ARC August Challenge!


I've decided to enter the ARC August challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat

Why you say? Because I am ashamed at the amount of unread books on my shelves that's why!!

During August I'm going to try and get through:


and this:

Are you entering? If so what are you planning to read??

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Review - Tampa by Alissa Nutting


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An advanced readers copy was provided in return for an honest review

 This book is going to get tongues wagging everywhere it goes. A female psychopath with a taste for young boys was certainly a brave subject to base a début novel on. 

In a similar style to "The End of Alice" by A.M Holmes Alissa takes us inside the mind of a sexual predator. 

When I got into this book I remember thinking "They had what". Then I realised that it was my reaction to the situation is what was really shocking. Would I be saying the same If it had been a male teacher seducing a young female? I doubt it. I would have been utterly disgusted  as I was when reading "The End of Alice". 

When a boy loses his virginity it's seen as milestone in life, something to celebrate no matter when it happens. A girls virginity is treated as a fragile gem, only to be given up to the most worthy in only a certain set of circumstances (mainly her being of legal age).

"I was bikini clad, lounging on the hood of a spots car, my blond hair fanned back in the wind. "If you were a teenage male", the commentator began, pointing a leering finger back at the photo, "would you call a sexual experience with her abuse?"

I stopped and read that scentence at least 4 times and I have to admit that if I asked any young male I know the same question, the answer would be "No". So then does it come down to age and looks? If Celeste had been an older less attractive woman would it be considered abuse?

I guess it really comes down to consent, but even that's not straight forward.

"Was he sorry that it happened? His smile said it all. Had he enjoyed our time together? Before an objection could even be made. he'd already begun nodding enthusiastically."

If you enjoy something and willingly consent to it, can it be called abuse? Again in this situation I would say no. Again if the roles were reversed would I have the same opinion? If it were a girl I would more than likely say "she's so young, she didn't know what she was doing. He should have known better". Because he is male it makes his decisions automatically valid. 

These are the opinions of a twenty something female. I can imagine the mother of a young teen boy will have a much sharper, more negative opinion. This is why I look forward to reading other reviews on this book. Opinions will certainly be diverse.

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This week in books


New Book releases from 29th July - 4th August

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Gift Card Winner Announcement!


First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my first giveaway. All of your likes and tweets were really appreciated.
Now onto the main affair. Drum roll please!

And the winner is:

Lis Ann O'Gara


An email is on it's way to you now. 

Make sure to check back soon for more competitions and Giveaways!

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Review - More Weird Things customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell


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Every since I read "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" I've been dying to get my hands on this book.

Unfortunately at wasn't as funny as it's  predecessor but still, I wouldn't recommend drinking while reading this as said liquid will end up on the wall adjacent to you!

My favourite quote by far would be:

"I'd like a book for a friend about saving the world from alien invasion. I'd like the main character to be a little like Freddie Mercury and a little like Arnold Schwarzenegger." 

It's certainly not the funniest quote in the book but It immediately reminds me of this guy:

If you are confused right now then you need to watch THIS

Anyone who works in retail will tell you that this person will be the bain of your very existence. 
Fans of the previous book will like this but may be disappointed by how short it is. 

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Freebie Friday #3


The best free books from across the web. 

All books are free at the time of posting but are subject to change 
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