Bookish Update… Colleen Hoover, Penelope Douglas

Since my last bookish update I’ve devoured the following books… which exclude the 5 books I read on holidays whilst in Vanuatu. I’ve been on a bit of a Colleen Hoover and Penelope Douglas spree. I’m seriously loving New Adult romances at the moment! I was also super excited to read Preppy by TM Frazier, and as far as I’m concerned, it lived up to the hype!

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale – [Review]3 stars
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James – [Review]2 stars
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – [Review]5 stars
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – [Review]4 stars
Confess by Colleen Hoover – [Review]4 stars
Too Late by Colleen Hoover – [Review]2 stars
Never Never by Colleen Hoover – [Review]3 stars
Preppy by TM Frazier – [Review] 5 stars
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry – [Review]3 stars
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland – [Review]3 stars
Big Rock by Lauren Blakely – [Review]3 stars
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas – [Review] 5 stars
Bully by Penelope Douglas – [Review]3 stars

New to my bookshelf…

Some I purchased, some were sent to me from publishers…

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer Blog Tour

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Links: GoodReads

Blurb:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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My Review:

I like how this book immediately felt unique and interesting. It has a real cult vibe to it, and it was definitely an easy read. I would have liked some more dynamics – moments where my heart could race and I could feel the emotion, but I didn’t connect to the story in that way.

In saying that, whilst I wasn’t giggling and crying and flipping all over the place in excitement, I did enjoy this. I read in whilst on holidays in two separate sittings. It was an interesting tale of how the Queen of Hearts came to be. I like those sort of stories – like how Wicked is the story of Elphaba and how she becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

Very intriguing.

My Verdict – 3 stars

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What I Voted For… GoodReads Choice Awards

I love the GoodReads Choice Awards it’s a great way to see what everyone has been reading in 2016, and hence, an excellent way to see what books I’ve missed and must read immediately!

This year I voted for It Ends With Us in the romance category, The Sun is Also a Star in the young adult category, and A Court of Mist and Fury in the young adult science fiction/fantasy category. All were 5 star reviews from me.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 5 stars[Review]
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5 stars[Review]
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – 5 Stars[Review]

As many of the books nominated that I have read, there were an equal amount that I haven’t read. Catching my eye this year were:

Yay for new romance books to read! I was starting to think I’d depleted the genre!

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Author Spotlight: Erin Watt – The Royal Series

In celebration of Twisted Palace being released, I decided to highlight this awesome series by Erin Watt.

Paper Princess was originally recommended to me by a friend, and it sucked me in from word go. I think it’s really hard to find series that are consistently as good as the first book, but this one definitely is! A huge recommendation from me if you like a good romance.

Blurb:

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

    

Paper Princess[Review]5 stars
Broken Palace[Review] 5 stars
Twisted Palace[Review]5 stars

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What I Read On Holiday…

I’ve recently come back from 10 days in Vanuatu. It was a beautiful and relaxing holiday. If you ever get the chance to go, do so, because it’s a lovely place – the water is so blue and the snorkelling is excellent.

One of the best parts of my holiday was all the extra reading time I had – I managed to devour five books. So without further ado, here is what I was reading on my holiday:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 1.5 stars[Review]
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5 stars[Review]
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – 3 stars[Review]
Sting by Sandra Brown – 3 stars[Review]
Confess by Colleen Hoover – 4 stars[Review]

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Travel Hiatus!

Hey all, I’m off overseas to Vanuatu for a week, so Words Read & Written is on another travel hiatus.

See you all when I get back!

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Author Spotlight: Elle Kennedy – Off Campus Series

In celebration of the 4th book in the Off Campus series being released, I decided to do a little spotlight on the series and its author Elle Kennedy.

I adore this series. It’s such a fun and sexy NA romance. The first three books were all 5-star reads for me, and while the fourth was only 2-stars, I still thoroughly recommend this series if you’re looking for something sexy to read.

The Deal – 5 stars – [Review]
The Mistake – 5 stars – [Review]
The Score – 5 stars – [Review]
The Goal – 2 stars – [Review]

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