Let’s Talk: Can you rate a favourite book 5/5 stars if you find a problem with it?

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With me always scheduling blog posts beforehand, this one is a bit odd because the thing that inspired it was the book review coming on Friday, which you’ve obviously not seen yet.

But, the topic is all about how we rate our favourite books. Because really…

Can we rate our favourite books 5/5 stars if we find a problem in them?

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Blue Sun by Tracy Abrey | The story of a stubborn science girl being forced to believe in folklore

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A folklore story set in the Isle of Man? Count me in!

And that was probably about as far as my thoughts went when considering whether to accept this review or not. And here we are today 🙂

You know the drill by now…

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Let’s talk about Blue Sun!

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Title: Blue Sun

Author: Tracy Abrey

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: The 1st in a series

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Number of Pages:  360

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Not quite knowing how to handle the sheer strangeness of…Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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I feel like this review is just going to be all over the place. So many mixed feelings. So much confusion on how to word them.

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Let’s talk about Kids of Appetite!

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Title: Kids of Appetite

Author: David Arnold

Publisher: Headline

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Number of Pages:  331

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas | The story of how Sarah never fails to trap my heart and CRUSH IT (no spoilers – as always!)

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You knew this review was coming.

And you probably know how big a fan I am of everything Sarah J Maas writes, so you can probably guess which side of the love/hate scale this review is on.

But either way. Here’s my review!

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Let’s talk about Empire of Storms!

Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 5th book in the Throne of Glass series

Genre: Young/New Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:   689

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The Throne of Glass Colouring Book REVIEW – A very different kind of review, but an interesting one to say the least

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So you might be thinking something along the lines of “Ashleigh…a review…of a COLOURING book? What?”

I know. It’s different. But there’s a story behind it.

But recently I joined the SocialBookCo Reviewing Programme. This is a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date.

That was quite a flimsy summary of the website – I’m not too great at explaining things. But basically, SocialBookCo sent me this colouring book in exchange for a review, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it because I didn’t think I’d get this book for months! So thank you!

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Is it even possible to give spoilers for a colouring book?

Let’s talk about the Throne of Glass Colouring Book!

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Title: Throne of Glass Colouring Book

Author: Original story by Sarah J Maas, Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert , John Howe & Craig Phillips

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: Companion colouring book to the Throne of Glass series

Genre: Colouring, Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  96

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Replica by Lauren Oliver | Giving “there’s two sides to every story” a whole new meaning

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This book was on my radar from the very first second I heard about it. That being after bookcon, when watching booktube videos and seeing the flip book formatting.

I wanted it immediately.

And while I didn’t get it immediately – I didn’t expect to get it until it was released – I DID get it pretty soon after. So that, I was thrilled about.

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Let’s talk about Replica!

Title: Replica

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Young Adult, SciFi

Series Status: The 1st book in a duology

Number of Pages:  542 (approximately)

Release Date: October 6th 2016

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | In which I dangerously tuck every single character into my heart forever

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How long did it take me to pick up this book?

Well, I’ve owned it for many months. Only now have I actually gotten round to reading it. And WOW, am I glad I did!

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Let’s talk about Six of Crows!

Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo / Orion Children’s Books

Series Status: The 1st book in the Six of Crows duology

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Number of Pages:  491

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The story of how I really didn’t get along with the miserableness of Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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Why have all the reviews I’ve done lately been rubbish? Rating-wise, not that actual reviews (though probably that too).

*sigh* I suppose it happens sometimes.

Hopefully after this book, my reading choices will pick up a bit. Because this is the lowest rating I’ve given in a loooooong time.

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Let’s talk about Bridget Jones’s Diary!

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Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Author: Helen Fielding

Publisher: MacMillan General Books

Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit

Series Status: The 1st in the Bridget Jones series

Number of Pages: 310

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August Wrap Up – The result of a month doing absolutely nothing

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Okayy, this month did actually speed by for once. That’s not happened for a while. But this time it feels like I literally only just wrote my July Wrap Up…so strange.

I had a bit of a weird reading month. I felt like I didn’t read anything? But I very obviously did. I don’t know what August did to me.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get comfy and enjoy!

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A really interesting plot idea but noticeable lack of emotion in…The Future of the Past by C.S. Morgan

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I always feel like I have to apologize for not liking a book as much as I’d hoped. Especially when it was sent to me. *sigh* No book is for everyone though, right?

Probably doesn’t help that I was going through a bit of a slump. I’m baring that in mind when it comes to this review.

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Let’s talk about The Future of the Past!

The Future of the Past

Title: The Future of the Past

Author: C.S. Morgan

Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

Series Status: The 1st book in a series (I think) 

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Number of Pages:  203

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