Sunday, 31 January 2016

Taking a break?!

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I just wanted to let you all know why I have been a bit absent with my blog recently!  I have decided to take a break from writing on this for a few weeks!

In the spare time, I will be writing reviews as well as renovating my blog! I think that my layout is now very bland and not very exciting and I am looking forward to getting some jazzier templates for this blog! I will also be considering some new posts! I have decided to quit writing Hauls & TBR's as I myself often get bored reading or watching them! They are so overused so I will be coming up with some new exciting stuff!

As for publishers sending me books! They will ALL be reviewed on my Goodreads and Posted on my new blog after my break! FIND THOSE REVIEWS HERE: www.goodreads.com/picnicreads

 I'll see you back in a few weeks! New template and all!

Sorry that I have crammed all of my changes into one post, I just thought it best to let you guys know ASAP!

Julia x

Monday, 25 January 2016

SPOILERY REVIEW of These Broken Stars

Hi Bookish People,

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I have a new book review. Please note this is going to be a Spoiler Filled Rant so if you have read this book continue readings (If you want a rant) and if you haven't, please go and read it and come back and read this if you would like. Without further ado, here is my spoilery rant about the book, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. **Once again sorry for the highlight I am trying to fix it I'll get there**


Also,Thanks to my family who gifted me this book! 
ALSO THIS IS A SPOILER REVIEW!!!!!! SO PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS HERE!!!!

9781743318522.jpgTitle: These Broken Stars
Author:Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
Genres: YA Sci-fi
Australian Publishing Date: 1st December 2013
Australian Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Sourced from: I received this from my family as a gift!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
My Age Recommendation: 13& Up

Blurb:
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder - would they be better off staying in this place forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.

****3 out of 5 Stars**** *This review was originally posted on my Goodreads page:www.goodreads.com/picnicreads

Wow. So this book confused me so much! Maybe it was because I read it too quickly or something? Things just didn't click! I thought that the plot was going to be solid and well not rocky, unstable. What I thought it would be like: War Hero Guy and Rich Girl survive shock crash whilst in hyperspace and have to survive on a deserted planet! What turns out happening: I'm still trying to figure that out!

So this book, well I must admit, the first half of the book is pretty much is just Lilac and Tarver landing on this unknown planet, getting their bearings and hating each other. I must admit I found the whole 'let's walk around blank space for ages' really, really boring. Especially when the pair of them hate each other. 

Then, we go onto when Lilac here's voices in her head. I was just thinking to myself, oh no, she's gone mad already, WITH COMPANY. Then when we find out that the cause of this are "whispers" who can create "physical objects" and listen to your thoughts as well as create visions I was just like, this is getting complicated too quickly. Nothing was really explained about who these whispers are and I was just generally really confused. Then, a random house pops up in the middle of nowhere so they follow and go to that, and I know now that there's got to be something important in there but I find myself not really wanting to read another chapter about their trek. I'm not even going to delve into Lilac's death because it REALLY CONFUSES ME when the whispers recreate her. I mean is she actually real or not, is she going to float away? When they finally open a door inside after finding out that Lilac's Father owns the facility and after guessing a billion passwords to open the door (OF WHICH I'M SCREAMING, IT'S LILAC, THE PASSWORD IS LILAC) it turns out inside there is a rift. Which I don't even understand what is because it wasn't explained AT ALL, and I'm no science expert and it is controlled by the whispers who want to be set free. It all adds up to an ending I don't understand and can't say that I enjoyed at all. I don't know what they rift is because no one told me and I don't know what the whispers were! So yeah, that was just a rant.

On the other hand, the chapter were interrupted by an interviewer and Tarver. Now these parts I did enjoy. I enjoyed the smugness and sarcasm of Tarver. I think he was telling the story we read to the interviewer but I can't be sure!

