Sundays In Bed With…Viper

I’ve had a very productive Sunday morning reading and finishing an AMAZING book that I started yesterday, so I couldn’t resist doing this tag today! Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This week, I attended the Twitter launch party for Venom by Bex Hogan. Her first book, Viper, came out last year and received a lot of very good reviews, I bought a copy when it first came out, went to an event where I got it signed and got to meet Bex…then I just never got round to actually reading it. However, I wanted to join in with the Twitter launch for book two and see whether I really ought to read it soon, and it was without hesitation that many book bloggers persuaded me to give it a go!

Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life – to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles – but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father.

An immersive and swashbuckling new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

He will make me a killer.
Or he will have me killed.
That is my destiny.

Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.

But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.

He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean . . . and he is Marianne’s father.

She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?

A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. An epic new fantasy trilogy set on the high seas.

So yeah, this sounds like my kinda book. As Steph said, Pirates and Assassins.


I flew through Viper, and this morning I devoured the second half. The only downside is that I now have to find a way to get a copy of Venom and it’s not in my possession right now D:

Marianne is an incredible main character; at first I wasn’t too sure of her but as the story progressed I grew to really like her! There’s such a variety of characters, the story moves at the perfect pace and it’s just AHHHH!

If you loved To Kill a Kingdom, Throne of Glass…anything like that, you will ADORE this book!

Have you read Viper yet? If not, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO!


The 20 Questions Book Tag

Another tag that I found on YA Books Daily is this one – The 20 Questions Book Tag. I’ve only quickly scanned over the questions weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to going into this with no idea of what I’ll respond!

1. How many books is too many in a series?
I personally love a trilogy; it’s not too much but there’s not too little either! It totally depends on the series though.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Ugh. I’m so impatient that I don’t like them! The only time they work is when the rest of the series is already out so I can just go straight onto it haha!

img_37893. Hardback or paperback?
Whilst I am a sucker for a beautiful hardback, I do prefer to read a paperback.

4. Favourite book?
I have too many to choose from! It all depends on genre and what I’m in the mood for. Let’s go for the most obvious choice – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

5. Least favourite book?
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. SO BAD AND DISTRESSING!

6. Love triangles, yes or no?
I do love a good love triangle…if it’s done well. So long as they’re not for the sake of it, they’re good!

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy. I think I made it about 10 pages in; definition of a triggering and poorly written book.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes audiobook…it’s SO GOOD. I love this book, and luckily I’m loving the audiobook too!

e80e9ad4-2eb2-44ee-9eb4-91a8e9c8e5d59. Last book you recommended to someone?
I’m always recommending books haha, though I’ll go for The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie because it’s out today and I’m very excited to reread it.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?
I’d have to say Macbeth by William Shakespeare…I actually kind enjoyed it too!

11. Newest book you’ve read?
Because of You by Eve Ainsworth…which comes out in July. Very new and shiny!

12. Favourite author?
I’m going to have to go for the lady who’s responsible for my love of reading – Enid Blyton

the goldfish boy13. Buying books or borrowing?
Buying! My OCD means that I still really struggle with touching second hand books!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Paper Butterflies…it gets so many good reviews but I just can’t get my head around it!

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks. I can’t deal with dog ears!

16. A book you’ll always reread?
HARRY POTTER! I try to have an annual reread.

17. Can you read while listening to music?
Not really, I can sometimes read to music that’s in the background like classical or the radio, but generally no.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?
I love both, but I would have to say that I’ve always swayed towards multiple POVs.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I used to be a one sitting person, but unfortunately working full time and being a sleepy person means that it’s multiple days these days!

57506168_433672453868607_531903434716744590_n20. A book you read because of the cover?
Hmm…I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. Malamander by Thomas Taylor is one that springs to mind because I wanted to buy it for the cover and it sounded pretty good, and then I read it and OMG IT’S AMAZING.

That was quite a fun one to do; it really got me thinking about my likes and dislikes with books!


