Hello literary lovers!!
Time for my April TBR, and I've been quite realistic for next month because March has been a pretty unsuccessful reading month, just because I've been so busy at work and super tired every night, which is predominantly when I do my reading.

TBR time!!
Synopsis - Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers, precisely the problem that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Surely, she tells herself, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is directly descended from Alice Liddell, the real life inspiration for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. But when her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear, Alyssa learns that she's not mad but she must find the origins of a secret family curse. A series of clues leads her through a cracked mirror into the real Wonderland, a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There she must decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy-but-suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland who may have dark motives all of his own. A high-concept romantic YA with huge potential.
The cover of this book is so stunning!! Doesn't it make you want to put on a red lip right now?!
Apart from being very aesthetically pleasing, this book sounds really interesting, I've never read Alice In Wonderland but I love the Disney version and I think this sounds like a really good alternative to that story! I love fairytale re-tellings.

Synopsis - CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
Another fairytale re-telling! I'm really liking the sound of these at the moment and I've heard SO much about Cress, the third book in this Lunar Chronicles series, that I couldn't wait to get my hands on Cinder! 

Synopsis - Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.
Winter is coming…
Everyone raves about the TV series of these books, but I can't bring myself to watch it without reading the books first! There is a LOT of books in this series though, so I don't think I'll be getting round to watching it anytime soon haha.

So that's my TBR for this month, I hope to read more than this but you never know what might crop up so I thought I'd keep it small to start with :)
Toodles! x
Hello lovelies!
It's Fridayyyyy! Seems like just yesterday that I was doing my Friday reads post, isn't time going especially fast?! It'll be Christmas again before we know it, and I'll be hoping for lots of lovely books under the Christmas tree ;).
Today I'm doing a review of one of my favourite books of the year so far! I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk.
I got this book free with a magazine years ago, and I never got round to reading it! But I heard MissBudgetBeauty from Youtube talking about it and saying she really enjoyed the book so I thought I'd give it a go, I love girly books!

As you may or may not know about me, I'm called Angela, and my starsign is Libra, and the same goes for the protagonist in this book! I felt an instant connection with her when I read that, and almost felt like I was reading about myself at times because her character is quite similar to mine too!

She's a funny lead character, Angela is a modest, average girl with an average relationship when something not so average happens to her, she stumbles upon her fiance having sex with another woman in her car, and what's worse is that she's at her best friends wedding at the time! And it turns out that her friends that's getting married has known all about this other woman all along! 
So Angela, feeling rightfully betrayed and angry, goes on to cause a scene, shout and (accidentally) break the grooms hand!

So, naturally, after crying herself to sleep and peeing somewhere that she shouldn't (but I'm oh-so glad she did!), she sets off for the first English-speaking place that she can get a plane to, which turns out to be New York city!

With only an overnight bag containing a pair of Louboutins and some jeans (what more does a girl need?!) she touches down in New York, gets in a cab, and stops at a gorgeous hotel with Jo Malone candles burning in the hallway and male models working as bell-boys, any single womans dream! (I'm not even single and it's my dream!). 

I won't spoil it anymore, but basically what happens is she meets the coolest of all best friends (and a part-time basketcase) Jenny Lopez (not that one!) and two of the dreamiest men to ever grace the pages of a paperback!
I love the descriptive style of writing that Lindsey Kelk has, when she described peoples clothes, the dates Angela went on and, most importantly, what her dates looked like, I really felt like I could see them in my minds eye.

This is quite a long book series, I've read book two now so I'll be reviewing that shortly, but I Heart New York itself stands alone as a great book as well as part of a series. 
The characters are endearing, except her rat of an ex-fiance of course! 

This isn't a life affirming read by any means, it's not going to test your ideals or challenge your faith, it's not Tolstoy, but it's a massively fun book, I hate it when people look down on books because they're not intellectual or serious, this is a romp of a book that will make you smile and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!
Rating - 5/5
Hello booky-wooks!!
Another book haul, and I'll be honest, I've done a bit more book shopping since these ones too! I don't know whether to group them all together in one big haul or do lots of little ones like I have this past month, but I'll decide soon!
Onto the haul!

 Synopsis - Twenty-four hours can change your life . . .
Allyson and Willem share one magical day together in Paris, before chance rips them apart.
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents life throws at us.
But is one day enough to find your fate?
I read Just One Day last month and couldn't resist buying the sequel, I haven't read it yet but this is told from Willem's perspective, whereas the first book was from Allyson's POV, so I'm really interested to see what Willem was getting upto whilst Allyson was going through such turmoil!