Character wise, I found it SO hard to read from Tarver's perspective! He was iffy about everything. When Lilac finally got the guts to kiss him, he was just like 'She is just mistaking her love for me as relief and 'I can't let myself get tangled up with her because she will break my heart and forget me.' It was even more irritating when you heard what Lilac thought from her perspective and she was in love with him and that she wold never leave him as well as the additional thought along the lines of, he keeps pulling back, does he not feel the same about me as I do him. This all lines up to make me feel so annoyed and just like yelling 'YOU BOTH LOVE EACH OTHER OK.' It was 

On the other hand Lilac was what kept me reading. I enjoyed how Kaufman and Spooner made her a spoilt brat to start with, and she definitely wasn't one to say 'I know that I am different to all of those rich girls' which was refreshing. Her change was really enjoyable. Although, sometimes she changed to quickly and their was no dissolve or middle part. For example: She insists on wearing her dress and heels whilst walking around the planet (which is rocky and unstable), which I feel like is a sign of her clingyness to her old life, after the dress is torn and muddied, then she decides to wear an old mechanics suit and boots (Finally) and after changing, all of a sudden she doesn't want to be rescued by her Daddy and she wants a life here with Tarver. I mean calm down there's PLENTY of time to consider this.

Apart from all this. They both balanced well as a couple and together Tarver was more bearable, ESPECIALLY when he accepted that Lilac and himself were meant to be.

On the other hand, Megan and Amie's writing style worked well with the story and you could tell that they new a lot about space and sci-fi. The only problem was, there are readers like me out there who don't know what a rift is.
I am really sorry for all of the negative ranting! Even though this book wasn't my favourite I will rate it a 3 out of 5 Stars- I liked it on my chart. I will definitely be continuing the series and hopefully they will contain more answers.

Thanks and sorry it was such a rant! This Friday I will be discussing a decision I have decided to make! This includes not having some regular posts as well as adding some new stuff in!
Julia x

Friday, 22 January 2016

NON-SPOILER REVIEW of Thicker than Water

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! I am so sorry that I haven't posted this Monday as planned! I have just got back from holidays and things have been hectic! Either way here I am with another review which was originally posted on my Goodreads Page Here! This review is on the book, Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer. I am changing the style of my reviews a bit aswell as reducing the the information that is not needed at the start! Hope you enjoy! Also, my formatting has been a bit off, so I am sorry for the purple highlighting on the words, I will get that fixed soon!


9781743318638.jpg*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*

Title: The Light that Gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Genres: YA Mystery/Paranormal
Australian Publishing Date: 5th of December 2015
Australian Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Sourced from: I received this from Allen & Unwin so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
My Age Recommendation: 14 & Up


Thomas Bellweather would never knowingly hurt someone he loved. But when his mother is murdered inside their locked house, he is the only suspect. Even his cop-stepdad can't protect him forever in a new town where no one knows or trusts him. The only person who believes him is Charlotte, sister to three protective cops and straight-up dangerous to Thomas. She knows there are pieces missing in the puzzle, and she's determined to find them. But finding things that are hidden could get them both killed.

                     I rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads Page! 

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Allen & Unwin Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

****3 out of 5 Stars**** I don't really know how to describe this book.I especially can't believe that towards the start I would've considered it a contemporary. The plot wasn't anything too unheard of before. A boy grieving the loss of his murdered Mother. The boy (Thomas) meets a girl (Charlotte) at his Mother's funeral where they both are attracted to one another. The plot takes off from their as they look for who killed Thomas's Mum! 

The thing with this book is that I thought for sure that I new who the killer was. I was disappointed because I thought it would be another one of those books where you know who it is and the ending will be upsetting. But, I am happy to say this wasn't the case for this book! The ending was excellent and I definitely didn't see ANY of it coming! Kemmerer packed a punch at the end, so many answers and so many secrets revealed. In saying this, I wish that the ending continued on for longer than it did. I feel like some of the starting scenes could've been cut to make the ending even bigger! 

This book contains an different perspective on grief that I enjoyed. The kind which many would expect from a boy, to bottle up his emotions until they literally burst out. Thomas was tough and thought that he was showing weakness when crying, but he later finds out that it's normal to cry in situations like these. He also learns about how he feels 'numb' and that he feels as though his Mum has just gone on holidays. This is all spilt during various conversations with Charlotte & his Step-Dad, Stan. 

Towards the end of the novel, paranormal aspects are brought into this novel and really add to the suspense and spookiness of the whole book. That was probably my favourite moments of the book, but again I would've enjoyed it if the paranormal bits were brought in too late in the novel! They played such an unusual and unexpected role in the storyline.

 I was divided about the characters in this book. I felt like Charlotte as a character was WAY to trustworthy of Thomas! She basically flung herself onto him even though he was an alleged murderer. Her zany and over eager friend also played apart in Charlotte's emotions, although Charlotte was obviously attracted to Thomas (as we hear from her when it's her perspective (because the book is written in two perspectives, I will get to that))

 I couldn't really find common ground to connect with Thomas. He was daring and mysterious and basically a bad boy. You can detect a romance from when you pick up the book, and it was definitely slow burning! 

