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30 hot Irish Men!

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So its St Patricks Day and I am a little late in the day doing this but…

Here are top 30 men who would make St Patricks Day just yummy 😉

30. Robert Sheehan

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29. Stuart Townsend

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28. Cillian Murphy

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27. Colin Farrell

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26. Michael Fassbender

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25. Devon Murray

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(Yes that is Seamus Finnigan from Harry Potter!)

24. Aidan Gillan

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23. Gary Lightbody

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22. Damien Moloney

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21. Kodaline

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(I know there are four members but I’m counting them as one!)

20. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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19. Danny O’Donoghue

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18. Brian O’Driscoll

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17. Johnny Sexton

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16. Paddy Jackson

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15. Tommy Bowe

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14. Jamie Dornan

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13. Cian Healy

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12. Dave Kearney

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11. Ian Madigan

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10. Clive Standen

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Okay so technically he’s English but Clive was born in Ireland… so its a technicality but he’s still on the list!

9. Colin O’Donoghue

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I haven’t watched Once Upon a time but I think I may start doing so!

8. Robbie Henshaw

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7. Rob Kearney

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6. Hozier

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5. Luke Fitzgerald

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4. Conor Murray

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3. Colin Morgan

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2. Eoin Macken

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1. Aidan Turner

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Did you expect number one would be anyone else? 😛

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Shatter Me,Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me

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Blurb:

I have a curse.

I have a gift.

I’m a monster. 

I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal. 

My touch is power.

I am their weapon.

I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

OMG THIS BOOK!

The book started in a mental institution with a girl who counted minutes and seconds and was isolated from the rest of them. Until she one days gets a new roommate and her life suddenly changes.

She knows this boy, she went to school with this boy, the only boy who showed her kindness when the rest of them turned away from her. All because her touch can kill.

Just when she thinks she’s safe, she stolen away in the night, along with Adam and is held somewhere and is told she’s to be a weapon. A weapon to help the Reestablishment gain power. A weapon to destroy their enemies.

The leader is Warner, the beautiful boy who seems to be obsessed with Juliette. He’s been studying her for months and has fallen in love with this girl on the pages he’s read about and when he sees her in the flesh that love intensifies.

But Juliette is in love with Adam and Adam in love with Juliette. And he can touch her without dying.

Together they plan to escape Warner and live a life together.

But nothing goes to plan especially when, in their attempted escape, Warner touches Juliette’s bare skin and realises he can touch her too…

While on the run, a solider in Warner’s army finds them and tells them he knows a safe place. A place where Juliette, Adam and Adam’s brother James can be safe. But do they trust Kenji?

When Adam is injured however they have nothing to do but trust him as he needs help and for the first time in her life Juliette feels safe and she finds out that her touch is a gift rather than a curse…

OH HOLY GOD THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING!!!!

Juliette has been in the mental institute for 2 years. Locked away from the world outside and not knowing what’s happening. She’s been in and out of detention centres and psychiatric hospitals for most of her life, abandoned by her parents to die, all because she can’t touch someone without killing them and the fact she accidently killed a little boy when she was trying to help him.

All she knows is numbers, the numbers of hours, minutes and seconds she’s spent inside this prison. She’s alone and frightened but throughout the book she learns that her powers aren’t a curse, that in fact they are a gift.

Adam is the boy who gets to stay with Juliette in the prison she was in. He’s known her since they were children and loved her since then too. He’s one of the only people who can touch her and he wants to have a life with her away from all of this. Throughout the book Adam is desperate to keep Juliette safe and comforts her when everything goes wrong. But is there a reason why he can touch her?

Warner… I can go Oh Warner now because I’ve read the books but before that is was unknown what he was. Was he good or bad? Was he trying to use her as a weapon or save her? Does he actually love her or is he just infatuated with the person she is? He’s a complex character and even though he does things wrong in the first book he’s a character you can’t wait to read more about because you know there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Hooked from the very first sentence and destined to fall in love with the world Tahereh created. The writing was beautiful. Flowing like some sort of epic poem. The words used to describe things were beautiful and the way she wrote the kissing scenes… OH BLOODY HELL IT WAS SO GOOD!

