What Are Your Best Summer/Holiday Reads?

Hello all!…

The sun is shining, the weather is glorious and I may have had heat stroke over the weekend thanks to this amazing weekend and going out unprepared. Silly me, I should know better. So I would like to say sorry about the lack of blogging activity over the bank holiday weekend, at least it is here in the UK. It’s not usually this hot and I’m never the type to catch the sun, regardless of my hair colour, and now I’m all burnt. But let’s hope this weather stays.

I want to put up a little warning that I will be away on holiday and therefore won’t be blogging from Monday 6th June for a week. So I am sorry in advance, but this has giving me a great idea for a blog post and will give me just under a week to get responses, so let’s see.

When I’m away, especially with this weather, I hopefully plan on getting some extra reading done. Go to the beach, lie in the sand and just relax, especially if the weather is still like this. So my question is;

What are some of the best summer/holiday reads/recommendations?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

👋 Well hello there.. 👋
I would first like to thank Lisa from The Not So Secret Life Of A Nerd Girl for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award :mrgreen:☺

The Rules:
●Thank the people/person who nominated you.
●Answer the questions from your nominators.
●Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

1. Which Hogwarts house are you a part of?
Ravenclaw! I just did the Harry Potter test to see what house I would be put into especially to answer this question and it put me into Ravenclaw. I know, I can’t believe I haven’t done it before now either 😮 I kept meaning to but something kept popping up or I would get distracted, but I’ve done it know, yay! Finally! And it wasn’t Slytherin. Phew! ☺;) Here is the explanation that I was given:

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“Ravenclaws possess the ability to learn quickly and adapt to situations with ease. They also tend to be very wise. You’re original and creative, and you know how to use your strengths to your advantage! You have a competitive spirit, which is good for sports such as Quidditch, but don’t let it make you a sore loser!”

2. A book everyone loves that you hate?
Animal Farm by George Orwell. I read that book because of how well reviewed it was and after I read 1984 by the same author, but truthfully, I really didn’t enjoy it. Maybe I read it at a time when I couldn’t appreciate it and now I should re read it, knowing and understanding the meaning behind that book. But it genuinely didn’t interest me and I couldn’t see what everyone else saw in that book. It left me really disappointed.

3. Your most anticipated release this year?
This is an extremely easy answer. I have been waiting with excruciating anticipation for The Judas Game: A Shepherd Thriller by Ethan Cross to be released. This is another book in The Shepherd Series: Book 4, my favourite book series EVER!!!! This book isn’t going to be released on Amazon UK until October 1st 2016, so I have been waiting for this book was so long. Even if it ruins my paperback collection by buying a hardback version.

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4. Most loved and hated characters?
My favourite book character who I love reading, has got to be, no surprises, Francis Ackerman Jr from The Shepherd series. I love him. I don’t care if he’s a murdering serial killer and a psychopath, I just love everything about how his character is written. There is just so much personality and depth to his character and after everything he does, I find myself routing for him and feeling sorry for him.

My most hated character has got to be Kathleen from Paper Butterflies. The things that she did and how easily it was for her to do what she did, showing no morals and no regret. How she was able to fool everyone because she was so convincing because that how little remorse she felt about what she had done and continued to do. It takes someone with a sick mind to do those things for years and years and have no emotions, no regret, no empathy and continue to do it. Her character made me sick and turned my stomach and I genuinely hated her. I am glad I had this tag now, after reading this book and not two days ago,  because my answer would have been different for stupid reasons.

5. A book pairing you hate?
This is the most difficult question and I honestly don’t have an answer. I originally didn’t like that Katniss ended up with Peeta and not Gale, as from the very beginning I always wanted Katniss and Gales to be together. But after thinking about the reasons why Katniss was with Peeta over Gale, I understood those reasons, so I no longer hated that pairing. I haven’t really got any pairing that I hate sorry, or at least any that I can remember at the moment sorry. 

6. Your pet peeve?
I hate it, like physically makes me want to scream at people when drivers don’t bother to indicate when they are suppose to!! This is coming from somebody who doesn’t even drive yet or isn’t learning to drive, but is it any wonder when there are stupid people out there who don’t even know how to just use a stupid little indicator. It’s not like it’s that hard. Plus you’re turning the wheel that way anyway, so just flick the indicator!! It’s so simple.

