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Friday 31 July 2015

Confessions of a Queen B by Crista McHugh {Review + Giveaway}

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Welcome to my tour stop for

Confessions of a Queen B by Crista McHugh

About The Book

Confessions of a Queen B

by Crista McHugh

Series: The Queen B #1
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Buy It Now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she's carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.

~ Review ~ 

Confessions of a Queen B is an enjoyable, entertaining and light read and I devoured it quickly but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but being a series I can understand this, and I am still looking forward to reading the consecutive books to the series. 

Alexis Wyndham became Queen B soon after she was betrayed by her ex best friend who also happens to be the Queen Bee in her school. Everyone fears Alexis as she exploits scandalous events at school in her blog, The Eastline Spy. Alexis isn't concerned with making friends, she enjoys the fear that others have of her, she doesn't get picked on, and she lives her own life without the need for friends, but when she has the popular, gorgeous, Quarterback and High School sweet-heart trying to win her friendship she soon finds that she's not as tough as she thought she was.

Confessions of a Queen B is truly an entertaining read, it was filled with humour and sarcasm and I really enjoyed Alexis personality and the growing friendship between her and Brett. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, mostly Alexis and Brett. I liked how Brett wasn't perfect and that brought it to a more realistic level. 

Another part of Confessions of a Queen B that I really liked was the blog posts from The Eastline Spy at the start of each chapter, being a blogger myself this really kept me entertained and interested and it gave me more of an insight on why people feared Alexis and also a little bit more about what type of kids Alexis went to school with, what happened at school etc. I found this writing technique to be fantastic and captivating. 

Confessions of a Queen B is truly a light and fluffy Contemporary YA novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The use of blog entries allowed me to be more personally connected with Alexis, and the relationship between Alexis and Brett was well felt. I liked the main characters, but I only gave it 3 stars because I didn't feel that the book ended with much resolution, however, I do understand it's a series and I enjoyed it enough that I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 

About the Author

Crista McHugh

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage.


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Monday 27 July 2015

Sisterhood is Deadly by Lindsay Emory ~ Review

Welcome to my tour stop for 

Sisterhood is Deadly by Lindsay Emory

~ Guest Post ~ 

A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why? 

First wish – I have the ways and means to write full time. I’m somewhat leery of getting things for free – ever read The Monkey’s Paw? But as long as this is a good genie, I’ll ask for enough money to be able to stay home and play with my imaginary friends all day. And access to good health insurance, just in case. (I know, that might be more than one wish, but this is a good genie, right?) 

Second wish – A metabolism that lets me eat what I want and never gain weight. Okay, not like Stephen King’s Thinner, but at least be able to enjoy some ice cream or a Hershey’s with Almonds, without dreading stepping on the scale later. 

Third wish – To be draped in jewels… Wait, no, that’s not my wish, I think Dressed to Kill’s Sherry King is taking over the post. I must have paused too long thinking. 

A career I enjoy, good food (that doesn’t make me fat), those two are taken care of. I know, friends and family around to make me laugh and realized the joy of giving and receiving love.

About the Author

Lindsay Emory

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Hi!  I’m a writer.  And a mom.  And a wife.  And a sniper.  And a pastry chef.  (Any Flight of the Conchords fans?  Anyone?)

I often speak without thinking.  My brain is stuffed full of useless trivia, which is really fun at parties and on  blogs (See, above.)  I live in Texas.  I’m a Diet Coke addict, and yes, I know it’s poison, and no, I’m not going to stop.  Yo hablo espanol.

But most importantly, I’m a writer.  I write because it’s been in my heart since my first grade teacher gave me a pencil, some paper and told me to sit in a closet and write.

About The Book

Sisterhood is Deadly

by Lindsay Emory

Series: Sorority Sister
Date Published: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Buy It Now: Amazon

“We’ll be sisters ’til we die…”

Margot Blythe is a professional sorority girl. As a Sisterhood Mentor for her beloved Delta Beta, she travels to colleges around the country, advising on serious sorority issues (and picking up all the gossip along the way). Margot is thrilled when she’s invited back to her alma mater to assist the Delta Betas—but tragedy strikes when their chapter advisor drops dead during a meeting, sending shockwaves down sorority row.

Shaken by the death—especially when foul play is suspected—Margot has to step up. Appointed the honor of serving as temporary chapter advisor, she now must manage the drama of fifty frazzled sorority women with secrets to hide; protect the house from the annual fraternity pledge pranks, which are more ominous than they seem; and worst of all, combat the ruinous rumors surfacing about a Delta Beta phone sex ring. If she wants to keep rival sororities and a suspicious (but dangerously cute) local policeman from bringing Delta Beta’s reputation down, it’s up to Margot to find out the truth—about whether a sister could have committed such an unimaginable sin as murder.

A sassy debut for fans of Susan McBride and Meg Cabot

~ Review ~

Sisterhood is Deadly is a funny, light and fluffy chic-lit read with a dash of mystery. It's very sorority-filled so if you've been in a sorority you will find it even funnier as you'd be able to relate to what's going on. Unfortunately I did not go to College in the US so I was never able to be part of a sorority but I would have loved to have been so I love reading sorority books just to see what it's like.

Margot Blythe loves being part of a sorority, Delta Beta, so she continued to work for the Delta Beta head office when she graduated. Her job has her traveling the country helping other Chapter Advisors to solve minor problems, so when she was invited to her Alma-mater (home-Chapter) she was so excited to be back in her College dorm, but her homecoming reception wasn't exactly what she expected when the Chapter Advisor dropped dead whilst their doing their first Chapter meeting. She soon finds herself amidst a murder investigation and a sex phone scandal, can Margot Blythe save her precious Delta-Beta from this major PR drama?

