Month: January 2017

Happy Book Birthday New York Nights!

Posted January 29, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

I’m so excited to be participating today in the release day blitz for New York Nights, the second standalone in the Heart of the City series by awesome Aussie author C.J. Duggan. New York Nights is a great, warm fuzzy type of a read, and I’m especially excited to share my review with you later in the week. But so you know what I’m talking about, and just to torment you a little, there’s going to be teasers as well!

Title: New York Nights

Series: Heart of the City #2

Author: C.J. Duggan

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: January 29, 2017

New York Nights is the second standalone book in CJ Duggan’s HEART OF THE CITY series – a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.

Sarah Williams is a spirited, independent Aussie who has always dreamed of living in New York City. So when a job opportunity arises to become an au pair for a successful businessman in the heart of Manhattan, Sarah jumps at the chance, ready to embrace the Big Apple in all its brilliant well-lit glory. What she doesn’t bet on is Grace, the beautiful newborn she’ll be looking after, and Grace’s distant, abrasive father whose eyes hold a million anguished secrets. Determined to care for Grace and face the challenges of the impossible Ben Worthington, Sarah was always prepared to follow her heart; she just wasn’t prepared to lose it to a complicated man like Ben.





CJ DUGGAN is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year- old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.






All The Books I Need in 2017: The Contemporary Edition

Posted January 26, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 1 Comment


How am I supposed to read all the books when there are so many?! I need a holiday, stat! I didn’t realise it would be so hard to pick what I’m looking forward to the most. There’s the books that remind me of my favourite movies (You’ve Got Mail & Stranger Than Fiction), there’s books that sound so adorable that I want to eat them right up, there are books with ballet, with Antarctica (I KNOW!) and then there’s the creepy psychological thrillers I’m getting addicted to at the moment.

If one decided to live off contemporaries for the year, one would definitely have enough sustenance, for sure. And it’s because of that reason I’m not going to go into the books that I wanted to read in 2016, because otherwise we shall be here until 2020 – God Forbid!

Let me know down the bottom what you’re looking forward to reading the most – and are there any others I should definitely be putting on my list? As always, all images link to Goodreads – so go add them ASAP!



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All The Books I Need in 2017: The SciFi Edition

Posted January 21, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 3 Comments

Hey gorgeous people! I’m a bit behind on blogging right now (thanks, Mean Reds), but hopefully over the next couple of days I can get back into the swing of things, and what a better way to do so than to gush about more books I’m excited to read this year?!?

This time it’s Sci-Fi books, and to be honest, I’m never too sure exactly what SciFi means. What are the requirments? Does it mean space is the main setting? Does it mean it’s a dystopia? Or does it mean it’s set in the modern world but are there scientific elements that are considered as “fiction” because they are not the norm in current society? If you know, please tell me!! Anyway, of course, here are the books I want to read that come under the sci-fi bracket this year. As always, if you have any suggestions, tell me those as well! Links will take you to Goodreads.

Apparently I don’t have a lot of Sci-Fi on my 2017 list…this needs to be changed, stat!


Two other books I’m also excited for that don’t have covers are Contagion by Teri Terry, a fabulous #UKYA author who wrote the Shattered trilogy, and the debut novel This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (who is an Aussie living in the US!).

Of course there’s always the books I didn’t read last year…


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January 2017 New Releases Giveaway Hop! (INT)

Posted January 14, 2017 by Hannah in Giveaways / 76 Comments

WELCOME! It’s January, and with the new year brings a new giveaway! I hope you all survived the festive season, and are falling into 2017 with aplomb. 2017 is definitely going to be an interesting year, that’s for sure, and I’m (kind of) excited to see what it shall bring!

After a quiet Christmas and New Year (I was working for both), I’m starting to get ready again for university, which isn’t until March but you can never be too prepared, right? I’m also trying to read as much as I can and binge a few TV shows before crunch time -right now, I’m watching season 2 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and then I’m on to Jane the Virgin! Have you watched either? What TV shows are you binging right now? Feel free to give me suggestions!

