These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Review: Up for Everything

Up for Everything Up for Everything by Heather Young-Nichols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first Heather Young-Nichols book was Grounded. I had very mixed feelings: I enjoyed it and yet I didn’t, working through every rating from one star to four stars when debating how to rate it. Following this, I was interested in seeing what else she had to offer. I felt as though it was simply that one book that failed to hit me in the way I had anticipated, aware of a potential for real enjoyment. Thus, I went on to read her duology with A.J. Matthews, Dirt on the Diamond. I really enjoyed this, so much more than I anticipated, and I knew I would be reading more of her work. Thus, when the opportunity came along to advance read Up for Everything, I jumped at the chance.

Up for Everything is the third book in the Up for Grabs series, but it does work as a standalone romance novel. Despite how I enjoyed reading it in such a way, despite how I say this works, I would recommend against doing such a thing. Each book follows a different couple, telling the story of how they came to be, yet there is an underlying continuance throughout. I understood the relationships between people, I got the basics of events, and yet I missed out on that little bit extra that would have come about had I read the prior books. Don’t get me wrong, my lack of knowledge failed to lessen my enjoyment – I simply wish I’d read the prior books so that I could engage in the friendships even more than I did. It was clear to see there was a lot of history, you quickly came to work out how the relationships worked, and yet it wasn’t the same as having read the prior books.

That, of course, is my own fault. I should have known better than to jump in a series at book three. I simply thought the stories were more standalone than they truly are. No more dwelling on that, though – onto the good stuff.

This is a cute little romance novel, giving you everything you would expect from a new adult romance read. We have adorable moments. We have drama. We have laughter. We have our emotions pulled. Basically, we work through everything you should work through when it comes to a novel of this ilk. I admit that there were some of the clich├ęd predictable moments to be seen, but they weren’t as annoying as they can be in some books. This one was different, told from the male perspective, allowing us to see the world in a different way to a lot of the new adult romance novels out there, and it made watching these things unfold all the more entertaining.

Honestly, this was such an addictive read. There was more to it than I’d imagined there to be, finding myself unable to put it down until I got to see how everything played out. Without a doubt, it’s solidified my decision to read more of the author’s work. In fact, I’ve forced my friend to download the two prior Up for Grabs books because she has Kindle Unlimited and I feel as though I need someone to share in the feels with me. I cannot wait to read them now, I’m sure I’ll have lots of fun if this one is anything to go by.

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