Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017



I feel like I haven't read that many books this year. I think it's because I haven't completed my goodreads challenge yet of 50 books but I'm only a few behind and 50 is a big number! It's probably also due to the fact that I've had a lot of reading and blogging slumps this year but I finally have some motivation again and it's good to be back!

These were my favourite reads of 2017:





I finally got around to reading some series that I've meaning to read for a looooong time this year as well as some great standalones so overall I think I had a pretty great reading year. Roll on 2018 and the many new releases (my most anticipated of which will be posted in a few weeks time!).

Do we share any 2017 favourites? Let me know!


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Review: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Undercover Princess | Connie Glynn | Published November 2nd, 2017
Rating:
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Undercover Princess combines royalty, a boarding school setting, puzzles and mysteries and creates something really fun.

Lottie and Ellie are polar opposites but quickly bond and become inseparable when some school gossip gets out of hand and they find a solution that works for both of them. I liked their friendship and the overall focus that was placed on female friendships throughout the book. Whilst there is a little romance (including LGBT), I liked that friendship was at the forefront and how it’s important to be a good friend.

Unfortunately I also had a few problems with the book. There are a lot of the usual YA cliches and the writing isn’t perfect. The world-building is lacking in some places and there are elements that aren’t fully explained at all. It is a contemporary book but there are a few “magical” instances that aren’t properly developed or explained.

Is it perfect? No. But if you can look past the cliches and the flaws, there is a warm and charming story to be found here.


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Mini Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Monday, 4 September 2017


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman | Published May 18th, 2017
Rating:
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This book really took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting, really, but it's a story, and a main character, who is going to stick with me for a long time.

I really connected with Eleanor and could empathise a lot with her. She went through a terrible ordeal as a child and has never fully recovered. She is socially inept and doesn't have any close relationships. She is written in such a wonderful way that even though you feel her sadness, her mishaps and interactions are also very funny. The balance of warmth and humour whilst tackling more sad and horrific aspects was just right.

One of the highlights for me is the lack of romance. I don't think it would have felt right in Eleanor's story. It was nice to see her develop meaningful relationships without there having to be a romantic aspect to them. Whilst there is a potential romance in the future which is hinted at, I appreciated that it wasn't used as a way of pushing Eleanor towards healing. I also loved the inclusion of a human-pet relationship! Eleanor interacting with a cat provided some laugh out loud moments for me.

Sad, funny, warm, emotional and heartbreaking. Absolutely deserved of the hype it is receiving and definitely in my top 5 books this year.


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Mini Review: The Dire King by William Ritter

Monday, 28 August 2017


The Dire King | William Ritter | Published August 22nd, 2017
Rating:
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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"The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times best-selling series the Chicago Tribune called “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sends the eccentric detective and his indispensible assistant into the heart of a war between magical worlds."


This was the perfect end to an amazing series! I've loved Jacaby and Abigail since the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed going on their quirky adventures with them. The Dire King was no exception and I loved everything from the humour to the new creatures to the epic battle that concludes their story. This might be the fourth book of the series but William Ritter still very much knows how to surprise us. There are unexpected twists and shocks and I had no idea how things were going to end. I'm sad that this series is over but I'm really excited to read whatever Ritter writes next.


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Blog Tour | Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame (Review)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Dare to Fall | Estelle Maskame | Published July 27th, 2017
Rating:
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Blurb

Death.
She was afraid of it.
He was used to it.

There's not much that MacKenzie Rivers is afraid of. In the small town of Windsor, Colorado, she is known for her easygoing, strong personality, some would even say she isn't afraid of anything. But MacKenzie knows that's not true. She's afraid of losing those closest to her. Recovering from a family tragedy, Kenzie is fully aware of just how big an impact death can have on those it leaves behind. Seeing its effects on other people is something she just can't quite handle. From now on, Kenzie is her own priority.

There are not many things that Jaden Hunter can make sense of. He doesn't understand why it was his parents who lost their lives last year. He doesn't understand why his friends don't crack jokes around him any more. He doesn't understand why his teachers still insist on letting him skip assignments. He doesn't understand why MacKenzie, the girl he was falling for last year, has suddenly distanced herself from him.

Too afraid to get wrapped up in Jaden's world as he deals with the tragic death of his parents, Kenzie has stayed away from him as best she can, until one night when they unexpectedly come face-to-face for the first time in months. As old feelings resurface and new memories are made, both MacKenzie and Jaden show each other how to appreciate the little things in life, the moments that are taken for granted. But will MacKenzie dare to fall for the one person she's so afraid of growing close to?


Review

Dare to Fall is one of those perfect YA romance contemporaries that you find yourself becoming completely engrossed in. From the romance, to the drama, the twists and the more serious aspects, it was completely addictive.

Whilst this is a romance novel, serious topics aren't shied away from and are dealt with realistically and delicately. There is an overall theme of grief and how people cope with that in different ways. Each character dealing with grief has their own way of dealing with it. Some cope better than others and some heal more slowly than others. I appreciated that emphasis on how there is no "right" way and that the healing process can be very unpredictable and change a person. There are also lots of lighter, cute moments scattered throughout though. I liked the romance and the slow-burn nature to it and also the interactions between friends and family members which weren't forgotten about in favour of the romance.

Overall, a perfect balance of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments!

This is the first of Estelle's books that I've read but I'm definitely getting my hands on the DIMILY trilogy now. I have a feeling I'll be just as gripped as I was this time around!

P.S. How gorgeous is the cover?!


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