February Wrap Up


February was a hard month for me. A lot of stuff happened with family and with my personal life, and with that my mental health plumbed into a new low. I found it hard to get myself out of it. I struggled with getting motivated and to do the things I loved. I felt a bit like a zombie. Eat. Cry. Sleep. Repeat.

The anxiety was taking over me. I had a few panic attacks at home, which hasn’t happened for over 10 years. When I’m like this the first thing to go is my will to read. The only thing I can do, is to watch TV or Netflix. I think some time ago, I swapped my binge eating as a coping mechanism with binge watching TV. Binging on things isn’t the way to go, but I’m glad that I’m not eating my feelings away anymore. Instead, I use what I watch to get all my emotions out. I’m an emotional whore, so most of the time I just cry show after show, and I get so tired out that eventually I feel a weight of my shoulders. It works for me I guess.

I’m still not 100%, but at least I feel a bit more like myself again.

This has also made me realise that I wanted my blog to branch out into other areas. I was feeling quite restricted in what to write, which is never nice. With that I have revamped my blog header and social media accounts, adding Lifestyle and Travel into the mix of things. Hence, why I’m feeling more open to talk about how my mental health was a bit of a pain in the bum this month.

Anyway, let’s move on to what I still manage to do this month despite feeling like sh*t.


  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Hardback)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (ARC)

feb readsIf last month my reading wasn’t perfect, this month was even worse. However, I still managed to be on track with my Goodreads Challenge. Once again, I haven’t manage to read any Beat The Backlist books. I do feel that I’m disapointing my fellow Book Bards here. However, I have promised myself that if I manage to finish my March TBR with time to spare I will be picking up a Backlist book first.

I haven’t wrote a review yet for The Cruel Prince but will have the review up this month. To Kill a Kingdom was published yesterday and it’s amazing so go get it!

Goodreads Challenge: 8/52

Beat the Backlist Challenge: 0/20


  • Winchester (Cinema)
  • When We First Met (Netflix)
  • Black Panther (Cinema)
  • Irreplaceable You (Netflix)
  • The Outcasts (Netflix)
  • Love, Simon (Preview Cinema)
  • Happy Death Day (DVD)
  • Wonder 
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Thor: Ragnarok (DVD)
  • Red Sparrow (Preview Cinema)
  • Resident Evil (Six Film DVD Marathon) – Re Watched

I was very lucky to go to two Preview screenings this month. First, for Love, Simon which it was absolutely gorgeous. Secondly, for Red Sparrow, which was very different from what I was expecting but still very much enjoyable.

My absolutely favourite film this month was Black Panther. It totally exceeded expectations and it was freaking amazing. I’m planning on going to watch it again this month. #WakandaForever

Winchester wasn’t actually as bad as I expected. Or maybe it’s because I went with my two best friends. My Andreia is literally the worst at getting scared. 12 years of friendship and watching horror films with her is still one of my favourite things to do. She loves them films but she jumps and screams at everything. It’s hilarious! So basically I spent most of the film crying of laughter because of her.

  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley Investigates: Gypsy Kids Taken From Home (BBC iPlayer)
  • Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with Isis (BBC iPlayer)
  • Islam, Women and Me (BBC iPlayer)
  • Crossing Birmingham’s Invisible Boarders (BBC iPlayer)
  • Altered Carbon (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Queer Eye (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Living Differently (BBC iPlayer) – All of Series 3
  • Everything Sucks (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Inside No. 9 (BBC) – All of Season 2, 3 and 4
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Season 14 – Episodes 11 and 12
  • iZombie (The CW) – Season 4 – Episode 1
  • Scandal (ABC) – Season 7 – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Lucifer (FOX) – Season 3 – Episodes 14 and 15
  • Riverdale (The CW) – Season 2 – Episode 13
  • The Fosters (Freeform) – Season 5 – Episodes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
  • Chicago Fire (NBC) – Season 6 – Episode 11
  • Chicago PD (NBC) – Season 5 – Episode 14
  • Chicago Med (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 09 and 10
  • Blindspot (NBC) – Season 3 – Episode 12
  • Slasher (Netflix) – All of Season 2
  • Total Bellas (WWE Network) – All of Season 1
  • Seven Seconds (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Britannia (SKY Atlantic) – Season 1 – Episodes 04, 05 and 06
  • The Good Place (NBC) – Season 02 – Episodes 12 and 13

I’m happy that I’m finally all caught up with The Fosters, still can’t believe that this show is gonna end soon. It deals with so many real problems, it’s such a shame.