Apart from the bigger messages in this book (which will be a spoiler if I tell you) there are smaller ones like how Charlotte's Gran hates feminists and is very strict for Charlotte to wear clothes to her ankles and act like a lady (of which Charlotte rebels to). Also, how siblings should always have your back! 

The writing style was fluid and didn't effect the story, the two perspectives were great to read about. After reading one chapter you'd want to find out how the other character felt about what someone else did. Then you can compare. Is it just me..... or does anyone else compare each characters thoughts!

 Plus: SAFFRON RICE IS INVOLVED! I MEAN WHO DOESN'T LIKE CHICKEN AND SAFFRON RICE! Overall I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars! I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I recommend for 14 Plus! 

I hope you guys enjoyed that! I will see you on Monday for another review!

Julia x

Monday, 11 January 2016

NON-SPOILER REVIEW OF The Light that Gets Lost

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I am reviewing The Light that Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew! Thanks so much to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book to review (Disclaimer Down Below!) 


The Light That Gets Lost
*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*

Title: The Light that Gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Genres: YA Mystery
Australian Publishing Date: 5th of December 2015
Australian Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Page Count: 272
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: I received this from Bloomsbury so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Natasha's links are here! 
My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes

Blurb:
A small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there's no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he's only small, he swears that he'll get revenge one day. Years later, Trey enters a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It's packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey's been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he's he not here for saving: this is where he'll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark


I rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads Page! 

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

This book is based around a boy named Trey. After witnessing his parents get killed he is moved to a camp which is meant to help teens who have been in difficult situations. Personally, I felt like the plot dragged on for a bit too long. There was really little to no action in this book. Basically, each chapter followed Trey getting to work at the camp. Although interesting the first time around it came to be really hard to read three to four chapters in. I understand that he was trying to find his parents killer and seek revenge but there was few thoughts dedicated to his parents and the rest was about the camp, his friends and his brother. Besides all of this, a main part of the plot is the dodgy people running the camp. As the story goes on this was one of the only bits that kept me reading. It was so intriguing and I just wanted to get to the bottom of what they were doing! Unfortunately, nothing about the plot kept me on edge and the ending was a letdown. 

The characters reminded me of gothic, moody children. They all were down to earth and fed up of this camp. Each of them had their issues all though some had more than others. Despite all of this, Trey seemed to be more focused on the "demon" that was inside of him. I wasn't 100% sure whether or not this was a metaphor or not to begin with but it seems that it was an actual thing.  After his parents murder, Trey was left hungry for revenge and so this demon appeared and made him desperate to get back at anyone and anything that hurt me. I understand that he would be angry after such a thing, but I think the demon takes it all a bit too far! He spent so much time being angry, we didn't see his soft side, that grieves his parents! Also, as the plot was slow moving, I expected some character development throughout the book, but I really didn't see much of it. Trey definitely didn't face up to the demon or try to speak up about such a thing. He also didn't transition fully from angry to just normal by the end of the book.

I was definitely sitting on the fence about the writing style. Part of me thought that it was cutely individual and the other part of me found it irritatingly repetitive and it also made what people said as well as the rare action scenes confusing! So half half with that!

So that's it for that review! I am currently on holiday so I am not 100% whether I will have a review for you guys or post at all this Friday! Either way I hope you enjoyed that and are having a great time relaxing!

Julia x




Friday, 8 January 2016

December 2015 Wrap Up & January 2016 TBR

Hi Bookish People,

Welcome to the Picnic! Today we will be discussing the books I have read in December and the books I want to read in January! I will not be doing a post about all of the books I've read this year, as I haven't recorded it from January, but if you want to see all of the books I've read since September then check out my Goodreads Challenge here www.goodreads.com/picnicreads and scroll down to a purple box and click on it!

Anyway, let's get in to the post! Here's all of the books I've read in December!
Tonight the Streets Are Ours
The Snow Sister


Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales- All of my thoughts and opinions on this book can be found HERE!


The Next Together


Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)



A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern All of my thoughts and opinions on this book can be found HERE!

I haven't reviewed the following books yet but they will be up soonish, so I will link their Goodreads Pages so that then you can see the descriptions (Just click the Goodreads Me Buttons on the book you want to learn about!)!