Synopsis - Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be the only person who can keep her alive.
And if they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
I adore this cover!! This was on my March TBR and I'm currently reading it, as well as Mrs Dalloway so hopefully I'll finish it before the end of March!
I've heard so much about the romance in this book that I just had to try it, I love dystopian novels as well, and when they have a romance it's all the better!

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Synopsis - One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .
One chaotic family
Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .
One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .
One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.
I adore Jojo Moyes' books, her writing is second to none in my eyes so when I saw this book was coming out I pre-ordered it straight away!! 
It sounds like a great story, with a romance which is what Jojo does best, and the fact that it's a hardback makes me happier than it should! 

Toodles! x
Hi guys!!
This is my second Top 5 Wednesday post, I've missed the past two weeks because I simply couldn't think of 5 answers for the topics!
But this one is a bit easier for me, so here goes!!

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is, hands down, my favourite book of all time! I've done a review of it (link here) and I can safely say that a book has never touched me, warmed me and changed me more than this one.
I recommend it to everyone anyway, so I might as well recommend it here as well!

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is obviously a very popular series of books, but for good reason! 
Katniss is a brilliant heroine, the writing style keeps you interested all through the books and the premise is one that people have tried to copy and recreate since but have never quite got there!
Also it's a YA book so if you're not a big reader it won't be too heavy for you.

3. I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk
This is such a fun, addictive book! I think most girls would enjoy it, especially if you like films like Bridget Jones!
You can tell it's written by a author who is also a beauty blogger, because she drops a lot of designer brands and cult beauty products into the dialogue.

4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I read this when I was quite a bit younger, and thought it would be far too much for me, far too religious and heavy, but it wasn't! It was a fun, captivating romp and Robert Langdon is a likeable protagonist.
There's always something to keep you interested and it kept me guessing right until the end!

5. How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
I've also done a review about this book too (link here), this was a book that I read in less than 24 hours!!
It was such a romantic, sweet book, yes it was a bit predictable but I think for a new reader it would be a great book to get them into the books of Cecelia Ahern, she's one of my favourite authors and I love to recommend her to other people.

There we go! I enjoy doing these lists so I hope the Top 5 topics for April are suited to me :)
Toodles! x
Hi bookworms!
I'm bringing to you a review today, and an exciting one for me! I've been meaning to read a classic novel for ages, and in my library haul a few weeks ago (link here) I picked up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I love romantic novels so I thought it would be a good idea to pick up one of these classic romances rather than a more serious book like Dostoevsky!

SynopsisMr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters. Jane, the eldest daughter, falls in love with Charles Bingley, a rich batchelor who takes a house nearby with his two sisters and friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is attracted to the second daugher, Elizabeth, but a bad account of him is given to Elizabeth. He and Bingley's effect the separation of Bingley and Jane. William Collins, cousin to the sisters and as only male, heir to the Bennet estate, proposes to Elizabeth but is rejected. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth but she refuses. When Elizabeth travels north she is invited with friends to Darcy's place in Berbyshire, and thinking Darcy is absent she goes. However, he is there and she is surprised by his much-improved manners. She hears news that her sister Lydia has eloped with Wickham, an unprincipled adventurer. With Darcy's help the fugitives are found. The attachment between Bingley and Jane is renewed and leads to an engagement. In spite of the insolent intervention of Lady Catherine, Darcy and Elizabeth become engaged.

I'd heard a lot about Mr Darcy, particularly from Shannon from CozyTeaReads on Youtube and let me tell you, he didn't disappoint! I wish I could have read this book without knowing basically the whole plot, because surely everyone knows what the plot is for Pride and Prejudice and who the protagonists are!
But how amazing would it be to read these classics without knowing anything, as if they were new publications?
Anyway, I'm getting off topic!
I was sold on Mr Darcy the moment I read this line;
'' 'I am afraid Mr Darcy', observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper, 'that this adventure has rather affected your admiration for her fine eyes'
'Not at all' he replied; 'they were brightened by the exercise' "
They were talking about the fact that Elizabeth had walked miles in the rain to see her sick sister at Netherfield, where Jane was staying, and Miss Bingley was trying to turn Mr Darcy against Elizabeth because she could tell he was falling for her, but Darcy remains completely undeterred.

I loved the fact that Darcy didn't shout about his affection for her, I always think that's way more attractive than someone shouting and hollering how much they love someone (usually by the medium of Facebook these days, another reason I'd have preferred to be alive in Pride and Prejudice days!).