I have finished Inside No. 9. I really enjoyed some episodes more than others but overall is a good series. I still don’t know what to think of Britannia. I don’t think I like it but for some reason I want to keep watching it. Probably, will finish this first season and then if the second is a go I will think about it.

Have started to watch Total Bellas with the boyfriend, and I really like it. The Bellas are the best and my heart ached for Bryan and all he had to go through. We will definitely watch the second series.

Also watched Seven Seconds on Netflix, I thought it was quite good and deals with a lot of current issues. A great show for the fans of The Killing.

OMG! Queer Eye was absolutely amazing and got me in tears every single episode! What an amazing reboot! YAAAAS QUEEEN!

As you can see I watch a lot of Documentaries, that’s because most of the time I can watch it while doing housework or cooking, like a radio show. You can’t really do it with TV shows as you need to pay more attention.


Cirque Berserk (Peacock Theatre) –  For our seven year anniversary, me and the boyfriend decided last minute to get tickets for Cirque Berserk. It was absolutely fantastic and we had an amazing evening. Definitely something we will get tickets for again if their come back to London.


Hot Chocolate Tour – On my last wrap up post I told you that my friend Savan is a Content Creator. This month he wanted to do a Hot Chocolate Tour video for his YouTube Channel, and who better than me to help him out? I absolutely love Hot Chocolate! You can check the video now on his YouTube here (Make sure to subscribe too).

In the end, I still had an okay month. The highlight was definitely all the amazing books that publishers sent to me. I felt that I had a bit of joy arriving ever so often through the post.

Let’s hope in March things get better. I know I have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Ah! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram over March, as I’m taking part of Harriet’s #ReadWomenMarch challenge.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx



This Or That Tag


Today I have a tag for you all. The lovely Ash has tagged me ages ago and I kept forgetting to do it, but today is the day! So here it goes.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Usually, I prefer it in the couch. I tend to get tired reading in bed. However, at the minute I’m in a house share with no living room, so the only option is to read in bed.

Male main character or female main character?
Female, because I grew up reading too many books written by Men with Male protagonists! Growing up in Portugal, the variety wasn’t great. So now I read what I wanted to read growing up.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I’m a sweet tooth!

Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, because quartets need to be very good for me to not lose interest.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
I don’t think I have a preference.

Reading at night or in the morning?
The “joys” of being unemployed I guess, is that I can read anytime of the day.

Libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores, because my record with libraries in England isn’t great. Let just say they kept charging me for books that I have already returned! However, in Portugal I was very dependent of libraries growing up, as books are so bloody expensive to buy.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
To be honest, any book makes me cry. I’m an emotional whore and literally cry at everything! Even books that are suppose to be a laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?
Even though white books are very pretty, I do get worried about taking them out to read as they can get damaged quicker than black ones. So for that reason I choose black covers.

Character driven or plot driven stories?
You really need both to be honest. But I think I find it easier to power through if I connect with the characters even if the plot is meh, than the other way around.

Alright, hope you enjoyed the tag. I’m not tagging any specific people because most have done the tag already. If you haven’t and you are reading this, then you are now tagged!

Happy Readings,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: Prosecco and Promises by A.L.Michael

Prosecco and Promises Cover

Today I bring you a lovely Guest Post! Hurray!

This is part of the Blog Tour for Prosecco and Promises, a lovely Romance book by A. L. Michael. She was very kind to write a lovely post about inspiration, and how to acknowledge when inspiration finds you.

Hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour for this brilliant book.

Now I’m going to go enjoy my Prosecco, and I leave you with A.L. Michael to entertain you.


