About

About Me

I’m Alexandra, I live in Wicklow, Ireland with my mum, sister and two adorable cats named Henry and Fluff(I know, original right). I only got into reading in my early teens, but consider myself a full fledged book lover and am reading non-stop.

My aim with this blog is to help others discover new and exciting books, so hopefully by reviewing books I can do that for you. I have no intention of ever writing a novel because I know I would be absolutely crap at it. I’m more into reading and recommending(talking my friends ears off), than I would be in getting published.

A few random things about me:

  • My favorite author is David Levithan, he’s so funny and I’m always getting weird looks from strangers when I’m reading because im sitting there giggling my ass off
  • My favorite genres to read are:Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy and Dystopian
  • I’m very easily frightened, so much so that if I’m walking around a corner and someone is coming from the other side, I’ll jump almost giving myself a heart attack, embarrassing to no end
  • My favorite meal is Pizza with Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice cream for dessert(wholly unhealthy, I know)
  • I think Johnny Depp is really good looking, even though he’s in his 50’s now

About my Reviews

  • Any review or blog post I publish here(or on Goodreads or Tumblr) may not be copied in any way without my permission and reference. I put a lot of time and effort into reviewing a book and would appreciate it if you respected that.
  • All the reviews and blog post’s are my personal opinion. If you don’t agree with it, I am open to discussing them with you but would appreciate it if you would be respectful in doing so.
  • My reviews are always spoiler free, unless stated otherwise.
  • Because of the above point, please don’t put spoilers in the comment’s, this is unfair to those who haven’t read the material discussed.
  • If you’d like me to review a specific book, you are more than free to contact me at the email given below.
  • In saying that, I only read books that I want to and that interest me. The time that it takes me to read a book is completely up to myself, I will read when I feel like it.

If you would like to know more about me or if you have a question please feel free to leave a comment or email me at alexhth@yahoo.ie

You can also find me on my goodreads, tumblr and twitter accounts.

Recommendations: New Adult 

  
The Deal by Elle Kennedy 

Published 24 February 2015 by Elle Kennedy 

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 342

Rating: 5 stars

Buy it here

Synopsis: 

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good



All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.



I absolutely loved this book. It was one of the first New Adult books that I read and it made me fall head over heals in love with the genre. There’s just something about collage romance that gets to me. And the fact that the main character plays hockey was so very appealing. Books that start with the characters hating each other then eventually fall in love are my favourite. If that’s your thing along with some steamy scenes thrown in there then this is the book for you. Suitable for ages 17+ due explicit sexual content. 

Patrick Ness’ New Release

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First off can I just say that the UK(right) edition is much nicer than the US(left) edition. It is more aesthetically pleasing and looks way cooler than the US edition. The whole colour scheme works much better and I like how it’s all centered in the middle of the page. With the US cover there’s so much going on, it makes it difficult to look at. I think it looks more juvenile as well with the drawings on it.

Anyway this was published on August 27th by Walker Books. It is a new release as you can tell and is about the people who aren’t the heroes of the story. As in the ones who don’t kick zombie ass or fight Immortals, the people who are going about a normal life in the midst of a totally not normal world. A world filled with supernatural creatures and the fear of not being able to ask out the girl you like before the school might get blown up again. The not Chosen One’s.

Continue reading

Things are a changin’

So over the coming months things are going to be changing on my blog. I’m going to be much busier and therefor won’t be able to post as often as I’d like, sadly. I’m sorry about that and I’m just as unhappy as you are about it, I hope. Just watch beautiful Zach, you’ll be fine.

So first things first, I am going to be changing my “Weekly Recommendations” posts to Monthly Recommendations. This is partly because I won’t have the time and because I will eventually run out of books to recommend to you guys. I want the books to actually be good ones that you will want to read, not just something that I pick out of a list because I have nothing else left. I will try have the books be one that I have read that previous month, for example which one was the best out of what I had read. It will always be something that I absolutely loved, I will never recommend a mediocre book.

Secondly, I won’t be reviewing every single book I read from now on because at the rate I’m going I will have a major back loge by the time Christmas comes around. I think what I will do is put up a list of the books I have read that month and get you guys to vote and or tell me which ones you want me to do a review on. Depending on the amount of books, I will get you to chose a certain number, for example if I had read 5 books I would get you to chose the top 2-3 that you want me to review for that month. Would you want me to give my rating’s alongside so that you could get a sense of what way the review would go? Let me know how best to do it.