Elizabeth Bennet herself was a wonderful lead character, she's strong and witty and always stands up for herself but not in a nasty, loud way, she always puts people in their place with a witty retort or just by plain speaking, the scenes at the end between Lizzy and Lady Catherine are the best to show her determined and strong minded nature.

As for the other characters, Jane Bennet, Lizzy's sister, is a sweet, kind-natured woman who has a wonderful rapport with her sister, they seem like great friends as well as sisters.
Mrs Bennet, their mother, is overbearing at times, she wants the best for her daughters but in a monetary way, her first thought isn't always for their happiness with a husband, more of how the husband will provide for the family once Mr Bennet, their father, is dead.
Case in point is the situation between her daughter Lydia and Mr Wickham, I won't spoil the plot by giving away what happens but let's just say Mr Wickham is not all he's cracked upto be when he first appears in the book, but despite the terrible things Wickham does Mrs Bennet forgives him immediately when he offers her daughter his hand in marriage.
Mr Bingley is Darcy's best friend and the owner of Netherfield, also the apple of Jane's eye! He is a lovely person, never has a cross word for anyone.

The book was a great read, nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be, but I did find some of the language going over my head at times!
Also there was a lot of 'filler' to the book, some stuff that I found a bit boring like descriptions of buildings and rooms and to be honest I found my eyes skimming over that stuff, maybe I was just too in love with Mr Darcy and wanted to get to the next entry with him in it!?

I'd definitely be interested in reading more classics, particularly Jane Austen!
Rating - 4/5
Hello lovely people!!
I haven't been posting much this week as work has been super mad! But I thought I'd post this quick Friday Reads post today, just to keep you up to date with what I'm reading.

I got Pride and Prejudice out of the library just because I wanted to read a ''classic'' but I didn't want to buy it in case I decided it wasn't for me, and to be honest I didn't expect to enjoy it at all because that's just not the kind of book I'm into, but I actually am!
Some of the words go over my head a bit, they're long-winded and have too many syllables haha, but as for the actual story I'm finding it sweet and intriguing and I think Elizabeth Bennett is a ballsy, independent heroine, which I definitely approve of! 

As I said before I haven't had a lot of time to read this past week so I probably won't be reading any other book but this one this weekend, it's taking me a long time to get through books at the moment! 

Have a great Friday!!
Thanks! x
Hi guys!!
I'm going to do a review on one of my top books of the year so far, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!
SynopsisCath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I went into this book with not-so-high expectations, I thought it sounded a bit too teenage for me and like the characters could annoy me, but then I started reading it....and I fell in love!

Yes, occasionally Cather did annoy me, the way she stopped herself from doing things all the time, got in the way of her own happiness and worried too much, but I was annoyed because I wanted her to be happy, I was annoyed in the way you would be annoyed with your best friend if they kept sabotaging their life in the same way.

My favourite character in the book had to be Levi, the first time he insisted he walk her to and from the library he stole my heart!
Tall, sweet blondes are my weakness (just look at my boyfriend) so this guy was a dream come true!
There was another guy called Nick in it who was her library buddy, and she seemed into him for a while so I was worried that would get in the way of any romance with Levi, I won't spoil it for you but let's just say Nick is no match for Levi ;).

Some people have said they could have done without the Simon Snow parts, but I definitely thought they played their part and I enjoyed finding out stuff about the world Cather was so obsessed with and I felt like it was important to read them as some of the stuff Simon was going through mirrored what Cath was going through.

We can all identify with being a fangirl for something (my weakness is the TV show Supernatural, Destiel FTW) so that part of the story really endeared her character to me and made me feel like I can really relate to her as a person because I also get quite obsessed with things, maybe not to her level, but I certainly get very engrossed in TV programmes and books!

The ending was a bit abrupt for me, I felt like I wasn't ready to let the characters go yet, but that's my own issue, I think I'd have felt that way if the book was 3000 pages long! 
All in all, a fantastic book, with some laugh-out-loud lines and great characters.
TTFN x
Hello lovely people!!
Another day, another book haul! One day, I will stop buying books!
The Works is a discount book shop, so it's near impossible to leave the shop without buying something!

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
SynopsisLily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? 
I've heard a lot about this book from Megan Olivier on Youtube so when I saw it in the 3 for £5 deal I had to get it! It sounds really romantic and cute, apparently it's set at Christmas time though which makes me not want to read it until Christmas haha!

Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
Synopsis - Bridget Jones is everyone's favourite spinster. In Bridget Jones's Diary she documents her struggles through the social minefield of her 30s and tries to weigh up the eternal question: Daniel Cleaver of Mark Darcy? She is supported through the whole process by four indispensable friends, Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay.
A dazzling urban satire of modern relationships?
An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family?
Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?
I love the Bridget Jones movie and it's never occurred to me to read the book before, I think I even forgot it was originally a book because the film is so famous!
But I'm looking forward to finally reading this.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Synopsis - Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki.
Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .
This is another book that I've seen the film of before reading the book, I just couldn't resist the pull of Bradley Cooper, but when I saw this in The Works I thought I would pick it up, and not just because of Bradley's baby blues on the cover ;).

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Synopsis - My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden . . . and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
I remember seeing Tanya Burr from Youtube reading this in one of her vlogs and she said it was brilliant so when I saw it for £3 I thought I'd pick it up! The front cover is really intricate and cute, and the plot sounds really intriguing!

Toodles! x
Hi there bookworms!!
Hope you're well, I took a recent trip to the library and I thought I'd show you what I picked up!
I didn't want to pick up too many as I know I only have a certain amount of time before I have to take them back, and also my local library doesn't really have the best selection of books.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim - that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband. With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.

I really wanted to read a classic or two so I picked this book up from the library along with the next one I'm going to tell you about, just to broaden my horizons a little bit! And I've heard so much about this book from certain booktubers that I just had to give it a go.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
A novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. It is one of Woolf's best-known novels. Created from two short stories, "Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street" and the unfinished "The Prime Minister", the novel's story is of Clarissa's preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess. With the interior perspective of the novel, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters' minds to construct an image of Clarissa's life and of the inter-war social structure.

I'd also heard about this book from a booktuber and it made me feel clever to take a Virginia Woolf book to the counter of the library haha.
This also goes along the same vein as Pride and Prejudice, I want to read more classics so thought this would be another good one to start with.

The Last Letter From Your Lover - Jojo Moyes
When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.
In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything - her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.
Ellie and Jennifer's stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel - interspersed with real 'last letters'.

I've been wanting to read this book for ages because I love Jojo Moyes' writing, so I thought when I saw it in the library I'd pick it up, read it and then if I really enjoy it I can buy my own copy :)

I really enjoyed looking round the library and once I'm done with all these books I'm definitely going to go back and show some more support for my local library!
Toodlepip! x
Hi guys!!
I've recently joined the Goodreads group to take part in the Top 5 Wednesday posts/videos that are being made by every brilliant booktuber I watch, to see the list of all of the people participating click here.

This weeks post is a little bit late, mainly because I got a new phone yesterday so I've been playing around with it for the past two days, when I haven't been working :).

But the theme for this week is really interesting, my top 5 friendships!
I'm ranking these friendships in no particular order, I couldn't choose!

1. Thomas & Chuck - Maze Runner
This was a reluctant friendship from Thomas' part, Chuck latched onto him as soon as he came out of the box in the first Maze Runner book and was relentlessly nice to him, Thomas found him irritating and tried to avoid him for a lot of the book, but about three-quarters of the way through Thomas started to rely on Chuck, for light relief during the times of great upheaval and stress, to perk him up when Thomas has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Their friendship comes to an abrupt end at the end of the first book, I won't tell you how but it's a heart-breaking conclusion to their friendship.

2. Jenny & Angela - I Heart New York
I love Angela's character, she's a funny, personable character who I see a lot of myself in, and Jenny is the perfect antithesis to Angela!
She reminds me of one of my friends, more impulsive and confident, brings Angela out of her shell and is always there to defend her if anyone wrongs her.
Most importantly, she's one hell of a shopping partner!!

3. Reagan & Cather - Fangirl
Reagan was such a brilliant character, she's feisty, sarcastic and mean, without being actually mean, she just wants what's best for Cather really, wants to bring her out of her shell and get her to live her life, instead of just running away from it.
Reagan has such a funny way of observing things as well, her (mostly) mock disdain for Cathers Simon Snow fan fiction is a particular favourite of mine!

4. Katniss & Rue - The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games has to be my favourite book trilogy of all time, they're gonna feature heavily on these T5W posts, I warn you!
Katniss & Rue is such a lovely friendship, Katniss joined together with Rue because she reminded her of her little sister Prim, and she wanted to protect her and keep her safe because of that, they had such a nice dynamic and I was so upset when their friendship ended in the way it did.

5. Finnick & Peeta/Katniss - The Hunger Games
And here it is again! But this trilogy was so great for giving the impression of truly forged friendships, obviously because of the subject matter and what they were all going through, that I couldn't NOT mention them again :).
Finnick was probably my favourite character from The Hunger Games trilogy, he came across so arrogant at first but then his character went on such a journey, we discovered things about him that explained so much about his character, and he saved Peeta and Katniss' lives numerous times without even being asked, he proved himself such a faultlessly loyal ally that, if I was forced to choose a winner for this top 5, he would be it.

There we have it! My first (admittedly, late) top 5 Wednesday!! This was fun to do and I'm going to try my best to carry on with these posts :)
Toodles! x
Hello lovely people!!
Time for my February wrap-up!! I finished 5 books last month, which isn't bad! 
The one that isn't pictured above is Ant & Dec's autobiography ''Ooh! What A Lovely Pair!'', as I've already shipped it off to a charity shop haha.
But I will say that it was a lovely read, Ant and Dec are two of my favourite people on TV, and it wasn't a ground-breaking read, nothing spectacularly interesting has happened in their lives but it was just lovely to read about their success and their friendship, I gave this one 3 out of 5 on Goodreads.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This is a story about a girl called Allyson, who goes on a post-graduation trip with her school around Europe, and along the way she meets Willem while he is performing with an alternative Shakespeare drama group and they strike up a connection, so much so that when he proposes a spur of the moment trip to Paris, she agrees! Despite the fact she isn't a risk-taker at all, she grabs the bull by the horns and goes with him, but is loves young dream really all it seems?

I bought this book because it was the book of the month in the Chick-Lits Goodreads group I'm a part of, and I'm so glad I did! It was an amazing read, I was sucked into Allyson's excitement and trepidation about her Paris trip with Willem, because it's the dream being whisked away to Paris by a handsome stranger really isn't it? But that's all it is, a dream, if it happened in reality we'd all be terrified!!
Half of this book is set on the day that they have in Paris together, and the rest of the book is set in the ''aftermath'' of their day together, it's told from Allyson's POV, but the sequel Just One Year (which I also own, but haven't read yet) is told from Willem's perspective.
Rating - 4/5

Girl In The Mirror by Cecelia Ahern
I'm not even sure how I can describe this book of two short stories, one of them was a story about a little girl whose grandma is blind, but has always had all of the mirrors in her house covered up, fast forward 15 or so years and this little girl is getting married, and she's getting dressed at her grandmas house.
Naturally when you're getting ready for your wedding day, you want to look in the mirror, so the girl thinks that it won't do any harm to uncover the mirror just this once...but when she does she uncovers more than just her reflection.

The second story is about an old man who'd created a machine that could let you go back in time and change one mistake that you made in your life, but he was very picky about who he let use his machine.

To be honest, I didn't get these two stories, I'm a massive fan of Cecelia Ahern but I just felt like these two stories were so weird and lacking any point! Maybe I missed the point of them, but I don't fancy going back and re-reading it to check.
The writing style was the same brilliance I'd expect from Cecelia, but it was just the stories I found lacking any structure or point.
Rating - 2/5

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This story is about a girl called Cather, she has an identical twin called Wren (Cather...Wren, get it?) and they're just about to start university! But there's a problem, Cather and Wren have always been joined at the hip, they do everything together, but suddenly Wren decides that she wants her own space, she doesn't want to share a dorm room with Cather and she stops taking any interest in their Simon Snow fan fiction (which is basically a Harry Potter-esque book series that everyone is obsessed with in the Fangirl world).
This book follows Cather as she tries to avoid making friends (she fails) and tries to avoid living any sort of life other than the one she lives in the virtual pages of her Simon Snow fanfic (again, she fails).

This book was fantastic! I'd heard a lot of hype around it and after I was left fairly unimpressed by The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I was a bit wary of overhyped books, but this was not overhyped at all, it was as good as its reviews!
The characters are the best thing about it (aside from maybe that funky front cover, gotta love a bit of mint green!), particularly Levi and Reagan, Levi is the cutest man on the face of the planet, insisting he gives her lifts places, insisting he walks her across the campus at night to keep her safe, giving her free Starbucks (this alone makes him marriage material), how she didn't guess he was into her sooner I don't know!
I also loved her father Art, he was a conflicted character with some problems, but he really loved his girls and you could tell that.
Overall this book was a revelation, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Rating - 5/5

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
This book is the sequel to The Maze Runner, and it's set after our protagonists escape from their Maze prison, they think they've got back to civilisation and that they're safe from now on...but how wrong they are.

