May Wrap Up!

May Wrap Up!

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May was another great reading month and I managed to read seventeen books in total. I’m going to keep things quite short because getting through seventeen books will make this post absolutely massive, but I will link full reviews if you want to find out more – lets dive in!

Copy of book cover (5)1. Pine – Francine Toon
This was a leftover read from the OWLS Magical Readathon, which I ended up really enjoying. A beautifully written tale about life in the remote Scottish highlands, it was full of secrets and a brilliant sense of atmosphere (4/5 stars)

2. Dangerous Remedy – Kat Dunn
Set during the French Revolution, this story of daring heists, politics and a hint of magic was everything I wanted it to be and more. I absolutely raced through this fast paced tale and I’m so looking forward to book two. (4.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (7)3. The Book of Koli – M R Carey
This was my first time reading an M R Carey book and it was such a clever tale. A post-apocalyptic tale where even the trees are out to get you, one young boy dreams of being more than a Woodsmith. But when he manages to wake a piece of old world tech the consequences could be much higher than he anticipated. (4/5 stars)

4. Dispel Illusion – Mark Lawrence
The third and final book in Mark Lawrence’s Impossible Times trilogy, I absolutely loved this one and it was one of my favourite books of the month. I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters, but Lawrence created a brilliant ending to the story. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (22)5. Shade’s Children – Garth Nix
Shade’s Children was one of my favourite books growing up and I read it over and over so I thought it would be fun to revisit as an adult. It was just as dark and creepy as I remember it being and I absolutely loved it. It’s such a cleverly written tale and I can’t wait revisit more of Nix’s books in the future (5/5 stars)

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J K Rowling
After revisiting Shade’s Children I figured I might revisit the Harry Potter series and reread them as it’s been a few years since I read them physically, the last time was via audiobook. I really enjoyed this and was planning to continue on with the series however in light of J K Rowling’s recent comments, this has been put on hold. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (21)7. In Plain Sight – Marion Todd
This fast paced tale set in Fife in Scotland follows DI Clare MacKay as she attempts to solve the case of a young child being kidnapped. A twisty and intriguing police procedural, I ended up really enjoying this one and will definitely be picking up more of the series (3.75/5 stars)

8. The Elite – Kiera Cass
Since the announcement that The Selection series was getting a Netflix adaptation I decided it was finally time to dig my copies out and give them a go. I read the first one and thought it was fun so went ahead with book two. In much the same vein it was light and fluffy, full of drama and the luxury of castle life. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (20)9. All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban
I must admit to being a little disappointed in this one. I thought it was going to be like One Of Us Is Lying, but found the story just a little bit too far fetched for my tastes. The story of five teenagers locked in a room with a bomb, and they must decide which one of them to kill so that the rest can live. (2.5/5 stars)

10. Burn – Patrick Ness
This was my third time reading a book by Patrick Ness and I think this is my favourite one so far. The story of an alternate 1950s America in which dragons live alongside humans, it was an intriguing story and one I found difficult to put down. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T121652.20311. Aurora Burning – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
One of my most anticipated releases of the year, this was everything I was hoping for and more. Squad 312 are back, and the stakes are even higher than they were last time. The book ended on the most awful cliffhanger and I’m already desperate to find out what’s going to happen in book three. (5/5 stars)

12. The Deck of Omens – Christine Lynn Herman
The conclusion to The Devouring Gray duology, The Deck of Omens was an interesting sequel. I preferred book one in terms of the story, but it was fascinating to get answers to the questions left in book one and Herman wrapped up the duology nicely. (3.75/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (18)13. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
I must confess to be massively disappointed in this one. I loved The Hunger Games growing up and I was so excited by this prequel but I really disliked Snow and I struggled to slog through the second part of the book and the only bit I really enjoyed was the last fifty-eighty pages. (2.5/5 stars)

14. Highfire – Eoin Colfer
This crazy and unique tale is follows Verne the dragon – one of the last of his kind as he ends up taking on a human familiar and becomes tangled up in a drug war and sinister plot from the local police Constable. Action packed and full of humour, this was a really fun read. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (2)15. A Conjuring of Assassins – Cate Glass
The sequel to An Illusion of Thieves, this was another most anticipated release for me. The Chimera are back at it again, and this time the heist is on an even bigger scale. I love the world Glass has created in this and I can’t wait for the next instalment. (4/5 stars)

16. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
Girls of Paper and Fire had a massive amount of buzz surrounding it when it first came out and I have been excited to read it for a long time. While I still really enjoyed this it didn’t quite live up to the hype and I felt the story was a bit slow and that the Demon King was a bit one-dimensional. It was still a fascinating story though, and I’m intrigued to see where the sequel goes (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (19)17. The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware
This was my first time reading a Ruth Ware and my god it was creepy. I absolutely loved this and I’m definitely planning to pick up some more of her books in the near future. Inspired by The Turn of the Screw, this story features a strange ‘smart home’, creepy children, family secrets and so many twists you’ll never see coming. (4.25/5 stars)

So those are the seventeen books I managed to read in May. I’m not sure how I can top that in June but I’m going to try. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought, as well as what your favourite book of June was!

 

April Wrap Up!

April Wrap Up!

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April has been a crazy month, with most of the world being in lock down. It’s been a difficult few weeks but one positive is that it has given me loads of time to read. April ended up being a terrific reading month and I read 20 books. I’m going to keep this quite short otherwise getting through 20 books would make this post massive!

