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Wattpad from the POV of someone who has recently joined the site

As a trained journalist, budding blogger and constant writer of fiction (that’s home is my laptop) I thought it was about time I did something with my writing.

I have had a few poems and short stories published but novels are a completely different animal. Initially  there was something quite worrying  or sad about publishing your work online especially as someone who has aspirations of publishing something conventionally at some point in the future it almost felt like letting go of something that I couldn’t get back.

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I had heard of Wattpad and have a few friends who use it as readers not as writers and for a while had thought about giving it a go. But as writer  I had the initial feeling of finding it hard to let go of my work, didn’t I have plans (eventually) of trying for the route of traditional publishing?

Why do this? Why throw something I had worked so hard on away?

Because this will not be the only thing I will only thing I will ever write (its not I have another novel in progress) and because and I think this is my most valid reason, my eyes on are not enough (I’m starting to realise I’m not such a great editor).

Yes family and friends are one thing, but the ultimate honesty of Wattpad users, other actual writers has been invaluable to me. From comments and feed back I can see where I’m going wrong and where I am going right something which is impossible to do when editing your own work, so thanks Wattpad!!

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The downside to Wattpad for me is that it really is heavy on the Fan fiction, Young Adult/Teen Fiction and Romance genres which is great if you are writing in that genre although the pool of work you are competing against is huge.

My novel is a Historical fiction novel, at least that is the category it’s posted under on Wattpad. My story is set in both the present day and the years 1913-1918  so when categorising it for Wattpad it was a toss up between General Fiction and Historical Fiction in the end I went for Historical fiction as the category seemed to fit my story better.

Joining clubs and reading other users stories has been a useful tool because I have realised what you put into Wattpad you get back.
Wattpad has basically been my first set of Beta readers, the first eyes  on my story and so far I have really enjoyed being part of this community who have shown me that as a writer you are always learning and you always have more work to do on anything you write.

I am currently working on The Girl That Fell Out of The Ocean (Previously titled – A Story of Will)

Synopsis

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What if you had lived before?

For eighteen year old Lavinia Gregory everyday is like waking up from a dream, the older she gets the more she remembers.

She used to be shorter, with long, dark hair, not now, and it is not just the colour of her hair that has changed it is her entire life. 

Over the years the memories of her past life became less vague, less like shadows and colours and more like the thundering horses that always seem to be hammering across her chest. 

Lavinia had a family, a family she sacrificed everything for and now they are gone and she’s here, in a world of ghostly shadows and unfinished memories.

Lavinia must discover why she came back to this world and how she died in the first place. But most importantly what happened to him, Will, the one she loved above all the rest.

Thanks for reading and I hope your’ll come and check out The Girl Who Fell Out of The Ocean. The Girl Who Fell Out of The Ocean

I’ll be back soon with more bookish chat!

Happy reading (and writing) everyone!

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My Favourite Literary Villains!

Villians, they’re a complicated lot, we love them, we hate them and we love to hate them. We all know that there are some villains in books that are straight up baddies, some, deep down strive to be good and some are just are a little bit more complicated than that.

But no matter where their alliances lie here, are some of my favourite villains (no matter how black there heart may be.)

Cersei Lannister- A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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Now she is a devil, George RR Martin is great at making readers empathise for even the darkest of hearts. Cersei is the queen of game playing, lover of her brother and mother to well you know who. This chick can play the game of thrones with style, god help anyone who gets in her way.

Black Jack Randall- Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon 

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Black Jack is one scary guy, he obsessed with poor Jamie Fraser and for some reason will not die (no spoilers pleaser I haven’t finished Dragon fly in Amber yet!) The man’s a rapist, a sadist, just plain evil really and whether I’m reading the books or watching the show I’m looking forward to him getting his just deserts.

Draco Malfoy- Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

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Draco is a tricky one because like a lot of other readers I like to think he comes good in the end. But essentially he is a villain, lead by his father and then by the Dark Lord, Draco makes this list because as much as he is dislikable I like to think there is light in the darkness, and Draco always did have a conscience that one out in the very end.

