Fairy Tale Friday- Two March Tales

Gelert The Hound- St David’s Day

I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of this story before. It centres around Llewlyn, who was the prince of North Wales. It was said that wolves are killing lambs, so Llewlyn goes searching for the wolves. First with his precious dog, Gelert. One day, Llewlyn went hunting without his precious dog. Llewlyn had raised Gelert from a puppy and was very fond of him. One day when Llewlyn returned from hunting, he found Gelert smeared with blood. Gelert jumped up to greet his master. The prince searched for his son and couldn’t find him. He assumed with the child’s cot empty and the amount of blood around that Gelert had killed his heir. Llewlyn stuck a sword into the dog’s side, punishing him for killing the only heir. As soon as the poor dog howled, there was a muffled cry. Llewlyn discovered his son and next to him was the body of the wolf. Then, Llewlyn realised what his loyal dog had done! 😦

The Bird Wife- An Inuit Story

Itajung, one of the Inuit tribe, was annoyed because a young woman would not marry him. He left his home and travelled to the land of the birds. Itajung came across a lake where geese were swimming. On the shore, Itajung noticed loads of boots. Carefully, Itajung crept closer and stole a pair of boots. He hid them. The geese came out of the water and were immediately alarmed about the missing boots. One of the flock was particularly disturbed by the loss of the boots. Itajung insisted to the goose that he’d give the boots back if she became his wife. The goose refused. Eventually, she gave in. Once the goose had put on the boots, she changed into a woman.

Itajung and the woman walked away together and settled down in a village by the sea. They lived there for several years and ended up having a son together. Itajung was highly respected as a decent whaler in the Inuit tribe. One day after carrying the meat to their homes, Itajung’s wife would not help out. She insisted that her food was not from the sea and refused to help. Sad, the woman went to the beach and searched for feathers with her son. As soon as she put them between her fingers and her son’s fingers, they turned into geese and flew away. The Inuit saw this and told Itajung that his wife was flying away.

Itajung searched and searched for his wife. Eventually, he came to a river where a man was chopping wood. Each piece of wood turned into salmon and swam into the river and then to the lake. He asked the man if he had seen a woman and a boy. The man tells Itajung that she lives on a little island in the large lake with another husband. Itajung says he can never reach her. The man helps Itajung by giving him the backbone of a salmon. It turns into a kayak and carries him to the island. He must keep his eyes shut though. Itajung’s child is happy to see him but the wife and new husband not so much. The woman, her husband and the child take some feathers and transform back to geese, flying away and leaving Itajung on his own! 😦

Next Fairy Tale- The Basket Of Eggs


Bad Romance

Bad Romance

How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:


Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. 

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.


Oh my goodness. This book was absolutely incredible. I had high expectations for this book. I really did. I love Heather’s writing, but this book was something else. I think it’s such a powerful read that I wish was more widely read. I might as well just end this review here and just say BUY IT BUY IT READ IT READ IT!… but I think you need more convincing than that.

Bad Romance centres around Grace who has a pretty tough home life. Her stepfather scares her and her mother’s OCD makes Grace’s life incredibly hard. Grace is constantly doing jobs for her stepfather and scrubbing away making sure everything is super clean for her mother. Grace wants to escape her life. She wants to direct in NYC. She certainly has big dreams. She then meets Gavin. He’s totally gorgeous and talented. Grace can’t believe her luck. However, poor Grace actually finds herself in a controlling relationship. Grace and Gavin fall in love quickly and deeply and before she knows it, Grace is trapped in a dangerous relationship…

I love how Bad Romance is told. It recalls what has happened in the relationship with Gavin. Right from the start, the reader knows it’s not good news, but she slowly tells us the downfall of the relationship. Oh my goodness, it was such an intense read. It’s not easy to read but at the same time it was easy to keep turning the pages, desperate for Grace to escape from her toxic relationship and rubbish life.

Grace is an adorable character. She puts up with so much crap from her family. It was easy to see why she fell for Gavin’s advances so quickly. She just wanted to be loved. He was her hero, helping her get away from her family and it was easy to see why she was taken by him. I loved that she had strong friendships and I loved her theatre adoration. Even though we didn’t see Grace’s sister so much, it was nice to know she had that support system there as well. It was so tough to read about Grace’s experiences with Gavin and her stepfather because I was rooting for her to have her happy ending. I really grew to care for her over the course of the story.

I think this book is so vital because it sends a warning about how easy it can be to get into an unhealthy relationship. Gavin made my skin crawl. He really did. I hated how he made Grace feel and how he controlled her so much that she wasn’t even allowed to be friendly towards her male friends. He also affected her dreams. Grr, Gavin made me mad!

