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Saturday, February 25, 2017

March Releases I am Excited About

Quite a few popular releases this month which I am excited about, and also a couple of ones I haven't heard too much about. Also some beautiful covers this month, I am particularly taken but the Garden of Thorns over.


Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Pre-order from: Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 6th March 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson Series) by Patricia Briggs

Pre-order from: Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 7th March 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
Coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson is attacked and abducted in her home territory. Fighting off a crazed werewolf, she manages to escape, only to find herself alone in the heart of Europe, without money, without clothing and on the run from the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world.

Unable to contact her pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, but first she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy needs to be at her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves - and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise. . .

Hunted by Measan Spooner

Pre-order from: Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 14th March 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Pre-order from: Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 28th March 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Vigilante by Kady Cross

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Pre-order from: Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 28th March 2017
Synopsis From Goodreads
It's senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend's attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.

Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley's revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can't turn back from?


What book's are you looking forward to being released this month?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bookish Thoughts #6 - Cover Comparison: Oh! Paperback Why Can't You Be Like The Hardback?

If we are honest with ourselves we all have to admit that we often judge a book  by it's cover - in the very literal senses. 


Certainly for me, a book cover will help me decide if I want to read the blurb of a book. Last week I was researching the best price of a book and I saw the paperback edition and surprised they were the same book, they were so different.  This got me thinking of the drastic cover changes which happen between the hardback edition and the paperback. The book community goes into uproar when series change covers - and often rightly so - but I have rarely seen people complain about the hardback-paperback cover changes!


Today I thought I would share a few which I have noticed.

Synopsis from Goodreads
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
Cover Comparison
These two editions of My Lady Jane in my opinion give two completely different 'vibes'. I haven't read this book yet so all I have to go off is the blurb and the covers. The hardback (left) gives me the impression that this is a historical novel with lots of political intrigue but also expresses the humorous side of the story. While the paperback (right) reminds me more of the 'My Story' collection, some of which I read in primary school, and the cover in general makes it look like it aimed at a younger audience - not Young Adult's as it's marketed as. So, for me the hardback edition is the clear winner for me, i wish they had kept it for the paperback edition too.
Synopsis from Goodreads
It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...

Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

Cover Comparison

Again this is another book I haven't got around to reading yet, mainly because I really want the hardback editions but don't want to pay hardback prices. Overall, my main issue with the paperback (right) is that compared to the simple but dramatic hardback edition (left), it feels too busy. I  don't hate the paperback but it don't give the same classy feel of the hardback cover.

Synopsis from Goodreads
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

Cover Comparison

I was drawn to this book purely because of the hardback cover (left). I think that these cover's in my eyes represent who I was expecting the main character was going to be - if that makes sense. The hardback - is beautiful - gives me the impression that this story was going to follow a feminine woman, (represented by the purple petals) who had a kick-ass dark side (represented by the spear). However, the paperback gives a completely different  -but more accurate - impression of the main character. I think the paperback portrays her as slightly more warrior focused and heartless character.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
Cover Comparison
This book is what inspired this post, it's not so much that these two covers give such contrasting impressions, but rather that one is so generic while the other so pretty. I researched this book purely due to being drawn to the hardback cover (left), as I loved the colours and the bold font. Also, now that I have read the blurb, I also feel that it slightly more descriptive of the storyline with the motorbike? I has shocked when I saw the paperback cover (right) - had to do a double check that it was in fact the same book -  this could be the cover for 1000's of contemporary romance novels, I would have completely dismissed the book if that had been the cover I'd seen.  

Which editions do you prefer, the hardback covers or the paperback covers?


Can you think of any other books where the Hardback covers are so much pretty than the paperback?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #16 - Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Books which I thought I would like more than I actually did? Expectations are an issue, they can ruin a  perfectly good book, so just because a book is on todays list it doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend them, it is more that for some of these books I set my expectations far too high. There are quite few more than ten that would sadly fit into todays list, but i have pick just 10 to share with you all, so let get this list started:

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

I gave this book 3.25 Stars (find my review here). I was highly anticipating this book for months, i love the sound of the plotline it was right up my street. However, there were several aspect of this book which disappointed me - see review for full details- but the main issue was the middle of the book just seemed drag on too long.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Ultimately, I ended up giving this book 3.75 Stars. There had been so much love for this book in the run up to- and after - it's release, and I had also read some beautiful quotes for it, meaning that my expectation was a wonderfully crafted, exotic and unique novel. I got this but only in part, read my review (here) for my full thoughts, but for me I adored the first half but the second part just wasn't my cup to tea and it was disappointing.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Another 3.25 Stars for this book. This one was another victim of popularity for me. I love re-telling's and Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories -and of course favourite libraries in the Disney's edition- so with so many people enjoying this book I had high hopes. I closed this book and came away with mixed feelings, I wanted to keep reading it and reading it but I have to say that overall I didn't really like it.
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

This book got 4 Stars and you may be asking me why a 4 star read has made this list? The reason is; I was expecting this to be a strong 5 star read. I adore the Mercy Thompson series and I have re-read the first book of this series an uncountable number of times and loved them every time. This book however just didn't compare to the beginning of this series, it had many of the elements and beloved characters which make the first books so good, but this one didn't reach the same level as them.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The most hyped book of 2016? I don't think there was anyone in the book community who didn't know about this book by the time it was released. Once ARC's began being sent out there were so many raving reviews and this set the bar high, and this book just didn't reach that bar for me. I did give it at the time 4.25 stars, I mean, generally, I enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into the world and grow to like the characters, however, I wasn't blown away.

 What books have you been disappointed with recently? 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

WEE REVIEW: Theodora (Lady Archer's Creed #1) by Christina McKnight

Synopsis From Goodreads


Lady Theodora Montgomery departed Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality to attend her first London Season—her three dearest friends by her side. With her sharp wit and skill on the archery field, Theo is far more interested in winning a large purse prize than securing a husband. But when she is unmasked on the tourney grounds, her face exposed to all, she fears her identity and days spent gallivanting around London will cause not only her undoing, but the downfall of her friends as well.


Mr. Alistair Price, heir to the elderly Viscount Melton, arrived in London with his eight younger siblings in tow. He is charged with keeping his family name above reproach until the Season starts and his sister, Miss Adeline Price, is presented to society—though that proves far more difficult than Alistair ever expected when he discovers his rebellious sister climbing down the side of their townhouse and scurrying off to Whitechapel for an archery tournament. His focus remains on saving his family from the certain ruin and disgrace Adeline’s actions invited—until Alistair catches sight of another female archer, her arrow connecting with far more than the center of her target.

And honor above all…

With Theodora’s future—and that of her friends—in jeopardy, will she agree to a marriage devoid of affection, or risk everything for the man who won her heart?
Buy from Amazon (UK) || Amazon (US)
Published January 17th 2017
Source: I received a copy via Netgalley

3.5 Stars

Although I loved the sound of this book, with it's almost female Robin Hood idea (without the whole outlaws side). However, this book didn't wow me at all, and I didn't feel any Robin Hood vibes when I sat down to read it.

I felt as though it was a pretty straight forward storyline with just the one slight twist in it. The main focus throughout the book has to have been the romance, which in itself was a bit too insta-love for me. The group of friends were such an odd bunch, though it was nice to see the different personalities - although Adeline really could be a bit too arrogant and bitchy for me to like her - in the same friendship group - it made me think of the random mix of people that somehow become friends when put in a room together for long enough.

I think the main thing which enjoyed about the book were the few scenes that we get see Theo and her brother interact. Her brother was one of my favourite characters, in the way in which her encourages Theo to become the woman she wants to be, study what she wishes, and go where she desires. All the while fending off their mothers forceful hand and looking out for her without smothering her at all, he is such a contrast to all the other men we read about in this book.

An enjoyable quick story, but I didn't feel it was a unique or partially exciting read.


Monday, February 13, 2017

WEE REVIEW: Too Far Gone (Adirondack Pack, #1) by K.C. Stewart

Synopsis From Goodreads

Tired of her horrific past continually being dredged up and broadcast all over, Sadie James leaves her hometown to start over. But her new Adirondack home has secrets and dangers that change everything for her.

Wolf shifter, Tyson Cartwright is mourning the life he once knew. His past haunts him as he reluctantly relinquishes his human side. But when, newcomer Sadie James comes face-to-face with Tyson's most vile enemy, he vows to protect her--no matter the cost. As Tyson and Sadie grow closer, he struggles to keep her safe while battling his own demons. Suddenly, he must choose between saving Sadie and ultimately destroying her. Can he fight the pull of the wild or is he too far gone to save the one woman he's destined to love?
Buy from: Amazon (US) || Amazon (UK)
First Published January 1st 2015
Source: I received a free copy of this book through instafreebie.

