Hello book badgers!
Time for a bit of a haul from me, but the best kind of haul because I didn't actually buy ONE of these books! Some of them were birthday gifts from my boyfriend and my parents, and the rest were bought with a £50 Waterstones gift card two of my best friends gave me, free books, what could be sweeter?!

I'll start with the gifts I got from my boyfriend and my parents first, then move onto the Waterstones goodies!

Harry Potter Signature Edition Box Set by J.K. Rowling
Synopsis - Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Starting with the best! Is there anything more satisfying than a complete box set of books?! If there is, I haven't found it!
My boyfriend bought me these beautiful Signature Editions of the Harry Potter books, they come in a lovely presentation box (see the first picture) and look gorgeous on my bookshelf!

Daughter by Jane Shemilt
She used to tell me everything.
They have a picture. It'll help.
But it doesn't show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.
She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.
She smells very faintly of lemons.
She bites her nails.
She never cries.
She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.
Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.
Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?
Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?
I think this book sounds so interesting and I've been really into these psychological thriller type books that really keep you guessing! 
My boyfriend bought this for me when we went to the supermarket to buy some stuff on my birthday, I spotted it on the shelf and he picked it up and bought it for me! He's a keeper :)

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
 Synopsis - Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is.
Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.
One New Year’s Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.
Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on…
This is the last book my boyfriend bought me, it's the newest one from Cecelia Ahern! She's one of my favourite authors and I've read all of her books so of course I wanted to get my hands on this one, so Jamie got it from Amazon for me, and it got delivered the day it came out!
It's such a beautiful cover and I absolutely love the silver metallic hardback too, such a nice touch :)

The Hunger Games Foil Cover Box Set by Suzanne Collins
Synopsis - Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...
These covers were a bitch to take pictures of! But they're so beautiful in person, these are some of my favourite books so I wanted them in nice, pretty covers :)
My mam and dad bought me these and I couldn't be happier with them!

Animal Heroes by David Long
Synopsis - The PDSA Dickin Medal (regarded as the animals’ Victoria Cross) has been awarded to just 64 animals, from the Blitz to present day, for their courage in times of crisis. Among these incredible true-life stories you will meet…
G.I. Joe the plucky pigeon, who rescued over 100 lives by flying twenty miles in twenty minutes to deliver a message in World War II.
Theo the steadfast springer spaniel, who served as a bomb-detection dog in Afghanistan.
Rip the trusty mongrel, who saved many victims of the Blitz air-raids.
Olga the courageous police horse, who bolted from the path of a flying bomb in World War II only to return to the scene and remain on duty.
My best friend bought me this book, it sounds really heartwarming and a sort of Sunday afternoon read that you can relax with.

Now onto my mass of Waterstones books!

Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I won't put a synopsis on these ones as they're the second and third books in the Throne of Glass series and I don't want to spoil it for anyone else, or myself!
I was in love with Throne of Glass and gave it 5 stars, and I've heard that these sequels are even better so I can't wait to read them!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis - The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?
I've heard quite a lot about this book and it sounds like the kind of standard fantasy with monsters and a ''dark and brooding'' leading man, plus it has a stunning cover!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis - Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful...
I really enjoyed Gone Girl so I've picked up Dark Places and Sharp Objects to read soon, I really like her writing style and, as I said before, I'm loving these thrillery books at the mo!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Synopsis - Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?
This sounds like such a sweet book, it'll be perfect when I need a nice, fluffy read!

Synopsis - Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache... and a pair of horns growing from his temples.
Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.
Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see people's darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due.
With the film of this book coming out everyone seems to be talking about this at the moment! 
I didn't know that Joe Hill is actually the son of Stephen King, so he's got a good pedigree! 
I think the plot sounds really unique and interesting, this is definitely going to be the next book I read, sounds like a perfect Halloween read!

Synopsis - A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another.
One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby Garden. But then something happens that will change everything again.
When I saw this book on the shelf in Waterstones I just couldn't resist it, it's a gorgeous cover and I'm three-quarters of the way through the book and I can confirm that the book is as cute as it looks! 
It's beautifully written and I'll post a review on it once I'm finished.

