January Book Haul

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How fast has January gone? I can’t believe it’s already the end of the month! Now as I had to wait to get paid for ever! 6 weeks I didn’t think I would accumulate that many books. How wrong was I! I managed to get some books to review for the publishers and I won an ARC on a Goodreads giveaway…YAY GO ME!

I will let you know what I received in the month of January and I will list reviews (if there are any).Just click on the covers to be forwarded to the Goodreads page.

Burned and Broken

I received this from Little Brown Books as I took part in the blog tour.My review can be seen here

An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague’s death, they’re under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force’s reputation.

When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

Mark Hardie’s stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.

The Keeper of Lost Things

I received this from Bookbridgr and the publisher Two roads.

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—

Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook

He Said/She Said

I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and is my first proper ARC. This is out on the 20th April.

Who do you believe?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…

The Books I bought myself:

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

I have wanted to read this for the longest time, I tried to get a copy from Netgalley but I didn’t so I bought a lovely hardcover.

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

The Sculptor

I have seen this on booktube a lot and I wanted a graphic novel to read so I picked this up.

David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding  what  to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

Another book I have heard good things about, I am hoping I like the humour as I am quite hard to please when it comes to comedy.

A comical, fantastical and witty re-imagining of the Tudor world, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger – and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I only picked this up as it was buy one get one half price in Waterstones and I haven’t even read the first one yet and it doesn’t have many reviews on Goodreads. I am not going to put a synopsis to this one in case it has spoilers.

Username: Evie (Username, #1)

I managed to pick this up for £1.50 at my local charity shop,It’s a bit battered but I have wanted to read it for a while.

Like anyone who feels as though they just don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.

Despite his failing health, Evie’s father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it’s finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app… and the power to cause trouble in paradise.

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

Another bargain from the charity shop, I have not read the first one and I have heard not great things about this one. If I don’t like it,I will hand it back to the charity shop. I will not put a synopsis for this one as book 2 in the trilogy.

Lion: A Long Way Home by [Brierley, Saroo]I recently heard about this one and needed to get my hands on a copy.

Lion is the heartbreaking and inspiring original true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later and is now a major film starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home.

Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with his mother and three siblings… until the day he boarded a train alone and got lost. For twenty-five years.

This is the story of what happened to Saroo in those twenty-five years. How he ended up on the streets of Calcutta. And survived. How he then ended up in Tasmania, living the life of an upper-middle-class Aussie. And how, at thirty years old, with some dogged determination, a heap of good luck and the power of Google Earth, he found his way back home.

10 books is not bad I suppose, have you read any of these books? what books did you buy or receive in January.

Thanks for reading


Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Series I want to read in 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

This week is Freebie Week, so I get to choose whatever I like and this week I have decided to tell you the top series that I am going to be continuing on with or starting in 2017. I have been thinking about this a lot as I have a few series/trilogies/duoligies that I would like to get to this year.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Percy Jackson and the Olympian series: I didn’t grow up reading these books and only heard about them in the last couple of years. I have heard only amazing things about Rick Riordan and his books, so I definitely going to start the series.


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

A  Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: Another Children’s/middle grade book that I should have read whilst growing up but never did. This is another series that people have been raving about and that the Netflix series is now out I need to get going with this.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: This series is on my #beatthebacklist challenge so I will be reading it this year. I have heard people either love or hate it.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection series by Keira Cass: I have heard these aren’t great written books but are very addictive and a lot of readers guilty pleasures. So I am hoping to get started on this.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I need to read this duology this year and pronto. I think I am the only person left who hasn’t read them.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Diviners by Libba Bray: I have had this book on my TBR shelf for the longest time yet haven’t read it yet.

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman: I have read noughts and crosses and absolutely loved it, I now just have to get round the reading the rest in the series.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo : I just need to read Ruin and Rising to complete this series but I really didn’t like siege and storm but I feel like I must continue on so that I can read Six of Crows.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Now you may be thinking why would you want to read the six of crows when you don’t really like the Grisha trilogy, well people from pure hype that surrounds this book has made me want to read it and hopefully Leigh Bardugo has grown as a writer and less annoying characters.

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: I need to read Blood for Blood ASAP! I should have read it in 2016 but never got the chance.

So that’s my top series that I am either going to start or continue on with in 2017. I don’t know if I will be able to read all the books in each series but I will have a go.

What series are you planning to read in 2017? Which should I read first?

Thanks for reading


Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

This weeks theme is books that I really wanted to read in 2016 but didn’t get around to.There is always too many books that I want to read and not enough time. There are books that I want to read from years ago and new releases and my TBR forever builds to a point where I feel a little overwhelmed. There were some great releases in 2016, Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to read them all. Here is my Top 10 books that were released in 2016 which I need to read in 2017.

When Breath Becomes Air

This won the Goodreads choice awards and I had no excuse for not reading it as I was provided a copy by Netgalley. This is definitely going to be read in 2017 and is it’s on my #Beatthebacklist TBR.

Small Great Things

The premise of this book sounds incredible and so excited to read this and I even own it so what excuse did I have? None whatsoever…I am a bad person.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

I am probably the only person left to read it but I am going to get to it sometime this year. I have never read a screenplay before so it will be a new experience.


I love historical fiction and anything to do with kings or queens so this is a must,plus I have to then watch the TV series and I also have the Victoria letters books as well.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

This is another book that sounds amazing, the protagonist has OCD and I just love anything to do with mental health.

Kids of Appetite

I received this from Bookbridgr and was supposed to read it but never got round to it. I enjoyed Mosquitoland and was anticipating this book for a while.

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)

Wolf for Wolf made my top 10 books in 2015, so this was a highly anticipated read. I just didn’t have the time.I did manage to read the Novella though Iron for Iron.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I have been anticipating this book since I heard it was a thing, I think the reason I haven’t read it is because I don’t want to be disappointed.


I started reading the first few pages and then I put it down and didn’t pick it back up again *sadface* This will be my first Marissa Meyer book and I have really got into retellings.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

I read an excerpt of this last year and really enjoyed and added it to my TBR straight away. The only reason I haven’t read this is because I don’t have a copy to read yet lol.

What books are on your list? Did you manage to read any of these books on my list? Do you have some that are on my list? lets chat!

Thanks for reading