New Name

Good morning lovelies! It’s almost 2018!! Can you believe it? 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday so far.  It’s freezing cold here in Niagara Falls (Canada).

Soo..after a lot of careful thought, I have decided to kick off the New year with a new name: Button-Eyed Reader (you know..like the Other Mother from Coraline and her button eyes?)

I wanted to pick something a little less popular in the book blogg-o-sphere to avoid any mix-ups ๐Ÿ˜

But on another note, I just wanted to end 2017 and begin 2018 by saying thanks to all of you who read and support my blog.  Words can’t even express my gratitude and appreciation.  You guys are awesome!!

Cheers.

Xoxo

Advertisements

[#BookReview] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas #ACOTAR #YALit #Fantasyย ย 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication date: May 5, 2015

My Thoughts

OH-M-GEE!

The best way to describe this story is think: Beauty and the Beast meets GOT (a Game of Thrones).

I might be late on the ACOTAR bandwagon, but I am SO glad I snagged a copy of this book at the library.  From the moment I opened the book, I felt like I had found a forbidden treasure.  I literally had goosebumps!  It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA novel, and I’m super picky when it comes to fantasies.  The last time I enjoyed YA this much, was TWILIGHT. 

If there was one thing I had to point out, which really didn’t detract from the awesome story-telling, was that maybe it could have used a bit more editing.

By the end of this read, I now understand how people can have book boyfriends.  I mean come on..how sexy is Tamlin? And Rhysand?? (Mmmm..)

 

I’m just gonna stop here, cause I can gush about it all day which would ruin the story for those who haven’t read it yet.

My Rating ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Book Blurb

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill โ€“ the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Have you read this series?  What did you think?  Have you read Maas’ other series?

[#BookBlitz & #Giveaway] All We Want for Christmas is you by Anita Maxwellย 



All We Want For Christmas Is You
Anita Maxwell
Publication date: December 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Hayden Halloway wants to see her name in print when she gets out of college, preferably in one of the big five newspapers in New York. She has everything lined up to make that happen, except for that one perfect story to finalize her portfolio.

Christian, Vinnie, and Justin, first string forwards on the college hockey team, all have their sights set on Hayden. But a situation involving her best friend and the Puck Games โ€“ the hockey teamโ€™s sex rating competition โ€“ ends up setting them on a collision course that could leave more than their reputations damaged.

Eggnog, coffee dates, and the Winter Wonderland all have Hayden losing bits and pieces of herself to the guys. Will Hayden sacrifice her integrity for her heart, or will she ruin the guys chances at going pro and any chance they have of being together?

Goodreads / Amazon


Author Bio:

Anita Maxwell is from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She has one husband, one son, two dogs, one mean cat, and no kangaroo. She loves to be the center of attention, even when noone else wants her to be. She used to be a ballerina, but now does pole dancing. She is a massive I.T. nerd. She loves planning events. One of her favourite things to do is tell K.B. “No, the main character can’t do that because…”. Her favourite genres to read are Science Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Historical, Based on True Stories, and Reverse Harem of course. She has a book she carries with her called “My little book of big ideas”, which is currently a quarter full.

Facebook / Goodreads


Giveaway!

CLICK HERE

[#BookReview] The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale by Daniel Thompson, Illustrated by Connor Edwards #ChildrensFiction #IllustratedBooks #ChristmasStories

** I’d like to thank the author for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Oct 31, 2017

My Rating: ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค

My Thoughts

I’m always up for a story that involves an evil queen or witch, so I was all-in when I was given the opportunity to read this.  I would love to use my kids as an excuse as to why I wanted to read it, but who am I kidding?! If you didn’t already know, I’m a fan of children’s..ahem..ILLUSTRATED books.  Lol.

And might I say, the illustrations in this cute story were a nice addition! It had a Dr.Seuss kinda feel, with a hint of darkness to it.  

It tells a tale of 3 children who build an evil snow queen (rather than a snowman), who comes to life and casts an evil spell on all children to turn them naughty.

Elaine Gale totally reminded me of the witch in The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe by C.S Lewis making her my favourite character.

I especially liked that this story appeals to a broad age group and wasn’t too kiddie (if you know what I mean). If there was one thing I had to critique, it would be that even if this story was not in rhyme, it would equally have been just as good.

Whether you love a good Christmas story, or story of good vs. evil, I highly recommend this book for those ages 3 and up.

For more info: CLICK HERE

Book Blurb

In this book that you hold, a true story unfolds,

Of a Christmas not too long ago.

Where Iโ€™m lead to believe, on a cold Christmas eve,

Three Siblings played out in the snow.

As all children do, when the snow bustles through,

They built an acquaintance to scale.

But not a snow man, as suggested by Dan,

They built a snow queen, Elaine Gale

And they started to tell, how sheโ€™d cast an old spell,

For every child to be cruel.

For if no names exist, on Santaโ€™s nice list,

There would be no Christmas at all.

But little did they know, as they played in the snow,

Before the night was through.

That story they told, would find life in the cold.

And every word would come true.

Daniel Thompson

Danny is a Poet/film maker/musician and all round creative human from Birmingham.

He wrote this book because he loves Christmas and wanted to create something to add to the already rich tapestry of the Christmas festivities. He felt it was really important to tell an original Christmas story that a new generation of readers can claim as their own. He is really proud of what hr and Connor have created with this book and hopes you enjoy their work.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Connor Edwards

Connor is a graphic design student and illustrator from Birmingham.

The book was an exciting project to work on because its quirky story and writing style really inspired his imagination. As a Christmas story it was unlike anything already available, this refreshing look at the Christmas story gave him a lot to work with. He hopes you enjoy reading the book as much as he loved making it.

[#BookReview] Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

20171207_184515.jpg

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction

Publication Date: 1933

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

My Rating: ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Book Blurb

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

My Thoughts

The murder is with us – on the train now…

Canย you believe I’ve had this book on my shelf foCan you believe I’ve had this book on my shelf for 13 years and only read it now?

I’m so glad I decided to read this gem because it was SO good, even though I figured out whodunnit by Part 2, Chapter 3.ย  I felt like I was playing a game of Clue (which is one of my favourite games).

I love how each chapter was labeled, giving it the feel of reading a case file.ย  Hercule Poirot was by far my favourite character:

“If you will forgive me for being personal – I do not like your face M. Rachett

He reminded me of the intelligent Professor Plum.

This is such a gush-worthy novel, that I really don’t want to ruin it for those who have yet to read it.

I can’t wait to watch the movie! Have you read this book? Seen the movie yet? Let me know in the comment section ๐Ÿ˜Š