Seeker- The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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The Host is one of my favourite books and I realise that I mention it at literally any opportunity but today this is for a valid reason not just my READ THE HOST ramblings. The Seeker vs Wanda is a great representation of good vs evil in sci-fi and I really enjoyed the experience of reading it.

Charlotte Blackshaw- Tyringham Park by Rosemary Mcloughlin 

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Charlotte Blackshaw is a complicated one, I read Tyringham Park about three years ago and she is the main character of this novel, there is no way I could ever justify calling her a protagonist. She is fundamentally a bad person and a bit of a life ruiner actually, this book has never left me purely for the fact of how much I hate Charlotte, the things she does to her loved ones really are horrible. I think this would make a great book club book, I have never met anyone else who has read Tyringham Park and another

I think this would make a great book club book, I have never met anyone else who has read Tyringham Park and another perspective would be really interesting.

I hope you enjoyed my favourite villains, thanks for reading!

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My Top Ten Romantic Reads- My Recommendations

Hi Guys, today I am taking a look at some of my favourite romantic reads I know romance in books isn’t for everyone one but I do love a good romantic storyline, whether is be the whole plot or just an underlying storyline here are some of my favourite romantic reads and recommendations. Now whenever I mention romance in books I seem to bring up The Host or Me Before You so although I love those books they have been deliberately left off this list.

In no particular order

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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Me Before You is a classic piece of Chic Lit now I look back on it. But when reading this book I have never wanted two fictional characters to get together more and their on /off romance infuriates me (in a good way) like no other.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith 

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I always try and talk about Summer in February because I just don’t think enough people have read it. Based on the real-life diaries that were later turned into a novel by author Jonathan Smith. Summer in February is the tale of a Captain who lives and works within the infamous Lamorna artists colony. Known for producing artists such as Laura Knight and Alfred Munnings. The is a story of love on the cusp of war and art and the friendships we make.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Book three in the Infernal Devices Trilogy I don’t want to say too much as I want to keep it spoiler free but if you haven’t already read this series pick it up you’re missing out!

Down to You by M.Leighton

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This New Adult trilogy is full of love, romance, and twin brothers, what more do you need?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence 

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A complex character focused story about the ties that bind us and the things we desire.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

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Outlander is an on-going time travel saga, book one Outlander focusing on married woman Claire Randell and her love affair with a Scottish man from the past.Time travel is a trope that I really enjoy but it’s hard to find writers that do it really well, Outlander is a great example of Time Travel done brilliantly!

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

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The premise of this novel sounds a bit (raises eyebrows) it’s the whole teacher/student relationship trope but it is such a tear jerker and a must read, perfect for the beach.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

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Mr. Darcy nuff said.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Atonement is one of the best WWI novels I have ever read, a story of love, lies and betrayal and the writing is exquisite.

Tamara Drewe by Posey Simmonds 

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Tamara Drewe is a graphic novel (that was later adapted to film) by Posy Simmonds. Loosely based on Far from the Madding Crowd. Tamara Drewe tells the story of one woman and the three men in her life.

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The Best Boys (And Men) In Books

I was thinking about my post from International Women’s Day where I talked about my favourite fictional females. Today I am going to giving the boys and men of literature their turn and talking about my favourite boys in books.

Ian – The Host by Stephenie Meyer My review of The Host

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Ian is the ultimate guy with an open mind, he starts the story thinking one thing and by the end thinking something completely different, here’s one chap willing to change and grow.

Jem – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Angel – Review

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If you have read the Infernal devices you know it is filled with two great guys and it was tough picking which of the two would make this list but for me , Jem always pips Will to the post everytime. In YA, Brooding bad boys are ten a penny but a real nice guy? That’s something special.

Mr.Darcy- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

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Ahh Mr.Darcy a classic. Now I think we can all agree Mr Darcy makes some pretty awful decisions but, in the end he comes good and his broody melodrama is part of why we love him.

Charlie- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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Deep, introverted Charlie. Charlie has a love for books and has deeply perceptive take on the world, as well as been sweet and kind. Even though Charlie has had it rather tough at times- let’s not forget he’s a wallflower.

