2020, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six For Sunday: Favourite Series

I love a Six for Sunday and this prompt is speaking to me in volumes. Although in saying that I haven’t had many new series books for a while. Although I’m happy that a few faves have added new books mixing it up once again. I probably won’t be taking part for the LGBT ones as I’ve not really read many, if any of these but I’m open to recommendations so hit me. As I’ve mentioned I’m loving taking advantage of my library via Libby supporting from afar.

So without further ado….

I love these characters I still have the final book to read. Paige Toon’s Ya crossover is an absolute delight I’m so glad it’s a trilogy.
Twilight I’m so excited that Midnight sun will be released this Summer.
Another one with a new book the prequel is out now and when I have the time to read this I will reread books one and two and finally end this gorgeous series.
This series came into my life when I was first getting the taste for fantasy and series books. Another one I haven’t finished but I will soon and I’m sure being back with Patch & Nora will be immense.
Another treat that I got into late and I still haven’t finished. I believe I 💖 Vegas is where I’m at. I adore Lindsey so I will be making an effort to read more of her books.
Ending on this beauty, I will get back to this both in book and in Netflix series real soon.

I really love Six For Sunday but as I say I probably won’t be involved in June but I’m open to the recommendations. As I type I’m sat in my garden with a glass of water an iced coffee listening to.

Hoping to finish this ahead of the final Netflix series.
This beauty is out tomorrow and I love a Rosie Blake and I’m always touched when she asks my thoughts. I am 65% through so this will be finished.
2020, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #3

Hello and welcome to week 3 of the weekly update here at Hayley Reviews. As I’ve previously said I’m open to any suggestions and feedback on this post and I’m loving my consistency, by next week we would have been doing this a month.

So how has my week faired. This week so far I’ve read two books. I’m hoping to get back to the books after finishing this post.

Last Sunday I was back with the Six for Sunday and you can read my post Here.

I had one day without a post but now I’m back and organised my second post of the week was This.

It was a pleasure to take part in another Love Books blog tour and you can read Percolate here.

I love a cover reveal and you can see this vibrant one Here.

It was also publication day of a fabulous device that I was lucky enough to read prior to it’s release and you can read The High Moments Review here.

I really enjoyed the first of the Eve Of Man Trilogy By Giovanna and Tom Fletcher and I can’t wait to see where this series goes you can read my thoughts on Eve Of Man Here.

This week I wanted to do a Q&A and my short and sweet questions are Here.

It’s not been a bad week, I haven’t done as much reading as I would like but I’ve still been productive. I managed to beat my personal best on my Hula Hoop with 6,200 spins being my new best. Last Saturday I had undertaken an online class but this weekend so far I’ve tried to keep moving and I spent a bit of my morning playing in the garden with one of my nieces and my nephew.

I’m hoping to finish my audiobook and get stuck into my physical book…I’ve had a few days where I’ve posted twice and I would love to know whether this is liked or loathed.

2020, A thought? A question, Off Topic, personal, Uncategorized

Ask me a question???

This is me…

So I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a Q&A for a while and today is that day. Thank you to those who have sent me over a few questions and the rest I’ve found via various blog tags.

My good friend Jax Harrington said: Are there any books that you have started but not finished?

Yup I can wholeheartedly answer this one. The final 50 shades book I still haven’t read after picking up and putting down the second one a lot. I didn’t hate it but I lost focus a lot when I was reading I was into the story buy distract me with something more interesting and I was gone. I have a good attention span as I often read on public transport and in coffee shops but when I just put it down and have no omph to pick it up that’s when it’s shelved. Saying that sometimes I have blog tours where I have to read specific books but a timeframe so in some instances it’s not that I didn’t want to read it. I have a few half started hardbacks as they are heavy to lug around. I’m hoping to get back to a few whilst I’m at home.

Jax also asked: How far have you read before you decide you can’t get into or don’t like it?

I’m not going to say this never happens as it does. But in 2020 I had decided that I wanted to read more for me so I’ve been more selective to the blog tours where I’ve been asked to actually review the book rather than taking on content or interviews.