So let’s without further ado head on to the best part of this post – the giveaway! Normal rules apply, but for those who are new (or don’t remember), here is the gist of it:

ONE (1) winner will win ONE (1) January 2017 New Release to the value of AUD$30. And as long as The Book Depository ships to you, anyone can enter! Not sure if that’s you? Check here. The winners will have 48 hours from me contacting them to say hello, or another winner/s will be chosen.

Last month’s winner was Jaime, who chose The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee. Definitely a great choice!

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Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the hop too!

And as always…

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The #DAReadathon Sign Up Post + TBR

Posted January 5, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 2 Comments


Hey guys! The wonderful Aentee over at Read at Midnight is hosting a great readathon over the next two weeks – the #DAReadAThon! Inspired by spells from Harry Potter and focusing on diversity, Aentee has put together 7 prompts – 1 book per spell!

I was meant to do this post back in December, and if you’d still link to join, just head to the sign up post on Aentee’s website (click on the image above!). Anyone can join in, and the readathon is from January 1 through to 15th January.

I’m really excited to take part – one of my goals this year is to read more diversely, and read out of my comfort zone. Because I’ve placed myself on a no-buy ban for the year, sourcing books for this challenge was a little difficult as I realised just how un-diverse my shelves are…something that definitely needs to be rectified! So I’m going to use the #DAReadAThon as an extra sort of way to find #OwnVoices and diverse reads that I need to add to my bookshelves!

Go Gryffindor! What House do you belong to? Without further ado, here are the spells, and the books I’ve chosen for each of them! Have you read any?


How It Feels to Fly has been on my TBR for a while now, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. There’s a lot of themes here that resonate with me on a personal level, especially when I was a teenager. Once upon a time, I used to dance, and even though at the age of 11 my hopes of moving to White Lodge and joining the Royal Ballet became more of a whimsical fantasy, I did exams all the way up until I graduated high school. I did the eisteddfods and the competitions, even though I wasn’t in it competitively, but I suffered from performance anxiety on more than a few occasions. I was never slim enough, never pretty enough, never co-ordinated enough. I’ve seen how even though ballet is a beautiful thing, it can be detrimental to a person at the same time.

 Anxiety, Panic Attacks/Disorder, Body Dismorphic Disorder



Let me be honest: I don’t read a lot of books featuring LGBT characters. It’s nothing personal, don’t misunderstand me, it’s just most books I pick up, LGBT characters are more…sidelined? Okay, time to definitely change that. What a great place to start, with some #LoveOzYA too! Add in family relationships and I’m really excited to read this novel.

LGBTQIA, F/F Relationships







I’ve heard so many good things about this book and its sequels! I loved the Summer series (I got kicked out of a Waterstones for reading the books once) and I’m sure this will be just as great. I chose Jenny Han for this prompt as I’m a firm believer in normalising diversity because it should be the norm. Bracketing it into a box is not the way to make sure that stories are inclusive of all backgrounds, genders, races…you get the point.

East Asian Main Character, #OwnVoices




I am so excited to finally have an excuse to read And I Darken! To be honest, I was sold at gender swapped Vlad the Impaler (yeah, that guy), but after reading all the reviews, And I Darken sounds like such an awesome read, just gimme gimme gimme. In the same vein that The Winner’s Trilogy is fantasy but with no magic, White is breaking down those barriers of no magic fantasy in YA based on the Ottoman Empire, which you don’t see a lot of in fiction especially YA. So there’s that. And I mean, I feel really, really bad that I’ve never read a White novel, especially considering she’s written one of my favourite literary quotes of all time.