*FangirlSince1988 xxx

When inspiration finds you

You know that famous saying about buses? It’s pretty similar with ideas, at least with me. I can go for months with perhaps a rough idea in the back of my mind that I know I’ll get to eventually, and the minute I start working seriously on a book, another idea pops up, not quite fully formed, and demands attention.

The fear is, at times like this, that if you don’t turn your head and look at this idea head on, you don’t acknowledge it and give it some time in the spotlight, it’ll fade away. It’ll be one of those whispers when you wake up, so sure you could never forget that dream. So I am tempted by these fickle ideas when they flaunt their wares and strut their stuff. I sit them down with a nice cup of tea and ask them to tell me their life story. The new idea thrives, so pleased to be the centre of attention. My old faithful, my midway manuscript sits there, wondering what the hell is going on, because hello, we were just getting to the good bit, but usually they’re patient. A little grumpy, perhaps, when I return to work and need to rev the engine on the book again, but they seem to understand. After all, they were once the tempting idea too.

The tempting new idea needs that love and attention straight away, in order to grow into something just tangible enough to survive in a couple of notebooks, the back of a scribbled notebook and the back of my mind. It’s like a delicate seed. We know seeds grow into flowers, that’s what they do. But an idea is a seed that’s started sprouting, and if you leave it without attention, without light or water, it’ll fade away and wither. Right at the beginning, the start of that idea, you need to listen.

This has happened a few times in the last few months. I worked hell for leather on a domestic noir that had been sitting in the back of my mind as an epic love story four years ago. When I was working on that, a magical realism story shook her hips and long hair and called me over. When I had finished that, another had appeared, desperate and panting like it had run a long way to find me. The final one popped up, sat beside me on my train journey every morning for a week, explored the different versions of itself, and told me I wasn’t ready yet, but that it would be back when I was. The root would survive, nestled warm in my head.

Ideas have never been my problem, and last summer, on my research trip to Ischia for Prosecco and Promises, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, where she says Ideas are like sentient beings, nudging at you for attention. When you don’t work with them, when you break the contract between you to bring them to life, they move on to someone else. Which is why when you see another book and think ‘wait, I had that idea!’ you were probably right. But that idea got tired of waiting around for you. It had to go get made. We don’t own ideas, they borrow us.

It’s a strange concept, but I quite like it. Because lots of ideas are the same, it’s often the voice that’s the difference. So many stories are similar, and writers get put off bothering, but they shouldn’t because only they can tell their story their way. The author becomes a translator from the ideas realm to the real world.

I think these ideas appear when I’m writing because I’m in a different state of mind. Writing is dreaming on paper. Or, on screen. Our brains are looking for the right phrase, imagining movements, visualising the colour of the sky or the feel of someone’s jumper. We’re in something, an almost sacred space where ideas can cross over, because we’re ready to accept them.

But when we’re not in that space, there are things we can do to encourage ideas and inspiration. I find being unendingly curious really helps. Well, curious is the kind word for it – nosey. I’m nosey. I listen to people talking on the bus, and I read non-stop articles and I ask myself questions, and whenever I find something interesting I ask ‘What if?’ and take it to it’s furthest logical extreme. I watch and read and listen to as much as I can, consuming it all to see what strikes up a spark. I assess why my favourite things are my favourite things – why did that make me laugh, why is that beautiful? What type of person would find this ugly? What would they say?

When I started my creative writing class at university, we were sent out with a notebook to find inspiration. Anywhere. Find things and write about them. Inspiration detectives. A lot of the time, the things I wrote were rubbish. But learning to look at the blades of grass and how they moved, or listening to the girl crying to her best friend in the coffee shop, or watching the movement of a teacher as he stopped to shake hands with a senior professor – being aware and open and nosey – this is where inspiration lurks.

It’s waiting for you – all you have to do is listen.