Jax also asked: Top Three books?

Now this is a hard one as I love sooo many and so many resonate for a number of reasons so I’m going to spin this and my answer is going to be my top three so far from this year.

This woman will always make my list I inhaled this book and wow!
Pretending is such an important book especially for us ladies.
Just wow!

It’s so hard as I’ve loved sooo soo many this year but each of these had me hooked and have left a lasting memory on me.

The fantastic author of Kiss Her Goodbye and Love Me To Death Susan Gee asked me: What’s your favourite opening to a book and why?

Wow! Great question and I feel like I should have a fully fledged answer to this one…I would consider myself a varied reader these days but I love openings that through me straight into the action or those that leave me wanting more. I’m currently reading a book that has letters also adding to the story I like things like that too

Why do you love reading???

Since a young age stories have taken me away from the troubles of the world and gave me informative insights to a number of topics. As a child I lived for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven although how I never read Malory Towers after watching almost all the TV series I will be reading it as an adult soon.

So it’s been a short but sweet Q&A I would love to do this again so please do put forward your questions. I don’t want to be overloading you guys so I will be trying to limit the two posts in future but I wanted to get both of these out there, it should have been a morning and an afternoon post but the morning spiralled away. I’ll be back with my weekly update tomorrow.

2020, audible, Libby, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: Eve Of Man By Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Blurb: Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years.

They called her Eve.

Eve lives alone in the Tower under the strict gaze of the Mothers. She is prized and protected, because she is the last girl on earth.

Eve has always understood that the survival of the human race is in her hands. Now she’s sixteen, and three males have been selected. Eve knows it’s time to face her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve sees a chance for something she never thought could be hers.

But how do you choose between love and the future of humanity?

Review: I must begin by saying I’ve been intrigued by this novel for a while now…but as ever so many books and never enough time. During lockdown which I’m sorry I keep mentioning – I’ve downloaded Libby and I swear I’ve used the library more now than when it was open. I’m loving downloading audiobooks to listen to at my disposal and whilst I’m doing any number of tasks from lazing in bed to sunning myself in the garden. This is the second of Giovanna’s I have listened to this month and wow.

Where do I begin…well it’s been a while since I’ve read anything Dystopian/YA/Fantasy and it was a welcome distraction. I think I maybe ready to get back onto this bandwagon. I had got to a point where I was sick of fantasy and vampires but now I feel like this novel has given me the taste back. So feel free to send me some recommendations the newest Hunger Games will be happening soon I will also be re-reading Books one and two and finally finishing the series.

On individual merit both Tom & Giovanna are a force to be reckoned with but together they are a power house. I love a dual narrative but when you have a couple writing this level of imagery and description it’s insane. The wording was so vivid I feel like I’ve watched this and I know the characters, even though I only listened to this novel.

Eve of Man I would call Hunger Games esque. It’s from another time where Eve is the saviour being the first girl to be born in the last 50 years. There are so many human and inhumane actions throughout this novel and as a reader we are taken on a rocky rollercoaster where both Eve & Bram have lots to learn as to what’s real and what’s fantasy. I really enjoyed this one although I must say I would also liken it to a TV show where you have to pay attention drop the ball and you’ll need to rewind or reread otherwise you’ll be sitting there completely clueless.

Sadly for me my library don’t have the second instalment but the concluding part isn’t released until next April so do I hold off a little longer…but that ending had me gasping to know more.

There’s only so much I can share without ruining the essence of the story. Eve is the saviour and that in itself puts her in danger. She’s also breathtakingly beautiful. There are aspects of her life that I wasn’t comfortable with but when you read fantasy it’s often nowhere near the realm of life and I accepted that. The obsession with Eve by the men of the world is understandable as women aren’t around and also unnerving as she’s subject to potential violence, rape and arranged couplings.

The brimming relationship of Eve & Bram wasn’t always at the forefront of the story but it was obviously always there, the most intimate moments had me gasping and eager for more especially that ending….to be honest in two of the trilogy available I knew I would be left having questions and wanting more and I was right on that front.

