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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Vampires

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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The topic this week is books featuring a paranormal creature of your choice. I chose vampires. The reason for this is that they’re my favourite paranormal creatures, and I love reading about them.

1. The Vampire Diaries

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Like I’ve said plenty of times before, I love The Vampire Diaries… as a TV show. The books, not so much. However, the show was based on them and I love how the vampires are portrayed in this series.

2. Twilight

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I really can’t believe that this wasn’t the first one that came to mind when I thought of vampire books. Say what you want about it, I loved these books, and the films, when I first discovered them. They started my fascination with vampires, and whilst there were things that were so cringey, I couldn’t get enough with them. I was always Team Edward, in case you were wondering.

3. The House of Night Series

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This is another series that I love. I started this when I was 12 or 13, and I still haven’t finished it! There is so many books, and I’ll go through stages of devouring a book or two in a few days, and then won’t touch the next one for another year. Perhaps it’s my subconscious trying to make the series last as long as possible.

4. Glass Houses

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I’ve only read the first book in this series, but I did enjoy it. The vampires in it weren’t my favourite, as you can probably tell from the above picks, I like the vampires to be the protagonists of the story. They were written well, however, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

5. Dracula

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I wasn’t actually going to include this one, for the simple reason that I’ve not read it. But I do want to, and I felt I couldn’t do a vampire post and not include Dracula. I’m definitely bumping it up my TBR a few places!

Remember, if you’re interested in taking part in #T5W, check out their Goodreads group!

-Books&Belle xx

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Stephen King Haul

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So, over the weekend I acquired six new Stephen King books, and the best part was, I didn’t have to even spend a penny for any of them!

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The first one I’m going to mention is Misery by Stephen King. I was out for lunch with my Nan and Dad, and my Nan and I were talking about books. I told her that I wanted to read Misery, and both her and my Dad said how good it was. About ten minutes later, my Nan got up to “go to the toilet” and took absolutely ages! When she finally cam back, she came from the wrong direction and had a Waterstones bag in her hand. She gave it to me, and inside was Misery.

Later on back at her house, she was up in her room whilst my Dad and I were watching TV, and when she came down, she had a pile of hardback Stephen King books with her, which she gave to me.

She also wrote down the names of all of the Stephen King books I have so that she doesn’t get me any I’ve already got. She’s so lovely!

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Book Review – Doubt The Stars by Maddyson Wilson (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

How far would you go to save the damned?

Celeste Adair lives in a world painted gray. She’s spent the last five years of her life stuck in a mental institution because she told the truth: there was an angel on the roof of her foster home. Since then, she’s been slapped with labels she didn’t deserve and words she didn’t ask for.

Luke Enoch lives in a world painted a fire red. He and his sister, Clover, have been living on the streets of Brooklyn for the last five years, running from the police because Luke has been accused of lighting the house fire that killed their parents. Luke has sacrificed everything to keep Clover safe and will do whatever it takes to make sure she doesn’t suffer the same fate he has.

After waking up from what they thought to be their final breaths, Celeste and Luke find themselves trapped in the year 1392 with a single mission: protect Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers. With the centuries-old war brewing, the only shot they have at keeping Romeo and Juliet alive is keeping them separate. But, when fate (and a trigger-happy prince) steps in, there aren’t many things Celeste and Luke can do to stop all of Verona from falling into war. With the line between good and bad erased, Celeste and Luke will have to risk everything to keep the star-crossed lovers safe–even if it means losing each other.

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I loved the idea of this book. I’m a sucker for Shakespeare, so when I read that it would be set within Romeo and Juliet, I was really excited. What I got, however, was not what I was expecting. It was so much more. I really enjoyed it, there were aspects of fantasy, (one of my favourite genres!!) plot twists, and after I had read the first few chapters, I struggled putting it down.

I loved Celeste. I wasn’t sure what I would think of her, but she was a really interesting character, and I think the way she was written was brilliant. She was strong, brave and very determined to accomplish her mission. Considering all the things she had been through in her life, she turned out pretty well. Luke, on the other hand, I was unsure about. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him. He was fiercely loyal and protective over his sister, something I can relate to, being the oldest sibling, but his morals… they weren’t great. I understand why he did the things he did, but it doesn’t mean I have to like them. The relationship between these two characters was also intriguing. I couldn’t tell what was going to happen, they were both very damaged people, so I didn’t know how that would work out, but it didn’t stop me from hoping something would.

