5 Year Anniversary: May Giveaway

Brilliant Bookshelf is celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary, so I’m hosting a few bookish giveaways this year. This is...

From Paper to Screen: Spring 2018

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies and TV shows that are based on books. This post deals...

5 Year Anniversary

Happy New Year dear readers! I’m kicking the new year off with a blog post on an exciting topic....

Fanmix Friday: Six of Crows

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect...
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Review: The Art of French Kissing

Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author
: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute and quick read with the added bonus of a cooking competition, even if the protagonist bothered me.Continue reading

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Ever since I can remember, the internet has played a huge role in my life, facilitating creativity and allowing me to make new friends. Before I became a blogger and bookstagrammer, I made fanvideos on YouTube. I quit about four years ago, but do still watch a lot of YouTubers like Dan & Phil, Dodie and of course various Booktubers. Since there are some really great Booktubers out there, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to some of my favourite accounts!Continue reading

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Review: We Begin Our Ascent

Title: We Begin Our Ascent
Author
: Joe Mungo Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it.

But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, who draw the young family ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. As the daughter of an avid lover of cycling, I’ve grown up with bicycles and live broadcasts of professional cycling competitions like the Tour de France. In recent years I have really grown to love the sport on a deeper level. This is the main reason why I decided to pick up We Begin Our Ascent, the other being that I was really curious how the author would tackle the controversial topic of doping.  I can safely say that the book has exceeded my expectations as it provides a beautifully written, nuanced account of the world of professional cycling and everything that surrounds it.Continue reading

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