There is so much to this novel but the essence of family, love, loss, loneliness and entrapment are just a number of the themes that Eve of Man features.

I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this and that never ever stops me. I enjoyed listening to the audio but as I say at times you can’t take your attention away from the story. A book I could have missed if I relied alone on others opinions I’m so glad I read this novel and I look forward to the remaining two books of the series. I have a feeling Eve & Bram will get under my skin in book two. If you’ve been contemplating then do read it.

2020, debut novel, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The High Moments By Sara-Ella Ozbek

Blurb: Scarlett makes mistakes – over and over again.
She’s not perfect, she has a tricky relationship with her mother and is desperate for people to like her.

She repeatedly goes back to the people that hurt her, no matter how badly.
She moves to London with no plan (of course), but manages to land a job at a modelling agency. Finally, she’s getting her life on track, but the fashion industry is a murkier place than she had imagined. 

She changes herself to please others.
Just as she starts to find her place, Scarlett’s life begins to spiral. But at least people know her, she is starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?

Review: I was lucky enough to be at the Simon & Schuster Spring Blogger event that Sara attended. I remember being annoyed with myself for forgetting to bring my proof. But I did get to have a chat with Sara and she signed one of my postcards that correspond with the cover of the book. Sara read a snippet of The High Moments and I knew there and then this witty debut needed to be moved higher up my list.

Another fabulous buddy read with my pal across the ocean both myself and Catriona read this during our Bout of Books week and I knew I wanted to post my thoughts on either publication day (which it is today for the ebook and audio) or during this week.

So here I am with my thoughts…The High Moments is a modern day take on The Devil Wears Prada – I loved that film I must admit I haven’t read the literary version. As I expected this book made me truly despise the fashion industry. I’ve never been one for models or being in the in crowd, BUT as a woman I have looked at myself and compared my life and my figure. As I’ve got older I’ve gained a better grasp on life and habits for better and worse.

Scarlett sure is a character, at times I really did feel for her and in other parts I was left feeling like wow you’re just a bitch. At her best I really did adore her enthusiasm and her work ethic. She knew she needed to make a change and she took a chance and made it happen.

Her rollercoaster ride along the way sure was entertaining but those good and bad choices sure did shape her, just like that of any of us in this crazy world we’re living in. The problem with Scarlett is she read so many people wrongly, ultimately she paid the price for that. In her own skin and with her own ambitions you admire her but she’s so desperate to be loved that she follows the crowd rather than stands tall on her own although in hindsight she really just wanted to be accepted flaws and all.

I really enjoyed that this read like a diary with Scarlett jotting down thoughts, hopes, dreams and inspirations. It made me smile to see the odd emoji it really did break up the text in reading and it made it feel like checking in on a friend or re-reading an old journal.

I’m not a fan of drugs but I can see this depicts the life and times of the fashion industry. Don’t get me wrong I’m not naive I’ve been to university and been amongst a number of media and theatrical circles to see this happens. As much as this at times left me feeling a little uncomfortable it made perfect sense in Scarlett’s story.

A heartwarming and in some parts heart wrenching story of loneliness, ambition, want, greed and ultimately realising what really matters on this rollercoaster that is life. A smashing debut by a fabulous woman I look forward to what comes next from this powerhouse of a woman. Well done Sara let’s hope we can all celebrate again once the paperback arrives.

2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Let’s Get Published By Val Penny @valeriepenny @lovebooksgroup

I’ve always been a sucker for a cover reveal and I’m pleased to say that I’m sharing one with you today. It had been a while but I’ve got back into having a steady flow of these here at Hayley Reviews. Once again I would like to thank Kelly @lovebooksgroup for inviting me to this reveal.

So before we get to the good stuff let me tell you a bit about Let’s Get Published by Val Penny.

Blurb: At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

Without further ado here is the striking cover for Let’s Get Published.

