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Monthly Archives: October 2017

My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner


I received My Side of the Diamond in my last months Book Box club subscription box, this was an extra book to celebrate their 1st Anniversary.

My Side of the Diamond is about a girl called Jazmin, who has been shunned since her best friend Becky disappeared. She jumped off a tall building, and never reaching the ground. Did Jazmin have anything to do with Becky disappearance, or did it have to do with the mysteries, forever youthful and beguiling Icarus. A man who Becky becomes besotted just before her disappearance. 

This book is written as the character telling their side of the story to “Mr Jones”, the main person that is telling their story to “Mr Jones” is Jazmin. This may not be everyone cup of tea having the book in this format, but I enjoyed it. It’s interesting to read a story when the character have perspective over their actions.

The book went into a direction that I would never of guessed, which kept me gripped in the story. This book is the perfect one sit wonder, I read it in a couple of hours.

I give this book 3.8 out of 5


If you would like to find out more about the Author Sally Gardner click HERE

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Book Box Club Quests & Legends Unboxing


It’s that time of the month again for my unboxing post, and the first one this month is from The Book Box Club.

This months book theme is Quests and Legends which is a perfect theme for most YA books.

One of the items in this months was a mug designed by Four Season Fox, the mug is inspired by the Heroine of this months book. It great to drink a hot drink while reading this month book in a mug based on the book.

The second item in this box goes perfectly with the first item, it’s a Narnia Hot Chocolate Stirrer made by Maple Molly. These are perfect for this time of year, and I can see myself ordering many many more of these. (Maybe even some of my sisters)

Item three is a beautiful wooden Bookmark by Hughes Laser Designs , the bookmark has a quote from George R.R Martin ‘Sleep is good, he said, and books are better’.

Item four is mountain earring designed by Kates little store. These earrings are cute wooden earing designed with a snowy mountain, prefect to wear for an epic quest.

Iteam five has been desgined by Wild Sally and its cute Game of Thrones Dragon sickers, so what ever quest you are on a dragon can be by your side.

This months book is A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke. The book is about a doomed island beset by a plague and threathed by monsters. One girl who will go on a quest into the mountains to plead with the goodess to save her people, but like all good quest this will not be easy.

As always thank you for reading.

Gem x

Edge of Darkness (Romance Suspense #20 Cincinnati #4) By Karen Rose


Edge of Darkness is the fourth book in the Cincinnati series and the twentieth book in Karen Rose Romance Suspense series. This book is published in Hardback in the UK on the 2nd November 2017 and out in paperback 8th Feb 2018.

This book main focus is Dr Meredith Fallows and Detective Adam Kimble, Adam has been dealing with PTSD for the last year due to witnessing a horrendous crime against a child. Now Adam has to solve why some would want to blow up the woman that he has secretly been in love with for the past year Meredith Fallows. Meredith now has to find out why someone would want her dead, without breaking her patients confidentiality. When Adam delves more into to the case, things aren’t as they seem and things that shouldn’t connect.

One of the reason that I love Karen Rose book are her characters, they have there are flawed but they try their best with the life they have. It makes the character more real to me and I end up getting more invested.

One of my favourite character is Diesel, he might not look like a softy but he really is with a wicked sense of humour. I can’t wait for him to get his own book. Meredith and Adam are an amazing couple but unfortunately they weren’t my favourite pairing is this book, that award goes to Diesel and Meredith Grandfather. The banter between the two of them really made me smile, and both just show do not judge a book on it cover.

I find Karen Roses writing styles one of the easiest for me to read, the book flows in my head like a conversation that I don’t want to end.

This story follows on from the last book Ever Dark Corner, and certain things that where left open in the last book get wrapped up in this. To me this make the stories more realistic as crimes in life doesn’t always end up wrapped up tidy little bow.

Like other Karen Rose book, this book is a crime fighting, emotional rollercoaster with heart pounding romance.

Thank you to Netgalley and Headline for giving me an advance copy to read and review, I will still be buying myself a copy to go on my Karen Rose shelf.

I give this book 5 out of 5


If you want to know about the lovely Author Karen Rose click HERE. I got to meet Karen Rose a couple of months ago and she is so lovely, it surprising all the evil things she comes  up with.

