Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress review…

Author: Vicky Nolan 


You’re a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music – to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever – until the High Court writ hits the door mat – you’ve fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn’t a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan’s reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen.

Read about the trial, the family, Hollywood, London town, the glamour, the dog (eh?) and most importantly, the music. Curiouser and curiouser?

We always talk about ‘making it’ and fulfilling your dreams. The question is, what if you don’t? What happens next? Ultimately, this book speaks about life and family; its hopes and disappointments, Its ups and downs. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress is in some way a story that speaks to us all, because in the end, the best stories are always true.

“I’m living my life as consequence of yesterday.
And all of my choices compliment my life today.
There may have been times I could have gone and lost my way,
I could have, I would have, I should have, I don’t care – I’m here now.”



Firstly thank you so much to Vicky for sending me this gem of a book. 

This book is written in a scrapbook/diary-esque format which makes it appear deeply personal and filled with even more passion. The description is soo powerful because of its authenticity and ability to suck you in. 

It is safe to say, I am fully invested in her dreams. I feel like I know her and that is one powerful quality of a book. To connect so deeply with a character’s qualities is amazing but even more amazing when that person is real. 

The reader is right by her side through all the ups and downs making her words fuelled with inspiration and passion. Ahhh the passion in this book makes me so so so happy and eager to take on new challenges and not give up on my dreams.

I just love how clearly developed and coherent her ideas are and the relationship she establishes with the reader with her openness. 

Overall, I would give this book  5 stars because of its authenticity. She pours her heart and soul into this book and you can tell – it is just wonderful.  

And, oh my god can Vicky S-I-N-G.  

She is beautiful inside and out and you must go and buy her book and support her because she deserves it so much!  

About the author:

Professional female vocalist Vicky Nolan performs impressive vocals to your favourite songs in her own unique, classic style. From Motown to RnB, Classical to Contemporary Pop and everything else that’s in-between.


Me Mam.Me Dad. Me. Blog Tour…

Title: Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. By Malcom Duffy. 

Publisher: Head of Zeus. 


Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. 

Danny’s mam has a new boyfriend. Initially, all is good – Callum seems nice enough, and Danny can’t deny he’s got a cool set up; big house, fast car, massive TV, and Mam seems to really like him. 

But cracks begin to show, and they’re not the sort that can be easily repaired. As Danny witnesses Mam suffer and Callum spiral out of control he goes in search of his dad. The Dad he’s never met. 

Set in Newcastle and Edinburgh, this supremely readable coming-of-age drama tackles domestic violence head on, but finds humour and hope in the most unlikely of­ places.


When the publishing sent me this book to review I did not know what to expect. My attention was instantly grabbed by the wonderful and bright cover and I just could not wait to devour it! It was also clear by the cover, the dialect was going to be northern, an accent that I welcome in my life as someone that is very much southern.  

This is a very important book, everyone needs to read it! Although themes such as domestic violence are sometimes difficult to read, this book approaches it in a really balanced and reassuring way. The information is easy to digest but it still kicks you in the teeth and makes you want to jump into the book and demand justice for the wronged.   

The protagonist, Danny, a fourteen year old boy was all I could wish for in this narrative and more. His fondness for his mother purely touched my heart and made me fall completely in love with his character.             As mentioned above, this book is easily accessible because of the way it presents the events in Danny’s life. Harrowing yet hilarious! He is broken yet full of banter.

This book does cater for an array of ages, it is suitable for young adult and I honestly do think it will help children like Danny in similar situations to process their thoughts and feelings and it is accessible to older people. I am 22 now and this book had me laughing and crying all at the same time. I just wanted to hug Danny at times and tell him every thing would be okay. 

‘Harrowing yet hilarious’

and….oh boy…that ending! Wow.  Message me to discuss because I need to talk but I do not want to ruin it!

About the author:

Malcolm Duffy is a Geordie, born and bred. His first novel, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal, was inspired by his time at Comic Relief, visiting projects that support women and children who have suffered as a result of domestic abuse.


More About Malcolm Duffy

My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habits – Part Two.

I had a really positive response to the first post about my bookish habits…we are all a little weird and I LOVE IT. This is my second post and I love hearing what you reply, so please comment below and lets be weird and wonderful together.


Read part one here –

Here I discussed my impulse to talk to anyone reading a book, stifling a yawn with my book, hating on people who abuse books and my favourite reading location.