I’ve gotta say I’m a sucker for a post it note. During lockdown I’ve used a few more of my small post it’s on my buddy reading and it’s felt good. That clock also reminds me of my childhood with a smile.

About the author: Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen and read today then head over and purchase it here.

Thank you once again Kelly. There will be a second blog post from me later today so watch this space, and once again I will be doing a Q&A on Friday so feel free to send me over any questions you would love me to answer.

2020, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Percolate by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino @BestEverYou @lovebooksgroup

Today is my stop on the Percolate tour by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino. I will be sharing my thoughts with you and if you want to purchase it yourself you can find it here.

Blurb: Do you have a voice inside you saying that you want something different? Do you feel like you’re searching for something better, even if you don’t know exactly what it is? When you hear words like consciousness, purpose, light and awaken, do you wonder how they apply to your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, have no fear – this book is here to help! It provides simple, clear and understandable thoughts for a growing consciousness, even in a time when people are questioning everything from guiding principles to social structures.

In our fast-paced world, Percolate stands as a metaphor for how to move forward with growing awareness:

To wake up to what is possible without losing sight of the simple and practical things that already exist

To let your heart and mind brew powerful ideas, and your spirit float to the top like foam

To live your best life and thrive

Most importantly, to never give up

Grab a cup of joe, put your feet up, allow the steam to rise, and let your heart’s desire surface. Ah, can you taste the magic as you bring the authentic best you to the world?

Review: I keep saying I’m going to read more Non-Fiction and when Kelly mentioned Percolate I had to say yes.

As a coffee lover the cover spoke volumes to me – it’s definitely the sort of book that would catch my eye. I’ve read a few self-help books but I loved how bite sized this was – you can definitely delve in and out where possible and it gives you the scope to return to pages.

I feel like I keep mentioning the current state we are in but it goes without saying this is one of the strangest times of our lives our grandparents survived a war and we’re battling a pandemic. I think staying home is the lesser of the two evils and in doing so we have time to stop and smell the coffee. Wow! I want a cuppa just saying that. 

I liked how Elizabeth added her backstory and real life examples. For me something that’s really happened resonates more than that of fiction. I’m also drawn to authors who can look to the positives amidst so much pain. It just proves that it’s inside all of us. I also liked how she did so with humour. 

The chapter about laughing at ourselves really piqued my interest. Over the years I haven’t always seen the funny side of myself but I always find in reading informative books like this it does make me think…we are all a work in progress and I love that I can now read this and think of a few occasions where I’ve done so well.

I always enjoy a self-help book that’s motivational rather than patronising and the way this one was split made it an easy read rather than a chore. I loved the coffee break moments although it did make me want more coffee. Which I’m doing a lot more of anyway without that of work and an actual routine. This was a nice sense of calm in a somewhat strange time. If you’re sat constantly questioning your life and your choices I would definitely recommend giving this a go and answering some of the questions.

About the author:

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino is one of America’s foremost personal and corporate development consultants. She is the creator of The Best Ever You Network (or Best Ever You), a leading multimedia provider of lifestyle and self-help content. While participating in the Harvard Business School for Leadership program, Elizabeth serves as a Leadership Advisor for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

In 2020 Elizabeth joined Sally Huss to create the best-selling children’s book A Lesson for Every Child: Learning About Food Allergies. Living with life-threatening food allergies for many years, Elizabeth added her personal experience and her expertise to the project. She also sits on several boards of organizations and foundations that bring awareness to this life-threatening condition.

Thank you once again to Kelly for including me on this blog tour.

2020, Author Love, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Love Me To Death By Susan Gee

Good Afternoon, it’s been a mental morning for me and I’m now sat with a coffee and an audiobook. Apologies for the delay – shopping literally takes up a lot more of your day these days eh?

My bro found me this today and omg it’s soooo good it’s already gone.

When the email pinged through about a new book from Susan Gee I was instantly saying yes before looking at dates or anything like that. I truly loved her debut Kiss Her Goodbye….with my crazy namesake…So I had to be one of the first to read Love Me To Death although somehow I didn’t realise I was on this tour so I posted my review during publication week. I’m always more than happy to shout about books I enjoyed so on here you’ll get a mixture of my rambling and my actual reviews.