There we have it! Happy birthday to me :) 
I'm so happy with everything I got, I'm a very lucky duck!! 
Toodles! x
Hello bookies!
Sorry for the late part 2 of this haul, I've been really busy with my birthday celebrations so I haven't had any time to blog!
Onward to the haul!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Synopsis - Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone...but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether...
I bought this book from a charity shop, it was such a bargain at only £1.25 and is in brilliant condition! I don't mind buying books from charity shops because even though they're used, you can see what kind of condition they're in, unlike Amazon! I've been burnt by Amazon before, as you'll know if you read my last haul post.
I think this book sounds a bit spooky and paranormal, and I love stuff like that! I was going to try and read it for Halloween but I'm not sure if I'll get to it now as I've had a bit of a slow reading month.

One Day by David Nichols
Synopsis - 'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY
I've heard tons about this book, that it's so romantic and sweet, but it's pretty pricey on Amazon, almost £6!
So when I saw this in a three for £1 deal in a charity shop I snapped it up!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 Synopsis - Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester. However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.
I also got this book in the three for £1 deal, such an amazing offer because all the books are in great condition!
I want to read more classics as I really enjoyed Pride & Prejudice so I thought this was a good opportunity to grab another one to add to my collection. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Synopsis - Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
I've heard a lot about this book from Megan Olivier on Youtube so when I saw it on the three for £1 deal I snapped it up!
It sounds like it's going to be a emotional read.

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Synopsis - The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi - pure-bloods - have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals - well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem - staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a much talked about author, but I've never actually read any of her books!
This sounds right up my street with all the gods and fantasy elements, plus the promise of some romance!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Synopsis - Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
I found this in Oxfam for £2.50, which is more expensive than other charity shops by quite a bit, but still cheaper than someone like Amazon, by quite a bit!
This is in really good condition too, so I won't moan too much about the extortionate prices in Oxfam!

I got these super cute bookmarks from Waterstones, I love that you can write the book name on them and the little topics you can write about on the bookmark, great for book reviewers! 
I love the little bits and bobs you can get in Waterstones!

There we go! Part 2 done, sorry for the delay again :) 
Toodles! x
Hello book-buying-buddies!
Time for my September book haul, and I think I did pretty well this month because a few of the books I bought were from charity shops, and absolute steals! 

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Synopsis - In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and decides that the society of horses is better than that of his fellow man.
I collect these Penguin Clothbound Classics so when I saw this one on Ebay for only £7 I snapped it up! 
The synopsis of this book sounds mad, and I know it's a classic so I will get round to reading it, but for now it's just sitting pretty on my shelf :)

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Synopsis - Tella's brother is dying. He's got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn't think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.
This is one of those books that's just been raved and raved about on booktube and book blogs so I knew I had to pick it up sooner rather than later!
It's been described as a cross between Pokemon and The Hunger Games, which sounds too intriguing to pass up!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Synopsis - Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
I've already read this book and I must say, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.
Lots of people rave about this book but I thought it was just OK! I found the lead character, Lara Jean, to be a bit annoying and shrill, she was very juvenile too for her age.
I would read the sequel when it comes out but I don't think I'd be grabbing it as soon as it hits shelves, I'm not too excited to carry it on.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Synopsis - Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends' house. There's the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach . . . and the two boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad - who she's been in love with forever - and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who's ever really paid her any attention.
But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It's going to be an amazing summer - and one she'll never forget . . .
I got this book from the used section of Amazon from a seller called Book House, and I would advise you don't buy any books from this seller yourself.
The book was supposed to be in very good used condition but it was pretty bad! I also got a copy of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants from them and it was so terrible, the cover was falling off, so I returned that book to them.
I kept this book because it was only about £1.50 and, even though it's in worse description than listed, I can still live with it.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Synopsis - Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end?
I seem to love buying books that have a lot of hype surrounding them, because here's another one! 
This sounds like such a crazy plot, I think it'll be so intriguing! 
You also don't find many books about superheroes! It sounds like the TV series Heroes, but in book form.

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
Synopsis - A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage
Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home . .
And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
Firstly, how beautiful is this cover?! Takes my breath away! 
I found this book when I was browsing my recommendations, it said on Amazon that it was similar to Gone Girl in that thrillery what-will-happen-next way.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Synopsis - THE 1st WAVE
Took out half a million people.
Put that number to shame.
Lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.
You can't trust that people are still people.
No one knows.
But it's coming.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors.
To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.
Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I've heard Bookables talking about this book and apparently the lead guy is a bit of a hottie! I'm always on the lookout for more book boyfriends (I'm such a book hussy) so that sounds good to me! 