Six for Sunday: 19th May 2019

Hello! I’ve been fairly quiet on the reading front; it was Mental Health Awareness Week so I tried to do a post most days for that. Please do feel free to check them out! However, linking in to that, I’ve been really struggling with the side effects of reducing my medication this week so have been so sleepy and tired so I just haven’t had a chance to read! Anyway, this week’s Six for Sunday has me thinking about which books I simply must get around to! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2019 books I want to read

  1. 51836878_259219134954383_139597421038497182_nFinale – Stephanie Garber
  2. Starfell – Dominique Valente
  3. img_4517The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson
  4. A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven
  5. A Pinch of Magic – Michelle Harrison
  6. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

I can’t believe I haven’t got around to these ones yet; they’re all books that I’ve been so excited to read! Have you read any of these and think I need to make time ASAP?



Six for Sunday: 5th May 2019

It’s always good when you go to edit the previous week’s post to do this week’s and find that you also went book shopping last Sunday! Today, I was fairly restrained again…I bought another three books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

The Ever Growing TBR: 2018 books still unread

  1. img_3179Peril in Paris – Katherine Woodfine
  2. The Mermaid – Christina Henry
  3. i stop somewhereThe Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  4. Skylarks – Karen Gregory
  5. The Colour of the Sun – David Almond
  6. I Stop Somewhere – T.E. Carter

So last year was a learning curve with regards to NetGalley…I still have a fair backlog of 2018 titles that I need to get to! Have you read any of these?



Top Ten Tuesday: 23rd April 2019

Hello! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

First Books I Reviewed

  1. THE GOLDFISH BOY – Lisa Thompson
  2. WITCH FOR A WEEK – Kaye Umansky, Ashley King
  3. SUNFLOWERS IN FEBRUARY – Phyllida Shrimpton
  4. THE SMOKING HOURGLASS – Jennifer Bell, Karl J Mountford
  5. THE LIGHT JAR – Lisa Thompson
  8. THE HAZEL WOOD – Melissa Albert
  9. ALMOST ANYTHING – Sophy Henn
  10. THE SACRIFICE BOX – Martin Stewart

Some of the reviews that I’m most proud of are included here! I didn’t realise quite how many books I’ve reviewed in the past year or so!


Six for Sunday: 21st April 2019

Hello! I’m liking this month’s topic of children’s books! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Kid’s Lit Represent: 2018 KidLit Recommendations

  1. death in the spotlightDeath in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens
  2. The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig
  3. The Light Jar – Lisa Thompson
  4. the eye of the northThe Eye of the North – Sinéad O’Hart
  5. The Secret Seven: The Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart
  6. A Spoonful of Murder – Robin Stevens

2018 was a fairly quiet year I felt for Middle Grade, but, that said, the ones that did come out were incredible! I loved all of the books I’ve chosen today. Have you read any of them?



Top Ten Tuesday: 2nd April 2019

Good evening! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve seen a few of these posts today, and the topic sounded like such fun to think about! This week’s topic is:

Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

  1. Author. Odds are, if I’ve read a book by the author before and loved it, I won’t hesitate to pick up another of their books.
  2. Illustrator. As above, if I love the illustrations, I’m likely to pick it up knowing less about it! For example, if I see a cover by Karl James Mountford or David Litchfield, chances are I’ll buy it.
  3. Recommended by a favourite author on the cover. I’m putting a lot of trust in their judgement!
  4. “For fans of Harry Potter”…need I say more?
  5. Mental Health. Give me a book on mental health and I’m so much more inclined to read it. I personally choose books that relate to the mental health difficulties I’ve dealt with, so I’m spoilt for choice.
  6. Middle Grade Murder Mystery. Robin Stevens is the Queen, but if a book is along those lines I’ll probably love it!
  7. Boarding schools are one of my weaknesses; since being an obsessive Enid Blyton reader when I was younger, I’ll always give a school book a go!
  8. “Scandalous” teen books with topics such as teen pregnancy and teacher crushes…in my experience some of the best teen books!
  9. Beautiful hardbacks under the dustjacket…SO PRETTY!
  10. Publisher. There are just some publishers who usually put out books that I love without fail.