Love Me To Death was a different feel to that of her debut but an intriguing read with a twist I totally couldn’t see coming and you can read my thoughts Here .

Seeing as this post is different from your average blog tour post I’m also attaching my thoughts on Susan’s debut Kiss Her Goodbye.

For those of you who regularly follow my blog I’m sorry that yesterday there was nothing. Today as well as some chores and sunning myself I’m hoping to catch up on a few things and I’m organising the rest of the week.

I’m still looking for questions for my Q&A on Friday so feel free to leave me some love. Until next time….

2020, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six For Sunday- Favourite characters…

I love a Six For Sunday but it’s not always relevant to me or my bookish choices but this week I couldn’t resist. Today’s prompt is favourite characters from a series. I don’t read many books that are series based these days but I sure do have some favourites.

Edward Cullen – I was late to the Twilight party, saying that when I started the series I quickly devoured them reading one book a week. I loved the tale and was very much Team Edward.

Jace Herondale – The Mortal Instruments well and truly got under my skin. When the film was released I wasn’t sure on the casting for Jace and same goes for the TV series but in watching both I can kind of see the thinking but my most favourite is the one in my minds eye. I’m a sucker for a blonde.

Clary Fray – Also from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments. I really must work out where I got to and must catch up on the Netflix series. I loved seeing the change in Clary at the beginning she was weak but seeing her delve into herself and unleash her strength was empowering.

Patch Cipriano – I remember a colleague of mine recommended this series to me. It was when I was reading a lot more fantasy and this was another series of angels. I fell for Patch just like Nora did although ashamedly I have the entire series but I have a feeling I haven’t actually read the final book.

Angela Clark & Jenny Lopez I’m seriously behind on the I Heart series but I couldn’t not fall in love with Angela & Jenny they are best mates and they are definitely my sort of girls. I believe the next book on my list is I Heart Paris.

These are just a handful of my favourites its remarkable how many you think of in end. I have read some great series and there’s some I still need to complete. I would love to know your thoughts

Also remember I will be doing a Q&A hopefully Friday so send me the questions you would love to know….

2020, A thought? A question, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #2

Welcome to the second weekly update here at Hayley Reviews. As I said last week I’m still looking at feedback to expand on this post each week.

Last weeks update was pretty impressive after a very successful Bout of Books reading week.

Last Sunday I spoke about Libby and my library updates you can re-read it Here. Did you enjoy my library post and would you like this as a regular update and when?

So far this week I’ve finished reading only one audiobook- Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks….

this was a library read via Libby and you can read my thoughts Here.

I’m currently listening to Eve of Man By Giovanna and Tom Fletcher and I’m intrigued so far. I’m just under 40% of the way through. It’s got a feel of the Hunger Games and I’m enjoying the chapters of Eve and that of Bram.

Throughout May I’ve only not posted on one day of last week, and that was only because I didn’t want to rush a post. In saying that I’m loving the productivity and continuity on the blog.

Monday saw my thoughts on Giovanna Fletcher’s Some Kind Of Wonderful which was another Libby audiobook that I loved. I listened to this whilst carrying out chores in my room you can read my thoughts Here.

On Tuesday I delved into my thoughts seeing as so many people had been berating themselves over a number of things during lockdown you can read my thoughts Focus on the positives here

Up next was a blog blitz and you can see that again Here

I’ve already posted my review of my finished book and the final post was the cover reveal that I posted earlier today and if you missed it I’ve made it easy for you, you can read it Here.

I’m still reading this at times heartbreaking read.

Thank you for reading once again. I am looking for feedback on this post and what you would like to see going forward.

Today I managed an online workout which I had a lot of fun with although I maybe saying differently tomorrow haha. Some days my routines are better somedays they aren’t, today is a good day.

Next week I would like to answer some questions on here so send over the questions you would love me to answer…until next time.