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A little magic and sparkle

Happy July!

I hope you have had a wonderful June! With it officially being summer and with a little bit of luck the summer weather will follow. I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the things I have on my Summer Bucket list this year.

With the Summer of 2020 being slightly different to what we had all planned and hoped for I decided that Summer of 2021 would be a little different and I would be taking time out to do some of the things I loved. When I started to plan for my summer content for this year (which was a priority of mine) I decided that it could be quite fun to share with you guys some of the things that are on my bucket list for this year. Somethings such as spending as much time with friends and family as possible seemed like obvious thing and not something I felt that needed to be included in the Bucket list but something that I would mention as a side note.

Lemonade:

There is something about making fresh lemonade on a summer day that reminds me so much of the typical book scene and film scene. Obviously this means that it is something that I want to get involved with and make happen. I also really want to try this lavender lemonade I keep seeing on the cottage core Tik Toks that I can’t seem to escape from. Maybe I could make a little blog series out of this… Trying recipes found on cottage core Tik Tok… let me know what you think?

Open Air Theatre:

Living in the gorgeous city of Brighton means that I am so so lucky to have a local open air theatre just down the road. Which has been on my list to visit since I moved here last year. Maybe this summer will be the time to actually go and visit.

Road Trips:

Now as I do not drive myself this is something that is a little harder to make happen but I definitely want to make this happen with friends or family. There are so many little places in the UK that I want to explore. Several little national trust places and little bookish locations that I would like to visit.

Now do not get me wrong there is so much more I want to have done and achieved by the end of the summer, it is just these things have been on my summer bucket list for years and it seems like 2021 is the year to make the little things happen. Maybe just maybe for some of these I will take you on the journey with me.

If you happen to have an incredible recipe for fresh lemonade please help a girl out.

What is on your list for this Summer?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy June!

I hope you are all well and safe and had a wonderful end to June!

For my birthday i added to my collection of self help/spiritual books. Now I understand that this is a topic that is not for everyone, however it is something that over the last year or so i have tried to educate myself in more. It is also something that I will continue to learn more about as at least for me it gives me yet another means of taking control of my life.

One of the books that I picked up and then read within literally a day was She Believed She Could, So She Did. A Modern Woman’s Guide to Life by Sam Lacey. I just knew that I would end up talking about it on here at some point and I finally got round to scheduling this in.

This book is broken down into four sections and in between is full of empowerment and quotes to inspire even the most uninspired person. This is a slightly different kind of book review for me because it is not fiction so i am going to talk about the four sections and what I loved along with sharing my favourite quotes that feature within this book.

Part One: Who Run The World?

This section is one of my favourites as it is so inspiring. It talks all about women that have had some impact on history whether it be through sports, fashion, NASA and so much more. There were so many inspirational women talked about in this section and facts that I did not know about. If you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut and have no inspiration I highly recommend just picking up this book amd reading all about the most incredible women and the things they have achieved. If they can do it, what is stopping you? (I say this knowing that I am right behind you all with the self-doubt) I swear it gives you the push you need even just to make the smallest step towards what you want to achieve.

My favourite fact i did not know about was the first man on the moon… we are all taught how incredible it was for the first man on the moon and what an achievement it is for him to have done so. At school we learn all about it however what we are very rarely taught is about the team of incredible women that were working behind the scenes to make this happen. For example in 1962 NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson worked on the detailed calculations and equations needed to successfully complete astronaut John Glenn’s journey into orbit. (I think we can chalk this up to a bloody awesome achievement for women everywhere.)

My favourite quote from this section has to be ” Well- Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Part Two: Be Your Own Woman:

In this section it talks all about how awesome it is when you can stand tall and let people know who you are.Taking control of your independence. We are made to be different. The temptation to compare yourself to others especially today in our social media controlled generation is so large. This chapter reminds us that actually it is pretty awesome to step away from trying to be the same as other people.

