Me, My Books and I is Moving!

Hello Me, My Books and I readers,

Some of you may already know that I have a second blog called V Family Fun. This has been a place for me to talk about all aspects of my family life except books which have always been posted here on Me, My Books and I. Well, after a lot of thought, I have decided to merge them both together.

Don’t worry though, this won’t be happening overnight. I’ve recently given birth to our fourth child (another beautiful daughter who is doing great and has us all wrapped around her little finger already) and am taking my time to recover from what turned out to be a pretty traumatic experience. When I feel ready to start blogging again my new book reviews will be posted on V Family Fun and eventually I’ll transfer all of my previous reviews over too.

So, for now, Me, My Books and I will be staying put but there won’t be any new book reviews/interviews etc posted here in the future.

If you enjoy my book reviews then I’d love to see you over on V Family Fun so feel free to pop by and say hi! If you’d like to subscribe to V Family Fun blog posts by email so that you don’t miss any new bookish posts you can do so here:

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Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, I hope you choose to join me on this new chapter in my blogging life!


You Were Here by Cori McCarthy


Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: 1 March 2016

Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.

Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can- by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy,okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.

Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends- all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend; the heartbroken poet; the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome; and…Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal parts of herself that she buried with her brother.”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I love YA books and the description of this one seriously grabbed my attention. I just had to know more.

Jaycee talked about getting lost in such an honest, raw way that I could almost feel her emotions jumping off the page at me. It quickly became apparent that she wasn’t the only one with issues and I found myself really enjoying meeting each character and learning about their lives. Individually they were interesting but as a group they were compelling!

Telling parts of the story with illustrations added a memorable and different element to the book, it helped bring everything to life and in my opinion made it stand out from the crowd.

The storyline was kind of dark and eerie but also touching at the same time. Once I’d started reading I found it incredibly hard to stop (even at 2 in the morning) because I just had to know what the group of friends would do next.

Being a YA read there was the obligatory thread of love/romance running through it. The interesting thing about this one, for me, was the silence. I’ll let you make of that what you will!

This was an intense read at times but always utterly fascinating, I simply couldn’t put it down. Even when I did manage to pry myself away, I still found myself thinking about it.

You Were Here was a captivating journey of self-discovery and gets an easy 5 stars from me.


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Kiera’s Quest: Choices by Kristy Brown


Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Publication Date: 16 April 2014

“Feeling desperately confused and betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Kiera chose to jump through the disappearing vortex. Did she make it over to Zakk’s kingdom or was she pushed back to Earth? Would she even survive this time?

The next four years are long and heartbreaking for both worlds. As the darkness spreads throughout the lands, will Zakk’s army be able to stop it reaching Earth? Will Tom’s small band of rebels on earth stand a fighting chance?

At the time of the final battle will the Chosen One have the power to stop the oncoming evil or will it be too late?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. Regular Me, My Books and I readers may have already seen my reviews of the previous three books in the series but in case you missed them, click here.

Events at the end of book three were quite shocking so I was excited to find out what the final book would have in store for me but there was also a part of me that felt sad the series was coming to an end.

I soon found myself immersed in the storyline, eagerly trying to find out what would happen to Kiera and co. The author successfully created more tense and dramatic moments which kept me on the edge of my seat – even after four books I couldn’t predict what the Witch Queen would do next!

I could almost feel the connection between characters and this somehow made each scene believable (yes I know it’s fantasy but there you have it). Kiera’s abilities have grown with each book and that was no different this time around, it’s been fun watching her character evolve.

This was a quick, yet action-packed, read which provided me with some much-needed escapism. I’m giving it 5 stars!


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Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips


Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: 26 January 2016

“After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys–especially other people’s boys:

Don’t touch.
Don’t smile.
Don’t charm.

In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what really makes Kat different–having two gay parents. But it’s also cost her friendships. Kat can’t afford to lose any more of those, especially not her cousin, Harper. They’re spending one last summer together at the lake, where they run into an intriguing newcomer named Emmett Reese. After years of trying to prove she’s just like everybody else, Kat has found someone who wants her because she’s not. A boy who could be everything she wants too–if Harper hadn’t liked him first. . .”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. It was the description that pulled me in and made me want to know more. I couldn’t wait to get started!

I was surprised to find that I disliked Kat to begin with. I did, however, love the fact that her homelife was so different from anything I’ve read before. As I got further into the storyline I felt as though I got to know and understand Kat better, therefore liking her more.

The author successfully created an atmosphere of tension and young lustfulness with her comfortable writing style. I found it so easy to become completely absorbed in the storyline – I lost all track of time as I flipped through the pages!

This was an absorbing read which mixed some complex life situations with the equally complex process of growing up. I couldn’t get enough so I’m giving Any Other Girl 5 stars.


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Falling by Julie Cohen

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication Date: 28 July 2016

“Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this signed proof to read and share my opinion. The blurb was one of those that got my imagination running wild and left me needing to know more.

The first chapter thoroughly intrigued me, it raised so many questions about Honor and her situation. To begin with Jo and Lydia didn’t interest me quite as much but that soon changed and I found myself equally looking forward to reading from each character’s point of view.

Falling told the story (and secrets) of three generations, the atmosphere felt real and fresh, in particular Honor’s old-fashioned stubbornness, Jo’s struggles as a single mum and Lydia’s diary writing.

There were some pretty serious subjects tackled but the author did it in a natural, and sometimes humorous, way. Added to that was a dash of romance which lifted the storyline and, I think, made this book an all-rounder.

Falling was an enjoyable read but I didn’t feel the need to frantically keep reading until I’d finished it. I enjoyed picking it up every now and then at my own leisurely pace and absorbing every word fully. I gave it 4 stars.


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Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 25 February 2016

“New home. New life. New beginning. Love affairs can blossom in the most unlikely places . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream and blossoming relationship fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems …”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I’m easily swayed by an attractive cover and this gorgeous specimen called out to me and made me want to read it before I’d even read the description!

Right from the start there was a sense of mystery, of a secret that was almost ready to be revealed but not quite yet.

I loved following Kitty as she began to find her way around her new life. I always think it’d be so exciting yet scary to start your life completely anew like that (not that I’d change my life for the world mind you but it’s still fun to daydream).

There was a gentle romance running through the storyline which built gradually but still managed to hit quite a few bumps along the way.

There were a lot of scenes that I enjoyed but some of my favourites included: a lunch stealing rooster, a bidding war at auction, a scary chicken feeding frenzy and last but certainly not least, journal entries which exposed some intriguing secrets.

I do, however, have one small word of warning for those of you who are sensitive about what you eat (like myself) – reading this book might put you off your favourite chicken dish for a while!

This was an entertaining read filled with revelations of all kinds and characters who were easy to like. For me, it was a 4 star read.


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Author Interview With Shelley Wilson Plus #Giveaway

I am delighted to welcome Shelley Wilson to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her YA fantasy trilogy, The Guardian Series. You’ll also get the chance to win a signed copy of Book 1 in the series so keep reading…

Shelley Wilson’s love of fantasy began at the tender age of eight when she followed Enid Blyton up The Magic Faraway Tree.

Inspired by Blyton’s make-believe world, Shelley began to create her own stories, weaving tales around faeries, witches, and dragons. Her fantasy books blend a love of the supernatural with strong female protagonists.

Shelley’s non-fiction work is rooted in a passion for helping women to believe in themselves and become strong, motivated individuals. Can you spot the common thread between the two genres?

As well as writing, Shelley is an obsessive reader and book reviewer. She lives in Solihull in the West Midlands, UK, with her three teenage children, a black cat called Luna, and a fat fish. Shelley describes herself as a teetotal, pizza-loving, Facebook addict with a preoccupation with list writing. She would love to live in the Shire but fears that her five-foot-ten-inch height may cause problems.

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Hi Shelley,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to The Guardian Series?

The Guardian Series is a young adult (YA) fantasy trilogy. It starts off in a small town in the UK and then swiftly moves through various gateways to other realms. Our protagonist, Amber Noble, is swept up in a quest to save her best friend from a demon realm. She meets a host of characters along the way, some good, some bad, some cute! She has always had trouble believing in the supernatural but when it’s trying to kill her and her friends she begins to believe – and fight back.

Landed with a destiny she doesn’t want and powers she can’t control, Amber’s one goal is to reunite her family and return home, but her friends, guides, and the magical characters she meets along her journey have other ideas. She must first save her friends, fight for a faerie queen, and vanquish the biggest evil the realms have ever known. It all comes to an explosive conclusion in book three – but will it be the happy ending Amber is hoping for?

How did you come up with the titles?

The initial story idea came to me when I saw an image in a magazine. The picture was of a spooky headstone in a cemetery with three hooded figures. All of a sudden I had these characters chatting in my head and talking about ‘Guardians’. When I began to plot book one these Guardians were going to be supernatural soldiers who defended the town, of course, once I started writing, the characters took over, and my Guardians became the bad guys who lived beneath the tombs of the old church – Guardians of the Dead.

In book two I introduce dragons to the story, and so Guardians of the Sky had a nice twist to it. As well as the winged saviours who love to breathe fire over any unsuspecting bad guy, I also have my faerie characters. Both the male and female fae are warriors, but only the female have wings and can launch themselves into the air to attack from the skies.

Book three is set in the Lost Lands of the necromancers and the title, therefore, became Guardians of the Lost Lands. The guardians in this book, however, are two-fold, the necromancers and demons who are defending their home, and Amber and her friends who are fighting as guardians of the realms.

I love the atmosphere of the covers. Who designed them and why did you go for those particular designs?

Thank you, I adore the covers and receive so many compliments about them. I can take no credit whatsoever for these particular designs. I work with an incredible publishing partner, Blue Harvest Creative, who produce award-winning covers for authors across the globe. I send over my synopsis and let them work their magic. I have total faith in them. I can’t wait to see what the final cover will be when we launch in November 2016.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

I’m sure many writers’ are invested in meeting their main characters, but for me, I would have to say that I’d love to meet Tom, one of my secondary characters. I love this guy! He developed quite by accident and took to his role with charm and honour. In book one he is kidnapped by the guardian soldiers and so his part is not a big one, which was always the plan, however, he creeps under your skin at the start, and suddenly you find you’re missing him and willing Amber to save Tom in time. He refers to Amber as ‘cutie’, and I could hear him rolling the word over in my mind. He’s like the Xanda to Joss Whedon’s Buffy!

