Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Floored Blog Tour!


That's the line I've drawn inspiration from for this post, and it's also the name of the character that the chapter this line is from focusses on. I really liked the opening section of Velvet's first chapter because it's really about her unusual name, and the kind of reactions she gets as a result.

My name also produces a lot of reactions.

- "Oh? Katrina? That's an unusual name."

- "You don't look like a Katrina."

- "Where are you from? Oh...Britain? But Katrina is an Indian/ Irish/ Greek/ Scottish/ Polish/ Martian name. Are you sure you don't have family there?

- "Katrina? Spelt with a K?" *disapproving glare, proceeds to ramble on about the number of people killed and injured in various parts of the world during Hurricane Katrina, somehow insinuates that it's all my fault.*

- least favourite? "Katrina? Oh like--" *proceeds to sing, dance to or hum the tune of Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves*


But it got me thinking a lot about what I could do with this post, as I've already reviewed the book here. And in an effort to give a spoiler free way of getting to know the characters a bit better (and get Walking On Sunshine out of my head) I decided to pick seven songs that I think represent the characters in the book or a situation they face, and the book as a whole, without telling you guys which characters they represent.

So here they are!

1) 'My Father's House' by Bruce Springsteen.

2) 'Hero' by Mariah Carey.

3) 'Puppy Love' by Donny Osmond.

4) 'Ka-Ching' by Shania Twain.

5) 'Walk Of Shame' by P!nk.

6) 'The Blower's Daughter' by Damien Rice.

7) 'Crowded Elevator' by Incubus.

Well guys, I hope you liked my list! If you've read the book, I'd love to hear your ideas on which songs match which characters and why! If not, then I thoroughly recommend it, it's a great book!

Also, I'm part of a week long blog tour with six other blogs. Please feel free to check out their posts too! The schedule below will let you know if you've missed anything and what's to come!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: My picks for 'Best Books I've Read In 2018 So Far'.

My favourite kind of lists are that ones that let me reflect upon things I've already read, so this list is perfect! Yay!

1) 'Six Of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo.

I really loved this book, and especially loved the different take on the world I was introduced to in the Grishaverse series. I have so many new OTPs from this novel and loved everything about it!

2) 'Wintersong' by S. Jae-Jones.

Labyrinth was one of my favourite movies growing up, and I've been wanting to read a book with the Goblin King featured for a while. This was a magical, gorgeous retelling. Dark and sexy, I can't wait to read the sequel!

3) 'Goodbye, Perfect' by Sara Barnard.

I loved Sara Barnard's newest contribution into the YA genre, this time touching on the sensitive topic of a teacher-student relationship. I worried that I wouldn't enjoy reading this because of the topic, but there was a lot more to this book than meets the eye.

4) 'Children Of Blood & Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi.

Okay, this is pretty much my favourite read of the year so far. I loved it! It was top of my anticipated reads list, and for good reason! Thank goodness I got to pick it up so early on!

5) 'Out Of The Blue' by Sophie Cameron.

A recent read of mine, I loved Cameron's different take on angels and what would happen if they started falling from the sky. I'm glad there was no paranormal romance in sight here too, instead the story focused on deeper themes. 

6) 'The Cruel Prince' by Holly Black.

Yes, I am so happy to see a great contribution to books on the fae! I knew this would be good because Black has such a great grip on her idea of the world of the fae, it's various courts, and her world-building is exquisite.

7) 'Spectacle' by Megan Rose-Gedris.

The only graphic novel on the list, I was surprised by this one! Ghosts, the circus and a murder mystery make for a great combination. I loved the art as well!

8) 'bone' by Yrsa Daley-Ward.

I also have some poetry on the list! I really don't read poetry much, but I adored this little addition to my 'books I've read' list. I really want to read more poetry, and this book is part of the reason why.

9) 'Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them' by J.K. Rowling.

I have never read this book before, despite loving the Harry Potter universe! I'm glad I have now though because it really added a lot to the lore of the universe. I also liked the essay on the classification of beasts.

10) 'Floored' by Various.

This is my most recent read and one that I liked a lot. Written by seven very talented authors, I got to meet seven very different POVs and liked them a lot. Especially Hugo. Even if he was the worst.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Last Week's Shenanigans (2nd July - 8th July)...

It's been another slightly hectic week, but things began to calm down again at the end and I think I can start settling back into a routine. I have exciting things on the horizon too! At the beginning of the week I pretty much worked non-stop and became very tired as a result, but Mat and I did get to go out to Central London for the afternoon and then visit our friends and meet their new kittens, Rocket and Quill! They are absolutely adorable! 

After work on Thursday we went back to see them again, and stay while the work on our flat was being completed. Then, on Friday evening, Mat and I went to visit his family and spend a few days there. In fact, we're still there! They are currently dog-sitting an adorable little girl called Polly which is a bonus! We also went to visit our potential florist on Saturday morning, so as you can see, we've been busy bees!

I Read...


I Received...

- 'Den Of Shadows' by Christopher Byford: Netgalley (03/07/18)
- 'Colour Me In' by Lydia Ruffles: Netgalley (03/07/18)
- 'The Darkest Legacy' by Alexandra Bracken: Netgalley (03/07/18)
- 'Vox' by Christina Dalcher: Netgalley (04/07/18)
- 'The Colour Of Madness' by Dr Samara Linton & Rianna Walcott: Netgalley (06/07/18)


Top Ten Tuesday: 4th July Special! Red, White & Blue Covers

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: 4th July Special! My picks for 'Red, White & Blue Covers'.