Being different is what makes us unique and being unique is something we all take for granted. Some of my favourite people in life whether it be friends, family or celebrities are the ones who embrace their uniqueness and use it to have their voices heard. Now this is not to say I have this down because I promise you that it is not true. However it is certainly something I wish to work on.

My favourite page of this section is the one which talks about the importance of saying no. Which is something I know is an area of my life I need to work on. I know that setting boundaries is something that I struggle with so I found it really interesting to read about how learning to say no to a situation which is likely to make you feel bad or anxious, or you just do not want to do, gives a whole new feeling of empowerment. And I am all for empowerment especially when it comes to your own life.

My favourite quote from this section comes from one of my favourite actresses Emma Stone and she says “You’re only human once. You live once and life is wonderful. So eat the damned red velvet cupcake.”

Part Three: Achieve and Succeed:

This section is a little like what I would call tough love. If you want the truth and brutal honesty… this would be it. From career to relationships it discusses everything. However it gives you a little honest reminder that nothing is going to change unless you put the effort into making it change. Do not like your current job… find your dream role and make it happen. Stuck in bad relationships.. admit you deserve better and are worth so much more. Make the changes. Life is magical but without some effort from you it is just not going to happen.

My favourite page in this section is the little page on mind over matter. This section of the book is one that I love not only because reading the title had me singing Anthony Ramos (mind over matter) also yes the obsession is a little intense. But because it is a brutal reminder that it is mind over matter, the things you convince yourself you cannot do, what if I told you with a little change in mindset this is something that could be achieved. What if I told you that your way of thinking about yourself is what talks you out of doing the things you would be good at. This section reminds you to take that leap of faith. I believe in you. You should believe in yourself to.

My favourite quote from this section is “how can you expect anyone to believe in you and your ideas if you don’t believe in them yourself?”- Kelly Hoppen

Part Four: Give a little respect:

This section talks about respecting yourself and learning to love and embrace everything that makes you, who you are. (this section is one that I myself a currently working on. So I loved it a little more than the others).

My favourite page in this section talks about the power of positive thinking. This is something I have often thought a lot about. What if we turned the negative thoughts on their head and used them to create something positive! What would happen then? In this section they talk about how we can use this technique to increase your sense of self-worth, reduce stress and help exude that positive energy. Helping us increase our vibrations.

My favourite quote from this section is “Define success on your own terms, Achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live”- Anne Sweeney.

Star Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Do you like books like this? What are your recommendations?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy June!!

I hope everyone is doing well! And enjoying the official start to the summer! As we come to the end of June I am back with another Blog Tour! Obviously hosted by my favourite @thewritereads. I am positive that you are all very aware of who Dave is now and how grateful I am for him and the blog tours. Thanks to #TheWriteReads and Penguin for making this book available to me as part of the blog tour!Todays blog tour is one I have been super excited for!

Yet again another amazing banner from my darling Noly... we know I adore her!

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 304 Pages

Publishing: 3rd June 2021

ISBN: 9780241516911

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1524718963

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55600878-instructions-for-dancing

About the Author:

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everythingand The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She’s also co-publisher of Joy Revolution, a Random House young adult imprint dedicated to love stories starring people of color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.

Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with a new and utterly unique romance.

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.

When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?

My Review:

Wow! Where to start… what a book!

As always I am going to try my best to avoid spoilers but if you did not already guess I LOVED THIS BOOK! I could spend hours literal hours discussing how much i enjoyed reading this book and the fact I had to keep making sure to stop reading it at night otherwise I would have finished it in one day but no sleep and Gee do not go together very well.

small side note if you are planning to give this book a read, which I would obviously 100% recommend, you are going to need to get the tissues out. It can only be described as a tear jerker.

The stories follow Evie Thomas whose faith in love since she found out the reason her parents got a divorce has depleted. It seems to her that everyone around her have gotten over the divorce and she is the only one still holding on and dealing with her loss of faith in love. She decides to get rid of all her romance novels. Which is something that I felt so so badly. I often feel the need to remove them from my life but I have a little attachment to them.

