Friday, 26 May 2017

ARC Review: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Length: 308 pages
Publishes on 1st June 2017 by Penguin
Preorder: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
Julie Israel: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Copy sent to work from the publisher

Synopsis: It's hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It's been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper's big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie's handbag for luck - and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It's mysteriously addressed to 'You' and dated July 4th - the day of Camie's accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie's secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie's death - but without this card, there's a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper's own secret: a memory that she can't let anyone else find out.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review: Alien Busters: Alien Hunting by Safa Shaqsy


Alien Busters: Alien Hunting by Safa Shaqsy
Series: Alien Busters #1
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 100 pages
Published on 28th July 2016 by Kindle
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
links are to purchase the full book
Safa Shaqsy: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: Nathalie is an Alien Buster, a member of a team that kills aliens in the Adkad City on Planet Zelea- home for humans after Earth's destruction. Haunted by her parents' death in the field, she joined the Alien Busters Institute in order to carry on their legacy. While on a mission, she discovers an alien baby. How can she kill this enemy when she's formed a strong attachment, even if it's forbidden?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Video Game Review: Montaro

Montaro by JCKSLAP
Genre: Casual / Indie
Release Date:
25th July 2016

Copy sent as a gift via Steam
Synopsis:
Montaro is a DOGE.

Montaro is a casual runner game that was created to heal your heart.

- Random generated street levels.
- Lift up highschool girl's skirts, protect your doge by panties.
- Collect Doge coins to unlock over 8 Doge costumes.
- Doge's emoticons and background.

Friday, 5 May 2017

LootArt: My Dream Crate



So a while ago Loot Crate contacted me asking if I'd like to put together a post about my very own Dream Crate as they'd like to see what items other people would but in their ideal subscription boxes.

As a book worm I obviously love reading but there are already so many book subscription boxes now that it seems silly to dream of one. Instead my ideal dream crate is as follows:
 2 - 3 graphic novels depending on price
an art print
a pin or sticker
and an item with some art on.

So its a pretty flexible idea with a theme that focuses on Graphic Novels and illustrators as I feel they go hand in hand very well. The items I included in the image are Gal Pals pin by Jen Bartel, Trash Dove mug by Syd Weiler, Shadow of the Colossus print by Annie Stoll, Godshaper (written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Jonas Goonface, Paper Girls (written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang + Matt Wilson), and Spell on Wheels (written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Megan Levens, and varient cover by Jen Bartel).

So what'd you think? Reckon you'd be interested in subscription box like this or do you have your own better idea?

(Please note whilst LootCrate did contact me about this post they didn't compensate me in any way)

Monday, 1 May 2017

March & April Wrap Up

 

Yikes! April is over. I took a slight unplanned blogging break during April due to just wanting to spend more time on other stuff but not to fret I'm back now. It was supposed to be just Easter Friday I'd be off but I just kind of didn't return oops.

I'm still very much ahead with my reading goal even though I'm in a tiny slump right now. I have my nose in so many good books I just don't know what to read.

Outside of the blog I've kept my book club organised where we had a super successful readalong of Ice Massacre and Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner which was so lovely so please stop by if you wanna take part in others (The Bone Witch for example) and I've also worked on a few illustration commissions which maybe I'll share one day.

I also got to meet up with Amy, Bec, and Beth and we visited Liverpool to see Laini Taylor at a book Q+A and signing. She was super lovely (as were my lovely girls too) and loved my blue hair! I've linked their posts on it because I was lazy and didn't do one. We're going to meet up again in May for a less bookish adventure but I'm super excited.

Oh and I'm going to StratLAN in June so maybe I'll tell you about that.
Books Read

 photo Caraval.jpg  photo Ice Crypt.jpg  photo Harper and the Night Forest.jpg  photo The Princess Saves Herself In This One.jpg
 photo Dr Eleventh.jpg photo The Flowers of Evil 1.jpg  photo Dream Magic.jpg  photo The Princess Diarist.jpg

Ice Crypt remains my favourite from these two months, I love love love some wlw mermaid stories and this was great. Dream Magic was a wonderful sequel and I'm so glad I agreed to give this series a chance so I highly recommend this MG series. I sobbed a lot when reading The Princess Diarist so make sure you have tissues around if you haven't read it yet.

I kinda read a lot but also not really because theres some really short books here.
Currently Reading

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
I'm currently reading The Sweet Far Thing (also dubbed as The Sweet Farting) with Allie for a buddy read cause its her fave series but she is in a reading slump at the moment so I'm making slow progress with her in mind. I read the first two chapters of Six of Crows to my boyfriend over the phone to help him sleep but since then I've just been lazy with it.

I actually haven't touched these two since last time I wrote a wrap up omg. I am the worst.

But I am also somewhat actively reading the following, slowly. I dunno I'm loving them but also just want to play games more.
 photo Lips Touch.jpg  photo Strange the Dreamer.jpg  photo the bone witch.jpg  photo Comet in Moominland.jpg
Reviews

We Awaken by Calista Lynne (5 stars)
Video Game: Radiator 2
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa (2 stars)
Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell (4 stars)
Clutch by Lisa Becker (3.5 stars)
Dream Magic by Joshua Khan (4 stars)

Other Posts
Due to me not really existing here in April I only have one other post to share - my January and February Wrap Up post.

So because of that here are the other two from previously. In January I wrote about goals for this year and this month I advertised and explained my Book Club which you can all join.

Goals
I'm ahead on my reading goal - 10 ahead to be exact - so that is awesome and I've kept on top of keeping my book club in order, even got a new moderator to help out.

I've read 3 books from my "aim to read this year pile" and the Moomin book is of it too so I'm somewhat on track I guess:
 No progress on the whole I'd like to finish off some series that I started last year:

- Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
- Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
- Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
But only one book left on the I'd like to finish off books I started last year list:
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Darkest Mercy by Melssa Marr
- Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
I successfully took part in the Ice Massacre read-a-long with my book club so I only have to do one more to reach my goal of wanting to take part in two.

Anyway that is pretty much it for these two months, I hope you have all had busy and fun time too.