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February Wrap up

Well that’s the end of another month! I had a really good reading month but I did DNF two books which I never usually do but I decided I can’t waste my time reading books if I am not enjoying them. So Les Miserables is still on my reading list but I am getting there, I am over 400 pages now which is 30 percent. It will probably take me half the year to read but I can do it and the sense of achievement will be immense.

1. Read a classic
2. Read a book from my Netgalley list
3. Read a library book
4. Read a book that I own
5. Read a graphic novel or comic
6. Read a short story or a collection
7. Read a non-fiction

This month I read:

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl by Melissa Keil

This was such a cute and fun book to read 4 out of 5 stars.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

This book was amazing a must read for anyone that suffers from depression and anxiety or know anyone that does. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is absolutely amazing, best book for 2016 and top 10 of all time. 5 stars

The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales

The Mistletoe Bride by Kate Mosse

An eerie collection of short stories that will put you on the edge of your seat. 3.5 stars

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

This was a really unique book about suicide and liked the way it was written. I don’t know what took me so long to read this. 4 stars

Saga, Volume 1

Saga Volume 1

I really enjoyed this first volume, it had diverse characters, amazing artwork and cannot wait to get my hands on the second volume. 4 stars

Viper Wine

I had to DNF this book, I just don’t think I was in the right frame of mind when I picked it up, I might try this again but at the moment I have books that are higher priority.

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

This was a beautiful story about friendship and growing up. 4 stars

The Fox and the Star

I didn’t review this book as there wasn’t much to say. This a children’s picture book and it has to be one of the most beautiful books that I have handled. The cloth bound cover is gorgeous and so are the illustrations. The paper… well it’s not even paper it’s card! The book is so beautiful that I would just have it for decoration purposes and certainly wouldn’t want a child get their grubby mitts on it, however the story is meh. 3 stars

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

You have probably seen this book everywhere and for good reasons too. This is a must read and based on real events makes it so much better. 5 stars

Camp Midnight

Camp Midnight by Steven T Seagle

This was an interesting middle grade graphic novel with werewolves and witches. 3 stars

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Another DNF! I read the first book Wolf Hall and didn’t really enjoy itbut someone convinced me that bring up the bodies was better. Nope that person lied! I even tried to listen on audiobook and couldn’t do it.

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell

I read this with my daughter who is 8 but I think she was too young for this still. This book was about a self obsessed girl at school, just a rip off from diary of a wimpy kid. 2 stars

Awards

The book fangirling Blog Award

Top 10 Tuesdays

9th February – Top 10 books that would make great Valentine reads

2nd February – Top 10 Historical settings you love

Top 5 Wednesdays

17th February – Best suggested books you loved

10th February – Books I did not finish

3rd February – Biggest Badasses

Bookhaul

February/birthday bookhaul

Tags

The coffee book tag

Three daily quotes tag

Three daily quotes tag – day 2

Three daily quotes tag – day 3

The bookish alphabet tag

Other

The Danish Girl film review

So there it is my month, I am doing pretty good with my reading and reviewing.

I hope all you had an amazing month and achieved everything that you wanted.

Thanks for dropping by

Louise x

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The incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl by Melissa Keil

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Author: Melissa Keil

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

Published: September 2014

Genre: YA,Contemporary

Source: Netgalley

Date read: 25th February 2016

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

My thoughts:

The Incredible adventures of Cinnamon girl takes place in a small town in Australia, nothing ever happens in Eden Valley until one day a YouTube video goes viral.  Ned Zebidiah has predicted an apocalypse and the only safe haven is the one and only Eden Valley.

17-year-old Alba loves her little town in Australia where nothing much happens, however she is at a stage in her life when she needs to make decisions, life changing ones. Alba wishes everything could remain the way it is, her friends and family all in one place as she likes it. Her friends on the other hand have different ideas, the majority of them cannot wait to say goodbye to Eden Valley and see more of the world. With an impending apocalypse, the return of an old friend and decisions to be made, can Alba keep it together?

I really like Alba’s character, she is artistic, witty and loveable. She is at the stage of her life when she has just finished school and she has to make decisions about what to do with her life, should she go to college? work? travel?  Alba also has curves and a healthy figure which is portrayed in this story really well, there is no self-consciousness with the way she looks, she is confident and it’s so refreshing to see this in a YA book especially as the younger audience are so impressionable. Alba also loves to draw and Cinnamon girl is her creation, drawing frame after frame trying to get her image right or the background just so. I have recently started being interested in comics and I loved the idea of someone creating them and the illustrators thought processes. Alba was a great strong protagonist and very relatable.

Grady is Alba’s best friend in the whole wide world they have grown up and done everything together. Grady has his flaws like most of the characters in this book but he is such a nice boy, knowing what he wants to do with his life and being there for Alba giving her encouragement with her drawings of Cinnamon girl.

One character I didn’t like was Daniel, he just appeared to be egotistical, very self-conscious and a bit of a sleaze. With masses of people flocking to the safe have of Eden Valley, Daniel returns years after moving away and has become a bit of star in TV and is stirring a lot of emotions within Alba and Grady.

This book is so cute, it has a slow burn romance with no love triangle, the writing style is amazing and loved that it was set in Australia.  I really like that the book incorporated comics and a few famous comics/names were mentioned such as Fiona Staples and Persepolis. This was my first Melissa Keil novel and have been recommended life in outer space

I recommend this book to anyone who reads YA with a slow burn romance, art/comic content.

Overall I rated this 4 out f 5 stars.

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February/Birthday Book Haul

Hello fellow Bloggers, It was my 30th birthday this February ….. Yes! you heard me right 30!!! It was a biggie and I got spoilt rotten. I have an amazing family and friends who gave me some wonderful gifts. My dad bought me a new laptop and it’s amazing and shiny. Anyways on with the bookhaul. Now I got loads and then some from the charity shops which I bought myself so it’s over 30 books….sorry not sorry.

Extraordinary MeansRebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal, #2)The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

 

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time, #1)Seven DaysTrial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)Lying Out Loud

 

Gone (Gone, #1)Sleepwalkers. Tom GrievesDo Not Disturb (Deanna Madden, #2)The Marble Collector

 

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine, #1)iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the WorldThrough the WoodsMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Harry Potter Colouring BookSharp ObjectsDemon Road (Demon Road, #1)The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

 

Matched (Matched, #1)The BeesThe Handmaid's TaleThe Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

Never Always SometimesHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Don't Try This at HomeThe Next TogetherThe Graveyard BookCoraline

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)Asking For ItTo Kill a MockingbirdRemix

 

The Bazaar of Bad DreamsThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Everything Leads to You

 

OK so there it is! my addiction laid out on a screen. This should do me for most of the year but will this stop me from buying more? HELL NO! Most of these were bought for me and my thinking is that I have no where near as many books as booktubers so I am ok…. I think.

Let me know what you think I should read first and if you have read any of these.

Thanks for dropping by

Louise x