13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Review)

13-minsSummary from Goodreads

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?

Paperback
Published January 1st 2016 by Orion Publishing Co

My Thoughts

Thirteen Minutes sat on my shelf gathering dust for some very strange unknown reason.

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Shadow Reaper by Amos Cassidy - Release Day Blitz!

shadSummary:

Only the bravest go over the Horizon… Twenty years ago the barriers between worlds came down and our reality was swallowed up by the Shadowlands. Now we scavenge to survive, until one day there’s nothing left to reap. Starvation is around the corner, but I’m not the roll over and wait-to-die kinda girl. Nope, I’m going further than anyone has ever been and returned to tell the tale. I’m going into the Beyond, and I’m not coming back without a solution. Dark urban fantasy with a post-apocalyptic twist.

Ebook Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31701886-shadow-reaper

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01IWKRJFS

 

Extract

ASH

It was a day like all the others, dark as pitch and cold as ice, most definitely not a day to die.… Read more >>>

The Ultimate Peter Rabbit - A Visual Guide to the World of Beatrix Potter (Review)

peter-rabbitMy Thoughts

Ah, this is such a beautiful keeper! I grew up with Peter Rabbit and all of his adventures, so I simply delighted with each turn of page here. There are so many interesting facts and so much to learn and explore that I took my time with it, marvelling at each revelation.

This book is an updated 150 years celebratory one. It tells of the very beginning and how Peter Rabbit and friends came to be. Then from the beginning to the road to publication. It gives a wonderful inside look into Beatrix Potter’s life and her real life animals that she loved to draw.… Read more >>>

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure (Review)

this-ragingSummary from Goodreads

How is it that you suddenly notice a person? How is it that one day Digby was my best friend’s admittedly cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?

Lucille has bigger problems than falling for her best friend’s unavailable brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren. With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it together – just.

A stunning debut to devour in one sitting, Laure captures completely the agony and ecstasy of first love.… Read more >>>

Happy Birthday Old Bear by Jane Hissey - Blog Tour Stop!

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Happy 30th birthday, Old Bear!
To celebrate the anniversary in style, Jane Hissey has created an entirely new adventure featuring her beloved character for the first time in 13 years—and it’s filled with her customary charm, humor, and beautiful illustrations. All the toys, along with their new friend Elsie the Elephant, are very busy preparing a special party for Old Bear. Elsie’s especially excited about her gift for him: a painted umbrella. But when they go out to the garden, a gust of wind blows Elsie and her umbrella up, up, and away! Who will rescue her?

Hardcover, 32 pages

 

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Anchored in the Bay by Rachelle Paige - 10 Random Things Blog Tour Stop!

anchored-in-the-baySummary:

When Emily balked at running away with her childhood sweetheart, Ed, eight years ago, she had no idea he’d disappear from her life. In the years since, she’s managed to push past her pain to open her own business and find love again. Her life feels good, until Ed shows up on her doorstep. Ed vowed he’d never come back for her. But no matter how many miles, or blondes, he’d put between them, he couldn’t shake her hold on his heart. He’d pictured

himself stepping back into her life, but hadn’t counted on her despair over his business or that she’d be pregnant.… Read more >>>

As I Descended by Robin Talley - Blog Tour Stop!

as-i-desSummary From Goodreads

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true.… Read more >>>

Chloe's Secret Princess Club by Emma Barnes - Blog Tour Stop!

Chloe's Secrete Princess ClubSummary:

Chloe never means to get into trouble but sometimes her plans get a little out of control. With her two best friends, she forms a Secret Club dedicated to making their dreams come true – but fantasy and reality don’t always mix!

Published by Scholastic

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31670430-chloe-s-secret-princess-club

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1407164481

 

10 Totally Random Things We Would Do if We Were Princesses For a Day!

Carly & Lily – age 27 & 8

  1. I would make the working week 4 days long instead of 5 – cutting out Fridays of course.
  2. On my birthday I would declare an ‘everyone MUST wear multi-coloured clothing day’…because I like to live life vibrantly.
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Zoella and Friends - Vlogging Activities & Dot-to-Dots (Review)

zoellaMy Thoughts

I’m not going to lie when I say that I don’t know an awful lot about Zoella – I’ve obviously been living under a big rock! I have an over enthusiastic 8-year-old that not only knows about Zoella than me – she loves her!

Inside is jam-packed with super fun activities including; dot-to-dots, patterns, wordsearches, hair styling, quizzes, drawing wardrobe activities, colouring, crosswords and many many more. We particularly enjoyed the hair styling and wardrobe activity pages.

This wonderful activity book will entertain and delight for hours on end. Perfect for Youtube addicts and fans of vloggers in general.… Read more >>>

Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx by Laura Wood - 10 Random Things Blog Tour Stop!

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Summary:

From the Winner of the Scholastic Montegrappa Prize for New Children’s Writing It’s Halloween at Saint Smithen’s. When the Brimwell town hall burns down, the amateur production of Macbeth is moved to the school and it’s all hands on deck. But when the play is struck by a series of mysterious attacks, it’s up to Poppy, her friends and her circus family to save the play and unmask the culprit.

Published by Scholastic

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31115182-poppy-pym-and-the-double-jinx

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1407163469/

 

10 Random Things About Poppy Pym

1. When I wrote the first draft of the first chapter of the first Poppy Pym book, the character Pym was actually called Mim instead.… Read more >>>