All the books she had and read gave her what she now considers as false standards when it comes to love. Whether it be the Contemporary and Paranormal genre romances that she used to enjoy. Sadly they no longer hold importance or even spark hope in her anymore. She takes all her books and donates them to the little library in her town. That is when she meets an old lady who advises her to pick up a book titled “Instructions for Dancing”.

Now to be clear I am going to avoid talking more about the book specifically right now because I really do not want to spoil this book for you. However as someone who has parents who divorced at a young age and have seen them find new partners. This book hit me hard and actually I found it so so much more emotional to read than I thought I was going to.

At first I could not workout if it was the mutual connection to divorce or the new lack of confidence of love. Whatever it was my heart was far too attached to this one. This being said that did not stop me loving this book so so much.

I think it is safe to say I am a hopeless romantic (Those romance novels are not going anywhere any time soon.) This book made me fall back in love with characters, back in love with the idea of love no matter how complicated it may be.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Does this sound like something you would want to read? If you have read it what did you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy June!

I hope you are all having a wonderful June so far! With summer officially here! I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my favourite book quotes all about summer! These are often my favourite posts to have included in the schedule as it just gives off the best vibes. As a June baby I love me the summer however this being said if you know me well you will know its not my favourite season! In an attempt to appreciate the summer more this year I thought I would share the book quotes about summer that bring a warm fuzzy feeling to my heart.

I love this one particularly because it highlights that whether you are quiet or not you hold a magic within you which can make the most incredible things happen, especially when the sun is shining. I love me some magical moments.

As a Gemini and a June baby, I love this quote so so much! I think it sums up the beauty of June in the simplest of terms and yet paints the most beautiful picture.

Now although I do not believe summer to be my most magical time of the year (i love me some fall/winter magic) one of my best friends (soul sister) is also a June baby and I cannot think of a better proof that the world and universe is a magical thing. We have quite the meet cute.

Now it would not be me if Harry Potter was not included. (I know that some will disagree with the inclusion of these books but I want to make it perfectly clear in no form whatsoever do I support the authors views.) Harry potter books and films made up a massive part of my childhood and my escape from reality that I just find some comfort in getting lost in the world over and over again. Also Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton in general) has a small (large) spot in my heart (I am not sorry).

One of my all time favourite books and therefore just had to be mentioned.

I release after writing these out the majority of them talks about the magic of the summer in one way or another. It just seems very fitting for me really. We all know I love me some magic.

What are some of your favourite book quotes for the summer?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy June!

I hope you are having a lovely day! Last Sunday was my 23rd birthday and I thought as one way to celebrate this I would share with you 24 things that I would like to have achieved in a year times when I turn 24!

I am going to come back to this list in a year and update you all on what we managed to achieve.

What would you add to your list?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy May!

I hope you are well and keeping safe. A little side note… It is Gemini season so Happy Birthday to all my fellow Geminis. With this being said and having a little break between uni work I am able to get back to scheduling content for you guys and it is going to come at you thick and fast. Aiming for a minimum of a post a week but we know that sometimes I get a little excited and well it will be more than that.

After a break in April I am back with a post that I have been super excited to share with you all.

This post is in collaboration with quite a few other bloggers in the community. I will have all of them listed at the end of the post, so be sure to check out their blogs as well as their collaborated post. We wanted to showcase a few places we love in our areas to provide travel inspiration to our readers.We have all gained the itch to travel as soon as we are allowed and it is safe to. Along with this, as a blogger, one of the best parts is connecting with creators all around the world. We wanted to use this opportunity to share more about ourselves & connect more with our readers.

It is likely that this post will be one of the most personal posts I have done and will give you a little more of an insight into myself (all things Gee). I am writing this sat in my little apartment just outside the centre of Brighton (England). A place that I am so grateful to be able to call home.For those who know me you will know I have always been a little obsessed with Brighton and always wanted to live here. I was able to make that a reality back in July of last year. However I have visited Brighton so many occasions that to me it has always felt a little like home. Now as someone who gets to call Brighton home there are so many things about the city that for me just feel so magical. This post will share with you some of my favourite places.

