National Milk Chocolate Day!!!!

When I read, I do like to munch some chocolate (not all the time, just for a treat!!!) and to my surprise today is National Milk Chocolate Day!

Apparently the National Confectioners Association created National Milk Chocolate Day and they want you to enjoy your favourite milk chocolate so who am I to say no to that?!

I’ve got my book and my chocolate buttons and I’m off to celebrate!

What do you like to eat whilst reading?

TTT – Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island

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Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island

I got all excited thinking I could choose 10 books and then realised that 10 really isn’t that many so I had to have a think and narrow down my list!

But I couldn’t narrow down to 10 so it’s 11!!!

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn



House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo



Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco


With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley



Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley



Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley



Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins



Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren


Reapers Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Stars Above

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5

Author: Marissa Meyer

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

So happy to be back in the world of The Lunar Chronicles and to read the stories of how they all really began, stories we’d heard about but not in real detail, from their perspective.

The whole gang had their own little short, it was like looking into their memories!

My faves were:

The Keeper – Scarlet’s grandmother, Cinders beginnings and Scarlet!

The Queens Army…..WOLF…..say no more!

The Mechanic – when Kai met Cinder for the first time, from Kai’s pov. It was CUTE!!!!!

The last story was a wedding….and I revelled in it!

‘And she had every intention if being blissfully happy for ever, ever after.’

Christmas in July – deccies edition!

As I said in my earlier post – please don’t hate me! I warned you this was coming!!!

In my post earlier in the month I told you that I’m a certified Christmas nut and want to celebrate the magic of Christmas but put a Summer twist on it!

Today I bring you……

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – decoration edition!

Instead of a Christmas tree, decorate a few pineapples!

Start planning your Christmas (buying bits each month really keeps the cost down..as long as you remember what you bought!)

Put up outside fairylights,

Take a family photo in the sun for your Christmas card,

Slip n slide instead of sledging,

Make a Christmas in July playlist of all your fave Christmas songs,

Watch Christmas films!!!!

What would you suggest?

Christmas in July – Food and drink edition!

Firstly….please don’t hate me! I warned you this was coming!!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Food and drink edition!

In my post earlier in the month I told you that I’m a certified Christmas nut and want to celebrate the magic of Christmas but put a Summer twist on it!

Here are some food and drink type things I thought I might try out……and you could too!

That great Summermas drink, chocolate milkshake instead of hot chocolate!

Here’s a lovely recipe:

BBQ turkey but have with salad and corn and maybe a cheeky cheese platter wreath?

Candy cane cocktails or maybe a cranberry marg?!

Santa Strawberries – strawberries with squirty cream on the top (and then eat them!)

Really the possibilities are endless!

What food can you think of to eat I’m summer….but add a Christmas twist?!

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

It’s no secret I hated Simon I’m the 1st three TMI books and then he grew on me and came into his own but his inner monologue did get on my nerves a bit here and I had a new firm favourite in George Lovelace.

There were some stories here I loved especially loved the faerie one, the baby one, the Jack The Ripper one (Will!!) and I really enjoyed seeing the parabatai ceremony!

That last one though. That had me shocked!

And my fave line of all time…..’Magnus Bane is the sexiest of them all. He can be High Warlock of my pants.’

By the Book Tag!

I do love a tag and saw this one on Kristin Kraves Books so thought I’d give it a go!

By the Book Tag

What book is on your nightstand now?

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare as I want to read it this month!

What was the last truly great book you read?

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – absolutely loved the arc I read!

If you could meet any writer — alive or dead — who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Jay Kristoff and I’d ask just how many ponies he is owed!!!! Sorry, insider joke! If you know, you know!!!

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I own quite a few middle grade reads like Nevermoor, Victoria Scwabs series, Percy Jackson and follow up series and also Harry Potter (normal editions and House editions!

How do you organize your personal library?

Personal library, now that’s posh! I organise my books by author in my shelves.

What book have you always meant to read and not got round to yet? Any you feel embarrassed about not having read yet?

So many!!!! None really spring to mind and can’t say I’m embarrassed about not having read any yet!

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel like you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Probably a genre more than a book. Dark academia. The Last Graduate and Ninth House were both DNF for me sadly which has made me think that genre is not for me.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?

I always try and steer clear of love triangles. I despise them! It makes me feel angst and anger like nothing else!!!

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I’m English so does that mean the prime minister or the Queen for me? I have answers for both! The Prime Minister – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and the Queen, Harry Potter!

What do you plan to read next?

Well. I’m now a ridic mood reader who is in a bit of a slump so I don’t really know. I know, what a cop out!!!!

Series Review: Horde King of Dakkar series by Zoey Draven

I fell into the rabbit hole of the gloriousness that is the Horde Kings of Dakkar……it was just what I needed and ate up 3 books in 2 days!

I won’t write the blurbs out here but basically there are human settlements on the world of Dakkar and there are certain laws the humans need to adhere to as to not provoke the wrath of the alien race that owns the planet, the Dakkari. The laws are policed by 6 Horde Kings who are nomadic and when a misdemeanor happens, the Horde Kings get more than they bargained for!

Captive of the Horde King

I went into this one because I had read so much ya fantasy recently that I needed, well, more and what’s more perfect than an alien warrior Prince claiming his human queen?

I actually really enjoyed it, I read it in a few hours! It totally reminded me of a few concepts from other books mashed together but it really worked and it was actually quite sweet!

The other guy at the end really intrigued me so I might get the next book too!

‘Rinavi leika, rei Morakkari. Lo kassiri tei. Lo kassiri tei.’ 

Claimed by the Horde King

‘She broke their laws. Now, he has come to punish her…’

I couldn’t resist, I had to read this one after that tantalising snippet at the end of book 1. I think I liked this story more than the first!

I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll only say about the plot that it’s another Horde King and another human female….and I loved her and her questions!

‘This is you and me, Nelle.’

But the author did it again.  A tantalising snippet about the guy from the next book. And I cannot deny I need to read it. And I’m going to read it now!

Madness of the Horde King

Honestly I can’t stop reading this series, 3 books in 2 days!

I think this was my fave though, I mean I do love a dark leading man!

Vienne comes to the Capital to deliver a message from an enemy and unexpectedly meets someone in a dark alley, but it may turn out to be the best thing she has ever done!

The Mad King was divine and, of course, has a tragic past but Vienne is good for him and it was just beautiful to read!

TTT – Books I Read In One Sitting

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Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme = Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)

If only I had the time to list all of these that sprang to mind, it would’ve been a very long list!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout


The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune


For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar


With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley


Bound by Honour by Cora Reilly


War by Laura Thalassa


I Dare You by Shantal Tessier