23 Jul 2017

Cover Characteristic (35): Train


Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the authors choose a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Train. Trains are often featured on book covers to symbolise journeys and new beginnings, they are especially popular for mystery and thriller novels. Keep reading to see my favourites.


22 Jul 2017

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: June 2014 for my edition (originally released Oct 2009)
Genre: YA Dystopian
No.pages: 371

Synopsis



When the lift cranks open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone - an army of boys welcomes him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a terrible maze.


The Gladers have no idea why they're there, or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.











Keep reading to see my review!

16 Jul 2017

Cover Characteristic (34): Fortune Cookies


Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the authors choose a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Fortune Cookies. Well, I never realised there were so many books that do feature fortune cookies on the cover! I found quite a lot on Goodreads. Keep reading to see my favourites!


13 Jul 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: Which character would be your study partner?

It's time for Harry Potter Moment of the Week, hosted by Leah of Uncorked Thoughts and Micheline of Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to get Harry Potter fans together and discuss our favourite things about the series; be it a favourite moment, character, magical item, spell, quote or object from the books, films or J.K Rowling herself.

You can find the list of future topics here. If you'd like to take part, visit today's post and sign up with the linky.


9 Jul 2017

Cover Characteristic (33): Hearts


Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the authors choose a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Hearts. Hearts has been the theme once before, way back in 2012-see my previous post. I tried not to use any book covers that I picked before. Keep reading to see my choices this time.






6 Jul 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: Would you rather face a dragon or the acromantula?

It's time for Harry Potter Moment of the Week, hosted by Leah of Uncorked Thoughts and Micheline of Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to get Harry Potter fans together and discuss our favourite things about the series; be it a favourite moment, character, magical item, spell, quote or object from the books, films or J.K Rowling herself.

You can find the list of future topics here. If you'd like to take part, visit today's post and sign up with the linky.


3 Jul 2017

Book Review: Hippy Chick by Louise Harwood

Title: Hippy Chick
Author: Louise Harwood
Publisher: Pan Publishing
Release date: July 2007
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
No.pages: 357

My rating:


Synopsis




Come on in, the water’s lovely . . .

Ibiza: paradise for the clubbers, hedonists and sun-seekers, but for Honey Ballantyne it is the only home she has ever known. With the responsibility of running a hotel on her shoulders, and two hippy-dippy parents whose idea of a hard day’s work is a yoga class without their clothes on, Honey feels trapped.


When her first love, Edouard, returns to the island from London and truths about her parents start to unravel, Honey is forced to realize that before she can make decisions about her future she must reconcile herself with the past . . .

From the author of 'Six Reasons to Stay a Virgin'.




Keep reading to see my review!



2 Jul 2017

Cover Characteristic (32): Marilyn Monroe


Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the authors choose a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Marilyn Monroe. At first, this struck me as a difficult one because no book covers featuring Marilyn Monroe sprang to mind. But with a little digging on Goodreads I found these beauties:


1 Jul 2017

Cover Reveal: The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal



Today, I'm excited to be sharing with you the brand new cover for Errin Krystal's adult fantasy romance novel The Last Dragon Rider! It's the first novel in a series called The Wild Realms of Véneanár and is due to be published on the 9th of August this year.

Keep reading for the synopsis, author bio and of course the gorgeous cover!


24 Jun 2017

An Effective Beginner's Guide to Writing Books from GrammarCheck

The infographic below, from GrammarCheck, contains some useful tips for writing and planning a novel.


Book and Film Update

Here are some of the books and films I've read recently as well as some I've recently added to my collection or my wishlist. Reviews coming soon!

Books I've Read Recently:

Well, I say recently, but some of these I read quite a while ago but haven't gotten around to reviewing yet.  




I'm Back! What Happened on Hiatus?

After a super long hiatus, I'm finally returning to blogging! My absence has largely been due to my maternity leave ending in September last year and finding it hard to juggle hobbies like blogging and reading alongside the demands of full-time work and looking after my daughter.

I have really missed sharing my book reviews and artwork on Creative Therapy and engaging with my book blogging family. The time now feels right to get back into regular posting again, so stay tuned for the announcement of a new blogging schedule!

So, what have I been up to all these months? Here's an update below:

9 Aug 2016

Introducing The Glorious Dead by Tim Atkinson

Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

If you're a fan of historical novels, you may be interested in author Tim Atkinson's latest novel: The Glorious Dead, which is set in the aftermath of World War One.


"When the guns stop firing, Jack starts digging - not trenches now, but graves. But will those who bury the dead lay their own wartime ghosts? And what secrets remain on the battlefields of Flanders?"

Atkinson is crowd funding the novel through Unbound and as of writing, it is 51% funded. Supporters can choose from a range of options, some of which come with extras that would make fantastic gifts. If you'd like to be part of bringing this book to life, you can learn more here.

Read on to discover the synopsis, watch the pitch video and learn more about the author.

4 Jul 2016

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: September 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
No.pages: 409


Synopsis


Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


30 Apr 2016

#atozchallenge Z is for Getting Some Zzz's

Today is the final day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I've just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: 'an A-Z of Newborn Care'. I'll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures.

For the letter 'Z' I have chosen to talk about Getting Some Zzz's, in other words, getting some sleep. Looking after a newborn is obviously exhausting and you need to look after yourself in order to care for your child effectively.