So I have a list here of the books I have read since doing my last review:

-Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

-Magnolia by Kirsti Cook

-Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

-Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

-Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

-A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

-The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

-Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

-The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

-Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley

-Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout as J. Lynn

So out of those 11, list your top 5 from 1st to last, of which books you would like me to do a review on. Or if there is only one or two that you want me to review then just put those down. Obviously there won’t be that many each month and if I only read one or two books in a month ,I will just do a review on those that I have read without putting a list up. I generally don’t do reviews on re-reads, but if you see a book that is on my currently reading and it doesn’t come up on the list at the end of the month just ask me about it or put it on your list. For example I have re-read lots of the House Of Night series this month, but wasn’t planning on doing reviews on them.

If this ends up not working then I will probably just select which books are for review myself and hope I am providing the type of stuff that you guys find interesting. So, that’s pretty much it with changes for now. If there’s any more I will obviously let you know.

Happy Reading 🙂

The Inside Out Book Tag

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Woo, another book tag! I really like this one and I’ve been meaning to go see the movie in the cinema, it looks just hilarious. I was tagged by HARDWORK BOULEVARD, you should go check out her take on this tag. Now, on to the tag:

Books that bring you joy

How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

This book just makes me so happy when I read it and I love love love how cute the romances are in this novel.(It doesn’t hurt that David Levithan is my favorite author either)

A book that made you angry

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

I’ve already done a book review on this where I ranted about it, but this book just gets to me. Nothing happens in this book, I don’t know how the author manages to write almost 400 pages where there is virtually no plot. So it’s not so much the story or characters as it is the author and book itself that makes me angry.

Books that made you sad

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This was such a beautiful story and you could just see where it was going at the end, I’m pretty sure I teared up when it was finished.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The whole concept of this novel is heartbreaking, it really made me think about how we treat people and the impact that it had on others.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

I was given this book to read and was not expecting what happened to happen. I didn’t cry or anything but it was just really sad to think about what happened to the little girl in this story.

A book that disgusts you

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

It sickens and disgusts me that people can act this way, to beat an innocent person is just not right.

A book that brings you fear

The Stand by Stephen King

I haven’t actually finished this book, but the whole idea of a disease spreading so fast is really frightening.

I Tag:

Books And Rita

Teabags and Books

For the Lover of Book

Forwards And Bookwords

Happy Reading 🙂

Weekly Recommendations #8

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Published October 12th 2010 by Random House Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Historical

Pages: 472

Rating:5/5 stars

Buy it here

This book isn’t just a YA Historical, it’s much more than that. It’s half set in modern time and half set in the french revolution. A fantastic mash up of coming of age, romance and how life was if you were a member of the royal family in france at the time. It’s a truly captivating story and I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of history thrown in there with a mystery to solve. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Readers of If I Stay and Elizabeth George will love Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light. Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.“

Happy Reading 🙂

The Reading Habits Book Tag

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I have been tagged to do this lovely book tag by Tiffani @TheBookVenom, please go check out her blog, it’s bookish and we all need more of that in our lives. Now on to the questions…

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I mostly read curled up on the left hand side of my couch in the sitting room(I’m very specific about which side, it has to be that side).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I am currently using a receipt as a bookmark. So yeah random piece of paper, who needs to go and spend money on fancy bookmarks when your most likely going to lose them anyway. But each to there own.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I usually try to stop reading when the chapter ends, I hate stopping in the middle of a page.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

No, I just can’t get the hang of holding a book and eating at the same time.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Generally I don’t do either because I find it quite distracting. But if I were to, I would listen to music, probably classical since there are no words.

One book at a time or several at once?

One at at time. I like to give all of my attention to the book that I’m currently reading.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer to read at home.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Some times my eyes will skim over the next paragraph(without my permission). But I never skip whole pages, unless it is an immensely crap book and I just wanna know what happens.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try to keep them as new looking as possible, but sometimes it just has to happen. Also depends on how much I liked the book, if it’s good I will want to keep it as pretty as possible.

Do you write in your books?

Never! Its like defiling a book, I just couldn’t make my self do it. I always hated it in school when the teacher would make us underline something or highlight it.

I tag:

The Bibliotheque

Myriad Inklings

Reading With Jenna

Princessica Of Books

Read At Midnight

Happy Reading 🙂

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 388

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5 stars

Buy it here

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.“

So before I even started reading this book I knew I was going to like it. There was so much hype going around about it and everyone seemed to be reading it and absolutely loving it. I can say that from the moment I sat down to read this book, I was hooked.

The writing was so beautiful, I mean it really was. I don’t even know how to describe it but it was just such a nice book to read. It had a calming effect on me and I found that I could not put this book down. It was set in the desert, and had a sort of Arabian thing going on that I found really interesting and it just added that element of something different to the story. This was nothing like the YA fantasy that I have read before.