About the book

IMG_9452Title: Prosecco and Promises

Author: A. L. Michael

Previous Books: Cocktails and Dreams

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Release Date: 12th February 2018

Publisher: Canelo

Synopsis: Meet Mia: an unforgettable heroine learning the meaning of life and love on a beautiful Italian island. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine.
Mia’s dad has always been her idol. Now, she faces losing him and he is insisting that she leave England to visit her mother’s family on the Italian island of Ischia.
Arriving on the island, Mia is embraced by the warm, crazy relatives she hardly knows. Despite her doubts about the trip, it is in Italy that Mia discovers connections to a part of her life that’s been missing, and during the sun-soaked days and steamy nights Mia falls for handsome local Salvatore. But as the day of her departure draws nearer can she risk having her heart broken twice in one summer?
If you love Prosecco and Promises, why not read more about Mia’s best friend Savvy in Cocktails and Dreams? Out now!

Get the Prosecco and Promises e-book here:
Amazon (UK)*(affiliated link)
Kobo (UK)
Google Books (UK)
Apple Books (UK)

About The Author

IMG_9451A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of 10 novels. Her most recent collection of books, The Martini Club Series, started with Cocktails and Dreams, to be followed by Prosecco and Promises, and Martinis and Memories. She likes to write about difficult women. Well, they say to write what you know. Andi works as a Content Writer, as well as a therapeutic facilitator. She has a bunch of degrees in stuff to do with writing, and wrote her MSc dissertation on the power of creative writing in eating disorder recovery. She truly believes stories can change your life.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @AlMichael_
Facebook: A.L. Michael
Website: www.almichael.com

Prosecco and Promises Blog Tour Week 2 (3)

January Wrap Up

I have been feeling more confident with my blog content, so I thought I could start doing Monthly wrap ups. These wrap ups are a great way to keep track of everything I have read, watched and done over the past month.

Lately, most of my content has been book related so my mission is to get more film and TV blog posts going up too. Even though I haven’t wrote anything about Films or TV in the past month, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t watched anything…on the contrary. This is when I should warn you….that I’m a TV addict. #NetflixIsBae

Anyway, this is what I have been up to in January.


  • Skeletal by Emma Pullar (E-book)
  • Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany (E-book)
  • The Intruder by P.S. Hogan (ARC)
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (Paperback)
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (ARC)
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (ARC) – Re Read


Reading wasn’t perfect, but wasn’t bad either. I’m quite happy that I read 5 new books and re-read another one. This time last year I had only read one, so definitely some improvement here. However, I have only wrote one review. Definitely need to improve my reading/review ratio.

So far I have not read anything for my Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge. I’m hopping to change that in February (Sorry Book Bards).


  • The Greatest Showman (Cinema)
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Cinema)
  • Coco (Cinema)
  • Moana (Sky)
  • A Street Cat Named Bob (Sky)
  • Get Hard (Netflix)
  • Maze Runner (DVD) – Re watched
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Netflix) – Re watched
  • Love, Rosie (Netflix) – Re watched
  • Step Sisters (Netflix)
  • Rip Tide (Netflix)
  • The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Cinema)
  • Acid Attack: My Story (BBC iPlayer)
  • Pain and Gain (Netflix) – Re watched

I haven’t watched as many films as I normally do. This month, I didn’t had the time to go for a big marathon day at the Cinema. Also I wasn’t very good at keeping track of what I have been watching, so I feel that I’m missing a few films.

I shall add that I’m a very lucky person, as I have a Cineworld unlimited card and one of my besties works for Odeon, so I actually don’t spend that much money in the cinema as may look like.

  • Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life (BBC) – All 3 Episodes
  • One Bad Choice (Netflix) – All of Season 1
  • Inside No9 (BBC) – All of Season 1 – New
  • Criminal minds (CBS) – Season 13 –  Episodes 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Season 14 – Episodes 09 and 10
  • Scandal (ABC) – Season 7 – Episodes 08 and 09
  • Riverdale (The CW) – Season 2 – Episodes 10, 11 and 12
  • The Good Place (NBC) – Season 02 – Episodes 08, 09, 10 and 11
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – Season 5  – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Black Mirror (Netflix) – All of Season 4
  • Brittania (SKY Atlantic) – Season 1 – Episodes 01, 02, 03 – New
  • Blindspot (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 09, 10 and 11
  • Chicago Fire (NBC) – Season 6 – Episodes 07, 08, 09 and 10
  • Chicago PD (NBC) – Season 5 – Episodes 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • Chicago Med (NBC) – Season 3 – Episodes 05, 06, 07 and 08
  • Lucifer (FOX) – Season 3 – Episodes 11, 12 and 13
  • Modern Family (ABC) – Season 9 – Episodes 11, 12 and 13
  • The Fosters (Freeform) – Season 5 – Episodes 10 and 11
  • Van Helsing (SyFy) – Season 2 – Episodes 1 and 2 – Quit