The Lanes:

Now it would be a list of my favourite places in Brighton without mentioning the Laines. Here you will find some of the nicest jewellery shops and also some of the cutest and quaint shops. Along with one of my favourite small business coffee shops which to me just screams an ideal place to have that meet cute that you hear about in books and films.

From coffee shops to bars, cafés to restaurants, clothes stores to florists there is something for everyone. If like me you love yourself some crystals and anything that allows you to embrace your inner Witch they also have plenty of these stores.

I would highly recommend the Coffeetzar on trafalgar street for coffee. Honestly where you will find me most days. Some of the nicest staff ever.

If you are a crystal fan like me I would recommend heading into the lanes and checking out Two Feathers who not only have some of the nicest staff but so many crystals, jewellery, candles, tarot decks anything your magical selves could wish for.

If you are looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat I would highly suggest you head out of the north laines and head down to the lanes with all the jewellery shops and take a pit stop at Donatello’s who are one of my all time favourite restaurants and my first point of call after lock down.

Hove:

Again with many cute restaurants and bars… along with coffee shops I thought I should give Hove a mention… Specifically because one of my favourite little book shops is located in hove and it would not be me if I did not mention a book shop. If you ever come to Brighton why not take a walk into Hove and stop at City Books shop. It is one of my favourite bookshops. Hove beach is also the perfect place to head if you are looking for a quieter beach to sit on.

Open Market:

Located just of of London Road in Brighton you will find one of my favourite places. The Open Market which has some of the best and quirkest little stalls for you to browse from Fruit and veg stalls that at Christmas also have real Christmas trees (if you know me well you will know the excitement.) to a book stall which has every classic novel you could ever think of and more.

One of my favourite stalls at the Open Market is the Crystal Therapy stall run by the loveliest lady Lorraine. Who stocks so many beautiful crystals and little magical treasure that just fill my heart with such joy. It is somewhere that I know my best friend would adore.

Open Air Theatre:

The theatre lover in me had to point this one out. Located a little outside of the centre of Brighton we have an open air theatre, which to me is one of my favourite places because I just think it is so beautiful and something a little different. If you love theatre like me it is a must see even if it is just to have a wander and grab a coffee from the little shop nearby.

The Pier:

Obviously it would be wrong not to include the Pier in my list of favourites, whether it is just going for a walk along the Pier to grab a coffee and take in the views, or spending way too long in the arcades, there is always plenty to do on the pier. And a little bit of local information it is also the location where some filming to place with Harry Styles for his new film My Policeman based on a book set in 50s Brighton. (Not out until 2022)

The Beach:

It would not be a list of some of my favourite places if we did not talk about the beach. Whether it is just going for a walk along the sea or stopping for a coffee and some food a one of the little restaurants. The beach is one of my favourite places of all time. Normally when the weather is gorgeous you will find me sat on the beach with a coffee either reading a book or journaling. There is just something about writing whilst sat by the sea.

You will notice a theme with a lot of these places a lot of them but each one has a little special place in my heart and all add up to some of the main reasons I have fallen head over heels with the place I am so lucky to call home.

Have you visited Brighton? Where are some of your favourite places? If not do you think it is somewhere you would want to visit?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

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Happy May!

How crazy is it that it is May already and tomorrow we enter Gemini season ( as a fellow Gemini and someone who has a lot of Geminis as friends… I cannot bloody wait!)

After a brief period off in April I am back and we have some exciting content coming your way… Friday I am finally getting round to post an incredible collaboration that I have been so excited about. But for now we are back with some of my favourite kind of posts… It’s a Blog Tour. And we all know how much I love me a good Blog tour.