4 Stars

This book starts off brilliantly. it has a great opening scene with drama and potential danger, but with a main character who's thoughts are completely out of place -but yet an accurate portrayal of how some people's brain can distract itself in highly emotional situations. Like when you're about to give a talk and suddenly remember that joke you were told last week, or you're about to get eaten by a wolf and you begin to wonder if he flosses.

I was a bit confused to begin with as I read the sections from Jacks POV, I just couldn't quite grasp what was happening in the pack side of the story. I also didn't like the huge jump in time which happens in part two, which takes us back to almost the beginning so that we can see the action so far from a new POV. I wanted a more flowing story, although I guess it did build up suspense as we wait to read the ending of the previous dramatic scene.

Apart from these two aspects, I really enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to Sadie's story as she begins to settle into her new town, makes some new friends, and how she deals with her PTSD. It also has a lovely ending but I need just a wee bit more, so I am off to check out the sequel novella.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

#BookLoveFebruary Instagram Challenge Week 1

This February I thought I would join in with my first Instagram Challenge, so I searched around and came across the Book Love February Challenge. I am really enjoying the challenge so far, it has stretched me into creating new photo styles and to be more creative to make a wider variety of bookish photos. Since this has been taking up a fair amount of my time recently I thought I would share with you my first week of the #BookLoveFebruary Challenge:

Day One - February TBR

Day Two - Book an Beverage
Day Three - Never Aging Book (Classic)

Day Four - Fav Genre

Day Five - #currentlyreading

Day Six - Best Villain

Day Seven - Fav OTP
To keep up to follow the rest of my #bookloverfebruary you can follow my Instagram account (click here).
I would love to know what Instagram challenges you have/are/planning on being involved with, let me know in the comments below.  

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #15 - Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Romance In Them

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish


Now I as you all should know by know my favourite genre is fantasy.  

I love all the magic, dragons, princesses, assassins, thieves, the wars, the political messes and the diversity of this genre. However, I like my lost princesses to find their prince's, my thief's to fall for the assassin and for everyone to enjoy a bit of romance too. However, some authors just don't seem to agree with me, here are some of the book where I think need a bit more romance to make the books even better:
This book doesn't have any romance in, but this book does set it up nicely for the sequels to have a great romance story I think, can't wait to read it! See all my thoughts on Hope and Red in my review.
I can't really pass a full judgement on this book as I did DNF it before I reached the end, but I just couldn't connect to the characters and I really wasn't enjoying the romance. In my opinion the romance need to be done different, which is why it is on my list today.
I gave this book 5 Stars even with the lack of romance -that is how good this book was - but I think it would have been even greater with more romance. Find my full thoughts on this book in my book review here.
Although there is some romance in this duology I was holding out for something more, see all my thoughts on this series here.

All though may of these book do have some degree of romance in them, I felt like it wasn't a theme which explored enough to be a main part of the plot. Or in some cases the romance was just so laboriously slow, I mean I enjoy a slow burning romance but not that slow!

Can you recommend any fantasy books with great romances? Or have you got some disappointing books to talk about too?


Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

It has been months since I have done a book tag and I saw this one over on DreamlandBookBlog. This tag was created by Book Syrup on Youtube, and you can find the original video here.
1. Best colour combo on a book cover 
2. Best typography/font on a book cover
I am going combine 1 and 2 in the beautiful cover which is Passenger's by Alexandra Bracken. I love the blue colour scale and that swirling, flowing shinny sliver title, it is just a beautiful combination.  
3. Best simple cover

I love both of the cover for This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab, but it is the 'hidden' (or at least not blindingly obvious) black rose which makes me love this edition.

4. Best endpages

It was surprisingly hard to find any books which had nice endpages! So I had to settle for the simple yet dramatic endpages of Nevernight for number 4.  
5. Best map
I think it is the colour of the map in The Kiss of Deception, as well as the fact it is print on the inside cover, which makes this particular map so attractive.