I haven’t watched any episodes of Jane The Virgin and How To Get Away with Murder, making me quite behind on those shows. Hoping to catch up soon. I’m also a few episodes behind with The Fosters but that would be easier to catch up. I’m quite happy that most of the other shows are on track.

At the minute, I’m enjoying what I have watched so far from Brittania so I will give the show a proper go. I also started watching Inside No9, as my bestie recommended it to me, and I really enjoyed the first series so far. It’s an anthology series so you don’t need to watch it in order.

Unfortunately, I won’t be watching Van Helsing anymore. I watched two episodes of the new season and just got bored. This tends to happen to a lot of SyFy shows that I watch, things just seem to get sloppy after the first season.


Walker YA Preview Evening – I had the absolute pleasure to be invited to my first Bloggers Event! To top it all off it was with Walker YA, which publishes some of my favourite YA books. We all had a lovely goodie bag and got to listen to the publicists and editors talking about the upcoming Walker YA books. Also got to listen to Tom Pollock talk about his book White Rabbit, Red Wolf. He is so lovely, and we got to talk a bit about mental health while he was signing my proof copy, as is one of the central themes of the book.

I keep saying to everyone, that if publishers just keep giving us amazing books and feeding us, we will be very happy bloggers.


Transworld Publicity Work Experience – I was very lucky to get a week’s work experience with the Publicity Department at Transworld. I will have a post coming up about my week there and answering some of the questions people have about it. So keep your eyes peeled.

Deliciously Ella Free Breakfast – I nabbed 2 tickets to go try some of the Deliciously Ella’s breakfasts at her Deli in Herne Hill. Me and my best friend wanted to go for ages so this was the perfect excuse to finally go. The weather was awful but the deli is so nice. Oh and the people are so lovely. We were able try a few different things, from her cereals to her avocado toast. It was all so yummy. We also bought some cake and Hot Chocolate. I have to say their Hot Chocolate with almond milk is the best! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. Can’t wait to go try the lunches one day.

Autism Focused Lush Tour – My friend Savan is a British Asian Autistic Content Creator and got invited to do an Autism focused tour at the Oxford Street Lush Store. He was very kind to ask me to come along and help him with the filming for his Youtube Channel. The video won’t be up until World Autism Awareness Week which is from the 26th of March to the 2nd of April. So go subscribe as he creates awesome content and also raises a lot of Autism awareness.

So these are my highlights for January 2018! It was a fabulous month and can’t wait to see what February brings.

How was your January? Did you read as much as you wanted? Are your all caught up with your TV Shows? 

May February be full of adventures…and pancakes!


Cover Reveal: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

I’m so excited about today’s post! As it’s my first cover reveal, and it’s for the first instalment of what looks like an awesome YA Dystopian Trilogy. The first book of The Paradigm Trilogy is called The Rising Storm and is going to be out on the 4th of April.

Now what you all have been looking for…LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS COVER! 😱 💜



An addictive and gripping dystopian series, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Dared to ThinkThe Hunger Games and The Gender Game.

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?


When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.



I don’t know about you, but I can’t way to read it! I love YA Dystopian Fiction and this one looks like is going to be A-mazing. The best part is that you may not need to wait long in between books, because Bookouture’s goal is to have all three books out by the end of 2018! #SayWhat

Hope you enjoyed the cover as much as I did and if this sounds like your type of book, you can pre-order it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks Bookouture for letting me be one of the bloggers to reveal this gorgeous cover.

