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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 1M ago
I'm sure you've all noticed the lack of posts on the blog lately. Last year started off pretty rubbish and stressful with leaving my job of 11 years and going to a new one completely...which was stressful, made be hate work and felt sick at the thought of going in.

Thankfully I found another new job where I'm still at and loving every moment, the downside is longer working hours and further to travel which leaves me with little time to spend with the bf, so books took a step back.

I got the chance of a lifetime and I'm running for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Charity in the Great North Run, so my training for the half marathon has increased, and books took another step back. It's taking me longer to read a book (I'm barely reading a book a week) and even longer to get the review up.

I've thought this over very hard and for a few months now, and I've made the decision to shut down the blog, whether it's forever or just temporarily I don't know, but at the moment my heart isn't into reading as much as I did. I know I owe reviews out to publishers and authors and I'll get them out as soon as possible.

To keep up to date with what I'm reading you can find me on goodreads, and for general life and training updates my instagram.

Thank you everyone who has stuck with me over the years and to all the publishers who have sent me some pretty amazing books, and invited me to some awesome bookish events, and all the friends I've made through blogging.
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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 5M ago

Title: Only You
Author: Marie Landry
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Sunrise Author Service
Publication Date: 13th November 2018
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Ivy's new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date.

When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another.

Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn't possibly returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later.

ONLY YOU is a standalone contemporary romance about taking chances, unexpected friendships, and holding on to the things—and people—that matter most
My Thoughts
I'm a fan of Marie and have read several of her other books, so when the opportunity came up to read Only You I didn't hesitate.

Ivy lives alone and has a full time job which she enjoys, but now she has her cousin Celia, coming to stay while she gets herself sorted with a job and somewhere to stay. Ivy isn't impressed with the new arrangements, her cousin and family aren't the most likeable people, and Ivy sees this more as a duty than actually wanting it. Pretty soon Ivy gets frustrated with Celia and demands she find herself a job and her own place to stay, as soon as possible. When Celia eventually finds herself a job, Ivy isn't expecting the catch that come with it, and soon finds herself juggling her full time job, as well as her new part time job, as an elf, in Santa's Village.

Ivy was a character who I instantly liked, she is not only likeable but also realistic. Her family life isn't picture perfect, her love life is non-existent, and her job keeps her super busy. With her cousin coming along things don't get much better for her immediately, and I liked seeing the squabbles, the annoying feelings towards Celia, it felt like a normal family with normal family problems.

I enjoyed the progression of Only You, it didn't feel rushed or hurried along to reach a certain point, the development of the characters and the story felt natural. I loved the idea of Santa's village and it sounds like the perfect place to work...especially if it has a little bit of snow, real or not. I liked how friendly the staff where and how they welcomed both Ivy and Celia with open arms.

Only You was a book that didn't take long to read (just a while to get the review written) and like the authors previous books, this is another easy one to fall into. Overall I really enjoyed the plot and the characters, the Christmas themed setting just ties this altogether with a little bow.
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Title: The Monster Museum
Author: J.L. Bryan
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Mystery
Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #10
Source: Author
Publication Date: 22nd August 2018
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Just outside the small but colorful mountain resort town of Foxboro, Tennessee lies Dr. Weirdman's Mountain Museum of Monsters, Curiosities, and Ancient Mysteries. Once a major tourist attraction, it offers travelers the amusement of touring unusual underground caves and pseudo-scientific exhibits ranging from strange creatures to the supposed artifacts of lost civilizations.

Now the museum is a crumbling relic of an older age, fallen into disrepair. Its longtime owner has died, leaving it in the hands of a younger distant relative who knows nothing of how to run a failing tourist trap of a museum, but who is desperate to make a living and provide for his own children.

The museum has a serious ghost problem, though, and Ellie Jordan is called in from Savannah to help. An unexpected old friend joins Ellie at the last moment so that they can spend a snow-filled Christmas together in the mountains...if the ghosts of the restless dead don't turn the holidays into a horrific tragedy.
My Thoughts
I look forward to the email arriving with a copy of the latest instalment of this series, this one was an unexpected surprise but one that was worth it. I love a good spooky book, and with the Ellie Jordan series you never know what will happen with each new instalment, and The Monster Museum definitly keeps you on your toes.