I will remember this book because I think it’s such an important, educative read. It will stay with me for a while.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

An incredible, intense read about a very dangerous relationship!

This Week In Books #103

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Sky Chasers Ready to Fall Fallen Angels

NOW- Sky Chasers- Emma Carroll– I am about 100 pages into this book which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I’m hoping to read more tonight after work. Life has been very busy this week. I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday. It feels like it should be Fridau!

THEN- Ready To Fall- Marcella Pixley- I thoroughly enjoyed this book which has a very unique take on grief!

NEXT- Fallen AngelsWalter Dean Myers– This is the Banned Book I am reading this week for my feature with my sister, Beth. I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Ten Books On My Spring TBR 2018!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the books that we want to read in Spring! I’m working on finding some fabulous debut authors this year, so I’ve decided to read some 2018 debuts for Spring.

The Astonishing Color of After

This book sounds absolutely fabulous! It’s about a girl whose mother commits suicide and she’s convinced that her mother has turned into a bird.

The Exact Opposite of Okay

Love this cover. It might be quite simple but I think it’s effective. It centres around Izzy who has all sorts of rumours flying around school about her.

A Girl Like That

I’m intrigued by this book!

The Midnights

Love this cover and I really like the look of this book!

12 Steps to Normal

This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2018!

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Blurbed by Becky Albertalli… a definite yes for me!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This looks fabulous!

See All the Stars

LOVE the look of this one!

People Like Us

This is another highly anticipated read for me!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I can’t help but be drawn to contemporary YA!

I’m very excited about my Spring TBR! Let’s hope I can get around to these books!

Ready To Fall

Ready to Fall

How did I get it?:
Sent from publisher, many thanks to them!


When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his head. It’s a terrible tenant–isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. He joins a group of theater misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet and slowly becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, an edgy upperclassman who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings–until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how important it is to let go of the past.


I was immediately pulled in by the synopsis of this book. I knew it wasn’t going to be a particularly easy book to read because of its subject matter. I thought this book was an incredibly emotional read, but it was so compelling at the same time.

In Ready To Fall we are introduced to Max who is in a bad way after losing his mother to cancer. He’s not doing well at school, distancing himself from everyone and is also utterly convinced that his mother’s tumour has transferred over to his brain. The reader finds themselves completely urging Max to reach out and get some support but he is so damaged by grief. Gradually, Max begins to learn how to move on with his life after starting a new school, making new friends and opening up to one of the teachers. I appreciated how slowly Max stated to heal. It was realistic and made the book more believable.

This is the first time that I’ve read Marcella Pixley’s writing. I very much enjoyed her writing style. I found myself both sympathising with Max and rooting for him to speak out and get help. I feel like she perfectly portrayed Max’s grief and his confusion/worry over ‘his’ tumour. I thought this was a highly original way to demonstrate how Max was dealing with his loss. I also felt for Max’s father, who was clearly struggling as well but trying to hold things together for Max.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book any higher was because I didn’t really buy into the relationship in this story. I felt like it was a little unnecessary! That said, this book is well worth reading for its unique take on grief.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This is not an easy read, but it’s definitely worth a read purely for its unique take on grief!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Crazy busy!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Year 2 (6-7 year olds). My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

Phew, this week has been a little tough going looking after 5 little ducklings and 30 small people. If you didn’t read my post last week, you’ll be wondering why I’m going on about ducklings. Well, I decided it would be a good idea for the children to hatch duckling eggs. They’ve been absolutely loving it. We ended up with 5 ducklings out of 6 eggs, but unfortunately we lost one on Monday morning. The children were absolutely brilliant about it though and although they were a little sad, they were happy to have four happy, healthy ducklings.

Here are pictures of them, as requested!

What with cleaning out ducklings frequently, checking they’re fed and watered and teaching 30 children- this week was crazy busy. I feel like I didn’t have time to pause this week. It was all go.

We’re working on an extended piece of writing for the next two weeks about the ducklings. The children are really engaged with this task and I’m getting such wonderful pieces of writing. 🙂 Talk about an experience enhancing writing. It makes me a very happy teacher.

It’s getting to the point (with 2 weeks to go before Easter break) where gossip is starting about who is teaching what/where from September. I hate this time of year. It sets my anxiety on edge. I like to know where I am so I can prepare myself. I’m trying to remain calm about it though and just take things as they come. I have a feeling there’s going to be a big shake up of staffing… only time will tell!

Stacking The Shelves #190

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!


The Nowhere Girls

I have heard great things about this book! Looking forward to this one.

The Foster Child

I bought this purely on recommendations from book bloggers! 🙂 I’m excited to read this!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!