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx



Top 5 Wednesday – Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre

Once again apologies for not posting this on a Wednesday. Has been really hard to catch up on my blog posts with no laptop.

This week’s topic is about Hidden Gems in your favourite Genre. However, I don’t really have a favourite genre. Its YA considered a genre? Because those are my favourite types of books.

So I guess I’m gonna let you know about my Top 5 YA hidden gems.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Synopsis: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Goodreads Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

A Cidade dos Deuses Selvagens (City of the Beasts) Series by Isabel Allende

Goodreads Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) Series by C.C. Hunter

Goodreads Synopsis: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Synopsis: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

I realise now that all of them have a touch of fantasy. So maybe YA Fantasy is my favourite genre.

Of this top 5 my absolute favourite book is actually The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I adore that book and forever annoyed at Peter Jackson for ruining it with his film.

Have you read any of the books in this list? What’s your favourite genre?

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Review: Wildest Dreams Into the Jungle Subscription Box

img_8836Wow! Wow!

You know when you love something so much that you are lost for words? That’s how I feel about this amazing book box. Two months in and I’m so happy that I have subscribed.

On my last post, about the December box, I’ve explained a bit how I came to subscribe to this brilliant book box (and how much I loved it!).

Well, this time I spare you all the details but you can always check my previous post here.

The theme for January box was Into the Jungle and I was able to guess pretty early on what the book was, as there wasn’t many dinosaur books coming out. Which is a shame!

But as you know this box not only comes with a recent YA book but also with a bookish bath/body product and tea.

The Into The Jungle Box included:

The Extinction Trials by SM Wilson

Signed bookplate and Letter from the author

A Tea-Rex room spray by Geeky Clean

Dino DNA – Toffee Apple Tea by Rosie Lea Tea

Two chocolate coins

A discount code for Taken Moons candles shop


The Extinction Trials by SM Wilson was definitely a book I was going to purchase myself, as I freaking love dinosaurs! I think anyone that grew up in the 90s just has that dinosaur gene built in them. #LifeFindsAWay

I recently tried the tea and is really good. It’s quite strong, even with just a teaspoon so I think I can put less in the infuser, which means will last longer. Also the packaging for the Dino DNA tea is just amazing!

Now the Tea-Rex room spray is brilliant! It smells so good and really helps the bed and the room smell fresh. Also is such a big bottle!

The box also comes with a sticky book plate signed by the author which then I put it on the inside of the book. So now is a signed copy. Also the letter from the author is such a nice little touch.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we then get some chocolate coins and a discount code for Taken Moons candles! If you haven’t checked this new candle business you should. Even though I haven’t smelled any, I know they’re good! Can’t wait to use my discount code to get one when the shop opens later on today.

Overall, I’m supper happy with Wildest Dreams Book Box once again. Also my February box gonna be extra special as my boyfriend is paying for it as an anniversary present.

If you haven’t subscribed already there is still some very limited boxes available so go get one now.

Life finds a way,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You Disliked But Love To Discuss

Hello there! So this post is a few days late because my laptop crashed. It’s a bit of a nightmare as it happened before I scheduled my posts on WordPress, so basically have to re-type it all by heart using the mobile app. If there is any typos, I blame the tiny keyboard on my phone and my chubby fingers.

This week it’s all about those books that you disliked or were just kinda meh, but for some reason they have lot of discussion points to go on about.

This is a hard one for me as normally if I don’t like a book I just can’t be bothered to talk about them. So this week my top 5 will be more like top 2, but since there is more than one book in each of the series, technically I hit the numbers.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

I can already hear you guys shouting ‘blasphemy’ at your screens. I must confess I haven’t gone further than the first few chapters of The Fellowship of The Ring. Why? Because is boring.

However, the reason why I love to discuss these books is also the reason why I found them so boring. Those first few chapters are full of bloody descriptions of the whole of The Shire, I just couldn’t get past that. But that is exactly why the films are so visual stunning, because the books are so descriptive.

Basically means what makes the book so boring for me, it’s also what makes the films so good.

Maybe one day I will give it another go.

Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James

Do I really need to explain this one?