Ellie is contacted, just before Christmas regarding a haunting in a museum. Ellie is initially delaying this investigation until she realises that children are involved, and against he better judgement of Stacey plans to go it alone to start the initial assessment. But Ellie soon finds herself with the company of Michael and Melissa, who plan to make a Christmas holiday out of it.

I loved the contrasting elements to The Monster Museum, the setting is an idyllic little town, covered with a blanket of snow ready for Christmas, yet the haunting itself is as far away from idyllic as it can get. It's creepy, the setting is possibly the strangest setting so far, and the added twist on things just puts this haunting into the 'no way I'm going there' category.

I liked how Ellie is committed to her work, and how she is determined to make sure these children get a good Christmas. I enjoyed seeing the children together, as well as what they do individually and how it's linked to the haunting. The story behind some of the objects was creepy but fits the setting, real or not. The town itself sounds like a perfect town, but things definitly don't go as perfectly planned as hoped, for both the haunting and the 'Christmas holiday'.
I liked that we get to see the friendship between Michael and Ellie start up again, and seeing them try to make their friendship work again. Seeing more of Melissa was both good, as well as odd, and my ideas brewing away in my head were so far off the mark about why it's so odd. However I did miss Stacey and her dose of comic relief, I'm hoping she comes back to help Ellie after her time away.

The Monster Museum was a book I really enjoyed. I loved the creepy factor, the surprise ghosts, but I also did not see it ending the way it does...and that just leaves me desperate for the next instalment.
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Title: Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Publication Date: 1st November 2018

Tell Me About It
A single wish will spark a new dawn.
Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure - the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?
My Thoughts
From the beginning of Shadow of the Fox we are introduced to some very important characters, one who will make a change both for good and bad. But the main focus of the story are Yumeko, who is also at kitsune, and Tatsumi.
Yumeko has been tasked with the job to take their part of the scroll to another temple, whilst Tatsumi has been tasked with claiming it. Both keeping their secrets this duo begin this journey together, as they travel across the land to complete their own tasks.

Shadow of the Fox is told in alternating points of view between these two characters, as well as a few chapters told from others. We follow this duo as they learn more about each other and the creatures that are ever present, whilst we also get to learn more about what their role means, as well as these mystical creatures and what they do. The journey this duo take isn't an easy path and they often find themselves in the middle of trouble, which often brings a helping hand or an extra body for protection.

Even though I've previously read Julie's books, going into Shadow of the Fox I wasn't sure what to expect but I quickly found myself getting drawn into this new world, and really wanting to know more about the ways of the characters and the different classes. I liked that we get to follow the characters as they journey together, but see both sides to the story, and I really enjoyed learning about the culture that surrounds them. Each new character that we meet has their own story to tell or own reasons for what they do, and I liked that Yumeko made an effort to help as many as she could, even roping an unwilling Tatsumi in too.

Shadow of the Fox was an enjoyable book, and it really builds this world for you, setting everything up so you're ready to dive into the next instalment with a clear idea of who is who and what is happening, but I would have liked to have had a little less info dumping on me a certain points. There are characters I'm still not sure I trust 100%, and characters that I instantly liked, and I'm intrigued to see where this goes from here and if the characters will have a change of heart.
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Title: Lou Out of Luck
Author: Nat Luurtsema
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Instagram
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Girl Out of Water
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: 7th June 2018
Rating: 5 stars

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Poverty sucks. Dad's timing the family's showers and refusing to turn on the heating. Mum has arranged for Lou to get lifts to school with Drippy Dermot and his eccentric mother in the Van of Doom. And lentils seem to feature in EVERY SINGLE MEAL. Lou is still coming down from her brief moment of TV super-stardom and getting to grips with the fact that - hold the news - SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND, but with both parents out of work, life isn't all plain sailing. Throw in Hannah's obsession with the school prom, Dads strange shed activity and Lav s brief flirtation with a modelling career, and suddenly training a dance troupe to swim underwater seems like a walk in the park
My Thoughts
I first picked up Girl Out of Water several years ago and fell in love straight away so when I found out there was going to be another book I knew I had to read it, and years later I finally got to hold it in my hands.