I loved all of the characters. There was some much to each one that I found myself wanting to hear about Shazi’s handmaid and all that was happening with her. I wanted to know about each of the characters, never finding them lacking description wise, they were all formed really well.

Shazi herself was really clever. The things she said would not be something you would expect to come out of a sixteen year old’s mouth. She was so wise and knew exactly what to say at the right times. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view and seeing her inner struggle as the book progressed as to what she was going to do about Khalid made me sympathize for her.

Khalid on the other hand, I can’t say if I ever thought him to be a bad person. I think the author revealed to us that he was “good” before Shazi knew it herself. So I was always kinda rooting for him throughout the novel. He was just a heart throb all over!

Now there were one or two things I had an issue with. I won’t go into exactly what they were, but there were certain moments that seemed to not fit with the story. That were not as believable and just didn’t sit well in it. Also one thing that has been bugging me since finishing the book, was the ending. What a whopper of a cliff hanger! I had no idea going in to this book that it was not a stand-alone. So when it was getting nearer to the end and things weren’t being resolved I was staring to freak out.

So there I am, unbeknownst to me, reading the last page of the book. I turn to the next page and I’m like, where is the rest of it? The book just finished! Now I have to wait an entire year to know what happens next, the torture. However, it was a pretty epic ending. But I’m still not happy about it(she says whaling like a child). I shall wait and I will wait for the next book to come out. Besides that, overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy, with a mature edge to it. There are non of the teenage angst’s found in this book.The romance was fantastically handled and you just have got to read it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Weekly Recommendations #7

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published  September 21st 1937 by HarperCollins

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 388

Rating:5/5 stars

Buy it here

So it’s fair to say that this is a classic that everyone needs to read. The book itself is not very long but somehow Tolkien seemed to pack so much in there. I’m not usually a fan of classics and I thought I would find this book boring, but boy was I wrong. The story pulled me in straight away and I couldn’t put this book down. The characters and world building were fascinating, funny at times as well. If you think this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea like I did, I encourage you to just give it a try anyway, you’d be surprised. I would recommend this book for teens and older readers as the story can be hard to follow at certain points.

**For all who don’t know this is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy**

Synopses:

This is the story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further then the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…”

Liebster Award!

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Eek! Excitement. So I’m scrolling through my emails and get one from WordPress telling me about a comment and then see that Inside the mind of a bibliophile nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is just so cool, to know that people are reading my posts and have actually gone to the effort of doing something like this. So I just want to say thank you to Chanice from Inside the mind of a bibliophile for nominating me. I’d never heard of this award until today, but it’s to give recognition to new or undiscovered blogs.

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So here are the questions that Chanice left for me:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I like to organize stuff, so making my blog look pretty and having everything in order is really fun for me.

2.If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?

The Bible, because I’m a Christian and would never want to be without it.

3. What’s your favorite snack to eat while reading?

I don’t generally eat while I’m reading, but if I did it would be some sort of small chocolate thing, like minstrels or maltesers.

4. If you could be one fictional character for a day, who would you choose?

Macy from The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen.

5. What is your least favorite genre and why?

The classics aren’t really a genre but I almost always find them truly boring to read.

6. What is your favorite contemporary novel?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

7. Who is your favorite book blogger? (Tag them)

8. Has a book ever changed your life or your perspective on certain things? If so, which book?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This book gave me a really good sense of what it’s like to be a black person in a world of white, but the other way around. Things that never would have occurred to me as a white person really gave me something to think about when reading this book. Like how almost all plasters for sale are sold in a pinky beige colour that would completely stand out on a black person.  It just left me in a thought filled haze about how society works.

9. How many books have you read this year and how close are you to your yearly reading challenge goal?

I have read 97 books so far this year out of the 100 that I want to read, so I’m pretty close.

10. What is your favorite book that you’ve read in 2015 so far?

How they Met and Other Stories by David Levithan, this is a compilation of short story’s about love and is so cute and I absolutely loved it.

11. What is the worst book you’ve ever read?

Towering by Alex Flinn. Her other books were so good, but unfortunately this wasn’t.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. When I was ten I broke both of my arms within two months of each other.

2. My best friends name is Sinead, we’ve known each other since we were three, but only really became friends when we were eight or nine.