What makes The Guardian Series stand out from the crowd?

The one thing I love about reading YA fantasy novels is the pace. Teenagers don’t have time for waffle, they want to be thrown straight into the thick of the action and swept along on a wave of action and adventure. I’m very fortunate to have three teenagers under my roof who I can ask for advice on scenes and pace.

At just over fifty-thousand words per book, my Guardian Series is full of action, with plenty of twists and turns, and a host of loveable characters, and yet they can be read quickly. I write them short and punchy because that’s the kind of person I am in my day to day life. Always on the go and never leaving myself enough time for recreation, I am drawn to the quick read – so I chose to write the book I was looking for.

Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?

I have been a fan of fantasy, mythology, supernatural, and paranormal for as long as I can remember. I can vividly recall the first time I read the Hobbit and the emotions I felt as I joined in with the quest in my head. Going back even further I relished my time spent up Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree with Moon Face and the gang.

Creating other worlds, crafting strange creatures, and blurring the boundaries of normality fascinates me. The young adult fantasy genre gives me a platform to do all of this.

Which book is your favourite and why?

Out of the three Guardian books, I would have to say the third, Guardians of the Lost Lands, is my favourite. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this series and fell in love with all the characters. I even made myself cry on a couple of occasions! When I was writing book three, I was struggling with my depression and anxiety; this is something I’ve had for many years but due to a recent illness it had pushed its way to the forefront. Instead of letting it beat me, I channelled all my emotion into my writing. Book three goes much darker than the first two books, and Amber comes close to losing the plot – something I could relate to at the time. It was hugely cathartic to write my way through the worst of it, and it pushed the characters to make decisions that they might not have done if the cloak of darkness wasn’t hanging over them.

Sounds exciting! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Oh dear! This is the kind of question that makes me realise I have no life! As well as writing books, I also review them. I’m a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and spend the majority of my spare time with my nose in a book. If I’m not writing or reading then I love spending a few hours with my adult colouring books – it’s a perfect form of meditation for me.

I love going to the cinema or watching films at home with a large bowl of popcorn, and I am fascinated with old buildings and castles, so I’m quite happy wandering round a pile of ruins.

Snow or sun?

Sun, definitely sun!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Can I say all three? I love food! Okay, okay, IF I have to choose, I’ll say dinner – you can’t beat a large deep pan pizza!

Any last words for your readers?

Thank you. It sounds so feeble – two small words – and yet I wish I could shout them from the highest building. If it weren’t for my readers picking up my books and then taking the time to leave me a review on Amazon, or interact on my Facebook page or Twitter, then I wouldn’t keep writing. The comments, giggles, photo swaps and recommendations mean so much. I don’t think a reader who interacts with an author can ever understand just how special they are. So, THANK YOU!

I’d also like to offer my thanks to you, Kate, for allowing me to run riot on your beautiful blog. I hope you and your readers enjoyed learning about my writing journey and books.

Absolutely my pleasure Shelley, thank you for answering my questions. I particularly enjoyed finding out about your favourite book and how your own life experiences affected your writing!

Now check out the books:

Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)

“One girl holds the key to an ancient pact that could destroy the world…

When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help. His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be re-paid with blood.

As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that will see her past collide with her present.

Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose.” |

Guardians of the Sky (Book 2)


“Can one girl sacrifice herself to save the one she loves…

Following their daring escape from the demon realm, Amber, and her friends become caught up in a war between good and evil. They must join forces with the Queen’s warriors to overthrow a malevolent force that has spread across Avaveil, the land of the Fae.

As her powers grow, Amber is faced with the real possibility that she is a danger to the ones she loves. Her full strength is yet to be tested in a way she can’t comprehend.

Dragons, faeries, and humans stand side-by-side as they are drawn into a cunning battle of magic and surprising revelations. Can Amber survive long enough to see her dreams fulfilled?” |

Guardians of the Lost Lands (Book 3)

Cover coming soon!

“Amber’s final quest could claim her soul, but it’s a journey she must make.

The evil that lurks in the Lost Lands threatens to infest the realms unless Amber, Redka, and Connor can destroy it. But Amber is more concerned about her father’s safety as he is held captive by the wickedness that terrorises them all.

Amber faces isolation and mistrust from her friends as they travel across land and sea to meet their most dangerous foe.

Will she be able to stay true to her destiny as the last Oracle, or will she be tempted by the darkness? The fate of the realms is in her hands.

Amber’s final quest will be her most terrifying yet. This time, it will be deadly.”

Release Date – 11th November 2016


The author has very kindly offered one lucky Me, My Books and I reader the chance to win a signed copy of Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)!

The giveaway will run for 3 weeks until 22 July 2016 and all you have to do to enter is click the link below and follow the instructions…

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(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for posting the prize to the winner)

Good luck!