I am not American, so of course 4th July is not really all that special to me. But I am British, and of course red, white and blue are the colours of the Union Jack! So here are some of my favourite covers in those colours, from books I've read!

1) 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey.

2) 'Heartless' by Marissa Meyer.

3) 'No Lasting Burial' by Stant Litore.

4) 'Wolf By Wolf' by Ryan Graudin.

5) 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness.

6) 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus.

7)  'Siege & Storm' by Leigh Bardugo.

8) 'Wintersong' by S. Jae-Jones.

9) 'Good Bones' by Margaret Atwood.

10) 'Child 44' by Tom Rob Smith.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Last Week's Shenanigans (25th June - 1st July)...

The stress is not over yet! Plenty of flat viewings to get through this week, though things are looking a bit better for our current flat so we might not actually need to move after all. Phew! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week too and I think that Summer is well and truly here!

I Read...

I Received...

- 'Tempests & Slaughter' by Tamora Pierce: Netgalley (27/06/18)
- 'Scythe' by Neal Shusterman: Bought (29/06/18)


Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Won't Finish

I Posted...

June Wrap-Up
Planned Reads For July

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Planned Reads For July.

I am very excited to read everything I've chosen for this month. June might have been a bit hectic, but I'm out of the other side of my reading slump now and getting into a routine. So here goes:

Another read chosen for my super exciting project (I'm powering through these now) and I'm really excited to read another book by Margaret Atwood, especially a retelling of The Iliad, 'The Penelopiad'. I've not fully read the classic that it retells but I do know the gist of it, and I'll do a bit of research beforehand.

Yes, yes. It's on the list again. 'Wonder Woman: Warbringer' just keeps evading me. I do really love superheroes though, and I thought the recent Wonder Woman film was great! I'm still excited about this and I'm going to stop putting it off now.

Another couple of books that have been on the last few TBRs up next, but I think they'll suit Summer reading really well so I'll definitely aim to get to them. 'The Belles' by Dhonielle Clayton has a gorgeous cover and so many good reviews that I can't wait to see what it's all about!

'The Astonishing Colour Of After' by Emily X.R. Pan is a book set in a totally new territory to me - Taiwan. I think the cover for tis book and the premise is astonishingly beautiful, and this seems like the perfect Summer read!

I really need to get on with George R.R. Martin's series. I've only got two more books to go, and 'A Dance With Dragons: Dreams & Dust' is one of them! It will help to fill the Game Of Thrones shaped gap in my soul too...

Everyone loves a good fairy tale, right? I know I do and I've heard great things about Naomi Novik's 'Uprooted'. I can't wait to read it, and hopefully I'll really enjoy it.

Speaking of fairy tales, 'Ash Princess' by Laura Sebastian looks like a kickass re-imagining of the classic Cinderella. I love the sense of revolution I get from the synopsis, and My Kinda Book were so kind to send me a copy to read!

The height of Summer calls for a book that makes you think of nothing but the hot, desert sun. That's what I'll be getting from 'Retribution Rails' by Erin Bowman.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

June Wrap-Up.

Honestly, I had great intentions of reading more this month but life got in the way a bit. It has been a stressful month for Mat and I, but hopefully July will be better for us (and my TBR)!

  1. 'Out Of The Blue' by Sophie Cameron. I really enjoyed this book, and it was definitely my favourite read of the month. I loved the inclusion of angels and the world-building surrounding the reaction to them falling, as well as the emotions and themes covered in this story! A diverse read, a little different to any angel story I've read before. 4.5/5 Stars.
  2. 'Warrior Witch' by Danielle L. Jensen. There's an element of relief that comes with finishing a series, especially when you've accidentally dragged it out over a long period of time. I have to say, that this book disappointed me though. The OTP that I fell in love with was unrecognisable and barely together, the ending was a total cop-out and I just felt it should have been far more dramatic than it was. 2.5/5 Stars.
  3. 'The Good Guys' by Rob Kemp & Paul Blow. I was originally skeptical of the premise of a book about the great deeds of men, but wanted to learn something and I definitely did. This book didn't look at bloodthirsty battles or great discoveries. It looked at acts of compassion, which is rarely a trait found in the celebration of men. I liked it just for that. 3.5/5 Stars.
  4. 'Floored' by Various. A great way to end the month, that's for sure. I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad because it was an anticipated read of mine. Seven authors writing seven character POVs is no small feat, and it was accomplished well, watching the interactions between characters was fun. Also, Hugo is my new guilty pleasure. 4/5 Stars.

This month I read one book for the Beat The Backlist Challenge, making my yearly total so far sixteen.

- Warrior Witch

This month I read one book for the Finishing The Series Challenge, making my yearly total so far two.

- Warrior Witch

I read three books for the New Release Challenge, making my yearly total so far eight.

- Out Of The Blue
- The Good Guys
- Floored

I read three books for the Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, making my yearly total so far fourteen.

- Out Of The Blue
- The Good Guys
- Floored

Here is the result for Pretty Deadly Blog's Bookish Bingo card.

A Book You've Been Putting Off: Warrior Witch; Danielle L. Jensen
Illustrations: The Good Guys; Rob Kemp & Paul Blow
Yellow Cover: Floored; Various
Freebie: --
Someone Else Picks For You: Out Of The Blue; Sophie Cameron