5 out of 5 stars

 

Unravel Me

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Blurb:

Our lips touch

and I know I’m going to split at the seams. He kisses me softly the strongly like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go.

Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.

Juliette, Adam and James are at Omega Point with Kenji and have been told that everyone there has special gifts. Gifts that make them move things with their minds or make them super stretchy or make them invisible. Everyone here has a gift and Juliette starts to learn more about why she has this lethal touch.

Adam and Juliette are trying to find time to be alone but are finding it hard. They have no time for themselves and are always out training or being researched on. When Juliette finds out that Adam has a power that can basically cancel hers out there is hope that they can be together. Until one day Adam’s gift is compromised slightly and Juliette inadvertently hurts him. From then, Juliette vows to stay away from him, to never hurt him again but it’s harder than it seems.

Juliette finds out she has another gift along with her lethal touch. She has super strength, one that can start earthquakes and rip worlds apart. When angry it does serious damage and she’s tasked with training with Kenji, so he can help her harness the power.

On a mission to the outside to get supplies and food, Juliette finds Warner and sees a side of him she’s never seen before. When Warner’s father realises that Warner let Juliette go, he hatches a plan to get her back but instead Juliette cripples him and they take Warner hostage.

While Warner is being help hostage at Omega Point, Juliette spends time with him and realises that there is more to this guy than meets the eye. He’s sensitive and loving and not as evil as they make him out to be. And he has a gift. He can absorb powers and use them himself, which is why he can touch Juiliette as their powers cancel each others out.

In a battle between Omega Point and The Reestablishment, Juliette gets shot and Omega Point gets obliterated. Will she live and if she does will she see her friends ever again?

Jesus this was just as good as the first book. This one was more about the gifts they have and Juliette learning the truth about herself and other things. She learns that her powers can be harnessed, she makes friends, is willing to fight for the others and overall is determined that no one will get hurt by her ever again. Especially when she’s given a new suit and gloves which means she can touch people without killing them

Throughout the book Juliette learns that Warner isn’t as horrible and psychotic as everyone makes him out to be. She spends time with him and learns things about him that no one else knows and you can see her falling for him, even though she hates that fact that she is. They have a little make out scene which is epically hot but.. Well.. You’ll have to read to find out what happens.

Everything about his book was just as mesmerizing and hooking as the first book and I couldn’t wait to read more about Juliette and everyone once the book ended and I started book three!

5 out of 5 stars

 

Ignite Me

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Blurb:

The fate of Omega Point is unknown.

Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. Juliette may be the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to defeat their mutual enemy, Juliette will discover everything she thought she knew- about Warner, her abilities and Adam- was wrong.

Juliette has survived being shot and is living with Warner until she gets better.

Omega Point has been destroyed and she has no idea what’s happened to all her friends.

Warner lets her go out so she can see the crumbled building of Omega Point and while there she gets reunited with Kenji, who tires to kill Warner but Warner steals his power and makes himself invisible so he can escape.

Kenji takes Juliette back to Adam’s old house and there she finds that there are a few people left from Omega Point who are still alive and she tells them everything that happened to her and how they can trust Warner in helping them.

Adam is angry with Juliette. He thinks she’s moved on from him and is in a relationship with Warner. Adam is angry and from how he was in book 1 until now you kinda go off him. He’s quite horrible and says vile things to her which sends her running to Warner.

Warner agrees to let Kenji and the others stay at The Reestablishment headquarters, everyone goes, except Adam and James. Once there they are all training to fight, all of them are ready to fight back and take down The Reestablishment by killing the leader, Anderson.

While everyone is training Juliette gets more and more closer to Warner, despite the fact Juliette can’t admit to her feelings. Warner breaks down and tells her that she’s killing him and they end up being distant to each other.