7. A bad habit you have?
I have quite a few bad habits, so it’s hard for me to pick which one I would consider the worse one, but I think I am going to have to go with how easily distracted I can sometimes get! I can be in the middle of doing one thing, then start doing something else, then do something else and then completely forget about the first thing I was doing in the beginning. I have so many unfinished books in my currently reading list that have been on there for so long, because I get distracted when a new book comes out. I also get distracted with blog posts! I have soooo many blog posts currently in editing and waiting to be posted, only half typed up because new ideas pop up in my mind, or I’m thinking of an answer to a question.

8. Your favourite season?
This is a very easy question. I am in love with the show Supernatural since its very first episode. I actually remember sitting in my house and watching that first episode, in the dark, with it raining outside and instantly loving everything about it. Now it’s currently on its 11th series, renewed for its 12th and is one of the only shows that I can’t wait to but all the box sets as soon as they are released, currently owning 10 seasons on dvd. I even ordered an Australian Import version of season 10 off Amazon to get it sooner as it was going to be released later in the UK.

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9. A simple thing that makes you smile (like being inside on a cold, wet day)?
I love the sound of the rain pouring on top of the tent while you’re camping and you’re safely snuggled inside. I also love the same thing with a caravan. The noise that it makes is soothing, plus it’s nice when your cwtched up and dry and watching the rain around you. It’s all so cosy, calm and weirdly peaceful.

10. Favourite thing to blog about? ie. tags, reviews, hauls…
My favourite thing to blog about is reviews. That’s what I started my blog to write about, hint the name ShayneysReviews. I love discovering everything else there is with book blogging that I never knew about before I started my very own blog, such as, the discussions, the book tags, book hauls and so on. It’s so my fun! But my favourite will have to be blogging about the book reviews as it’s my own little place to express and share how I feel about each of the books I read.

11. Your favourite super hero and villain?
Damn, does it only have to be one? My favourite super hero is Iron Man! I love Avengers, like crazy, stupidly. I have Avengers Bin, Towel, T-Shirts (some may be mens, before they started making women’s tops), multiple pyjamas, Every single movie, Including Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D (supernatural is better ;P) and the list can go on. But by far Iron Man is definitely my favourite super hero. This was made concrete for personal and emotional reasons, when I went to the hospital to visit my gran who had cancer at the time, and we sat watching Iron Man, which was shortly before she passed away. So Iron Man brings back memories for me.

My favourite villain of all time, without any shadow of a doubt, has got to be Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight 2008. The Joker was just pure evil. He didn’t have any agenda or hidden revenge from childhood, nor did he want money, as he burnt his half of the money in the movie if you remember. He did what he did because he liked it! He has an amazing intellect, like beyond incredible, which also enables him to get inside people’s minds/mindset. Plus he wanted to prove that the world was evil, so he took the nicest man with so many morals and proved that he could make him a killer. Which he succeeded in doing. Plus come on, Heath Ledgers acting as the Joker was incredible!! He made that film the success it is and it was him as the Joker that has made me fall in love with that movie.

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Now for my turn for questions:
1. What is your favourite book that you own? And why?
2. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked better than the book?
3. Which book character would you like to switch places with?
4. Do you have any guilty pleasures when it comes to reading?
5. What book has been on your “currently reading” shelf the longest? (Swapped for another book and forgotten about, that you keep meaning to get back to)
6. Has there ever been a book that you’ve been reading that you’ve had an instant connection with? Whether it’s the storyline, or the characters etc… (You don’t have to name the book if it’s too personal)
7. If you could take one book and completly re-read it again for the first time with fresh eyes, which book would you chose?
8. What is the first book you remember buying for yourself?
9. What was the inspiration being you starting your blog?
10. If you could go back to day one of you setting up your blog, would you do anything different?
11. What do you do in your spare time?

Now it’s time for me to nominate eleven other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I nominate:
Irena @ Book Dust Magic
Emma @ Stark Reviews
Ash @ Once Upon A Bookshelf
Jessica @ JessicasBlog45
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
Kelly @ Kelly’s Book Blog
Shealea Iral @ That Bookshelf Bitch
Lucy @ LiteraryLucy85
Aman Mittal @ Confessions Of A Readaholic
Em @ Keystroke Blog
Deidra Alexander @ Deidra Alexander’s Blog

I’m sorry if I’ve nominated anyone who has already been nominated and have already done this. I hope that I have created some good questions and hope that you have fun and enjoy answering them. After you answer these questions, please post the link to your Sunshine Blogger Award post down in the comments below so I can have a sneak peak at the answers 😜;)
 

Review: Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heatherfield

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*****
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to reading this eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

Goodreads desciption of this book is:
“June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.
But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?
Paper Butterflies is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Crossan and Louise O’Neill.”