Islam, Gay Main Character, Non-Western Fantasy





This gorgeous thing has been on my TBR since September last year, one of the many impulsive Edelweiss review copies I’m planning to get through in the next couple of months…so what a better time, right? What draws me in is the friendship aspect between Frances and Aled and that it’s got a really, really good rating on Goodreads right now (4.45 stars, that’s pretty fabtastic). I haven’t read Oseman’s debut novel (which I hear is also great), and I’m hoping the “readers who love Fangirl” part isn’t as bad as it sounds (was not a Fangirl fan).

Biracial Main Character, Anxiety/Depression, LGBTQIA





Fantasy, curses and mythology. What a neat little package of yes please I want to read this. I’ve heard good and bad things – it seems like a book that has people quite divided, but I’m ready to dive into a fantasy world that doesn’t have a Western setting, and I mean, that cover alone makes you want to pick it up and read straight away. Plus I hear the romance is pretty good????

South Asian Mythology, #OwnVoices, Non-Western Setting





Oh look, another book with a ballet setting. Wooo! Another book that I’ve heard really good things about, this one was recommended to me by Emily who has the most amazing recs, so please take her advice when she tells you to read a book! There seems to be a diverse range of characters in this, so I’m pretty excited to start reading.

Biracial Main Character/s, Intersectionality, #OwnVoices, Mental Health, Eating Disorders

Are you taking part in the #DAReadAThon? Feel free to connect with me, or on social media to keep up with me!


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Fire & Ice Rarely Play Nice: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Posted January 2, 2017 by Hannah in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Fire & Ice Rarely Play Nice: Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood Series: Frostblood Saga #1
by Elly Blake
Published by Hodder & Staughton, Hachette Australia on 10th January 2017
Pages: 304
Format: E-Book, E-ARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley, Won

The first in a page-turning young adult fantasy series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series.

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light - until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby's powers are unpredictable...and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King's men, she's taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her - and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she's spent her whole life withholding.

Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies - but together create a power that could change everything.

Frostblood is the first fantasy release of 2017 that I’ve read, and boy oh boy, does it set the bar high for the rest of 2017’s fantasy releases. If this is the calibre of books coming out, then please, by all means, hit me with them.

Ruby is our heroine, a girl with fire running through her veins who watches her mother die at the hands of the ruling Frostbloods and imprisoned. Years later, she is rescued by an order of monks, who wish for her to help them depose of the Frost Throne and in turn, the ruthless King. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King’s men and forced to fight for her life, what she must overcome in order to survive will be her greatest test.

There is so much to love about this book. The two opposing sides, Frostbloods and Firebloods, have a tumultuous history that Blake is able to weave into the story without info dumping like a boring world history lesson. Instead, what we do learn about Sudesia and Tempesia and the world Ruby lives in is given to us in little pockets, making you wish for more. In fact, if it’s the only thing I didn’t like so much was that I wanted to know more about the history of the world and the Gods and how the Frost & Fire Bloods became to be, but that’s probably just me being greedy.

I loved Ruby as a character too, which is interesting because at first, she bothered me a lot in that at time, she was quite whiny and petulant. But all characters must grow, and so does Ruby, and I loved that she wasn’t a stereotypical “Chosen One” character and in fact at times pushed against the notion of her abilities and strengths. Watching her come to terms with who she was and what she could do was great, and I loved that her vulnerability shone through at times as well. She wasn’t perfect, and we need more YA heroines like her because let’s face it, none of us are.

And I’d be remiss to leave out the romance too, because of course who doesn’t love a mysterious brooding interest? Arcus was great, albeit a little predictable in his character arc, and the banter between him and Ruby as their relationship grew is the sort of romance that fuels me, and once again I’ve lost myself to a fictional character. Arcus made me want to weep in parts with what he’s been through, and to see him grow and learn through Ruby (and vice versa) was just great. They may say that “affairs between fire and frost rarely end well”, but they’ve clearly never met Arcus and Ruby, have they?

For fans of Red Queen and Throne of GlassFrostblood will dazzle you with fiery passion and fast paced adventure that will leave you burning for more at every page (see what I did there?!). It’s safe to say that its sequel will be just as explosive, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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