Magnus Bane- The Shadow Hunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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I cannot describe my love for this character, he is a funny, witty, riot of a Warlock. He has a weakness for a pretty boy (or girl) and at the end of day has a heart of gold (but prefers that you don’t know that, he has a reputation to maintain!)

Will- Labyrinth by Kate Mosse 

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If you have read Labyrinth you know Will starts off the story as a bit of a dubious character. Leeching off his older lover and putting his dreams aside he is a bit of a lost soul, but Will goes on a journey, which turns him into the loving man that he was always meant to be.

Lupin – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Professor Lupin is my favourite Harry Potter character, he is clever and funny with a heart of gold and I think we can all agree he goes through the ringer in the duration of the series.

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Will – Me Before You by JoJo Moyes Me Before You – Review

Me Before You is one of my all-time favourite books, I know I have said here before but I read it in a day. Will is such an interesting character with such depth but what I enjoy most from Will is his snarky personality. He is going through a traumatic personal experience and deals with it by being well pretty awful and I think that is a totally relatable way of dealing with a trauma. Me Before You is a must read!

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Captain Gilbert Evans – Summer in February by Jonathan Smith 

Last but certainly not least is Gilbert Evans, Gilbert Evans is part of one of my favourite love triangles ever! This kind and sweet Captain is often over shadowed and later betrayed by his best friend A.J Munnings. But with a moral compass that A.J doesn’t possess he fights for life, love and in the end war.

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Hope you enjoyed by post of favourite boys (men) in books!

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Let’s talk about… My Rating System and How I Review My Reads

I have been wanting to write a discussion post for a while about my rating system and how I personal rate and review my books. From looking at other bloggers and Vloggers out there is seems that most people work from the 5 Stars Goodreads/Netgalley/Amazon basis. Which when you are all reviewing as part of the same ‘community’ keeps things pretty clear cut, or so you would think.

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I problem with the 5 Star rating system that I have heard mentioned a few times- how can I rate Pride and Prejudice (or classics like it) the same way I would rate The Host by Stephenie Myer these are two great novels both which I have given a 5 Star rating but is there any way we can compare them? Surely isn’t one better or more valued than the other, so how can they be equally worth 5 Star?

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Stop. Or you will drive yourself rating system crazy!

This is true. When most sites only give you the option of a 5 Star rating and I like to keep my blog in line with how I have rated a book else where (be it Goodreads, Netgalley) where ever, so where in lies the limitation. I see decimal points used a lot and I’m not against that but it’s not really how I like to rate I stick to the 1-5 barrier and if I think a book is a ‘low’ 4 star for example I will say so in my review the same way I would if it was a high 4 star but didn’t quite reach the pinnacle of a 5 star rating.

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Some might say this is pretty low but I would say I am a harsh but fair reviewer and I don’t give 1-star ratings, my opinion is if a person bothered to sit down and write a book, they at least deserve one star. If I give a book 1 star the likely hood is I hated it or DNF, it happens to the best of us and is nothing personal.

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2-star ratings are normally books that I haven’t particularly enjoyed, perhaps struggled to get through for whatever reason. I like a story to really pull me in and keep me there and if a book doesn’t do that a book is alway going to get a lower rating from me. A 2-star rating can be from anything from writing style or pacing to dislike of a character. That’s the great thing about books they are totally subjective, something that I don’t like some else is going to love!

I always think of a 3-star rating as a pretty solid read that I have had a great time reading that book. If I read a book and give it 3 stars that is a good rating I enjoyed it, I just reserve my 4/5star ratings for books which really, truly grab and stay with me.

When rating a book four stars I think of it as really rating 5 stars because I so rarely give out a 5-star ratingS. (I’ve done it a handful of times since I’ve bee blogging) Some of my favourite books are books I have rated 4- stars, I know I am a tough reviewer and I don’t give out praise easily but that’s because when I give a 5-star ratings I want them mean something.

I guess I think of 5 star rated books as perfect (to me) I have rated The History Boys by Alan Bennett 5 Stars along with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Clockwork Prince as well as a handful of others and I look forward to finding more!

The most important thing is rating, reviewing it’s fun right? Let’s remember the subjectiveness of reading what’s for me might not be for you but we read, hear about new books and that’s what it’s all about!

Happy reading everyone!