I have had a lot of feelings towards this book, which actually led me to write one of my discussion posts a few days ago, about whether or not books should have age restrictions or warnings put on them. This book turned out to have alot of graphic scenes that were based around a sensitive topic, child abuse. The child abuse that was suffered in this book were physical, mental and emotional child abuse, so thankfully there was no sexual child abuse suffered on top of all that. I know that the description indicates a dark home life, but I didn’t realise how vivid and graphic some of the scenes were going to be and as a reader, it genuinely made me feel uncomfortable reading about them. At least at first.

The book is being told and written from June’s point of view, the young girl who is suffering abuse both in her home life and while in school from bullies. I believe that the bullying in school is because of the abuse that she suffered at home, which purposely made her an easy target for bullies. You get to hear June’s thoughts about everything, to feel how she feels and hear everything that happens to her and how she is suffering. It’s almost as though everything is happening to you. It makes this book all that much more personal and emotional. You therefore get the best character development and connection with June. You also get to see that as June grows up, the age and writing grows up with her, which is done brilliantly.

June has this one bit of happiness in her life, away from all the abuse and bullying, but she has to keep it separate from everything and everyone who knows her. She mets this boy, Blister, one day in the forest and even though he may be a stranger, he is the only person who is nice to her. He likes her for her, just like she likes him for who he is. They become instant friends. June mets Blisters family, Mr and Mrs Wick, who have seven children, including Blister, who come to also love June. June starts to spend more time at the Wicks household, and she learns to separate herself, keeping hold of that happiness while everything else is happening to her. Never telling anyone of her secret life. Never letting them risk destroying that as well. Never telling the Wicks or anyone else of the misery that she is suffering. Afraid they won’t believe her, or afraid that something worse may happen.

This book is one of the few books that actually made me cry and just made me an emotional mess, right up until the end. There is so much emotion in this book that it just screamed out of every page of the book and had me in tears. There just seemed like there was so much truth and even though I didn’t want to read it, that’s what made it so real. It just pulled on the heart strings and was so thought provoking and it is definitely a book that’s going to stay with me for a while. Even though I wanted to turn and run after the first few pages, I am so glad that I stuck with it and read it all the way through. It’s because of the book in its entirety, that’s why I’m rating it so highly.

There was a note from the publisher saying that “this book contains adult themes”, which maybe isn’t a clear enough of a warning for what’s in this book, but there is a warning. I was therefore shocked when I discovered that one of the genres this book is classed under is Children’s Fiction.

I am giving this book a very well and massively deserved 5 out of 5 stars! Now where are my tissues at… 😥 😥

Teaser Tuesday – 24th May 2016

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate!

Rules:
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

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Paper Butterflies – Lisa Heatherfield

Page 112: “And, in my mind, I scoop up every one of my butterflies and push them down in my heart. I’ll keep them safe and they can beat their wings and no one will ever know that they’re there.”

Discussion: Should Books Come With Age Restrictions?

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I haven’t really thought about this much, until I started reading a book I am currently reading and was shocked by its content, thinking that the book really should come with a warning about its graphic and sensitive content. This then got me thinking even further about people of all ages, who are able to walk into bookstores, libraries or one or two clicks away, from buying all types and genres of books, without needing or worrying about age restrictions.

Movies, games and even cds these days, all have something in common. They all have age restrictions put on them based on their content and the audience they are therefore aimed and limited towards because of their content. So should books be added to this list and have age restrictions added to them based on their content, in order to protect the people who are reading them?

You can argue YES! Why is it that there is no age restriction put on books and anyone of any age can pick up books about topic that may not be suitable for their age. The most obvious example would be Fifty Shades Of Grey. But then what would you say is the correct age limit for this book? 18+, 15+ What is the right age to know, talk or discuss issues? People are all different and their maturity levels are all different. Then we have death, violence, and so many other topics that the list can just go on and on.

But then you can argue NO! Books are a fantastic way of learning and discovering, especially for children and teenagers who are too afraid or too quiet to ask questions to their parents, in a safe place. There are books that have very sensitive topics, that deal with death, violence and so on, discussed in school in very vivid detail. It’s a safe place for them to deal and experience issues such as death, plus gain information and learn about a multitude of topics, that’s range is unthinkable.

