November Book Haul!

November Book Haul!

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It’s time for another book haul! Today I’m talking about all the books I picked up in November!

From Publishers

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1. Mad Love – Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan

This was sent to me from Titan Books and is a novelised version of Harley Quinn’s origin story. Harley Quinn is one of my favourite DC characters so I was so excited to read this. I flew through this and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Untitled design (93)2. Shadow of the Fox – Julie Kagawa
This was my first time reading a book by Julie Kagawa and I really enjoyed it. Shadow of the Fox is a fun and fast paced fantasy novel that you’ll find difficult to put down. I’m definitely excited to read more from this author and if you’re interested in knowing my full thoughts on this book you can check out my stop on the blog tour here!
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3. The Glass Town Wars – Celia Rees

I won a copy of this in a giveaway and the publisher sent it to me last month. This is a genre bending novel based on the early work of the Bronte sisters. It wasn’t my favourite Celia Rees book but it was an enjoyable read.

Untitled design (51)4. Skyward – Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is an author that is beloved by so many people that I was really excited to read my first book by him. Skyward is a YA science fiction novel about a young girl named Spensa who dreams of being a pilot. It was so action packed and kept me hooked from the very first page. If you want to know more you can check out my blog tour stop here!
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5. The Last – Hannah Jameson

The Last is a new mystery/thriller publishing from Viking in January 2019. The tag line is ‘one hotel, twenty survivors.’ The story follows a group of people stuck in a hotel during a nuclear blast. It sounds like it’s going to be really dark and gripping and I can’t wait to pick it up.

book cover (40)6. Wolves of Winter – Tyrell Johnston
The Wolves of Winter is a dystopian/science fiction story following a woman trying to survive since society has collapsed following a nuclear war and widespread disease. I’m clearly in the mood for some dystopian type stories between Wolves of Winter and The Last so I’m hoping I enjoy them both.

book cover (39)7. Shadowscent – P. M. Freestone
I am SO EXCITED about this book. It came in a gorgeous package with some perfume and it is top of my list to read at the start of 2019. The description reads ‘When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It’s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince’s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote.’ This is publishing in February 2019 from Scholastic UK and it sounds amazing.

Books I Bought

book cover (41)8. The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
I picked up a copy of this in my local bookshop because I’ve heard some amazing things. This is a dark and brutal adult fantasy and so many bloggers have rated this incredibly highly. I’m probably not going to get this in 2018 but I’m really looking forward to reading it.
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9. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

This honestly sounds so fun and enjoyable and it is next on my TBR to read. I picked this up partly because of the hype surrounding this series, but the synopsis definitely has me intrigued. It’s another one that I’ve heard amazing things about too.

Untitled design (99)10. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
This was another one I picked up in my local bookshop and it sounds incredible. Another dark fantasy, this one features a female/female romance between two concubines for the King. This was on my list of books I wanted to read before the end of the year but I am fast running out of time to read it!

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Who is surprised I bought this? No one. I read Illuminae recently and thought it was basically the best thing ever so the next day I had to click and collect Gemina. I’ve since read it and I honestly can’t decided if I love Kady and Ezra more or Hanna and Nik. I’ve also picked up Obsidio and I’m excited/terrified to find out how it’s going to end.

Untitled design (50)12. Fire and Blood – George R. R. Martin
I’m absolutely dying to read this but I haven’t picked it up yet because it’s so huge. I love GRRM and all things Westeros so I might start 2019 off by diving into this book which follows the history of the Targaryen line.
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13. Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is an author that so many people associate with fantasy but I have never read any of her books. This arrived in a subscription box recently and it’s quite short so I’m hoping to pick it up quickly because I imagine I’ll fly through it.

book cover (42)14. Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean
This too arrived in my November Illumicrate and I’m really excited to read it. It’s one that I haven’t seen too many reviews about but I’m really looking forward to it. This edition has gorgeous sprayed editions too!

So that’s all the books I bought/received in November! If you’ve read any of these let me know what you thought and what books you picked up in November!

Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR!

Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR!

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Christmas is almost here which means it’s time for another readathon. This time I’m participating in the Magical Readathon again, this time the theme is Christmas at Hogwarts. This readathon is run by BookRoast, and if you want anymore information on the readathon you can check out her channel here! The readathon starts tomorrow and runs until the 26th of December. Each prompt is designed as an activity at Hogwarts and you pick the ones which you would most like to do!