There we are! Part 2 will follow shortly :) 
Toodles! x
Another month, another wrap-up! 
I can't believe how quickly these months are going!! Blink and you'll miss them, before you know it it'll be Christmas (sorry if you're one of those people who hates talking about Christmas so early, but I'm one of those losers people who'd happily talk about it in June...)
Time for my not-so-impressive wrap-up from September, I'm not entirely proud of myself but I just hit a slump and my brain refused to let me read anymore for the past couple of weeks.

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Synopsis - Outside the dome of Reverie, Aria and Perry are struggling to keep their people from tearing each other apart. Their situation is desperate, and with the Aether storms worsening time is running out for them to rescue Cinder from Hess and Sable.
Cinder is both the key to unlock the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, so Aria and Perry assemble an unlikely team to attempt a daring rescue mission. They know that in a dying world, the bond of friendship is what matters most.
I read this book...I finished the series....And I absolutely adored every second of it all! 
For me it was the perfect ending, I'm not going to give anything away but I thought it was a lovely ending, sad in parts but all in all I felt like Ms Rossi took care of my favourite trilogy, and some of my favourite characters, very well :)
So long for now Peregrine, you will always be in my heart my number one book boyfriend <3

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Synopsis - Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
Now I liked this book...sort of...I felt the characters were a bit whiny, and too juvenile for their age, and our protagonist Lara Jean got on my wick a lot of the time with her moaning and pining, but saying that I thought the male characters were written well and all in all it was a well written little book that I enjoyed, but it's nothing trailblazing, and nowhere near as good as I thought it would be from other bloggers and Youtubers raves about it! I gave it 3.5 stars, as I felt three would be too stingy but four was far too generous.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Synopsis - Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
I was told to read this by my friend Frances because she really enjoyed it, more than Gone Girl which I was reading at the time, so I was excited to read this!
I must admit, I didn't enjoy it as much as Gone Girl, I felt Before I Go To Sleep gets too bogged down in detail and description.
It was a very intriguing story though, I've lent it to my work mate at the moment (which is why it's not pictured above) because I know she'll really enjoy it as she enjoyed Gone Girl too, and I would say it's a similar ''twisty'' style thriller so if you enjoyed Gone Girl you would enjoy this, but the difference between them for me is that I didn't guess the twist with Gone Girl, but unfortunately I did with Before I Go To Sleep which always puts a dampener on a story for me!
I gave this book 3.5.

There we go! Only the three for me this month, I would say I hope to read more next month but I always say that, and to be honest I just read as and when I want to because reading is a hobby and I'd hate to force myself to read, that might make me get bored of it! 
Heaven forbid!
Hello lovely people! 
Time for my October TBR already!!
October has come around so fast, it's actually my birthday on the 11th so I will be 23, that seems very old to me at the moment haha!
But my birthday is a great excuse to meet up with all my friends and spend some quality time with them, plus I'm off work for 2 weeks and I'm going to see the comedian Jon Richardson live on the 10th, so all in all October will not be a bad month at all! 
I've kept my TBR relatively modest as I'm in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, and also I might not have a lot of time to read tons and tons, but the books I have put on there are all a bit spooky as Halloween is coming up so I figured I'd try and theme my TBR a little bit!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Synopsis - Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone...but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether...
I don't know whether this book is particularly spooky or not but it certainly looks and sounds it so I thought I'd stick this in my TBR for this month, this will also be in my September haul, it was such a charity shop bargain! 

House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne
Synopsis - When novelist Theo Kendal inherits the remote Norfolk house in which his cousin Charmery was murdered, he believes it will bring him closer to the truth about her death. It will also be the ideal place to finish his new book. 