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Even in the Darkest Stars


Even the Darkest Stars was the book I received in my September FairyLoot box, and it was a book I didn’t realise that I needed in my life.

Even the Darkest Stars follows Kamzin the second daughter of the one of the Village elders. Kamzin wants to be an explorer, and map out the mountains of the empire, but her father wants her to be the village shaman, and Kamzin isn’t magically gifted. When the emperors royal explorer River Shara comes to her village and asks Kamzin to lead his team to the top of Raksha the tallest and the deadliest mountain. Kamzin can’t say no especially when her sister Lusha and a rival explorer try to bet them to the summit. In the end Kamzin will have never guessed the perils she would face on her way to the summit, and the choices she will make to get there.

I really enjoyed the character of Kamzin, the sister/ daughter who is over looked and seen as a disappointment finally getting to do the thing that she is great at. I loved the banter between Kamzin and River especially their competitions against each other.

The book is a truly epic adventure, as I read the story I felt like I was on the expedition,(although to be truthful I wouldn’t have made it very far 😂.) The story draws you in, you get so engrossed in the plot that when the twist happen it really takes you by surprise. Even the Darkest Stars is a great addition to the YA fantasy family.

I give this book 5 out of 5


If you would like to find out more about the author Heather Fawcett click HERE.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

1st Anniversary Blog Giveaway


Today is the first anniversary of my blog.

As a thank you to everyone that has come and read my reviews I wanted to do a giveaway.

The Harry Potter series was the first book series that gave my the confidence in my reading. So as we are celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter I thought the prize can be 1 copy of Harry Potter A History of Magic.

I am running the giveaway via rafflecopter so click the link below to enter. The giveaway is running from the 18th October till 25th October. The giveaway is open to anyone that lives in a location Book depository or Amazon will delivery too. I will be in contact with the winner between the 26th and 27th October, If I can not get in contact with winner, another winner will be picked

Also look out on my instagram and Twitter feed as a will be doing a different Harry Potter giveaway on them.

Thanks for reading and Good Luck

Gem x

The Treatment by C.L. Taylor


The Treatment is another book that I received when I was at YALC, I was lucky enough to meet the author and get it signed. This is the first YA book that C.L Taylor has written, but she has written several other psychological thrillers. The Treatment is realised on the 19th October 2017.

This book follows Drew Finch a sixteen year old girl, who life is turn up side down when she receives a note from her brother from a mysteries woman. Her brother is currently staying at residential reform academy after being expelled from another school. The note tells Drew that he is not being reformed but brainwashed. When no one takes Drew seriously she decides to get herself sent there to help save her brother, but it wont be as easy as Drew thought.

The book was gripping, I was sucked into the story from the very beginning. I found Drew a very relatable character and that made the stake higher as you want her to be ok. As the book reaches it climax I was holding my breath gripping the book completely engrossed into the story. I think part of the story that makes the book spine chilling is that I wouldn’t be surprised if this was happening or ended up happening.

If you like psychological Thriller I would advise you to give this book a read, I will be differently be reading C.L Taylor other book.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5.



If you would like to find out more about C.L Taylor click HERE


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe was the book that I received in my September Book Box Club, Libby and Kate have good taste in books.

The Book follows Sante a fourteen girl who as a baby was found by Mama Rose, Mama Rose found her and a sea-chest on a beach, a survivor of a sinking boat. Mama Rose runs a traveling circus where she has taken in many lost souls. Sante past catches up with her when another survivor recognise her while performing, now the soul lost on that sinking boat are coming to Sante asking for revenge.  Sante must find the missing pieces of the jigsaw to complete her own story.

One of my favourite parts of the book is the relationship between Sante and Priss her bird. Priss was the first to find her in her sea-chest, and has taken her role of protector very serious. I like Sante wish of being able to fly free with Sante.

I found the book very easy to read, with a charming charismatic story.  The balance with the light heartiness with the circus,  and with the seriousness of race, kidnappers and human traffickers. This has creates a compelling story and a must read.

I give this 4.4 out of 5



Thank for reading

Gem x