  1. Smelling books. New or Old I will give a book a cheeky little smell. Have you ever walked into a old vintage book shop and thought wow, it smells amazing. I wish they made candles in old book scent because I would burn that for daaayyyyssss. I always think old books smell well loved if that makes any sense at all. P.S. Early season Rory gives me life, she was a complete bookworm.giphy.gif
  2.  Leaving books scattered around the house. I am sooo guilty of this and it irritates my mum so much, she would always say she knew when I was back from university because she would just find books in random places. I need access to books at all times okay, what if something happened and I had to stay in that room…it would be okay because I would have a book with me.

rapunzel-books.gif  3. Always having a book on me.  I won’t leave the house unless I have a book with me. You never know when you will have a spare minute to read. Waiting for someone?-read. Early somewhere?-read. Unhappy?- Read. Bored?- Read. Legit the other day I went to Bath for the day with my best friend and I thought I would be early to the station so I grabbed my trusty version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 


4. Going on holiday and packing more books than clothes. THANK YOU KINDLE FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER NOW! When I use to visit my dad in Denmark over summer I would take like ten books for a week trip and SMASH them all. He would have to work somedays so I would just read in his apartment or walk to the park and read.  I still sometimes take physical copies of books with me but prefer to take my kindle nowadays because it is lighter and easier to carry. Although I prefer reading books over kindle books? what’s your thoughts on this matter?


5. Spending hours on end in libraries and bookshops.  Guilty again. I got spend an endless amount of time roaming the shelves in bookshops and libraries. Being surrounded by books fills me with a sense of comfort and belonging and I LOVE IT.

tumblr_o14lftvOZc1tzv1dpo1_500.gif 6. Talking about fictional characters as if they are real. I am a nightmare when it comes to this. They are real to me okay, they have touched my heart and now live in there. When I was going to my dissertation meetings my supervisor had to sit me down and advise me to stop writing and discussing the characters as if they were real. So…instead of writing Nick and Amy volitile relationship, I would have to write Flynn constructed the characters of Nick and Amy to give the illusion of a volatile relationship.Blah Blah Blah.


So here are six more reading habits of mine. Do you do the same? What do you think of mine?



The Problem with Forever Review

the-problem-with-forever-cover*I was sent this book, in exchange for an honest review* 

JLP2013 - POST DIVIDERFirst things first, two songs came to mind when I read this book.

This song made me think of Mal, at the beginning of the novel when Rider and Paige were together.

This song just reminds me of Rider, Jayden and Hector.


Book Blurb

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


Overall thoughts 

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It tugged and tugged at my heartstrings and I actually cried because it filled me with such an overwhelming sense of emotion that I couldn’t contain myself. I mentioned before, in my ‘Me Before You’ review that I connected with Lou soo much and for that reason, it made my experience reading it more heightened.

The same thing happened with Mallory, I could relate and connect with her deeply because (although I haven’t been abused or anything like that) I have always been the quiet and shy one in my family and at family events I alway let my sister do the talking for us because I get choked in social situations. For years, I have suffered with anxiety, even to the point where I have been crippled to silence because I actually cannot cope.

I was always that person at school ( and now at Uni) that freaks out at the start of the academic year when the teacher//lecturer calls out the names on the register. I still seize up inside and think of the high humiliation that would come over me if I wasn’t on the register.  I am the same when I have to give presentations, I cannot sleep or eat because the anxiety spreads all over me.


The reason this book is so special, is because it confronts the taboo of child abuse in such a delicate and interesting way. Topics like child abuse need to be addressed in ‘young adult’ books because of the power they hold; they have the ability to teach people. The issues are hinted at throughout the novel; through the use of flashbacks, dialogue and vivid dreams which completely captivate the reader.  The novel also deals with the sensitive subjects of death and blindness.

Jennifer L. Armentrout created such wonderful characters, that I could not help but fall in love with them. Aforementioned, I connected with Mallory on a deep level because of my own connections with anxiety but the best thing about Mal was her strength. At the end of the novel, she was the ultimate ‘strong independent woman’.  I truly admire the way the author took the reader on a journey of appreciation and acceptance.

This journey was also emphasised in the character Rider, who like Mal came from from a troubled childhood. He was Mal’s protector and instantly from the moment they reconnect, I wanted to ship them. He did have that edgy, hot lad vibe about him.

I liked the way the novel dealt with the different aspects of people’s lives and how the author intricatley described how social enviroments change people.   While, it was evident that Mallory was broken due to what she saw as a child. Rider, on the other hand, put on a front and had that ‘I don’t give a f*** attitude’ to life. Throughout the novel, both learn something about themselves- Mallory ‘mouse’ realises she can be strong while Rider realise he doesn’t have to always be strong. They both help each other overcome their childhood struggles and deal with the loss of a close friend.