And with all my Blog Tours we are starting off with a little gush of appreciation for one of my favourite humans Dave because I swear I would miss half of these blog tours if it was not for him. So a massive Thanks to Dave at TheWriteReads for letting me take part in this blog tour. Also a Big thanks also to Tor UK and the author himself for my free Ecopy in exchange for an honest review…

Spoiler Alert we come back with a bang and another 5 star reviews. 2021 is turning out to be the year of 5 star reviews.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series and a standalone science fiction novel scheduled for 2015. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entomologist.

Synopsis:

This high-stakes space-based adventure will be perfect for those who loved Children of Time, also by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

My Review:

As always I will aim to not give any spoilers to the book because when I say you need to read this yourself… I MEAN IF YOU LOVE SCI-FI… DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND GRAB A COPY! It is worth it I promise. With that being said here are some of my views.

This was my first book by Adrian Tchaikovsky, this will be rectified immediately, I am not normally a huge Sci-Fi lover but I think he may have converted me just a little. I loved that whilst reading this book I could feel myself having so many different emotions. Especially during the battles my heart was beating so fast. I think I managed to convince my brain that I was part of the battle.

Now do not get me wrong this book is LARGE so it took me a little longer than expected to finish it but I actually did not mind the length of the book… if I am being honest never wanted it to end.

One of my favourite things about this book is the how diverse the characters were… it feels like a rarity and something that should definitely mentioned about this book as it was something that made me love the book even more.

As someone who would not say that SCI-FI is their favourite genre I still ended up giving this book 5 stars because holy cow… I could not put it down. If you are a Sci-Fi lover I am certain you would love it even more than me… in fact it reminded me of someone I met the other day who had so much Sci-Fi knowledge I was lost but listening to him be that enthusiastic meant I just have to tell him about this book.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Does this sound like a book you would enjoy? Let me know what you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy April!

I hope you are keeping well and safe. Today I am back with another blog tour with organised by my favourite Dave @thewritereads. As always it is a pleasure to be a part of these blog tours. However for todays blog tour spot I decided to do a mix between a review and a spotlight. Having only finished this book last night I still cant quite put into words my full thoughts. So I thought I would share my first thoughts and a little spotlight for this book with a list of some others who I know have reviewed this one. I hope you all enjoy.

Synopsis:

One minute you’re walking in the park, hiding from a party. Then you discover that the next nine months will probably be your last. Everyone’s last. You realise that you happen to be alive at the time when your species becomes extinct.
You have to decide whether to go with it meekly like you usually do, or to do something brave, to live your last months with all the energy and bravery you can muster, to rage against the dying of the light.

Olivia struggles to live her real life as fully as she wants to. She plans out conversations and events in her head but actually doing them and interacting with other people is hard. When the news breaks that humans have done such damage to the earth that there’s only nine months of safe air left everybody makes bucket lists and starts living their best lives – everyone, that is, but Olivia who is still struggling to figure out who she wants to be.

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know exsisted. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for their last summer on earth Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having a effect on her. But what if Natasha isn’t everything she first appears to be . . . ?

My Review:

Okay in all honesty with this one I am not really sure where to start. I had very mixed feelings about this one throughout. However once I had got over a few little facts I did in fact make it to the end of the book and ended up enjoying it more than I first thought I would.

One of the biggest hurdles I had to get over with this book was realising that this book was not actually going to be about the end of the world. Which I was a little bit disappointed about when I started reading the book. However I continued to read this book and I am glad that I did. It may not have been what I expected but it still turned into a good read.

I should be clear though if you are looking for a thriller that focuses on the end of the world…. this may not be the one for you. Again this is not to say that it is not a good read but I would recommend ignoring the blurb and the cover a little for this one as for me they do not give the best representation of this book.

Star Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Does this book sound like something you would enjoy? Let me know? If you have already read it let me know what your thoughts were?

About The Author:

I started out working as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. I managed, somehow, to get commissioned to go travelling for a year, and came home with the beginnings of a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WHSmith New Talent Award, and I have since written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three book for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world. I live in Cornwall with my husband Craig and our children.