While outside with Kenji, Juliette knows something is wrong and when she finds Warner in a mess she realises she loves him.

Juliette manages to turn her powers off so she can touch people without them being killed. When that happens she realises she can be with whoever she wants and goes to tell Warner she loves him.

But there’s a battle coming and Juliette still needs to take down The Reestablishment and kill Anderson but is she ready for all of this? And will she lose anyone along the way?

What an epic ending to the trilogy. OMG it was everything.

In this book I didn’t like Adam at all. He was so angry and so horrible to everyone. Yeah I understand he was hurt about Juliette but dude come on. There’s a way to get over someone and being horrible is not the way to go about. I liked him in the first book but in the second he was too obsessed with her and in the third, yeah horrible.

Warner was everything in this book and I have a new book boyfriend in him. Its amazing how you take people for face value before you actually get to meet them. Warner was always the ‘bad guy’ throughout the books but he wasn’t. He had a horrible life and a horrible upbringing and in a way he just wanted to be loved. I’m so so so so *SPOILER ALERT* Juliette chose him!

Kenji is my best friend. I loved that boy. He was sarcastic and funny and had feelings and looked out for Juliette when people weren’t quite sure about her. He was everything you want in a BFF.

And Juliette. Juliette grew as a person in this book. She became strong and brave. She became a leader and it was so great to see how she grew throughout the books. She was a great female lead.

And like the other books, Tahereh knew how to get my feels going. Especially with Warner… Good God woman were you trying to kill me?

I wasn’t ready to let the characters go when I finished the last page and I wanted more of them. Just a little One Year Later or something. I feel lost without these characters.

I hope Tahereh writes another trilogy because I loved her writing style.

You won’t be disappointed when you read these books, I know some people might not get on with the writing style but if you like poetic things and having words scratched out and sentences flowing into one epic prose then this book is for you.

Perfect

5 out of 5 stars.

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Blurb:

Lou Clark knows a lot of things.

She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I don’t tend to read fiction books. I’m more than happy with my YA books but sometimes a book comes along that you just have to read. I noticed this book had become a movie and I didn’t want to watch the trailer until I had read the book and bloody hell did this book kill me!

Lou, after losing her job, tries a bunch of other things that the job centre sends her to but none of them work out. Then comes a job to help a disabled man, to be the one to look after him through the day. Her family are struggling and she takes the job because they know they are counting on her to help with the money. What she doesn’t expect to find is Will Traynor, the disabled man she’s tasked to look after.

Will is sarcastic and cocky and hates being in the wheelchair. His life was full of stunts and holidays where he cliff dove and bungee jumped etc. Now he’s stuck in a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident and can’t move anything from the shoulder down. He has little movement in one hand but other than that he’s stuck and he’s been stuck for 2 years.

At first he’s quite horrible to Lou but the more they get to know each other the more obvious it becomes that there are more than just feelings of friendship between them.

But Lou is on a 6 month contract because Will has given his parents 6 months before he goes to Switzerland and ends his life. Can Lou make him change his mind? Or will she have to sit and watch the man she loves die?

Lou is colourful and crazy and stuck in her small town because she’s afraid to live life to the full. Will is stuck in a chair, unable to move and had a thirst for life before the accident. Both of them are polar opposites of each other but come together in a riot of colourful, insulting and sarcastic way.

The dynamic between them was brilliant and I loved reading about their relationship and how it developed. I’m not going to say much else about the book in case I ruin something but all I’ll say is get the tissues ready. You’ll need them. And judging by the trailer and knowing what’s to come.. you’ll need tissues for that too.

4 out of 5 stars.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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Blurb:

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends.

Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all…

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

OH.MY.GOD!!

AAAAHHHHH!!

Anyway….

The Rose Society starts with Adelina and her sister hunting for more Young Elites. Its been a while since she fled from Kenettra and now her sister, Violetta and herself are on the run.

They are being hunted.