But the bleak Fenn House is a lonely and sometimes uncomfortable place to spend the winter. And the strangest thing is that Theo's new novel seems to be writing itself - and heading in an unplanned direction. Theo finds himself describing a young boy called Matthew who lives in constant fear of a visit from the cold-eyed men. Struggling to understand the dangerous secrets that surround him and his family, Matthew inhabits a terrifying world where people die in macabre circumstances, where they can be imprisoned without trial or reason, their identities wiped from the world forever.
And then Theo discovers that Matthew and his family really existed, part of a dark and violent segment of recent history that threatens to reach across the years to tear his life apart.
And somehow it all connects to the death of his cousin Charmery.
My friend from work lent me this book to read and I said I'd save it until around Halloween because she said it was ''very weird'' haha.
The front cover definitely looks eerie, it reminds me of a still from the series Supernatural or something.
I'm excited to read this, I love getting recommendations from people, whether it's fellow bloggers or Youtubers or real life humans!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Synopsis - Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum. At heart, he's the perfect gentleman: he has a shy girlfriend, and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police.
But Dexter also has a secret hobby: he is an accomplished serial killer. So far, he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he's not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by only killing the bad guys.
However, Dexter's well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to 'come out and play'..
This was on my TBR last month but I didn't get round to reading it due to my reading slump I found myself in for the past week or so, but I think this would be a good, gory read for the Halloween season!

And that's my TBR! I don't own any horror books really but both of my brothers are big fans of Stephen King so I should really give them a go! 
If you know any great horror/thriller novels then please do let me know, before the witching season gets underway! 
Toodles! x
Hello guys and dolls!!
I haven't done one of these top 5 Wednesday posts in a long while but it's because I haven't been inspired by the topics! I just personally couldn't think of 5 good answers.
But this weeks question seemed one that I could think of some good answers to as I don't just read exclusively YA books, so here we go!

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is a book I'm sure you've heard me mention before, I love this book and it's by far my favourite, I'm due for a re-read soon I think just to refresh it's amazingness in my mind but it is definitely my top non-YA book!

2. I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk
I love these fluffy, chick-lit novels and I Heart New York is definitely my favourite of that genre! Angela is such a likeable protagonist, yes she makes mistakes, but she makes mistakes every normal human being would and you always feel like you're rooting for her.

3. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes again, but she is my favourite author so she deserved another mention.
This book was also a 5 out of 5 from me, although it didn't threaten Me Before You's place in my heart I still really enjoyed it!

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I read this book recently and it was brilliant, I really enjoyed all the twists and turns and, for once, I didn't guess the twist before it happened! 
This book can get a bit spooky and mess with your head a bit, but you'll definitely enjoy it!

5. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is obviously a classic and might not be to everyones taste but I really enjoyed it, it tackled a lot of issues that are still relevant today as well as having the iconic love story at the centre of it.

Toodles! x
TGIF everyone!!
Even though I won't be having a proper weekend this week as I'm working on Sunday, boo! 
But still, I get Saturday off so I'm looking forward to that :)
Synopsis - In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?
I've heard so so much about this book that I thought it was about time I started reading it!
I haven't started at all yet, I've got my bookmark in it ready and waiting but I just haven't had a chance to pick it up yet.
I love the cover, it's not usually the kind of look I like to a book but there's something about it that catches my eye!

That's all for my Friday reads post, hopefully I'll get this book finished this week and have a new one for you next Friday!
Hey book babes!
I haven't done a tag post in a while and when I saw this one floating around booktube I knew I had to do it!
I'm a big fan of fictional men, why can't real life men be demon hunters/angels/warriors?! Real life sucks sometimes....
Also expect to see a few repeat answers here, I'm very loyal to one particular book boyfriend...

1. Most romantic boyfriend
Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I loved Levi, he didn't do huge romantic gestures but for me the little things are always way more appealing, like him always walking her home across the dark campus and sticking up for her and her sister.
He's always there for Cath and is the kind of boy you could imagine all your friends and family loving!

2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side
Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
This might be a weird choice but for me he's the original dark, moody bad boy who turns out to be so much more!
Elizabeth is one lucky lady getting to step out with Mr Darcy, he so intensely loves her and you know it's a true love because, even though he tried to fight it, he couldn't and he gave into it and poured his heart out to her.

3. Paranormal boyfriend
Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
If you've never read these books then O.M.G. you have missed out! Akiva is an absolute babe, he just so happens to be an angel too!
He isn't a girly angel though with feathery wings and a halo, he's a bad-ass, butt kicking angel with a six pack and a face so beautiful it almost hurts to look at him...see what I mean about fictional boyfriends being SO much better than real guys?!