So maybe not put age restrictions on books, but I definitely think that books need to come with certains warnings, even if it may cause spoilers! I know I wouldn’t have picked up, or in my case now, have requested to read my current book from Netgalley because of the sensitive scenes involving a child, but it allows you to decide and pick a book more honestly. Some books I think should always come with warnings:
●Erotica
●Books with graphic/torture scenes
●Books about child abuse
●Books about child sex trafficking

What do you think about books and age restrictions? Do you think some books should come with age restrictions? Do you think books should come with warnings? If so, what warnings do you wish were placed on books? Comment below ☺

Review: Sunset Reads: William and Cristina (Sunset Reads #1) – D.C. Triana

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I received a free version of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book, after being approached by the author.

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this book and if I’m being completely honest, judging by the title, for some reason I thought it was going to be something completely different. “Sunset Reads” reminded me and sounded like the name of a hotel or motel, so that is what I was expecting the storyline to be based around. I was definitely wrong. Wrong in a good way. This storyline is way better than I could ever have imagined.

Cristina Cruz is the bestselling author for Sunset Reads Publication’s, being on the New York Bestsellers list multiples times, with oh so many of her books. William Jameson, has just become the new company’s CEO, after his mother has sadly past away. William wants to shake up the company and bring it into the modern days, using technology and of course, it’s number one bestselling author! He may be hot, with the most amazing blue eyes, but Cristina and Williams, first meeting isn’t the best and they both have stubborn and fiery personalities. Can they get over their first impressions, hidden pasts and see what everyone can see?

Wow! This book really took me a little bit by surprise. I really didn’t know what to expect when reading it as I went into reading it blind, which is something I love doing because then you get outcomes like this. Sometimes descriptions ruin the book, like trailers with movies. So this book is written and told from two of the main characters point of views, Cristina and William. It doesn’t fully separate and highlight whose point of view they are telling the story from, e.g. this chapter is from Cristinas perspective and so on. It just skips back and fore in the story, from one person to the other, but it does hold onto one person for a long period of time, then switch to the next, depending on the story. I may not be explaining it well, but I really liked how this was done. It worked really well with the story and rather than having the reader wondering what William was thinking while we were still in Cristinas section of the story, I didn’t have to worry because I was told. I loved it.

By doing it this way I was able to get a really good grasp on the characters in this book. Especially the main two characters. They were very strongly developed, they both had pasts that created depth within each of them. William more of a developed backround, in my opinion, as we saw further back into his life and knew the reasons for certain choices in his life, and how hard those decisions were on him, without giving away too many spoilers. We see regret after his mother dies, as he believes he should have done more and been around more, especially after we uncover their past. With Cristinas character, I was still left with some questions at the end, one in particular. Her character development was good and we get to know her as a character, her character traits and even seeing her develop as events occur. But I will explain in the storyline aspect. There were some great secondary characters that just made this book fantastic and altogether, made this book brilliant, each possessing their own personality. This even includes the character of Cristinas dog Obi, which I believe is named after the authors actual dog, Obi Wan, which I love that she put in the book and when I found out just made me smile.

The storyline of Sunset Reads was something that didn’t have to be and didn’t feel forced. It felt genuine and realistic. The relationships. The feelings. The reactions. Ok, it did seem a bit over the top that they did happened to meet everywhere, e.g. The house party, but that just added to the story. It wasn’t just a story where the main characters feel in love with each other with “love at first sight”. Like I said, there was an actual story, a story I’ll try not to ruin by giving away spoilers. Now, I did say I’d explain a lingering question I had left. Throughout the book there was this thing when it came to Cristina, a past. We know from the beginning, the first chapter I think, that she had trouble with an ex boyfriend as he threaten her at a party, but it doesn’t really go much more into that, unless I bypassed it without realising it. It was also mentioned that she’s having a difficult time, which I assumed was because of her ex boyfriend, which was why I was waiting greatly for it to go into further detail, especially when she bumps into him again at a second party, but no more is said. Again that could have been me. It also briefly mentioned that she was the one who found the body of the deceased owner, who was like a mother to her. So this just left me with questions about her and her ex boyfriend.

The ending is well thought through and it all came together nicely. After everything that had happened throughout the book, I was glad to see the ending that there was. This is a fantastic debut novel for D.C. Triana for her first book and I definitely recommend it. There were some editing mistakes, which were nothing in comparison and very easy to ignore, which you could come to expect, but I didn’t even take them into account when it came to my rating and am only mentioning them as I promised an honest review.

*It is advertised as being an erotica book, but there isn’t that many sex scenes in this book, maybe just a couple, which actually just added to the book.*

I do recommend this book and give it a strong 4 stars out of 5.