Lou's parents are getting back together, but things will still be a struggle money wise, with both parents looking for jobs, however the lack of money means that at some point in the future the family may have to move in with their Nan. Lou and her family are doing everything they can to save pennies, cutting down on hot water time, heating, and even food selections.
Lou's friendship with Hannah has its struggles, especially with her going to the dark side, but with Dermot Lou finds herself with new friends, whilst her sister Lav is struggling with her new fame.

Lou Out of Luck was a; book I enjoyed just as much as it predecessor, I love Lou's attitude to life and events that happen to her, either overreacting, overthinking, or just going with the flow. Reading Lou Out of Luck made me realise how much I have missed this world, the little quirks, and also the humour.

Lou Out of Luck was the perfect book to bring back a bit of humour to my life, and de-stress me from work.
Memorable Quotes
That’s actually what she said. She wrote that, looked at it and thought, Yep, happy with that. Good Best Friend work. Na-night!! Probably slept like a baby. Or a log. A baby log. A twig.
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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 7M ago

Title: The Wife's Secret
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: amazon|iBooks|Kobo|Googleplay
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 10th October 2018
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-stopping twist

Charley Willis was thirteen years old when her parents were killed in their family home and she was found hiding in a cupboard upstairs.

Fifteen years later, Charley is marrying Seth Chambers. It should be the happiest day of their lives, a chance for Charley to put her past behind her, but just hours after the ceremony, she is missing.

No one saw her leave. No one knows where she is.

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will keep you reading until the very last jaw-dropping twist.
My Thoughts
I've been a fan of Kerry's since I read his first YA book, and I've followed him since then, picking up the Jessica Daniels series, as well as his recent stand alones. When the opportunity came to be part of the blog tour for The Wife's Secret I didn't hesitate in signing up, and although this review may me short and vague, trust me it’s for your best interest that YOU discover the secrets that lie within the pages of this book.
The Wife's Secret begins on what should be the happiest day of Seth an Charley's lives, but the disappearance of Charley means Seth is not celebrating their marriage, and is in fact trying to find out what happened and where she went.

I really liked that the story itself isn’t one based in the present, that there is also a lot of back story to Charley and her family, which we get to explore with alternating chapters from present to past, each chapter bringin us slowly closer to the present. There were a lot of things happening to Charley, which affects how she acts and behaves in the present, and as local why she does certain things. I enjoyed getting to see the close friendships she has with her friends and some family members, and how they rally around o help Seth in his time of need.

As I progressed through the book I really got a feel for the characters, and seeing what Charley went through as a child was heartbreaking. Seth knows only the public facts about his new wife, so is just as surprised with some revelations as I was. I loved the twists and turns throughout the book, and how I could never really put my finger on what had happened. Just as I think I might getting close another addition to the story is revealed and what I thought was going to happen turns out wrong.

I love how the author, Kerry Wilkinson, has built up a history for Charley, which makes her feel more real and has you becoming invested in her story and her ending. I enjoyed the trickle of backstory and revelation of family secrets which shows how important the ‘public face’ was for the family but also how damaging it was for her. Her relationship with her sister was a strong base which really helps her through some bad times and I love how her sister, Martha, is willing to stand up against anyone in order to ensure they are safe.

The Wife’s Secret was a book I throughly enjoyed, and while part of me wanted it to end so I could finally know what was going on, the other part of me wanted to keep reading, to have a never ending story of Charley and Seth.




Author Bio:
Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.

When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.




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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 7M ago


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. It's a chance for bloggers to share their top ten books of the chosen topic that week.
That Artsy Reader Girl now hosts on her blog, clicking the image will take you to her post.