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International Women’s day – Favourite Fictional Females!

It’s International Women’s Day, so I thought I could talk about some of my favourite, bad ass, inspiring and just plain great fictional ladies.

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

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Who doesn’t love Hermione? She’s smart, bossy and lets be honest Harry might be the chosen one but without Hermione he would be no where, well maybe he’d be dead. Hermione’s awesome and an inspiration to every smarty pants everywhere.

Mary Yellan – Jamaica Inn by Daphine Du Maurier 

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Mary is one of those brilliant, tragic characters, her mother dies and she had no one not a soul in the world. So she he sent to live with her Aunt and Aunts husband at Jamaica Inn, Cornwall. A hive or smuggling activity, darkness and death, Mary can hold her own in a dank and callous world all the while keeping her morals the very centre of who she is.

Claire Fraser – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon 

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A married woman from 1945 time travels to 1743 Scotland and his forced to marry a highlander. Claire is an intelligent, strong woman, she is cultured, a fighter and in a world where she is a second class citizen she shows her self equal to any man. I love her!

Cecila Tallis – Atonement by Ian McEwan 

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Cecila suffers a huge betrayal and has a character trait I greatly admire- she has the courage of her convictions, and stands by her decisions and by her loves. She is not the type of person to follow the crowd (or even her family). I can’t say anymore without getting all spoiler-y

Margret Hale – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 

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Margret Hale is a great period heroine she is strong, independent and unmarried she might not know it but she is willing to learn and grow as a person. She has a terrific moral code and does not change her beliefs for anyone.

Isabelle Lightwood – Shadow Hunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare 

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Izzy is sultry, sexy and has a whip, she’s no push over in fact she’s probably doing the pushing! Izzy fights demons, saves humans and is half angel (a Shadow Hunter to you Mundanes) and at the end of the day she has a heart of gold.

Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

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This girl won’t just marry anyone, infact she might not marry at all. She’s not intimated by those with more money from a different social class. Lizzie Bennett knows her mind and knows who she is and that’s just some of why we love her.

Dr Alice Tanner – Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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Alice is a PHD Graduate with a broken heart when the story begins but by the end she is a woman fighting for family, history, love and justice.

Daenerys Targaryen- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice) by George R.R Martin

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The Queen Across the Sea

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Mother of Dragons.

Is there anymore to say?

So Happy International Women’s Day everyone and Happy reading!

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Our Shared Shelf- Emma Watson’s Book Club

Emma Watson has started a feminist book club on Goodreads this January aptly named Our Shared Shelf. Anyone can become a member and get involved with the discussion, which although ongoing in relative forums will happen at the end of every month. Even the celebs are getting involved with Sophia Bush and Abby Wambach becoming members.

The first book of the year is My Life on the Road: by Glora Steinem.

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Emma said “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”

Emma hopes that authors who are topics for the monthly read and discussion will themselves want to get involved expressing it’s “another prominent voice on the subject”.

As of yesterday I’m a member and will review all the books listed here in the hope of sharing and provoking future discussion.

Come everyone get involved- join Our Shared Shelf lets talk, read and discuss feminism!

My Top 15 Books in 2015!

2015 has been a really great year for reading I completed my Goodreads reading challenge for the first time EVER  and have been making an attempt to expand my reading choices- In no particular order here is my top 15 books of 2015!

  1. Like a Virgin by Gorgon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a play centered around two teenage girls and the bubble gum drama that surrounds their everyday lives, for those looking to start reading plays I highly recommend. Check out my review click here.

2. Saga Vol 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 

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Saga was my big introduction to the world of graphic novels and boy was I happy to have been introduced. I really enjoyed the love story between the main characters and their trials and tribulations due to their inter-species romance and baby together not to mention the war going on around them. I have now read volume 2 and plan to read volume 3 soon!

