Tuesday, 17 November 2015

My Favourite Reasons to Become a Bookish Blogger

If you are thinking about starting a blog these are my top reasons for taking the plunge and just doing it. 

  • Great way to meet like minded people. There are so many book lovers out there that all want to talk to you about things they love or find out about something you love. Unlike non-bookish friends, these people won't start rolling their eyes when you talk about that new favourite book.
  • You follow so many different blogs and authors you get to find out about books being released. You can get your hands on them the second they come out.
  • It's a brilliant way to help encourage you to read more. I've always loved reading but since starting a blog I've read more. Don't do it if you don't enjoy it, you'll just kill any joy you got from books in the first place. 
  • Do people complain you read too much? Then start a blog. You have to read for the blog, right? I think it's a good excuse.
  • Family and friends will thank you. You have a space to nerd out about books without inflicting it upon people who don't want to know. That's until you start forcing them all to read your blog. Sorry, not sorry!
  • If you want to work with books, a blog is a great way to sell yourself to employers. 
  • You need to buy that book, because it's for your blog. Well, that's what you tell yourself anyway. Don't worry, we won't judge you. Fill your house with all the books!
  • Starting a blog is something to be truly proud of. Watching it grow and develop is the best feeling in the world. My blog is one month old today. Yay! I feel like I'm watching my baby learn to walk. It can be scary to start with but you just might find it's the best thing you've done. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


SynopsisWhen Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.

Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy - everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.

Alex can't help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive...

But one of them is hiding a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives.

Review: This one is really hard to review without giving the whole plot away but I've tried my best. If you don't want any SPOILERS I suggest you don't read this review.

I really couldn't put this one down. Staying up until 2am just to make sure I found out what happened! 

Right from the end of chapter one I was hooked. The cliffhanger is too much to not want to find out what on earth is going on. This is a lovely story about first love, how you think nothing can pull you apart and what happens when something threatens to do just that.

You can really love Alex and Kate, but that's just what makes it so much more frustrating when things go wrong for both these characters. I found that I kept flip flopping between being incredibly angry at the characters and really loving them. At points I must admit that it was the anger that was making me read on simply because I wanted them to stop being so stupid!

Throughout the first half of the book Alex is constantly saying things like 'I didn't think about it back then', so you know something awful is going to happen, it's just a matter of time. To top it off there are twists that you really don't see coming, you can't prepare yourself for it. After putting you through so many different emotions, the ending makes you feel all warm and fuzzy again. However, I did question if it was a realistic ending after everything that had happened.

I normally like it when a book doesn't leave a lot to question, but this time I was really happy that it left enough for the reader to decide. I don't think I could take it if anything else went wrong.

Overall this is a brilliant book. Touching on lots of different aspects that people go through every single day, some really awful and some really heart warming. I might even read it again...right now. *waves* See you when I'm done!

Friday, 6 November 2015

The 'Spell Your Name with Book Titles' Tag

This is a fun away to look for new books to read or tell people about books you've already read. I'm using books I would like to read because I simply cannot spell 'Ellie' out of the books I own.

Kendra Leighton told me about this book tag. Thanks to her I've now found even more books to add to my must read list!

The rules are simple. All you have to do is find book titles that spell out your name using the first letter. 

E - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 If you like the idea, try it out. Leave a link in the comments for this post so other people can find your blog. 

Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you think!

 Go and check out Kendra Leighton's tag.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review: FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce

Synopsis: Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

Review: I really wanted to love this book but sadly I simply liked it. I loved Sweetly and Sisters Red and would strongly suggest reading these two beforehand as there are small links between them.

Fathomless took its time to get going with the first 200 pages building the storyline, which only left 100 pages for the action to really get going. Which is fine, nothing wrong with that. Except expecting there to be an amazing ending led to somewhat an anticlimax. 

The book is written from the perspective of two characters and if you've read the previous books in this series it's what you expect. I found the character of Celia easier to love than Lo. Lo was too shrouded in mystery for far too long for me to grow attached to her, and by the time I did the book was almost over. 

Overall Fathomless was a good read, but not a book I would class as a must-read.