What do you think? Would any of these things make you pick up a book?


WWW Wednesday: 13th March 2019

Hello! I’m sorry that I’ve gone AWOL again; life has gotten very hectic! My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a flat and it all came along very quickly so that’s taking up a fair amount of time! However, in anticipation of the move, I’ve been having a clear out and am so proud of how much stuff and how many books I’ve managed to unhaul! A year ago I never thought I’d be able to do what I have. Me 1, anxiety 0.

What are you currently reading? 

I have found a little bit of time this week to get started on an AMAZING book – Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly. I’m hooked and can’t wait to get a decent chunk of time to dedicate to getting lost in this book because it’s brilliant so far. I’m also listening to the audiobook of Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, which is an old favourite. I’ve loved making sure that I just listen to fifteen minutes a day and it helps me to unwind a bit!

What did you recently finish reading?

Most recently I read The Near Witch by VE Schwab, which was such a brilliant short read! I was captivated by the world of Near and the story of the Near Witch. It came out this week, so I highly recommend getting a copy!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I need to get around to finishing How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. I started it before Christmas, and unfortunately didn’t get a chance to come back to it, so I can’t wait to continue because I loved what I read.


Six for Sunday: 3rd March 2019

Hello and welcome back to Six for Sunday! I had a little break for the month of February; in all honesty I struggled with the prompts but I’ve loved reading everyone else’s S4S posts! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

An Ode To: Favourite Author(s)

  1. Lisa Thompson – Aside from writing one of my favourite books of all time (The Goldfish Boy), Lisa comes across as such a kind and lovely lady on social media and I’d love to get to meet her one day! I am so grateful to her too for sending me French and Spanish editions of The Goldfish Boy, which she didn’t have to do, so I really do appreciate that kindness!
  2. Phyllida Shrimpton – again, an author who has always been so kind and wonderful on social media! I always have felt that she takes the time to get to know her readers, and I always remember how she kindly wished me a merry Christmas last February when my friend and I did our pretend log cabin Christmas!
  3. Robin Stevens – aside from the fact that her books are AMAZING, I always felt touched by the fact that she knew who I was when she signed my books (I was working at the Cheltenham festival as a bookseller so unfortunately couldn’t meet her!).
  4. Anne Digby – I loved Anne Digby’s books growing up, especially her continuations of some of Enid Blyton’s series’, and so when she followed me on Twitter and referred to me in a few tweets about MG reviewers to follow that made me feel really good!
  5. Cliff McNish – again, one of my favourite authors growing up, and I really felt like a superfan as a young teenager when he signed all my books and commented on not having seen anyone else with the hardbacks! He’s such a lovely man!
  6. Kes Gray – apart from that fact that I’ve always loved his books, discovering Worries Go Away made me feel less alone. When he signed my copy, although I wasn’t able to meet him (again Cheltenham festival downside!) he put the most heartfelt and lovely message in it that made the book even more special to me.

I decided to go for a few authors who, by doing something that may seem small, has created memories that I still cherish. There are more that I could’ve mentioned, but these six really do stand out for me!



WWW Wednesday: 20th February 2019

‘Evening all! This has been a fairly busy week; I’ve been away in Chester so my boyfriend and I could go to the zoo to celebrate our birthdays this week…mine’s today! I’m 25 D:

What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just started Heartstopper by Alice Oseman which is a comic/graphic novel – I’ve read manga lots before, but never anything like this so I’m really excited to carry on reading it!

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve read A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths this week, which comes out in May. I can’t wait for more people to start reading it so I can rave about it with them because it was wonderful!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I received a copy of VE Schwab’s The Near Witch today, so I think I’ll work my way around to that one next!