3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman

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Prisoner of Night and Fog is a young adult novel set in the lead up to the Second World War. Gretchen had been brought up in Hitlers inner circle and he is known to her as the loving and kinds ‘Uncle Dolf’ it is only when she meets a young Jewish journalist that she realizes that her world as she knows it might not be as she seems. This was one of the first books I read in 2015 and one of my favourite books of the year I absolutely recommend.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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I don’t normally like high school books but Perks is such a beautifully written story. Perks of being a wallflower is the story of Charlie a quiet high school boy who is just finding himself, his friends and coming to terms with some deep rooted issues. Perks is a heartbreaking novel but at the same time so, so beautiful.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  by J.K Rowling

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2015 was the year of Harry Potter (well for me at least) I have been a long time fan of the films but have never actually read the books which as ‘reader’ is shocking. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favourite of the seven mainly because there is so much Lupin he is my favorite character in the books and the films and it was so great to read the more well developed book version of him and to read the Harry Potter series in its entirety.

6. The History Boys by Alan Bennett

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Unlike Like a Virgin ,which, when I bought it I was naive to the plot and author when I bought The History Boys I had heard of the play, the stage play and the film. The cast is filled with well known actors and it was the plays reputation that lead me to reading it. The History Boys follows a group of Ox-bridge hopefuls and their and their teachers journey together and their attempt in getting the young hopefuls into the prestigious universities. The dialogue in this play is insane so worth reading, I only wish I could have seem it live!

7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence

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Class crossing classic love story a really interesting read.

8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Alien/Human love story – four people three bodies- perfect. My Review

9. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Beautiful Irish immigration story with a love triangle to boot, all I need now is to see the film. My Review

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me was my first read of 2015 I was drawn in to the Dystopian world that the prisoner Juliet embodies. She is the girl who can’t be touched, who can’t touch anyone or they will die. But some how I was enthralled in a love triangle to end all love triangles. I still need to read book 2 and three in this young adult series but as things stand  I am currently rooting for Adam.

11. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This was my last read of 2015, this book is a creepy YA read the story is told along side authentic antique photographs of children much like the little girl on the cover. The story follows Jacob whose Grandfather dies mysteriously in his arms. Jacob discovers his Grandfather has a deep, dark secret and encouraged by his Grandfathers dying words Jacob becomes determined to find out the truth.

12. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I’m sure this book needs no introduction but as of 2015 I was a newbie to the Divergent fandom. I have only read Divergent but am relatively update with the other books because I have seen all the films. Really enjoyed the Dystopian world created by Veronica Roth and Four… Four!

13.Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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What if you could live forever? My Review

14. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Literature, love and Shadowhunters this is Cassandra Clare at her brilliant best. In celebration of Shadowhunters t.v show starting on Freeform in January next year I will be doing a Mortal Instruments reading challenge to refresh my memory for the up- coming series.

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15. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwall

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Historical fiction novel following the Danish/Vicking invasion of Britain this book follows Uhtrud a young Elderman  captured by the Danes and raised to be like them and too love them. When is re-captured by the Saxon thanks to his Elderman status Uhtrud must choose is he a Saxon or is he a Dane and who is he really fighting for. In the life and times of Alfred the Great this book is set in a period when England was created, it is violent and dangerous world but so compelling and full of characters that I just wanted to know more and more.

And because I some how forgot to make it part of this list I would like to add an honorable mention. 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes Me Before You is probably the book I have talked about on my blog the most this year and am really excited for the up and coming movie. Click here for an update on the movie and Click here to read my review.

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I hope you enjoyed my top 15 of 2015- Happy reading X

 

My Favourite 12 Wintery Book Covers!

Winter is coming (sorry for the Game of Thrones reference) but with winter just around the corner I thought I would take a look at some of my favourite Wintery book covers which get me in the mood for the months to come and to be honest are just really pretty.

1.P.S I Love  You By Cecelia Ahern

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P.S  I Love You is the beautiful love story of Holly and Gerry when Gerry the love of her life dies of terminal cancer (not a spoiler) Holly must learn to live her life again. But as the days tick on and Holly starts to live her life alone Gerry she finds out before he died Gerry arranged to send her love letters for the year of his death. The man who was always there for her was still helping her even from beyond the grave.

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P.S I Love you is one of my favourite books of all time it is so sad but in the most beautiful way, I read it a really long time ago now and I remember  how I felt when I was reading it more than anything else. If you have seen the film – read the book, the film just doesn’t do this wonderful book justice.