I easily devoured this book because the characters  were relatable, lovable and the storyline captivated my attention. I have been working non stop recently , so this book took me like a week to read, but it consumed my life. All I could think about was how it was going to end and I could’t wait to finish work so I could read more and more.

One thing I would improve about this book, well it not even an improvement but I want more. I want to know what happens to Ainsley…I want to feel Hector’s pain and I need to know more about Rider and Mallory’s future.

This  book gave me the feels and I know that this story will stay with me for a long time because of how beautifully it dealt with difficult subjects. Also, how beautiful is the cover!!

I cannot wait to read more of her stuff in the future. AWEOME YOUNG ADULT!



  • Have you read it?
  • What did you think?

Author’s website 

Goodreads page 




Five things that satisfy me as a reader…

1. Hardbacks all the way!

I prefer hardback book covers because I think they look lush on my bookshelf! I normally buy a book in softback (because they come out first) and then if I fall in love with it, I purchase it in hardback as well. I also NEED these Harry Potter books!! 



2.Beautiful book covers!

I know that you should never ever judge a book by its cover but I do and I am often influenced by the book cover. I am also an absolute sucker for limited editions of books that I cherish.  I love that book covers can express elements of the books!f-scott-fitzgerald-spinesbeautiful-book-covers4eba5638f09153171b2445d0762e6d36 JLP2013 - POST DIVIDER

3. Limited Edition books!

Following the previous point, I also need to stress my admiration for limited edition books, ESPECIALLY – if it is a limited release of one of all time favourite books. Signed copies also make me soooooo happy!



4. Getting hooked on a series!

I love anticipating a new release….ahhh! It is soo exciting, to be so involved in a fandom that you are really eager for the next book. I really enjoy the feeling of being a part of a fandom and feeling the buzz of excitement from everyone.



5. A perfect movie adaptation!

There is no better feeling than watching a beloved book be beautiful transformed to the big screen. I always feel a mixture of anxiety and curiosity before watching a movie adaptation of a book. At the moment all I can think about it how wonderful and perfect the adaptation of ‘Me Before You’ was.



  • What do you love about reading? -let me know in the comments below.
  • Do you agree//disagree?


My top tips to reading more…

If you are anything like me you desire to read more but life gets in the way…or mostly Netflix. (Sorry, I just love a lot of TV shows.)  But I am going to try and motivate  us to read more.


  •  Always have a book with you, as Lemony Snicket once said “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Recently, I have been travelling a lot to London and to work everyday on the bus. So, I utilise the time spent travelling by reading my kindle or book.
  • If you are a morning person, wake up a little bit earlier and read a little.
  • Or…if you are anything like me, take advantage of your evenings and end your day with a book.  Apparently if you devote 15/20 minutes reading a day, you can easily read 20-30 books a year. Think of all of the books you could read, if you dedicated a few hours a day. WOW!!! 
  • You could also try an audio version of the book and listen while you everyday tasks.
  • Set yourself task…I, for example aim to read 115 books this year. If you want to set yourself a goal, get the Goodreads app. It’s a dream, because not only can you can set your own challenge but you can also view your friends challenges for motivation and//or recommendations.
  • Put your phone down.
  • Don’t pick Netflix over reading…I am guilty of this. Stop, don’t watch another episode…pick up a book.
  • Read in a peaceful place.
  • Read with a friend.
  • Give a book up if you don’t enjoy it, otherwise it will put you in a book slump.
  • Maybe set yourself book deadlines- for example I said I would read six books this month, meaning I need to read one and a half books a week.
  • Like the transport one – Utilise your other free time, I waste a lot of time. Honestly, I sometimes spend hours doing nothing and then look back and think ‘wow, that was stupid of me.’
  • Keep an open mind when reading.

Have you got any tips for me? Did you find these helpful?

****: The Anatomy of Melancholy review

 Thank you to Matthew Selwyn for sending me this to review… img_1228


Reality is overrated. Sex, love, power, life: it’s gone digital. Why settle for a girlfriend with cellulite? Why spend every day working a dead-end job? These are the new days, the infinite days: plug in, get connected. Life is porn, porn is life, don’t accept anything less than the electric light show that is our digital reality. At the end of every computer screen, a mind is being formed on the material coughed up by the web that connects us all: this is the story of one of the internet’s children, told from his own warped perspective. This is the millennial generation, the Y generation: we’re horny, lonely, afraid, and self-confident. This is our story, our reality. Thrillingly inventive and powerfully engaging, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy is a timely examination of life and masculinity in the digital age, a study of loneliness and mental decay, and a satire on the consumption of literature of disaffection. Brutally honest and darkly comic, it is a very modern novel about a very modern life.