6. Best naked hardback
In a Dark, Dark Wood has be my answer here. I bought this copy of the book purely because of this gorgeous naked hardback design, I mean look at it:  
7. Best back cover
I think this is a bit of an odd question but - after looking through quite a number of boring back covers- I have settled on the third book in the Blood for Blood Saga by Catherine Doyle. I think what I like about all the books in this series is that the cover flows really nicely from the front to the back, and I particularly like this one as I love the contrasts between the rich royal purple and the gold mask.

8. Best chapter headers
9. Best illustrations

I am once again going to combine answers. I knew that finding a best illustration was going to be hard, I haven't read a book with illustrations in years, but I managed to dig up an old fav - in the form of InkDeath- which has some cute black and white illustrations. What I didn't expect was the lack of designed chapter headings! I found a few which a shaded top of the page and small symbols, but nothing really fancy, so I will have to go for InkDeaths chapter headers too.   
10. Best spine

Hope and Red is mu choice for best spine, it's not that is a particularly unique design, it is more the colour I love the way that the vibrant read sticks out on my shelves. 
11. Favourite cover on your shelves

No picture could ever show you the beautifulness of this book. I bought A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston purely because of the pictures of the beautiful hardback that I had seen on bookstagram. I have - no matter how much I wanted to -never managed to make this book look good in photo's, so please don't judge this book from this picture, if possible go to your local bookshop and have a look at it yourself, or have a search around online because there are some picture out their that make this book look almost as a good as in real life.  

That's all for today hope you have enjoyed this beautiful post and I would love to know your most Aesthetically Pleasing book.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

January Reflection


New year and New style of wrap-up. Meaning that wrap-ups will no longer be just a list of the books I have read, but it will hopefully be slightly more interesting- any feedback is always appreciated. Another mixed month, a few good fantasy reads, some surprises, and quite a few re-reads, so lets get into it:

I had several five star reads this month but Burying Water by K.A. Tucker, was a book which I haven't seen too many people talk about. I was surprised at how good this book was, as it isn't my normal YA fantasy genre.
Mini Review
  This book was just an amazing read, what enjoyed the most was the mystery of Water's history, and trying to guess the events which lead up to her memory loss, slowly discovering clues, while also waiting for her to grasp hold of those memories she had shut out.
(See full review here)
2.75 Stars
5 Stars

3.5 Stars
3.5 Stars
2.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
5 Stars
5 Star re-read
4.5 Star re-read
3 Stars
3.5 Stars
I am currently reading several books I am still in the process of re-reading the Mercy Thompson series, but I am also slowly plodding through Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe.
Synopsis From Goodreads  
In the small town of Sand, populated by gunslingers and surrounded by endless desert, Imma washes dishes and grieves for a life she never had. She and her brother, Nikko, dreamed of escaping to become bullet catchers, a legendary band of outlaws who can deflect bullets with their hands. But they were wiped out years ago, Nikko with them. And leaving is impossible when walking into the desert means certain death.

When she sees a stranger catch a man's bullet and turn it back on him, Imma knows it can only mean one thing: the bullet catchers live on, and this is her way out.

Determined to follow him, Imma starts a journey that will take her to her physical extremes and force her to question just what family means and who she really is: bullet catcher or gunslinger; hero or monster.
So Wattpad can be hit or miss when it comes to finding good stories which really grab my attention. This month I read only a few Wattpad stories and out of those this is the one (find the story here)which stood out for me, and I enjoyed it more than some of the publish work I have read this month!
Synopsis from Wattpad
Amelia Hayden is busy senior at college with no time for boys, parties or fun. This all changes one Halloween night after she accidentally finds herself at the center of a cruel prank that sees her being offered up to the local legend, the Prince of Darkness, as his virginal bride. Believing the urban myth to be untrue Mia sets out to disprove it but is surprised when the Prince of Darkness turns up to claim his bride.

Mia unexpectedly finds herself married to the handsome and mysterious  Prince Luc. As Mia comes to terms with her new husband and martial vampire lifestyle she soon discovers that turning into a vampire has given her an unsettling ability to see the dead. When Mia starts seeing the ghost of her murdered sister-in-law, she begins a journey to uncover the truth about her murder and the dark secrets of Luc's past.

I would love to know what you got up to in January, leave a link to your Jan Wrap-up in the comments below and/or tell me your best read of January 2017.