The Light That Gets LostMistletoe and Mr. Right
Mistletoe and Mr Right by Lyla Payne Goodreads Me! I enjoyed this book. It was light hearted and cheesy and a good book to snuggle up with at Christmas! It was easy to get through, but did have a few issues.


Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
The Light that Get's Lost by Natasha Carthew Goodreads Me! This was a really grungy book all about revenge. It was completely unique!


101 pieces of me
101 Pieces of Me by Veronica Bennett Goodreads Me! A great insight into the life of an actress! It was really interesting to see Veronica's plot unwind. It was also super short! 


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Goodreads Me! I really enjoyed this book! The world was awesome and the characters were great! Just saying to anyone who's read this book I definitely shipped the Darkling and Alina and now I'm not sure! Will definitely be reading the series! 



Now onto my TBR or what I would like to read this month (:


I would like to read the following books this month:

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Not if I see You First by Eric Lindstrom
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler 


That's all for this post today! If you want to keep up with what I'm reading and when, please follow or friend me on Goodreads! I hope you guys are having a great day and I will be back on Monday with some more news and a review!

Julia x

Monday, 4 January 2016

NON-SPOILER REVIEW OF The Next Together!

Hey Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I have my first Non-Spoiler Review for you in 2016! If you have read my previous post, you'd know that I am hoping to improve my reviews this year! So hopefully I will improve in this review for you. Today I am reviewing The Next Together by Lauren James! Thanks so much to Walker Books Australia for sending me this book to review (Disclaimer Down Below!)

Book Review: The Next Together by Lauren James*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*

Title: The Next Together
Author: Lauren James
Genres: YA Fantasy 
Australian Publishing Date: 13th of October 2015
Australian Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Page Count: 356
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: I received this from Walker Books so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Lauren's links are here! 
My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes

Blurb:
Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.


I rated this book a 3/5 on Goodreads! 

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Walker Books Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

This book was so different. Although many parts of the book were confusing due to the re-incarnation factor of this book, I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters!

The plot to me was really confusing. The book has three landscapes that the same characters, Matt and Katherine exist in. I was constantly questioning why each of them was in that landscape at that time! This is not to say I think that it was incredible how Lauren worked the different versions of Katherine and Matthew to find each other in unique and different ways! I found the ending to this boom particularly baffling. As said in the blurb the pair have to 'change history' in each dimension or century. But the way the stories are written it is confusing to see how and when they save the world. My favorite dimension had to be the current day or to us the future.  This dimension was riddled with lies and creepy companies trying to hide something! Late night in bed these scenes were the ones that kept me reading and were definitely the reason I didn't put down the book. I did feel like the ending to this story was rushed and could've been pushed out a bit as it contained some quality surprises, answers and information, such as why Katherine and Matthew, had to keep on re-incarnating (and other spoilers too), so it would've been nice not to have it all happen in a few pages!  As confusing as the plot was to me, I found the romance was top notch. Cheeky and Sarcastic notes from the re-incarnated Katherine and Matthew are dotted throughout the book and are really bubbly and shows what a close relationship the pair have! After-all, why'd they re-incarnate? 

As for the characters, in my opinion their were only two main protagonists: Matthew and Katherine. They were the ultimate couple! Their love of each other tied into the story perfectly and made the story end with bang. Although the pair and who says what get's confusing due to the dimensions and different centuries, you can definitely tell they share the same qualities as individuals  and as a team. They are both super sleuths (not as a career just in nature) and completely loyal to one another! I loved reading the notes between them that were left on the fridge and it was absolutely beautiful to read about Katherine's willingness for Matthew and Matthew's often subtle but definite love-filled responses. there's no doubting this couple was meant to be! 

As for the writing, nothing really stood out. It worked well and delivered the story well. Although sometimes things could be said in a simpler way, this would've made the different dimensions easier to understand. But with saying that, otherwise the writing worked well.

Although the book wasn't perfect, I still enjoyed reading it and will be picking u

So, I hope you guys enjoyed that review! My first of this year! I really enjoyed writing this review so I hope you enjoy reading! This should be the layout for this year and sorry about any changes! Also, since I only started blogging halfway through last year I will not be doing any 2015 reflections but definitely will this year!  Thanks again and see you this Friday!

Julia x

Friday, 1 January 2016

Xmas Haul 2015 & Book Blog Resolutions for 2016!