3. I’m a vegetarian and have been for a year now.

4. I’m prone to scarfing a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s even if it makes me sick.

5. I hated reading as a child with a passion.

6. Me and my sister order so often from Pizza Hut Delivery that the staff know us by face and our order off by heart. (Large pizza half peperoni, mince meet and onions,other half plain cheese). They got a new delivery boy, but we all know fantasy’s don’t come true.

7. I found out I was dyslexic when I was twelve.

8. My hair is currently purple and blue.

9. I currently work as a kitchen assistant at a Hostel in the next village over from mine.

10. I crave food and all things sweet.

11. I love to stop and stare at the world around me and just take in all the beauty that’s in it.

I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

The Bibliotheque

The Paper Dragon

Ponderingink

A Daily Life Blog

Tea Bags and Books

High on Book Madness

The Book Venom

Enrico Reads

Welcome to Terabithia

Utopia World for Readers

It’s Only Three

Here are the eleven questions for my nominees to answer:

1. If you could spend one day in any fictional world, which one would it be and why?(Book, movie, TV show)

2. What is your favorite book?

3. What novel would you want to be made into a movie and who would play the lead character?

4. What is your favorite quote?

5. What format are you most comfortable reading in?(paperback, hardback, ebook, audiobook)

6. If money was no issue, where would you travel and why?

7. Ice cream or cake, and which flavor?

8. Biggest pet peeve?

9. Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

10. What book made you feel the most emotion?(Happiness, sadness, anger)

11. Why did you decide to start blogging?

Well that’s it. This was really fun and I hope you guys all go and check out the blogs that I’ve mentioned! For those that I’ve nominated, if you can’t get all of the rules then don’t worry. Between 5-11 bloggers is fine and if the blog has more than 200 followers no worries, if they’re a small blog and deserve it then that’s all that matters.

Happy reading 🙂

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

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The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Published January 1st 2004 by Plume

Genres: Adult, Romance

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Rating: 3/5 stars

Buy it here

In Anthony Capella’s delicious debut novel, Laura, a twentysomething American, is on her first trip to Italy. She’s completely enamored of the art, beauty, and, of course, food that Rome has to offer. Soon she’s enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her he’s a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tommaso hasen’t been entirely truthful he’s really just a waiter. The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommaso’s talented but shy friend Bruno, who loves laura from afar. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors full of the culinary magic and the sensual atmosphere of Italy. The result is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne that tempts readers to devour it in one sitting. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers to create (or just dream about) Bruno’s food of amore

I really enjoyed reading this book. Although I only gave it 3 stars, I still found it really interesting and couldn’t put it down. It was so different from what I usually read, even though it was a romance novel it was like no other I have read. There was such a focus on food it was magnificent. It was like I was there experiencing the meals along with the characters. And don’t get me stated about the setting. It was just beautiful to read about Italy, the culture and the people that lived there. The descriptions were so vivid, it just brought this feeling of being on vacation, to the book, even though I was in my sitting room the entire time I was reading it. It just had this quality to it that was capable of taking me out of my world and transplanting me in Italy.

Reading from multiple POV’s wasn’t something I was expecting. I thought it would be all from Laura’s POV. I was very surprised when I started to read from the guys perspectives, and didn’t like it at first. But after a while I got used to it and was looking forward more to reading from Bruno than I was anyone else. I found myself starting to dislike Laura as the story progressed and was getting irritated at the actions that she was taking throughout the story. There wasn’t anything specific she did, but my disinterest grew as I continued reading. Bruno however was brilliant. He was such an enjoyable character to read about, with his obsession to make the perfect meal. The food that was described in this book sounded truly mouth-watering, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d found myself drooling at one point. I felt like Laura wasn’t worthy of him and all that he went through to make her happy.

The writing in this book was good, in the way that you didn’t notice it. By that I mean it wasn’t so terrible that it pulled you out of the story, but wasn’t amazingly beautiful either. It was the perfect in between that allowed for an intriguing story. There were moments though where things got a bit strange. Like in some of the sex scenes Laura started to make some freaky imagery about what she was doing and it was just straight up weird! From what I remember there was something about her riding a black stallion? Sometimes some of the actions that the characters took and their thoughts came across random, being thrown into the middle of such an exquisite book. But I suppose it all came together to create a true sense of Italy.

So basically what sold me on this book was the fact that it was set in Italy. Otherwise I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. I definitely want to read more books set in Italy, the culture and people were just so interesting to read about and were portrayed as I would imagine them to really be like. I absolutely loved reading about the food and how they cooked everything, the emotion that was connected to it all and how it made people feel differently.

I would recommend this book to food lovers with an urge to travel and experience new culture. This book is truly an experience on and of it’s own. This book is suitable for older readers.