2.Untold (Book 2) By Sarah Rees Brennan

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Untold is book two in the Lynnburn Legacy series the series follows a budding journalist named  Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this series sure does do erring well  it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next. To check out my review of book 1 click here.

3.Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi

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A complicated, passionate dystopian love story. Shatter Me is book one in a trilogy it’s great go check it out!

4.Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte

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A dark gothic, twisted  love story between young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff a classic novel by Emily Bronte set on the Yorkshire Moors. The novel and its characters are driven by hate, jealousy, and a dark, dark love Catherine and Heathcliff leave chaos in their wake and are never sorry for it.

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5.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

6.Where the Moon Isn’t By Nathan Filer (also published as The Shock of the Fall)

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While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back…

7.Stardust By Neil Gaiman

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Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

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8.The Name of the Wind By Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

9.The Bronze Horseman By Paullina Simons 

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During the summer of 1941 the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.

10.Alias Hook By Lisa Jensen

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“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
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Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

11.My True Love Gave to Me By Stephanie Perkins

my true love gave to me

12 Adorable short stories written by well known and beloved Young Adult authors such as Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, Kelly Link the whole book is edited by Stephanie Perkins really cute and great for the run up to Christmas.

12.Frostfire By Amanda Hocking

frostfire

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Hope you in enjoyed my winter book covers to check out my summer book covers click here, happy reading everyone!

a little princess

The Real Neat Blog Award!

Hi guys I’m a little late posting this but better late than never and all that! I have been nominated by Tanaz over at Bookish Freaks thanks so much for the nomination and everyone should go check out her blog because it’s great!

Thanks again for the nomination, now lets get started!

Britney

So, now for the rules…

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. Answer 7 questions set by the person who nominated you and create 7 of your own
  3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blog
  4. Nominate as many people as you like and link to their blogs
  5. Let them know you nominated them

Tanaz’s Questions

  1. Do you have a bookish playlist?

No not really for me books and music are pretty separate things.

2. Favourite book to film or book to t.v adaptation?

O1  Outlander Jamie and Claire

At the moment I am loving the t.v adaptation of Outlander it’s full of such drama and has been really faithful to the book. This doesn’t exactly count but I am really excited about the film adaptation of Brooklyn which is coming out this November, can’t wait to see how it plays out page to screen!

brooklyn cover    Brooklyn 2

3.Top ten book covers?

There are so many beautiful book covers out there but the ones that immediately come to mind are all three Shatter me book covers, all the infernal devices covers particularly Clockwork Princess although all Cassandra Clare book covers are beautiful and I love how matchy matchy they all are! The Station Eleven book cover is stunning and I also really like the Stonemouth by Iain Banks hardback cover.

Station Eleven  Stonemouth 7  CP2_cover

4.How long have you been blogging and what has it been like?

I have been blogging for about five years but this blog has only existed for two years. I started off fashion blogging with two other fashion bloggers but to be honest I lost interest as that wasn’t really something I was that passionate about and that blog no longer exists. I moved on to a more general blog where I wrote about all sorts of things and a lot of time that included books and reviewing book and then lead to me forming Paint and Butterflies Books. Since forming this blog I have such a great experience the ‘community’ has been so welcoming and I have read some books that I never would have read if it wasn’t for blogging, bloggers and other blogs.

5 .Do you have any blogger goals?

I just want my blog to develop and grow and hopefully maintain and grow my readership. I also want to learn and make whatever it is I am doing here the best it can be.

6. Favourite blog meme?

Not particularly I don’t really have a fave no.

7. If you had to create a blog meme/tag/feature what would it be?

I think it would have something to do with book villains so maybe a book villains feature I don’t think they get enough mentions 🙂

Villian       villian 2     villian 3

Nominations

BibliophileSoprano

YABookMonster

DrizzleAndHurricaneBooks

ShouldBeReading

OverTheBookShelf

ChocolatePages

My Questions

  1. Favourite Book Hero?
  2. Favourite YA series?
  3. Favourite Book Villain?
  4. Favourite animal character in a book?
  5. Best Book you have read this year?
  6. Who is your ultimate OTP? Name series/Book name and characters
  7. What book series will you never finish?