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So here are the challenges I’m hoping to complete:

book cover (3)Finish your coursework: Finish the book you are currently reading
I’m currently in the middle of Lifelik3 by Jay Kristoff but I don’t have very long left in it so it’s possible I might finish it before the readathon starts. If that happens I’m planning to pick up To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.
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Have a snowball fight with the Weasleys: Read a book you think will be humourous

I still haven’t gotten around to reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (my bad), so I’m going to read it for this prompt. I’ve heard people say it’s plenty funny so I’m hoping it will be a fun read.

book cover (32)Visit the 3 broomsticks for mulled pixie wine: Read a book you can finish in a day or an evening
I recently got a copy of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce in my Illumicrate and it seems like quite a short read so I think I could probably read that in a single day. I’ve always wanted to read books by Tamora Pierce so this is going to be the perfect opportunity.

book cover (33)Sneak into the kitchen to gift dobby odd socks: read that has an item of clothing on the cover
For this I am picking up Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco because I think I’m one of the last people to actually read this series and I’m already three books behind. It seems quite short and a fun adventure so I’m hoping I can power through it quickly!

book cover (34)Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library: read a banned book
I did some googling and found that The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky is banned in some places. I read it a long time ago and I’ve really been meaning to reread it so this is definitely my chance.

Attend the Christmas Feast – watch a Harry Potter movie
Hopefully around Christmas I’m going to marathon a few of the films because it has been so long since I’ve watched them. I love The Goblet of Fire movie so I might even start there and just watch the later ones.

So that’s my TBR for the Christmas at Hogwarts readathon. Are you participating? If you are what are you reading?

November Wrap Up!

November Wrap Up!

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November was another great reading month and I read some really terrific books. Now that December is here I’m hoping to squeeze in another bundle of books before the end of the year and make my Goodreads Challenge. In November I read 11 books so let’s dive into what they were!

book cover (6)Harley Quinn: Mad Love – Paul Dini & Pat Cadigan
This is a new novel which describes Harley Quinn’s origin story and really dives into the famous Batman villain. Harley Quinn is one of my favourite characters from the DC Universe so I jumped at the opportunity to read a book written by Harley’s co-creator Paul Dini. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. (5/5 stars)

book cover (7)Dracula – Bram Stoker
I started rereading this around Halloween but didn’t finish it until the first week in November. (It’s huge!). Dracula is one of my favourite classics and I find I enjoy it even more each time I reread it. It has that sense of nostalgia and familiarity that I love. Beautifully written with a compelling story, I couldn’t give Dracula anything less than 5/5 stars.

Untitled design (51)Skyward – Brandon Sanderson
Skyward was my first real outing in a Brandon Sanderson book (I read Snapshot a few months ago but it was only a novella). This was another magnificent read that I just couldn’t put down. I’m definitely now itching to read more from Brandon Sanderson. I participated in the blog tour for this book so if you want to know more of my thoughts you can take a look at that here! (5/5 stars)

Untitled design (93)Shadow of the Fox – Julie Kagawa
Shadow of the Fox was another book that was my first time reading a book by a much loved author. This story is so exciting and engaging and again I’m definitely excited to read more from Julie Kagawa. I also participated in the blog tour for this one so the full review for Shadow of the Fox is here if you want to know more!

book cover (8)Glass Town Wars – Celia Rees
The lovely Andrew over at The Pewter Wolf ran a giveaway for this book and I was lucky enough to win one. This is the newest book from Celia Rees, an author that I completely loved growing up. I enjoyed this one though I found it a little slow in the middle and it didn’t grip me in the same way that Witch Child or Pirates did. (3.5/5 stars)

book cover (9)Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – J. K. Rowling
This old thing. I love J. K. Rowling and I love the Harry Potter world and everything that goes along with it. I did enjoy this book, it was quick paced and it was nice to be back in the world of magic and adventure but honestly this book felt like it was filler. I read it in one sitting but I’m now not even sure I can remember what happened it in and it’s definitely my least favourite of Rowling’s books so far. (3/5 stars)

Untitled design (86)The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
My time reading books by Shirley Jackson has been a bit of a mixed bag. I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I gave it 3.5 stars. I read The Missing Girl and gave it 3. I really want to love her work because she writes these strange creepy stories but I hadn’t found one I loved yet. I picked up The Haunting of Hill House after watching the Netflix show and I loved this one. It was everything I was hoping for. It was completely different from the TV show and it is my favourite Shirley Jackson book by far. (4/5 stars)