Hey Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I am going to be writing about my New Year Resolutions for this blog and I will also be telling you what books I got this Christmas! So firstly, I just wanted to state before I get into this post that I'm not trying to brag to you guys at all, as with all of my other hauls, I am just wishing to show you what books I've received because I thought you guys might be interested! 


For this haul part I'm just going to say the name of the book and the author. I have around about nineteen books I received this month, so I will be giving a SHORT description, but feel free to copy and paste names of books! So I will divide this section up into: Received by Publishers, Gifts from Family and Friends and Books I've Purchased!


So from Publishers! Thanks so much to Walker Books, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, Allen and Unwin and Hachette Australia for sending me books to review! It means a lot! Also, thanks to Pan Macmillan who didn't send me any books this month, but has previously! It means a load to me, thanks for supporting Picnic Reads!


Walker Books

The Next Together by Lauren James *I have read this book and a review will be up soon! It's an interesting read about re-carnation and love*

The Jewel & The White Rose (Sequel) by Amy Ewing *Will be reading these books soon, I believe it's about a girl who is a slave and is trained to be a surrogate for Royalty!* 


101 Pieces of Me by Veronica Bennett *I have read this book and it's about a girl who ventures into the world of olden-day film-making! I really enjoyed this quick read!


Bloomsbury

Mistletoe and Mr Right by Lyla Payne *I have read this book. It's a story about two girls, and their travels throughout the Holiday Season!

The Light that Get's Lost by Natasha Carthew *I have also read this book! It's a book about a boy, his parents are killed and he is sent to a camp to help with mental health, but instead of concentrating on his work, he is looking for his parents killer*


Harper Collins (I just recieved these books so here are the blurbs!)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

*On the TBR pile here's the blurb: London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?


Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: Blurb:


The Rules: 

Don't deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don't help me unless I ask. Otherwise you're just getting in my way or bothering me.
Don't be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I'm just like you only smarter. 

Parker Grant doesn't need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there's only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that's right, her eyes don't work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened--both with Scott, and her dad--the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

What We Saw Aaron Hartzler: Blurb!
Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?


Allen and Unwin:

Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer. (I haven't read this book yet so here's the blurb because I just recieved this book recently:
On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. 

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


Hachette Australia


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (This book is the sequel to Red Queen! It's about a girl who lives in a world divided by the Elite and Powerful Silver-Blooded and the weak Red-Blooded! It's a really good book about power and secrets and ends with a bang!)


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (1st book in Grisha Trilogy) (I've read this book and it was really great! I loved the world! It's about a girl who lives in a world where the Grisha reign (as they have powers and the citizens fight in War! But our main character Alina plans to stop it!)


So now onto the books that I received as gifts!

Hey Guys! I have run out of time to write descriptions for all of the gifts down below but if a name interests you then do this:

Does a name interest you? Search it up here: https://www.goodreads.com/ for all the info!


Dorothy Must Die Stories by Danielle Paige (Thanks to my Sister)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Thanks Parents)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman (Thanks Parents)
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (Thanks Nan)
Soundless by Richelle Mead (Thanks Aunty)
Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Thanks my friend Bella)
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (Thanks Parents)

Finally, the books I bought myself!

A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Maas (I bought this for $10 )


Now onto my resolutions for this blog and the bookish community! I've decided to pick out four and focus on them for this year! They will be going up on my pin board so I won't forget! They will also be put up on my blog in the layout soonish!


1.Improve my reviews! (I really want to put more images into my reviews and hauls etc for you guys! I also want to put more individual opinions into my reviews! In the next few weeks you might see that I am changing up my reviews and their might not be the usual formatting don't worry! I'm trying to improve them!)


2.Join Bookstagram (I am going to be joining the bookish community on Instagram! I can't wait to join Bookstagram and update you guys when new posts come and with what books I'm reading!)


3.Participate in a Read-a-thon (I am going to be participating in a read-a-thon this year! I am going to challenge myself to read fifty books this year (using Goodreads Challenge to keep track) and I'd love to get involved in a read-a-thon to help me with that!)


4.Become more active in the book world (This year I am going to be participating a lot more in the book world! Since my blog turns one this year I should be much more active! I have made a few friends and I would love to make some more! I am also going to be participating in blog tours etc so exciting stuff!


I hope you guys enjoyed that! I will have a review up this Monday so see you then!


Julia x