rachel-Cotton/dp/1785301632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525502383&sr=1-1&keywords=9781785301636

REVIEW:

This is Rachel’s debut novel, when I used to be active on Wattpad a few years ago, I used to see her Wattpad works trending on the charts. To see one of her stories in physical copies, I was literally so thrilled! Nowhere Else But Here was a good YA Contemporary that follows Rose, a girl in high school, part of a search for a fellow classmate called Theo who is missing from his home. Suddenly, Theo shows up outside her door, with hidden secrets regarding why he ran off. The problem is, he’s too scared to go home and so, needs somewhere to stay. Rose has to lie to her parents, older brother and friends about this development. When suspicions start to arise, a chance at discovering happiness could vanish in an instant.

There are mentions of domestic abuse, a couple of paragraphs where Rose has an anxiety attack (personally, I can relate to the anxiety attacks), however, the pacing flowed well for me. I liked the second half of the book as the characters started to interact more. The first half was Rose and Theo together, at Rose’s house hiding away. There were a lot of revealed secrets that I tried to keep track of. But overall, I did enjoy this one. I’m really excited to see what book Rachel comes out with next, definitely go and grab your copy readers!

Overall: Good dialogue, emotional story, Rose and Theo’s interactions kept me reading until the final page.

That concludes this blog tour post! A big thank you to Rachel and the team at Ink Road Books for letting me be a part of the tour. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

Life Update: Seeing Love, Simon, Winning New Books and Health Changes

Hello readers!

This is the first non blog tour post that I’ve done for a while now, here on this blog. I’ve loved participating in a variety of promotional tours for publishers and discovering new worlds and characters along the way. It’s one of my favourite things as a blogger, the chance to promote upcoming works and authors onto the online stage. One of my aims for 2018 was to focus on blog tours, mainly YA and so far, I’ve been a part of over ten promotional tours. So many beautiful banners ready for display that are sent to me via the tour companies/publishers which is always super exciting! Here is a quick update of what has been happening in my world, away from the blog tour scene.

A few weeks ago, myself and my boyfriend went to see Love, Simon at the local Odeon cinema and by the end, I was tearing up in front of everyone (awkward), if you haven’t seen it yet, please go and treat yourself, you will laugh, cry, reflect and witness a beautiful adaptation of a good YA novel, written by Becky Albertalli. I personally preferred the film to the book but I still recommend both. As students, both of us got some form of discount for the cinema. I have to admit that here in the UK, going to the movies is so overpriced and sometimes, I freak out a little because I have this childish fear of the dark and when the lights in the cinema screen go all dim, I feel kind of trapped. Anyone else feel the same?

If you haven’t heard of this website (UK readers, this one is for you!), then you should stop by and enter giveaways for free releases of new books before their general release date. The delight when you get an email to say that you’ve won a book or two… It’s called Readers First and by reviewing books, you earn points and then once you’ve reached a certain amount, you can exchange those points for more free books! It’s actually helped me to save money as well as discover some new authors. The two latest books that I’ve won are called On Leopard Rock by Wilbur Smith and Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson. They are both adult fiction novels but YA novels do frequently pop up for giveaways, so keep checking back at the start of each week to see what books are up for grabs. Once they both arrive, I will be leaving full reviews for them on my Goodreads profile (www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44).

Regarding my health, I haven’t really shared much detail about it online. But recently, my anxiety and depression issues really took a toll on me. I really felt lost, torn and confused. As of right now, I will be finishing up my Pre-University course by the end of May but regarding University, I am not 100% sure whether I will decide to go or not. This has been a very difficult time for me and personally, I really did struggle and fell behind on some work. When you feel distraught and alone, the littlest thing may set you off. It did for me and the results weren’t positive. I still self-manage, as I’ve always done for many years because I like to try and be independent. I am very happy however, for all of my friends and fellow bloggers who managed to get into their first choice University!

Today, I posted this tweet which as of right now and according to Twitter Analytics, it has been seen by over 1,300 users! But, I’m delighted to finally have in my collection, this gorgeous edition of Leah On The Offbeat! One of my most anticipated releases of the year fell into my hands and I literally just couldn’t stop smiling.

Also readers, I totally recommend the iced mango and cream, it was delicious! T2 stock some amazing tea flavours and have recently started going back there for my takeaway teas. I still have a hidden crush on the Crème Brulee one and just had one before typing up this post!

There are so many amazing YA releases this month, which I’m really excited for. Examples are I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green and The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill! And they are all released on the same day… Which always seems to happen to me whenever I want to binge-buy all of the new releases from my local Waterstones/WHSmith stores in my home city!

What books have you been reading recently? Any latest releases that are on your TBR? I’d love to know in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading this chatty life update post, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3) and Instagram (www.Instagram.com/alicetiedthebookishknot) for regular uploads and updates! See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x