Untitled design (72)Illuminae – Ami Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. Illuminae was one of the books I listed on my five star predictions post. Was I right? ABSOLUTELY. I loved the way this was told, it was gripping, a fresh perspective and had the best kick ass characters. I ran out to buy Gemina and immediately started it (I finished it in December but it was brilliant). I can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up because it is definitely a new favourite. (5/5 stars)

Untitled design (97)Mirage – Somaiya Daud
Another book that I adored! (Told you November was an excellent reading month!) I raced through this fresh mix of science fiction and fantasy. I loved the characters and the complex layer of the story. I still find myself thinking about this book and I’ve recommended loads. I’m desperate to read book two and if you fancy reading my full rather rambling review of Mirage, you can check that out here. (5/5 stars)

Untitled design (90)Girl Squads – Sam Maggs
This was a surprise piece of book post that arrived from Quirk Books which tells the story of twenty female friendships from around the world. The stories were really fascinating and it was lovely to read stories of women building each other up and reaching their goals. I did find the narrator a little on the annoying side but overall this was an enjoyable read. (3/5 stars)

Untitled design (76)Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart
My last read of the month was a quick and fast paced story in which women are treated like second class citizens. The story follows two sisters and it has very Handmaid’s Tale esque vibes. I read it really faced and I enjoyed the differing POV’s between each sister. Some of the plot points felt a little too convenient, but overall it was a fun and interesting read. (4/5 stars)

November was such an excellent reading month! So many of the books I read were 5 star reads and honestly what more could I ask for? If you’ve read any of these let me know yours thoughts and if you had any favourite books in November definitely let me know what they were!

Tome Topple TBR!

Tome Topple TBR!

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This is my first time participating in the tome topple readathon. This time it’s running from 16th of November until the 29th. The only rule is to read those tomes over 500 pages that have been lurking on your TBR shelf! I actually have tons of great big books on my TBR so I’ve picked a few books that I definitely want to try and read over the two weeks and then hopefully I might get to a couple more. There are five challenges for the readathon:
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1. Read more than one tome

I’m hopefully going to fufill this challenge by completing the other ones and then I’ll have read more than one book but I’m definitely hoping to get to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee during the readathon!

2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)

This is the one challenge I’m not participating in. I looked through all the graphic novels I own and not a single one was over 500 pages and I am not planning to buy any so I’m missing this one out!

Untitled design (72)3. Read a tome that is part of a series
For this I thought I would pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Ami Kaufman. I’ve wanted to read this for ages and although its nearly 600 pages I still think it will be a pretty quick and addictive read.

4. Buddy read a tome
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I’m buddy reading a book with my boyfriend and for this challenge we’re going to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This is one of the few Neil Gaiman books I’ve never read and I’m also dying to watch the TV series so hopefully we can get through this massive book during the readathon.
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5. Read an adult novel

I’ve got a few options for this one but I think I might reread Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and if I have time pick up Grey Sister in time for Holy Sister coming out next year. That way I can be all caught up!

So those are the books I’m going to attempt for tome topple! Are you participating in the readathon? If you are let me know what you’re planning to read and if you’ve read any of these do let me know what you think!

October Wrap Up!

October Wrap Up!

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October is one of my favourite reading months. So many spooky books come out and it’s dark and cold outside and all I want to do is huddle under a blanket with my cat and a good book. Somehow in the month of October I managed to read sixteen books and one short story – I’m not even sure how that happened. I participated in a readathon which I think really helped and also quite a few of theses were on the shorter side. I’m going to keep it brief about each book because quite a few of them have featured in readathon wrap up posts or have full review posts up already.