Margot Blythe is incredibly hilarious, her immaturity and her all-consuming thoughts about the perfectness of Delta Beta is quite a laugh, I found myself laughing out loud so many times because of her naivety and ditziness. She reminded me somewhat of Reece Witherspoon's character in Legally Blonde.

"What were y'all reciting?"

"Objection!" I glared at him.

Hatfield looked stunned. "What in the world are you objecting to?"

"You're asking about privileged information!"

"Was a lawyer there? A doctor? A priest?"

Now he was talking crazy. "Of course not," I said. "You are asking about secret sorority rituals. We can't share those with anyone who has not been initiated, and that includes the police."
Casey is one of my favourite characters and I don't think that the book would have been the same without him and Margot's relationship. Casey is the PR representative sent from the Delta Beta head office, his main job is to ensure that the PR for the Sutton Chapter isn't damaged beyond repair, so when he arrives Margot and Casey goes all out to personally solve the mystery so that the Delta Beta name isn't tarnished.

Sisterhood is Deadly is truly an entertaining and funny read. I know that sounds bizarre considering they're investigating a murder and phone sex scandal, and whilst the mystery comes together nicely at the end I think the main focus was more Margot and her saving the day more so than the mystery itself. I will definitely read more of Margot's story if Lindsay Emory releases more Sisterhood books and I don't think it'd be a bad idea, Margot can be like a sorority Nancy Drew.

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Sunday 26 July 2015

ARC August 2015

Read, Sleep, Repeat has been hosting ARC August for 3 years now and it's a really great time for me to catch up with my Netgalley ARCs along with other few ones here and there, but mostly my main goal is to catch up on my Netgalley ARCs, I know I probably won't ever have 100% as there are DNFs but I'd like to get at least the 80-90%, does anyone have 100% for their Netgalley? Click on the button above or the link to sign up, and hope to see you there! 

The rules are very simple

  • It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC 
  • Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC I’m not going to nit pick much
  • HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation 
  • Update post! I personally will do a post for each Saturday in August but that’s just me. You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic! I want to make this as easy and low pressure as possible for you
I'll update this once every two weeks to write the books I've read and to link my reviews. 

Write On Review-A-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon
The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th. Let’s get those reviews done!

I missed out on last month's and nearly missed this weekend's one, I'm so glad I didn't. I was planning to do all the reviews for the books below in the next few days, so this is perfect timing. I'm so excited to be participating, I feel more accountable when I'm doing it in an event. So let's have fun and review, review, review!

Book List for this month's Review-a-thon

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett
Nowhere but here by Katie McGarry
Sisterhood is Deadly by Lindsay Emory
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Confessions of a Queen B by Crista McHugh
You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison 

Friday 24 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop + Feature & Follow Friday #44

Do you use bookmarks? If so, do you match them to the book you're reading or do you use random scraps of paper?

(Suggested by Bunnita @ Worth Reading)  

I'd love to answer that I have a beautiful bookmark which I use regularly when reading my books, but no...I'm a random scrap of paper gal, whatever is nearby at the time, I don't know why considering I do have bookmarks around. 

However, after doing this topic, I'm going to find a beautiful personalised handmade bookmark from Etsy and I'll start using it. I won't be "matching" it to each of the books I read as that would get far too expensive, but I will make more of an effort in using a proper bookmark. 

Do you use a bookmark? If you do, which is it, where did you get it from and do you find it's good to use? 

Next week @ Book Blogger Hop

Do you collect things that are book related? Like bookmarks, nameplates, 1st editions.

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

What is your favourite movie?

(Suggested by A Kernel of Nonsense

I know I'm cheating but I'm choosing the Harry Potter Series because it's really the only movie adaptation that I think is "good enough", it'll never be as good as the books, but the movie was done really well. 

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Courtlight Series by Terah Edun ~ Book Blast

Courtlight Courtlight Series by Terah Edun Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down. This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.
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Tuesday 21 July 2015

Teaser + Top Ten Tuesday #31 ~ Celebrating Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten Books 

That Celebrate Diversity

(eg: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc)

The following books I chose are all 2015 debuts in the YA genre taken from Goodreads Linktopia

Next week @ Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds 

(love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)

Source: Beckoned by Books

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • Be careful not to include spoilers (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the book info so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like the teasers. 
"My father once told me that I should let my sisters imagine a better life - a better world. And I told him that there was no such thing." I ran my thumb over his mouth, marveling, and shook my head. "I never understood - because I couldn't...couldn't believe that it was even possible." I swallowed, lowering my hand. "Until now."

A Court of Thorns & Roses

by Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Have you participated in Top Ten Tuesday or Teaser Tuesday? If you have, please leave your link below in the comments section so I can come for a blog visit.

Have A Great Week! 

Saturday 18 July 2015

Sunday Post #14

The Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a weekly feature hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's main purpose is similar to that of a Sunday newspaper; recap of the week gone by, additions to your library and what is going on in the book blogging community.

Library Additions

Inspired by The Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews


For Review

Internal Blog News

Synthetica by Rachel Pattinson ~ Author Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway
Teaser + Top Ten ~ Last Ten books that came into my possession 

Around The Blogosphere 

The Secret Sister Project is hosted by The Book Addicts Guide. It's a six-month long Secret Santa, but do not despair, you can choose the monthly monetary value to what you can afford. I think this is a fantastic idea, International readers email the girls with your interest and if there is enough interest in your country they'll sign you up! So the more emails they receive from International readers the better chance we can get of having this happen in our country! 

A week-long Harry Potter Adventure awaits you at Unbound Pages. Click on the event banner above for more info and full schedule! 

Read some Jane Austen in August, click on the event banner above for all the official stuff, signups are open now! 


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