I have been fascinated with Erotica writing for quite a young age. I may have wrote somethings myself in one of my lockable diaries. Let’s just say I loved it before it was even cool.

Then it comes this disgrace of a book that not only makes Erotica look weird but also really misses the mark on what BDSM is.

Also the writing is so appalling. If a foreigner like me can spot your grammar mistakes you are definitely doing something wrong.

I just can’t even with this one.

I must confess my hypocrisy though. I have watched the films, not because of plot but because I think Jamie Dornan it’s a God and I can’t resist him in a film! #SorryNotSorry

So what do you think of my T5W T2W this week? What’s the books you hated but still love to talk about?

May your readings be ever in your favour!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Preorder Campaign: The Exact Opposite Of Okay By Laura Steven

Last year at YALC, I was lucky to get a proof of The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. A few weeks later I was flying for some work in Marbella and decided to take this little book proof with me to keep me company. The company didn’t last long, because as I soon as I started reading it I couldn’t put it down (Which apparently made my heat stroke worse).

Well it was all worth it, as this is an A-mazing book!To top it all off I’m now also part of The Exact Opposite of Okay street team #BitchesBiteBack 💜

So today, I’m here to let you know about the Preorder campaign, and let me tell you that you won’t regret it one bit!

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven it’s coming out on the 8th of March. It’s a laugh out loud book but also it’s about a woman claiming ownership of her sexuality, double standards, rejecting shame culture and a very feminist read!

Just follow the instructions below and voila! An extra super awesome chapter in your hands.

Bitches Bite Back,

FangirlSince1988 xxx

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Synopsis: Aspiring comedian Izzy O’Neill never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart.

Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website – while keeping her sanity intact. Izzy is about to find out that the way the world treats girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.This is a book for anyone who’s ever calledthemselves a feminist … and anyone who hasn’t.

‘Funny, unapologetic and shameless in the bestpossible way, this is a YA heroine (and book) that you’ve never seen before’ – Louise O’Neill, award-winning author of Asking for It

‘This book will make you laugh out loud, nod inagreement, cringe with recognition, and stand up and cheer. I adored it’ – Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones


Blog Tour: Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany


She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong. Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest and from the outside it appears perfect.

Determined to finish her book Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail. Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her, and the threat that he could be back causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.


It’s blog tour time with HQ Digital! Today it’s a review of the psychological thriller Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany.

This is a very good book and I absolutely like the way it’s written, as that’s what makes the ending so good. However, before you get there the pace can at times be a bit slower than I normally like for thriller. But OH MY! Part two of the book makes it all worth it for sure.

When all the pieces finally fit together and it all clicks in your brain, it’s such a brilliant moment. There are moments when you think you’ve finally got it, but then something else happens and you start doubting yourself. It’s beautifully done and after a while the paranoia starts creeping into real life.

Isla is not a very likeable character, but there is a reason for this. However, her boyfriend Jack is the sweetest thing in the world! A precious cinnamon roll that needs protecting from this world, and I hate what Isla puts him through. #JackDeservedBetter

I do have one concern about a character. Isla’s niece Abigail, is mentioned as having Asperger’s Syndrome. I feel that this is a bit of a token character, that the only reason she’s there is to show us how much Isla’s sister Millie struggles in life. How unlucky she is for not only having an asshole of an absent husband but also a child with Asperger’s. I feel that the niece could have been written just as a struggling kid and the message would still come across the same. As much as we need more characters in the Autism spectrum, we also need them to be there for a good reason. They can’t only be there to show us how much of a burden it is to raise one. There is a need for better representation.

Apart from that, I truly enjoyed this book. It’s a different take on how to write a thriller, one that keeps the mystery going. You will also leave with a desire to travel, or maybe not so much in case a serial killer is looking for their next prey.

If you like thrillers that keep you second-guessing, to the point that you can’t stop turning pages as you need to know why, who and how, then this is the book for you.

To top it all off all author royalties from the book go to Cancer Research. One more reason to go get it!

Rating: ★★★✬☆

You can get Her Last Lie here.

Thanks HQ Digital for sending me a lovely e-copy of Her Last Lie in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx