Friday, June 24, 2016

An Update - What's been happening to me?!

Hello Everyone it's been a while or at least it feels like it to me. I mean my posts have been here there and everywhere, there's no consistency to my blogging life at the moment which sucks for me as I do enjoy it! Some days I can't be bothered to write and review and others I just want to write a short review as I really don't want to do such a long one. Then I question myself because I never get to say everything I want to in a short one. You can tell I'm babbling here, but you know what I mean right!?
I'm still reading, I'm a little slower than usual and I think I reading what I fancy at the mo too. A lot of my posts these day's on my blog is for blog tours, which although I love doing I find that is all I seem to be doing these day and I need to break that habit. I've just finished reading Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall which is about mental health, OCD and agoraphobia and I am absolutely loved it. Lately, the likes of Holly Bourne, Louise Gornall, Caitlin Moran they seem to be the books I'm enjoying at the mo a lot. I think for me it's interesting to see how a minds working and how they differ from every individual. 



When I haven't been reading I've been swamped with work which is getting even worse by the day these days and just taking all the enthusiasm I once had for the job. I'm also starting a new qualification soon which will take some of my time too. But aside from the boring work and study, I have been on holiday too for a whole week and it's been a long time coming for it. It's just a shame it's all over now. I had the best week in terms of weather and I did get burnt too. Uh oh. Plus I suffered from prickly heat which was horrible. No tan for me. Haha.


What I'm watching...

So I guess I've been binge watching a load of series I love! Especially some Big Bang Theory which I need to catch up on - I stopped at Season 6 can you believe that!!! And I sort of have Netflix now which also eats up my time too. Enjoying so witches as well, the classic ones which are the Charmed ones! And of course Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful!

What I'll be reading next:

I recently just got Love Song from my work and this is the first by Sophia Bennett book that I've read so I'm hoping it's a goodin'. Plus you need a good summer read with the terrible England are having - I mean floods, we've just had the first day of summer - typical. Anyways, my next current read if What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I hoping this is going to be slightly better than the first book! *fingers-crossed* The Witch's Kiss is for a blog tour that I can't wait to read and finally book and the best book by all has to be Holly's latest book which I seriously can't wait for. Lottie has been such a character from the first two books and I can't wait to get to know her.  

I will be back next week with a review of Under the Rose-Tainted Skies. Until then have a great weekend and happy reading. 

Emma

Friday, June 17, 2016

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW - BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS - Freaks and Geeks by Faith Erin Hicks

Buffy: The High School Years - Geeks and Freaks
by Faith Erin Hicks, Yishan Li and Joss Whedon
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release Date - Out now!
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Moving to a new school and making new friends will create enough anxiety for any teenage girl. But when you're Buffy Summers, a vampire slayer--the Chosen One (with all that entails)--building a new life can be overwhelming. A group of nerdy vampires, shunned by their cooler brethren, decide to climb the vampire social ladder by taking out the Slayer. They play on Buffy's insecurities, wearing her down until she is full-on distracted by the mental warfare. But in addition to her Watcher, Giles, this Slayer has a couple of new friends, Willow and Xander, to cheer her on . . . except, of course, when they're not getting along.

Award-winning author Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) brings the angst, the action, and the cool to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

 My Review

This is my first ever graphic novel review and I think it will be a rare occurrence too. I do actually read quite a few comics in between reading, it just gives me a different perspective to what I love I requested this on Edelweiss never thinking in a million years I would get approved and I did! For the best ever graphic novel too.  I mean Buffy that's pretty awesome and I was beyond excited. I am a HUGE Buffy Fan, I was a late bloomer to the show but it got me into vampires and dark romance before Twilight did. Team Angel all the way people!!! Anyways when I saw that they were doing a brand new graphic novel series of Buffy, I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to read it.

After the series ended it continued in graphic novels and I never really continued them because by the time I finished the series they were already at Season 9! So I was so pleased that they were starting from the beginning- but the highlight of her high school years. It's great to have the Sunnydale gang back together and even more so with young Willow, Xander and even evil Cordelia too. It wouldn't be the same without her.



Now to the technical parts of the review... I'm not really sure how to review a graphic novel so I will go with what matters.

Artistic elements - I have to say that I love how they still continue the legend that is Buffy in her shape and form. From what I've read of the other seasons they still continue to use the same style of graphics to really convey her bad-assness as well as really continuing the love for the hit TV series that still lives on in people like me and you. 

Storyline - What I loved about this graphic novel in particular it went back to the beginning but not the actually start of how she became the vampire slayer, more the early tales of her job. We still yet to meet Angel which for me will be highlight to relive the seasons that I absolutely adored. Seeing the days of Sunnydale alive again, it just reminded me of the best of my teen years when I first started watching it.

Characters - The last but no mean least the characters...Willow and Xander and even mean Cordelia. It was really great to see them in their glory. Though I have to say I think Willow has a little more style than her full out dorkiness that Cordelia used to always be mean about. Xander being the failing to be funny type but still making it you laugh in spite of it. Oh and the evil vampires trying to live and be the big badass was very funny too.

Overall I absolutely adored rekindling my love for the Buffyverse and all things vampires. It makes me want to get my box set out all over again. I look forward to the next in the series. 