Fury by Rachel Vincent
The Wife's Secret by Kerry Wilkinson


The Monster Museum by J.L. Bryan
After the Fire by Will Hill

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

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Title: Baby Penguin Finger Puppet Book
Genre: Picture Book, Novelty Book
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 7th August 2018
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Meet Baby Penguin! How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.
My Thoughts
Follow baby penguin through various activities through the day, from waking up in the morning, to how she glides through the waves when swimming, how she keeps warm when she is cold, and how she dives into the water when she is brave. The colours are both and bold, with a few words on each page which are easy for little ones to repeat ‘splash’ ‘peep’ etc. What makes this book even more cuter is the baby penguin finger puppet that you can move around using your finger.



Title: Baby Unicorn Finger Puppet Book
Genre: Picture Book, Novelty Book
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 7th August 2018
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Meet Baby Unicorn! What does Baby Unicorn find in the enchanted forest? Is she ready to use her healing magic? Follow along as she explores her world and discovers her special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.
My Thoughts
Follow baby unicorn in her day, waking up, having a bath in a waterfall, and galloping through the forest to help others. The colours are also bright and bold in this book with few sentences on each page. Although there are no repeatable words, there is enough in the pages to prompt speaking. Baby unicorn also has a finger puppet which you can move with your finger. I am excited to take this in for my work babies who have recently taken a liking to my little pony books.



Title: Baby Hedgehog Finger Puppet Book
Genre: Picture Book, Novelty Book
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 7th August 2018
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Meet Baby Hedgehog! Where does Baby Hedgehog live? How does Baby Hedgehog find a tasty treat? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.
My Thoughts
This book follows baby hedgehog through his day, what he does when he explores, how he squeaks when he’s happy, and where he sleeps at night. The pictures are bright and bold with few sentences on the page. This also has a finger puppet that you can move around, and is the perfect book for Autumn.


All of these books have been a huge hit with my work babies, and we definitly know the stories off by heart.
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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 7M ago
Do you struggle to buy for your bookish friend or close relative, stuck for ideas on what to buy for your other half, well Literary Book Gifts has just the thing for you. With a range of items, from tote bags (to carry the essentials......like books) to T-Shirts proclaiming your love for a certain book, even hoodies to keep you warm as you read your favourite book.

Literary Book Gifts has a variety of sizes and styles to suit everybody.....



This Wizard of Oz tote bag comes in a variety of sizes, it is 100% polyester and comes with boxed corners, black cotton handles, and black lining.
This is perfect for carrying around all the books you need to have with you, as well as for everyday use like sharing your love for Oz whilst out grocery shopping.


Want to keep cool in the park during a hot summers day, then this Alice's Adventures in Wonderland tank top is perfect for this. This is a slim fit, which runs slightly small, and is made of 60% soft cotton; 40% Polyester.
This also comes in a variety of sizes and colours.



This 20,000 Leagues under the Sea T-Shirt is perfect for the man in your life, or perfect if you want a bit less fit in your T-Shirts (like myself) or to relax at home in literary style.
This comes in a variety of sizes and colours. This is a classic fit T-Shirt which runs slightly large. It's suitable for men and is also unisex, and is made with 100% cotton.





With lots to choose from you will be spoilt for choice, and may even have to buy several items in different colours and styles.

If any of these items take your fancy, then pop on over to Literary Book Gifts and see what else they ave to offer. While you're there take advantage of my discount code
MUCHLOVEDBOOKS20  
which gives 20% off anything in the store, no minimum spend, and does not expire.








*I have not received anything in exchange for making this post*
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Much Loved Books by Michelle @ Much Loved Books - 7M ago

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, to recap the past week on my blog, showcase books and things I have received.


NEW ARRIVALS THIS WEEK
Golden Hour by Chantel Guertin purchased by myself
You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance purchased by ymself



Dead Heat (Audiobook) by Patricia Briggs purchased by myself
Silence Fallen (Audiobook) by Patricia Briggs purchased by myself
Burn Bright (Audio Book) by Patricia Briggs purchased by myself


What exciting things did YOU receive this week?

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