She’s wanted by the Dagger Society for killing their Prince Enzo and she’s racked by nightmares and visions of a fake reality.

When she finds Magiano, another Young Elite, she finds it hard to trust him but with his power and his seem less devotion to her, he makes a brilliant ally and finds her ways to stay hidden, to get out of danger and back into Kenettra with her own army and another Young Elite they meet along the way.

But the Dagger Society has their own agenda. With the help of Maeve, the Queen who can bring back the dead, they want to raise Enzo again and tie him to Raffaele but when Adelina hears about it… Its a race against time to have Enzo tied to her…

But he won’t be the same.

Can Adelina control Enzo’s new power and bring down the Inquisition Axis? Or will she have to turn to her enemy for help?

Its not often I re read books but this one I did. As soon as I put the book down I started again from the beginning because I couldn’t believe how amazing it was.

This had all the same gripping and powerful stuff that it did in the first book. I was hooked from the beginning, not able to put the book down for a second, despite the fact it was a busy week at work, I managed to read it in two days.

Then another two days after I re read it haha.

Adelina is troubled and I feel for her. No one really understands her. She has so much darkness inside of her because of her past its hard for her to trust and to love, even though she has a lot of love inside her. She cares for Violetta so much and she still loves Enzo. Even though he does turn his back on her once he’s resurrected.

If everything I want Adelina with Magiano. Magiano is there for her all the time, there when the nightmares and her visions take over her and she can’t tell truth from reality. Even if he is a little scared of her, he idolises her and loves her. More than I think Enzo did to be honest.

And the ending of the book! Omg why why why why!?!?

It was so powerful that I had to re read those chapters once I finished it for the first time. The book was powerful it was so hard to put down and Marie Lu’s words easily transport you there. She makes you feel like you are actually standing next to Adelina or helping Magiano escape or fighting alongside Enzo and the Daggers. After finishing the book is it hard to determine truth from reality because of how invested you become.

I want these as movies.

I loved Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy but I think I love these one’s even more! Marie Lu is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, especially with the way she writes and the way she easily sucks you into the books with her characters and her worlds.

5 out of 5 stars.

You gotta read these books and I need the third!!

The Next Together by Lauren James

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I swore I was going to get better at doing reviews and then I fell off the face of the earth and had busy weeks at work…

But I’m back!

 

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Blurb:

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again.

Each time they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Maybe the next together will be different…

Katherine and Matthew are lost souls, falling in love time and time again only to be separated by tragic events.

The year 2039 and Katherine meets Matthew in science class, both of them feel some sort of connection to each other but they can’t figure out what.

When Katherine goes to see her Grandmothers she sees a picture of their daughter who died when she was young and she realises there is something there, that it can’t be a coincidence that she looks exactly like her and Katherine’s husband, Matthew, is the spitting of image of Matthew in school.

When the pair start investigating into how they died, they reveal that things aren’t quite what they seem and when this years Katherine and Matthew share a kiss they unlock secrets of other past lives together.

Can they stop the inevitable happening? Or will tragedy strike them just like it did all those years ago?

I was hooked by the blurb. I have a thing for reincarnation and I tried to write my own but didn’t go well.. anyway hooked by the blurb.

It started good, I did enjoy it, but the whole swapping the era’s in each chapter eventually got a little bit tiring because just as I was getting into an era about Katherine and Matthew, the next chapter swapped so abruptly that I had to then get into another era only to have to swapped again.

If that makes any sense at all!

There was also a lot of science involved in the modern era and I got confused because I am not science orientated. I don’t understand science at all haha.

I think the story went on a little too much and the ending seemed a little rushed. Like she just wanted to book finished before starting on the second one. Plus I felt a little deflated because nothing seemed resolved. The people at the end of every era who had logged what was happening wasn’t explained and the end there was a little plot twist but I didn’t get it.

It was probably just me. I’m sure other people understood what was happening and liked it but I was in the middle… I liked it and didn’t like it.

3 out of 5 stars.