I can't really tell you much more without spoiling the story, but this sequel is WAY more action packed than its predecessor! 
Over every page there is some new threat, danger or attack waiting to happen, I was gripped by it! 
It's a bit more violent than the first book too, so if you don't like descriptions of people being burnt alive or having their heads knocked off by massive steel bowling balls then this book might not be for you!
Rating - 5/5

There we have it!! This was a really successful month, I loved almost every book I read, roll on March!! I hope it's even better than last month :)
Toodles! x
Hi bookworms!!
Today I'm excited to bring you my first TBR post! Obviously I can only do these posts at the start of the month so I had to wait until now to do one.
This is basically a post to let you know what I plan to read in the upcoming month! 
I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk
Synopsis - Celebs, sunshine and beautiful boys…enough to lead a girl astray?
Angela Clark can’t believe her luck… she’s an English girl living in New York with a dream job at hip magazine The Look and a sexy boyfriend.
Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood to interview hot actor and fellow Brit James Jacobs.Thrown in at the deep end she heads west with best friend Jenny dreaming of Rodeo Drive and Malibu beach.
Soon Angela discovers that celebrity life in Hollywood is not all glamour, gloss and sunshine. Despite his lady-killer reputation, the only person who seems genuine is James.
Then a paparazzi snaps them in an uncompromising position and suddenly Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons…
Can she convince all those close to her – especially her boss and her boyfriend – not to believe everything they read? And will Hollywood ever win Angela’s heart?
I'm currently reading this book so I'm hoping to finish this in a couple of days time, I love this series of books, it's so fluffy and easy to read and I love the main character Angela! 
So far this book is a lot of fun, I'm finding her best friend Jenny to be quite annoying at the moment, she's pretty selfish! But James Jacobs sounds like an absolute dreamboat, I keep imagining him as Bradley Cooper ;).

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
Synopsis - When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.
In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything - her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.
I'm a huge fan of Jojo Moyes, which you'll know if you've read my blog before as I'm always banging on about her!
This book sounds similar to her other book The Girl You Left Behind, that is also told from a dual perspective, by two people from two completely different moments in time.
I got this book out of the library, if I really enjoy it I might buy it as well but I thought seen as it was in my local library, I might as well get it out.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Synopsis - Twenty-four hours can change your life . . .
Allyson and Willem share one magical day together in Paris, before chance rips them apart.
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents life throws at us.
But is one day enough to find your fate?
I've read the first book Just One Day and I absolutely loved it! That followed Allyson's story of trying to find Willem, but Just One Year is told from Willem's perspective which will be a good change of pace for the book I think.
You get to read what Willem was doing at the same time that the first book was set, it's the same time frame but told from his perspective instead.

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Synopsis - Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be the only person who can keep her alive.
And if they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
I've heard SO much about this trilogy of books that I can't wait to start it now! I've heard the romance in it is phenomenal.
This cover really makes me happy too, I love the bright orange!

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Synopsis - Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party.
Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws toward inevitable suicide.
I'm really keen to start reading some classics, and a booktuber I follow has mentioned this book before so when I saw it at the library I thought I would give it a try!

So there we have it!! Hopefully I will get to read all these books this month, and more, fingers crossed!!
Lots of love x
Hi!
Today I'm going to do a review on the massively popular The Fault In Our Stars by John Green!
Synopsis - "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

I started reading this book because I'd heard so many amazing things about it, so maybe I went into it with too high expectations, but I wasn't as blown away from first read as I thought I'd be! 

The idea of the story itself is captivating, a story about kids with cancer where the cancer takes a backseat, isn't the forefront of the storyline, is very unique.

About halfway through the book I did start to get invested in the characters, start to care about them and worry about their future.

I did find the two lead characters Gus and Hazel a bit unbelievable at times, just because I've never met teenagers like these in my life, their vocabulary is more extensive than the Oxford English Dictionary and they speak in metaphors and monologues a lot of the time. 
I would even go as far as to say I found Gus and Hazel (gasp! shock! horror!) irritating at times, which isn't something I've heard anyone else say about them so I really think it's just me!

On the other hand, I thought Hazels parents were written beautifully, John Green really captured the struggle that they were going through at what must be the most difficult time a parent can go through.

But on the whole, this is a good read, I maybe went into it with my expectations too high so I was left disappointed, but by the end I found the book enjoyable and found myself emotionally enriched for reading it, which I think is the point of reading, if you're left with something after the book, a new view on something, then that book will stay with you forever.
Rating - 3/5