Other Bloggers on this tour:

Tessa Talks Books

Lous Book Stuff

Feathered Books

Marti Leimbach

Ellie Mai Blogs

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy April!!

I am back again with another blog tour and this one is one I have been so so excited about! As always I would like to say a massive thank you to Dave @thewritereads for having me on this tour. Also a massive thank you to Dave and Penguin UK for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Becky Albertalli author photo

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta.

You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Twitter: @beckyalbertalli

Synopsis:


From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.

[PRINCIPAL CAST LIST]
Kate Garfield
Anderson Walker

Best friends, and contrary to popular belief, not co-dependent. Examples:

Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.

Enter Stage Left: Matt Olsson

He is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…

My Review:

If you know me well you will know there are certain things I love in life… Theatre, Books and stories of love just happen to be some of those. As soon as I saw the synopsis of this book I knew I had to read it. I was not wrong! There is so much I want to talk about but as always we are going to try to avoid spoilers so somethings will just have to wait.

Firstly I loved all the theatrical references and all the references to the different theatre shows through out. Within one of the first chapters the drama teacher is mentioned and it had me laughing to myself on the bus because I immediately had my drama teacher in my head, who was just one of my favourite people in the whole entire world. From that moment I had a strong suspicion I was going to love this book.

As always I am going to try to avoid spoiling anything but the friendship between Kate and Anderson ended up being one of the things I loved most about this book. I think that it was because in some aspects it took me right back to high school and the memories of people I am no longer friends with. However to be truthful we never dealt with communal crushes as well as these two beautiful humans.

From the beginning I had a sneaky feeling I was going to be a fan of the duo. Friendship is a huge theme in this book and one of the reasons I loved it so much.

Another theme that unlike the friendship had me a little worried was the idea of them having a communal crush. If I am honest I was so so worried that this was going to blow up in their faces. (we have all been there… maybe just me) but I loved how the relationships turned out and I finished the book with a sense of relief and love for all the characters which I did not expect to happen. If I am truthful I did not expect to like their crush but hey turns out Matt wins my vote of how lovely he comes across.

I adore Becky Albertalli as an author and I was not disappointed this time round either. Kate in waiting is a brilliantly easy read that I know I will be reaching for again.

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read this yet? What did you think? Is it one you would read?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

Happy April!

I hope you are all well and safe! I have been so excited for this blog post because if we are being honest I knew I had to read this book the moment that it was released. For several different reasons 1. I love Zoe Sugg and I love that I have basically grown up alongside her content. 2. My Best friend and I have a lot of jokes when it comes to Magpies and 3. This book could not be any more up my street if it tried. So the moment it was released I knew I had to head and pick it up.

I finish reading The Magpie Society in two days. I literally could not put it down. So I thought it would only be fair to share these opinions with you.

RELEASE DATE:  29 October 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 330

Publisher: Penguin Books

Synopsis:

Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.

When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roommate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can’t help but get pulled in.

The two can’t stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school.

Welcome to The Magpie Society.

One for Sorrow will be told via the alternating first person perspectives of the lead characters Audrey – written by Amy – and Ivy – written by Zoe – with the narrative being jointly plotted by both authors.

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My Review:

If you have been around here for a while you will know that any books that are a little gothic in nature are bound to go down well with me. This was something that I loved about this book.

If you know me you know I had such high expectations from this book because I am a huge fan of Zoe. I was not disappointed. This book for me once I managed to get the time to read it in a block was an incredibly quick read.

The mystery of this book reminded me of the old style of classic gothic mysteries but set in todays society. I liked the way this was written as it showed a little bit of each of the authors styles of writing.

As always I am trying not to give you spoilers of the books I am reviewing. The authors did a great job of keeping the mystery alive throughout the entire novel and their writing styles collaborated smoothly to give you two characters which really give something for everyone.

I have so many questions about this book but as I know there is a second follow up book coming I cannot wait to see what they have planned for the rest of this story.

Star Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Have you read The Magpie Society? What did you think?

Love Always,

Gee xoxo