4. Boyfriend you want to tame
Dexter from Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Now...a lot of people might think this choice is weird but HELLO, have you SEEN Dexter in the TV series?!
Technically it might be cheating because I haven't read the Dexter books but I have watched the whole TV series and I know I adore him so I'm going to give myself this one!
Yes, he's a serial killer..but he only kills bad people, and I definitely think I could tame this ultimate of all bad boys!

5. Boy you friend zoned
Peeta from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There was something about Peeta that I just couldn't get behind, I always felt more connection with Gale but even then I didn't feel the heat you should feel between a book couple, I just felt like Katniss was carrying Peeta a lot and he wasn't much of a hero, and Gale was a bit bland! 

6. Your soul mate
Perry from Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Peregrine is my number one book boyfriend, the way he talks about Aria is so dreamy, he loves her so much and protects her over anything else.
He is also a certified HOTTIE! He's exactly my type, blonde hair, tanned, a little bit rough around the edges but still a pretty boy.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love him, I think Veronica Rossi writes characters really well, especially male characters.

7. Boyfriend you want to elope with
Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Willem was such a fun character, I really felt like if you went to Paris, or anywhere, with him you would have so much fun with this free spirit! 

8. Boyfriend you'd venture anywhere with
Roar from Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Roar and Perry were neck and neck for a while in my affections until Perry started to pull away and win the race, but I still have a massive soft spot for Roar.
He's a sweet, cute guy with a joke for every occasion, plus he's absolutely beautiful.
He would be a great travelling companion because he always protects Aria in the books, he's fun to be around but he knows when to be serious, plus you'd never get bored of staring at his face!

9. Boyfriend you'd want to be stranded on a desert island with
Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
For all of the reasons I listed before, gorgeous, intense, loving...but also he has wings, so he could fly us straight off the island! A no-brainer :)

10. Most badass boyfriend
Perry from Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Perry again! He is definitely bad-ass, through all three books he puts himself at risk to save others and goes through a lot of pain, and inflicts even more pain, and if that's not bad-ass then I don't know what is!!

There we are! Feel free to do this tag if you'd like to, but do link below because I'd love to read it :)
Now I'm off for a cold shower..............
Toodles! x
Hello and welcome to my slightly late August wrap-up!
This has been a pretty busy month for me, lots of working and my boyfriends birthday to contend with so I didn't read as much as I wanted, but I did read 2 out of the 3 of the books on my August TBR so that's a little success I can pat myself on the back for! 
But I'm afraid it wasn't a massively successful month reading wise, 2 of the books only garnered a 3 out of 5 from me, and that was me being a bit generous to be honest! 
Onto the wrap-up!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis - Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
I know tons of people love this book..but I really couldn't get into it.
I'm a big lover of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell so I was super excited to read this book, plus I've heard tons of hype about it, but it just left me a bit cold.
I gave it a generous 3 out of 5 stars, although I think if GoodReads allowed half ratings I'd have given it a 2.5.
I found Park to be a interesting character, he was quirky and seemed like a genuinely nice guy, but Eleanor kind of annoyed me! She was so closed off from Park, and I understand she had issues with her family but she was mean to Park a lot of the time which I felt was a bit uncalled for.
Maybe I just missed the point of the book but, without giving too much away, I expected a more shocking ending to the book than I got, it seemed to be building up to something and for me, it didn't deliver.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Synopsis - Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire. She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.
Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.
Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir's Academy. The girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night-time rituals. But above all, they must neverlet their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever . . .
I enjoyed this book more than Eleanor & Park but I felt at times the writing was a bit juvenile and the characters felt very teenage, which I know they are teenage but they sounded like the typical whiny American teenagers from cliched teen movies.
I enjoyed Dmitri very much though, he definitely saved the book for me and I am interested in that romance.
I would read the rest of the books but I'm not sure I'm in any hurry to buy the box set, but I will at some point.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis - Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
I really enjoyed this book, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because, despite being slightly longer than the average book I read, it kept me gripped all the way through.
I'll be honest, I preferred part 1 of the book to part 2, just because there's more suspense and you get to wonder what's happening and make your own guesses whereas in part 2 you know what's happened and it's still interesting but I preferred the mystery of part 1.
I can't really explain much about this book without giving it away, I will say that I'm very good at guessing twists (We Were Liars, I'm looking at you!!) but Gone Girl managed to evade me and I didn't guess the twist.

There we go! I'm hoping I will read more in September but you never can tell, depends if I'm in a reading mood or not so we shall see, same time next month!