Untitled design (59)1. A Blade So Black – L. L. McKinney
This Alice in Wonderland retelling was quick paced, action packed and so much fun. I raced through it and it’s definitely one of my favourite Alice retellings that I’ve ever encountered. I participated in the blog tour for this and you can check out my extract from the book here. (Rating: 4/5 stars)
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2. The Woods Vol 1 – James Tynion IV
This is the first instalment in a graphic novel series about a school that disappears into another realm. Full of strange monsters and dark and creepy sequences I thought this was an interesting start, although it didn’t grip me as much as I hoped that it would. (Rating: 3.5/5 stars)
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3. The Wicked Deep – Shea Earnshaw
This was the biggest surprise of my October reading. I adored this book. Dark and creepy, this story was so atmospheric and unfolded in such a clever way. It was the perfect Halloween read and it is definitely going on my favourites list. (Rating: 5/5 stars)
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4. Vicious – Victoria Schwab
I finally read Vicious and it was so amazing. Victoria Schwab is pretty much the Queen of books, everything I’ve read by her is magnificent and it just makes me want to read everything that she’s ever written. (Rating: 5/5 stars)

Untitled design (58)5. Warm Up – Victoria Schwab
In the back of my edition of Vicious there was a short story entitled Warm Up, which shows another EO and his encounter with Eli. It was pretty short but I enjoyed the chance to see Eli from another perspective and of course to read more of Victoria’s writing. (Rating: 4/5 stars)
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6. Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller
I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and was really excited to dive back in. This one is a bit darker than the previous book and definitely felt a lot more intense and high stakes. It was a brilliant read and I highly recommend these books. (Rating: 4/5 stars)

Untitled design (7)7. One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
This YA thriller is incredibly popular so I was looking forward to picking it up and seeing what all the fuss is about. The story is quick paced and enjoyable and there were more than a few twists that I didn’t see coming. I fell the ending was a little unbelievable but it was still a really fun read. (Rating: 3.75/5 stars)

Untitled design (16)8. Small Spaces – Katherine Arden
Katherine Arden is one of my favourite authors so I was really excited to see how she writes a Middle Grade novel. Honestly I absolutely loved this. Ollie is a brilliant protagonist. The story is dark and creepy with plenty of adventure. It’s a perfect autumn read and I’m so glad I picked it up. (Rating: 5/5 stars)

Untitled design (26)9. The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton
I haven’t read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender but I know lots of people adore that book. This is the authors newest release and honestly I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting a very atmospheric magical read but I didn’t really connect with the characters and the story fell a bit flat for me. (Rating: 3/5 stars)

Untitled design (57)10. The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Edgar Allan Poe
It wouldn’t be Halloween without reading some Edgar Allan Poe! This is a set of three stories featuring Dupin, one of the earliest detectives who uses logic and reasoning to discover who did the crime. The stories were interesting and I enjoyed the big reveal of how the crime was committed but I definitely prefer his more Gothic and creepy tales. (Rating: 3/5 stars)
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11. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White
This is my first book by Kiersten White and certainly not my last. I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein so to read this reimagining from the point of view of Elizabeth was just a dream. I loved the characters and I think White did a brilliant job. (Rating: 5/5 stars)

Untitled design (12)12. Strange Ink – Gary Kemble
This has got to be one of the most original concepts I’ve ever read. The story follows a man who wakes up one morning with a tattoo he has no memory of getting. He chalks it up to too much alcohol but as more and more tattoos keep appearing and he becomes wrapped up in their mystery, he discovers he’s actually part of a much bigger plot. This book was so fascinating and I couldn’t put it down. (Rating: 4/5 stars)

Untitled design (53)13. The Missing Girl – Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson is relatively new to me, I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle earlier in the year. I thought I would try my hand at some of her short stories. This little Penguin Modern Classic features three of her tales full of eeriness and that unsettling feeling. This is another one that is definitely perfect for Halloween. (Rating: 3/5 stars)

Untitled design (56)14. Spellbound – Cate Tiernan
This is the sixth instalment of the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I loved these books as a teenager and so I am revisiting them slowly. I love the blend of magic in these books and the sense of nostalgia reading them again. These books are pretty short and really quick so they’re perfect for reading in a single sitting. (Rating: 5/5 stars)
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15. The Last Namsara – Kirsten Ciccarelli
This is the first book in a YA fantasy featuring a whole host of magic, folklore and DRAGONS. It’s a really exciting book and I loved the blend of action and romance that this story has. (Rating: 4/5 stars)

Untitled design (54)16. The Caged Queen – Kirsten Ciccarelli
The Caged Queen is the second book in the Iskari series. This book follows a different character – one we meet briefly in The Last Namsara. This book was much more focused on politics and intrigue and I ended up loving it even more than the first book in the series. You can see my stop on the blog tour here! (Rating: 5/5 stars)

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Sleeper: The Red Storm is the second in the series that features Sleeper agent Will Starling. I loved the first book in the series so I was so excited to dive back into this mixture of historical fiction and spy thriller. Bursting to the seams with action, explosions and fighting, The Red Storm is a fantastic new instalment to the series and I’m already dying to find out what happens next. You can take a look at my full review here! (Rating: 4/5 stars)

So that’s all the books I read in October! What did you read in October? And if you read any of these let me know what you thought!