Wilson’s writing was also something I wanted to mention. I like the way she writes, and she certainly kept me interested and guessing what was going to happen! There’s also a bit of violence in this book. It’s not at all over done, in fact, I thought it was just the right amount, but if that’s something you don’t like, I’d suggest thinking about it.

Also, be warned this is part of a series! Thank god, because I don’t know if I could cope with not knowing what happens next. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more about Celeste, Luke and the Eon Warriors.

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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I’d like to thank Maddison Wilson for sending me a copy of Doubt The Stars in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Creepy Settings

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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This week, the topic is favourite creepy places. There’s so many amazing locations in books that I’ve found creepy!

1. Knockturn Alley – Harry Potter

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Knockturn Alley always creeped me out a bit, especially after watching the film and seeing all the scary people approach Harry when he’s there! It’s the Wizarding World, though, so I’d still love to go there, despite it’s bad reputation.

2. Under The Mountains – ACOTAR

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Okay, I definitely would not like to visit here. Let alone spend months down there like Feyre did! Even the visits from Rhysand wouldn’t make up for it.

3. The valley of Glendalough – Sleeping Beauties

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This is where the killer buried the women that he murdered, so it’s safe to say this would be one of the last places I would want to go. The way Jo Spain described it was brilliant, however.

4. Withering Heights (Home of the Earnshaws) – Withering Heights

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I find this whole book pretty creepy. It’s my favourite classic, but yes, very creepy!

5. The Apartment Francesca Rents – Local Girl Missing

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If you’ve read this book you’d know why. She’s all alone when she’s there, and that coupled with the plot just makes me think.. no I would not be there. Plus, she hears noises and creepy stuff happens!

I love all of these books, and their creepy settings!

Remember, if you’re interested in taking part in #T5W, check out their Goodreads group!

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Wunderkids Book Launch

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So, on Saturday, I went to the Wunderkids book launch in London! I hadn’t been to a book launch before this one, so I didn’t know what to expect from it. This one was more of a party (which was great, because I love parties) so I’m told it was a bit different from the usual launch. It was such a good night though, and I’m so glad I went. I met up with Ana from Fangirl Since 1988 and Nicola from Fantastic Book Dragon, so it was really nice to see them again!

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The author, Jacqueline Silvester, is really lovely, and was kind enough to sign all of our books, take a quick selfie with each of us, and have a chat! Oh, and I forgot to mention this on the night, but her outfit was so nice. I haven’t read Wunderkids yet, but I’ve heard some great things about it from people who I met at the launch who had read it, so I can’t wait to get around to it. It’s a fairly big book, which makes me even more excited!

There was also food and wine! I’m not the biggest fan of seafood (although I did try a prawn for the first time!) but I loved the cupcakes. They were so so good! Nicola certainly enjoyed the wine. On the way back to the train station once the launch had finished at 10pm, she had taken her heels off and was saying hello and waving to so many people on the street. I wish I had videoed that part of the night!

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I’ve concluded that I definitely enjoy book launches. Food, drink, books and fellow book lovers. Whats not to love?!

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-Books&Belle xx

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Blog Tour: A Review Of Search For Maylee by Didi Oviatt (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt
Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him.

Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will
Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do whatever it takes to either bring Maylee home, or to deliver the justice she deserves.

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I’m lucky enough to be one of the stops of the Search For Maylee blog tour, which I was very excited about. The synopsis of the book really intrigued me, so I was happy to be chosen! I usually prefer to read physical copies, but I read Search For Maylee as an e-book. It was a quick read, I enjoyed it enough to read it all in one sitting!

I loved the main character, Autumn’s, determination to find her niece no matter what the costs were. I did think some of the things she did were a bit foolish, but considering the situation that she was in, I guess you can’t blame her. Nobody knows how they would react if something like that happened! Plus, she was a strong, independent woman who didn’t take crap from anyone, which I always love to see in a book! Especially in Thrillers, sometimes you’ll get women being portrayed as the ‘damsel in distress’ which really bugs me, so hats off to Oviatt for creating such an amazing main character here.

I also want to mention Josie. I had a lot of admiration for her character, despite everything that she had been through, she still wanted to provide as much help as possible, which I thought was extremely brave of her.

The main thing that bothered me was the police having to go through Autumn to get find the ‘missing key’ in the case. I feel like they definitely would have found that the same way that Autumn did. So, there is a bit of a plot hole there. However, the overall plot definitely makes up for this. I couldn’t put it down, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next, and if Maylee would be found, dead or alive. Oviatt’s writing style is engaging and I definitely enjoyed it.

The ending also provided me with closure, which I was glad about. I had no more lingering questions and I thought the author tied it up rather nicely.

Overall, I give this 3.5 stars.

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Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. She’s a suspense novelist, and magazine columnist second. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians(a trilogy to be). Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and bathing in the desert heat plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

AUTHOR LINKS:
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http://www.facebook.com/didioviatt
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Giveaway:
3 Kindle copies of “Search for Maylee” Gifted through Amazon

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-Books&Belle xx

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What I Read In September 2017

I know this wrap up is a bit late, I had planned on posting it earlier in the month but I forgot. Oops. September is the back to school month for me, so it’s never very productive in terms of reading, but I did better this September compared to previous years!

1. Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children

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2. Secondborn

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3. Firelines

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4. Milk and Honey

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So, that’s the wrap up for September 2017. Have you read any of these?

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – Murder At First Sight by Claire Taylor (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Woken by the horrific image of a young girl being killed, Felicity Lawrence puts it down to nothing but a terrible nightmare.

But when the body of the same girl is found a week later, Felicity feels she has no choice but to contact the police.

Although initially sceptical, police officer Noah Bennett trusts his instincts and hears Felicity out.

Before long, they’re caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a sadistic killer who’ll stop at nothing to satisfy his bloodlust.

Review

This was a very quick read for me, it only has 150 pages, and I read it all in one sitting. It was easy to follow, which I liked, some of the time when I’m reading a Thriller, there will be things said that I’ve completely missed, and I’ll have to re-read the chapter, so I liked the simplicity of this one.

Felicity, the main character, seems like the type of girl I’d like to be friends with if she were real. Her determination to save the unknown girl she saw in her dream, despite the danger it put her in, really shows how selfless she was and I find that very admirable. There was a bit of insta-love with her and the police officer, Noah Bennett, which put me off a bit, but I was able to overlook that. Felicity’s relationship with her friend, Ella, was one I liked more. You could tell that they really cared for one another.

There was something different done in this book that I liked. Every couple of chapters, you found yourself reading from the perspective of the killer at different point of his life, which was interesting. I found myself reading on just so I could read another one of these chapters.

If you’ve read my reviews of other Thrillers, you’ll know that I play a little game with myself where I try and predict the ending whilst I’m reading. I did predict the killer quite early on in this book, but I didn’t mind as like I said, it was a quick read, so too many complications would have taken the simplicity of the book away.

The only thing that had me a bit confused was her dreams. I might be mistaken, but I don’t think it was explained why she dreamt what she did, other than her being psychic (which I wasn’t sure if she was joking about?) so that could have been made a bit clearer. I hope to read more about Felicity in the future, as there are a few loose ends and unanswered questions, which I think were intentional!

Overall, this was a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and I give the book 3 stars.

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I’d like to thank Claire Taylor for sending me a copy of Murder At First Sight in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Featuring Witches

Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is something that I discovered through Ash’s blog, so go check her out! It was created by Lainey and Samantha in 2013 and is still going strong. There is a new topic every week, and you choose 5 books that are related to that topic. If you’re interested in joining in, have a look at their Goodreads group for more information.

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This week, the topic is books featuring witches! I looooove witches, so I’m super excited about this one.

1. Harry Potter

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This book has some of the most badass witches in existence, so it is obviously my first choice. Plus, by favourite fictional character is the Brightest Witch of Her Age in this, so duuuh.

2. The Vampire Diaries

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This may not be the best book series, but it is a good TV series, and Bonnie Bennett is one of the first characters that comes to mind when I think of witches, after the Harry Potter ladies, of course.

3. The Witches

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I loved this book so much as a child! I received it on one of those Christmas events they do when the kid meets Santa and gets a present. Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors.

4. A Discovery Of Witches

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I read this a while ago now, and I definitely want to re-read to to refresh my memory.

5. Macbeth

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I know that this one is a play, but it still involves witches, and I really enjoyed it when I studied it at school a few years back.

So, they’re my five witchy-themed books. What are your favourite books that include witches?

-Books&Belle xx

 

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Down The TBR Hole #4: Conquer your TBR

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I originally saw this post from Boston Book Reader, but it was created by Lost In A Story, and I loved the idea.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

1. Looking For Alaska

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I really like John Green, so I will get around to reading this.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

2. Lady Ever After

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I’m not really interested in this at the moment.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

3. Girls Made Of Snow And Glass

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I’ve heard so much great stuff about this, so I want to see what the hype is all about.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

4. Little Monsters

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Again, I’ve heard good things about this book.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

5. The People At Number 9

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Not interested in this book at the moment.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

-Books&Belle xx