First things first; this book is extraordinary and nothing like anything I have ever read before. This book does not have any chapters…oh yeah, you heard me right…no chapters. Interestingly enough, this adds to the narrative tone being informal and colloquial.

The protagonist in the story was bizarre to say the least, I really wanted to despise him because of all the violence and anger but in a way I could not. I had sympathy for him, I wanted to help him.I love how honest this book was, the reason I felt sympathy towards the protagonist is because the book struck chords in my heart and it spoke directly to me. As the narrative progressed, so did my awareness of the protagonist’s pain.

The format of this book was very fragmented, which kept me sat on the edge of my seat reading this. I was eager to know where the narrative was going; I love it when authors cleverly lead the reader on a journey, especially when it is a shocking and unexpected one. This book did just that and wow! Wow…I loved it.  The fragmentation of narrative adds to the shocking nature of the book.

If you want to go on a journey that will open your eye and force to look at the modern society, then go and read this.

This book was a real eye-opener, it made me reflect upon my own life and how society has  changed drastically.  I feel like I will read this book again, it is short, so it gives you that accomplished feeling quickly that comes hand in hand with finishing a book. It is also a really interesting read, that I feel will become more and more captivating the more time i dedicate to it.

To conclude, I loved this book. The writing was unique and insightful and I loved how he made me feel soo many different emotions at once; I wanted to hit and hug and protagonist at the same time. The words on the page demanded deep and thoughtful reflection, which I was happy to obey to.

This book won’t be for everyone and I will warn you, that it is very violent and sexual, so read with caution. 


Quotes –  “A smile is just the contortion of a face”

About the Author-  

Matthew Selwyn is a young writer from London, England. His debut novel, ****: The Anatomy of Melancholy was released in 2014. A student and librarian, he is often to be found hiding amongst the stacks in the Victorian library where he works, surrounded by piles of books.

Buy this book on Amazon 

Check it out on Goodreads 

I have a lot of respect for him, it is amazing that wrote this while being a student.


Mine by Marie York




 The only thing Nixon Bennett ever excelled at is fighting.

No one ever understood him, especially his parents and sister.

Then Brooklyn Davis walks into his gym, and his world shifts.

Brooklyn is just like him in so many ways, and yet so fragile in others.

Can she fix this broken boy even though she’s broken herself?

Add to your TBR list on Goodreads.


About the Author…

download (1) Marie York is an American writer who works the corporate circuit by day but come nightfall transforms into a steamy writer. She loves the city life and a good cocktail.




Super scared and seeking support…

I want to try something new and put myself out there because I really want my passion for books, life and happiness to shine through and although I hope my blog already emphasizes these qualities. I want to push myself further and perhaps try and video blog on YouTube.

I am just super worried about being overly awkward and shy, if I posted a video about my August ‘to be read books’ or ‘my top five favourite books’ (or something along those lines)  would you lovely follows watch it and give me criticism?


My fear level at the moment is Ron + spiders.

I would love for you to get to know me more and I believe this will help my confidence and allow me to prove (to myself) that I can do anything I desire with determination.

Want to help me achieve getting over my fear? 

Support me and lets go on this adventure together…


The One by Kiera Cass

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The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Iléa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!


I read all of ‘The Selection’ books in three days but work life has taken over, forcing me to abandon my blog. I have miss it! First of all throughout this book I was still shipping Maxon and America hard.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“Shhh,” I urged.
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.”
“Please don’t,” I choked.


I like how within this book America really wanted to be with Maxon, I felt like it was just them against the world. Especially when they would go against the King’s orders and just live within the moment, in their own little bubble. I am a hopeless romantic okay! I sort of wish I was America because I personally would not mind living in a castle, wearing extravagant  dresses and fighting to be a Princess. What I really appreciated about America was that she stayed true to herself, she did not get lost within all the drama and became submissive to the King, she stood up for herself.  I was literally screaming at the book like ‘YES America! You go girl.’  

Just like the other two books, this book was easy and enjoyable to read. America’s strong and stubborn inner monologue once again compelled me to keep reading and relate to her, it also created a comedic element to the writing. This book answered the questions that The Selection triggered…’who are these rebels?’, ‘what do they want?’ etc every character within this series such as Maxon, Aspen and America evolved throughout this book which make love them even more.

This book got serious quick…America made up her mind, people died, America was injured, the power of the King was a dominant feature and the selection itself got intense.


This book was also emotional! One of my favorite characters died within this book which absolutely broke me, however I understand that it allowed the story to swiftly move on. One death I was really happy that it happened because the character angered me throughout the book, which made me want to jump into the book and slap them.

I do not want to riddle this review with spoilers so if you have reads this book please comment below because I would absolutely love to discuss this book further.