Rating - 5
*These pages could be subject to change in the final copy.*

Monday, June 06, 2016

EXCITING NEWS - A SPINSTER CLUB SPECIAL by Holly Bourne


Right now I am on holiday but I received some exciting news in time for me to schedule this very special post. You don't need me to explain how I adore Holly Bourne's novels and especially that of the Spinster Club series as well. It has been an incredible and inspiring series of the last couple of years and it's started a feminist revolution on how we perceive ourselves through Holly's writing - I hope it continues to be a sensational series for years to come and I know she has only started. She is a literary hero to  me and so many other Spinster Club readers. No one before now knows about this until now - this is exclusive bookish news happening right here on Never Judge a Book by it's Cover and I'm very honored. So I would like to reveal that Holly Bourne hasn't finished her series with What's a Girl Gotta Do when on the 1st November comes a Spinster Club novella..... 

...And A Happy New Year (Spinster Club #4) COVER NOT FINAL!
by Holly Bourne
Publisher - Usborne Books
Release Date - 1st November 2016
Available to Pre-Order NOW!!!!

Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for the mother of all New Year's Eve parties. Having spent months apart since finishing college, they've got plenty to catch up on: how is Evie juggling a relationship with her OCD? Does Amber plan to spend more time with Kyle in America? And where did Lottie end up? Get ready for some serious partying - and some major New Year's revelations - from everyone's favourite cheesy-snackloving feminists.

…And a Happy New Year? – a Spinster Club novella – will be published in hardback by Usborne on 1st November. Set at an epic New Year’s Eve party, this is a chance for fans to find out how Evie, Amber and Lottie’s lives have changed since leaving college. With all the hallmarks of Holly Bourne’s unforgettable voice; get ready for more friendship, feminism, heartache and hilarity (and of course, the cheesy snacks).

Feminists and Spinsters UNITE!

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About Holly Bourne


Holly Bourne is an author and journalist. Her feminist education began when she read Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman. This, as well as her experiences working at an advice charity for young people and her own experiences of blatant everyday sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? Holly has appeared at #FeminisminYA panels across the UK and Ireland, and at an event with feminist icon Rosie Boycott at the Southbank’s WOW Festival. She is also a 2016 World Book Night author and has been shortlisted for this year’s YA Book Prize.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

REVIEW - CHARGED by Jay Crownover








Hello Everyone, Welcome to my very late post of the Charged Blog Tour hosted by InkslingerPR tours. Due to some personal issues I wasn't able to make my date so they very kindly let me post it when I was ready, which is now. So before I share my review of it, here is a little bit more about the book and also an excerpt at the end...

Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
by Jay Crownover
Release Date - May 24th 2016
Publisher - William Morrow Paperbacks
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

My Review

Jay Crownover has been my go-to NA read for ages and I was once again ecstatic to start reading the next venture into some serious hot tattooed bodied males. Built was an incredible start to the series and it never broke away from the Marked Men series. Saints of Denver is the baby of the Marked Men, still chasing the bad guys and girls who appreciate bold art and talent.

Charged is focused on Brite Walker's daughter Avett. She has been a constant pain in the arse in all the books so if I'm honest I was slightly surprised that she had her own story. From a secondary character sideline Avett has been quite the troublesome and disappointment of many of the Marked brothers, from stealing at the bar to taking drugs and accepting the fact she's being used and abused by someone she thinks she's in love with. She's rebellious, annoying and continuously looking for bad news. She is a disappointment, she is always trying screw up when she's not even trying and is she really worth saving!? Trouble got to much for her, when she got caught in the firing line rendering her in a orange jumpsuit and behind bars. Hopefully her attorney will get her out and set her straight. 

Now Quaid Jackson, former soldier and now a workaholic of getting to the top to be a partner in a law firm. All his life he has taught himself to be the best in his profession, to be a certain way, to be emotionless in a way. His apartment is a reflection on just how minimalist and interpersonal he reveals about his life even with his own bosses. He has expectations from them and for himself and he can't seem to shake the feeling that something is missing. Until a sassy, pink-haired girl stumbles upon as one of his clients and everything just flies out of the window - for her. What I loved about their relationship is that both of them have been unguided in their life until Avett and Quaid found each other. Whether Avett thinks this is the worst mistake to fall in love with him or the best and will it sacrifice and jeopardize Quaid's rise to power and place as a partner in a law firm he has worked so hard for. Quaid has built himself from nothing and now he has something to show for himself but what will he choose and will Avett continue to rise to the top even when things get harder for her?!

What I loved more about this book was the secondary storyline especially with Brite Walker. Ever since Book 1 of the Marked Men series Brite has been their in context, behind the scenes of each of the books and of the men that were the starring role. But Brite is the King of the Marked, he's the father they never had, the role model that believed in every single one of them. So when your faced with his very own daughter - I felt you saw the real Brite, right through him, down to the bare bones of him, how he really ticks, his life and the way these men have impacted not only his life but also Avett's and his wife Darcy. 

I think that Avett's story although has to be told it wasn't really one of my favourites. If I'm going to be honest here I think that the secondary storyline and characters especially with Asa and Rome was the highlight of the book for me. And I loved the fact we had a glimpse of Church the brooding, quiet bouncer in Rome's bar. I really, really hope he gets a story of his own soon! Please Jay, pretty PLEEEASE!
“Like recognized like. And while we had both been lost and floundering on our own, when we were together it felt like we were exactly where we were supposed to be.” 
Rating - 3.5/4 (undecided)



About Jay Crownover
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked MenThe Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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