Birthday Book Haul!

Birthday Book Haul!

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Today I’m posting my birthday book haul. My birthday was actually in September and I got quite a few gift cards but I was holding off for a few books that were being released in October before I used them. I got some amazing books and I’m so excited to read them!

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1. Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor
The first book I knew I was going to pick up was Muse of Nightmares. I loved Strange the Dreamer so much and I’m super excited to dive into this. It’s massive so I’m hoping for plenty of beautiful writing and intense moments.

Untitled design (25)2. Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
I’ve heard so many people ranting and raving about this book that I just had to pick it up. I’ve never read a book by Naomi Novik so I’m excited to dive into a new fantasy authors writing.

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3. Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller
I read Daughter of the Pirate King earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with the characters. I’ve been holding off to get a paperback version of Daughter of the Siren Queen but I couldn’t resist any longer. I’ve already dived in and loved the ending to this duology.

Untitled design (26)4. The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton
I’ve never read Leslye Walton’s other book (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) but I had heard good things about this and thought it would be the perfect Halloween read. It also has a stunning cover so I had to pick it up. I’ve since read it and thought it was okay – it wasn’t really what I was expecting and I ended up giving it three out of five stars.
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5. These Rebel Waves – Sarah Raasch
I’ve been loving sea/pirate related books lately so when I saw people getting this in their Fairyloot I had to pick it up. I’m so excited to read this because it sounds amazing. Reviews for it have been a little mixed though so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think.

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6. Sea Witch – Sarah Henning

I’ve read a few Little Mermaid retellings this year so I just had to pick up Sea Witch. This is another one that I’ve heard really amazing things about so I’m hoping I’ll be able to dive into it in October because I’m dying to find out what’s in store.

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7. A Secret History of Witches – Louisa Morgan

This is a book I didn’t know too much about but I saw it was onsale for £1 and it was about witches and that was me sold. I love a good witchy story and I think this will be perfect for reading in the winter months.
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8. Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab

I’ve become a bit obsessed with books by Victoria Schwab so I’m trying to complete my collection. So far this year I’ve read three of her books and I’m definitely hoping to squeeze in a few more before the end of the year!

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9. Pendragon – James Wilde

As a child I always really loved stories about King Arthur so when the publisher kindly sent me Dark Age – book two in this King Arthur series I immediately ordered Pendragon. I can’t wait to binge read these gorgeous books.

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10. The Wicked Deep – Shea Earnshaw
OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. I picked it up because I’d heard people say it was a good story and very atmospheric but I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love this. It was so dark and creepy and such a well written plot. It will definitely be on my favourite books of 2018 list.

Untitled design (32)11. The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell
This is another one that I picked up kind of on a whim. I don’t know too much about it but I’ve seen a few booktubers give really rave reviews about it so I’m hoping I will really enjoy it too. I know the sequel has just come out so at least when I do get around to reading it I won’t have to wait too long to pick up book two.

Untitled design (33)12. Vengeful – V. E. Schwab
Who is surprised to see this on this list? Absolutely no one. I picked up Vicious and pretty much didn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it. It was an amazing read and has definitely solidified Victoria Schwab as one of my new favourite authors. I haven’t picked up Vengeful yet but I am going to be very very soon and I hope I love it as much as Vicious.

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13. Shiver Box Set – Maggie Stiefvater

My boyfriend also bought me a box set of the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve never read these but I know they’re pretty much classics of the YA genre and so many people love them. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading them but I’m very much looking forward to it.

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14. Delirium Box Set – Lauren Oliver

Similarly I also got a box set of the Delirium books by Lauren Oliver. I’ve actually never read any of her books despite owning a couple so hopefully having the complete set of Delirium books will push me to pick them up!

So that’s my birthday book haul! Have you read any of these, if you have let me know what you thought and if there’s any you think I should prioritise!