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T175422.9441. Magic For Liars – Sarah Gailey
This murder mystery set in a magic school was an interesting and engaging read. I had seen it described as ‘Veronica Mars at Hogwarts’ and I think that’s a pretty apt description! (3/5 stars)

2. The Cold Is In Her Bones – Paternelle Van Arsdale
I picked this up on a whim and found it to be quite a fun and eerie tale. The story of a village cursed by a woman who was cast out, young women in the village become possessed by demons. Quite a quick read and enjoyed the fairy tale like quality. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T141424.7613. Viper – Bex Hogan
I’ve had a copy of this book for a while but I finally picked it up and I’m so glad I did. Bloodthirsty pirates, revenge plots and mysterious magical powers, I couldn’t get enough of this one and absolutely raced through it. (4.5/5 stars)

4. Prosper’s Demon – K J Parker
This extremely short novella follows an unnamed narrator as he exercises demons from the local people. It was a fun and fascinating tale the perfect quick read. A unique story, it definitely made me want to try more from this author. (3.75/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T140949.9505.  Hold Back the Tide – Melinda Salisbury
I loved everything about this book. Eerie atmospheric setting, long buried secrets and a hint of something supernatural? I’m sold. The story of a young girl living in the Scottish highlands with her murderer father, it’s one of my favourite books of the year so far. (5/5 stars)

6. The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller
I thought I would revisit a graphic novel I haven’t read since University and it was such a fun reread. This dark tale follows Batman as he returns to save Gotham after many years. He’s older and not as capable as he once was, but that isn’t going to stop him. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T172615.4347. Heart of Thorns – Bree Barton
Heart of Thorns is the first in a YA trilogy featuring a young woman forced to marry a prince but soon discovers she has powers that she will be hunted for. It falls into a lot of typical YA tropes, but it was a fun read and I’m interested to see what book two brings. (3/5 stars)

8. Bloodchild – Anna Stephens
Bloodchild is the third and final instalment in one of my favourite grimdark trilogies. Bloody, brutal and heartbreaking, it was everything I was hoping for and more. I already want to go back and reread the series. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T175826.5989. Bookish and the Beast – Ashley Poston
Ashley Poston is a genius at creating these geeky retellings. Bookish and the Beast might be my favourite ever. I loved the way she worked in the fairy tale and it was also nice to get glimpses of characters we met in book one and book two! (4.5/5 stars)

10. Every Heart A Doorway – Seanan McGuire
This series has a lot of buzz so I thought I would try it on audiobook to see what the fuss was about and oh I’m so glad I did. I completely loved this magical story full of unique worlds and fascinating characters (4.25/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-17T102957.49811. The Lodger – C L Taylor
This short story is available to people signed up for C L Taylor’s book club. It was a fun read with a surprise twist at the end, but I would have loved for it to be a bit longer to give you the chance to get to know the characters. (2.75/5 stars) 

12. Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
After loving book one so much I decided to dive right back into book two and this one was definitely my favourite. Jack and Jill are without a doubt my favourite characters and it was brilliant seeing them on the moors. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T172732.08813. One Of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus
I really enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying so was interested to see how Karen M. McManus would handle a sequel. It was interesting to revisit some of the characters from book one and it was a fast paced read, but I did guess the twists quite early on. (3.5/5 stars)

14. Strangers – C. L Taylor
C L Taylor has done it again with another fast paced and unputdownable thriller. Every time she releases a new book I need to just spend the day reading it because I know I won’t be able to put it down. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (10)15. Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
I am pretty much obsessed with the Wayward Children series at this point. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous two – I found Rini a bit on the irritating side, but I still completely love the world and the adventures they get up to. (3.75/5 stars)

16. King of Fools – Amanda Foody
WHY did I wait so long to pick this one up? Amanda Foody had me on the edge of my seat with this one. I really love the world she has created and I’ve become so attached to the characters. Equal parts excited and terrified to see how it all ends in Queen of Volts (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (9)17. In An Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire
I must admit that the Goblin Market was one of the worlds that intrigued me most. Lundy’s story is a really sad one and it made me appreciate her character all the more. (4/5 stars)

18. Firewalkers – Adrian Tchaikovsky
A story where the Earth is burning and three young people must risk their lives in the burning desert to repair solar panels for the rich, this was a gripping read. Featuring creepy AI’s and monstrous creepy crawlies, I really enjoyed this one. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T180003.02819. Seeker – Cate Tiernan
Continuing my reread of the Wicca series with book number 10. It was interesting seeing things from Hunter’s perspective for a change, but I kind of missed Morgan. Looking forward to rereading the last five books. (3.75/5 stars)

20. Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire
I was overjoyed to learn that the next book in the series would be returning to the moors. I enjoyed this one just as much and honestly would love a full length novel just of the magnificent characters McGuire has created in the moors. (5/5 stars)

So those are all the books I read in April! I still can’t quite believe I managed to read 20 books in one month, hoping I can do just as many in May. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know your thoughts, as well as what books you read in April!

OWLS Readathon Wrap Up!

OWLS Readathon Wrap Up!

July 23, 2019 (2)
I originally posted a TBR for the OWLS readathon which you can take a look at here, but pretty much didn’t stick to it and ended up reading other things so I thought it would be fun to post a quick round up of what books I read and which exams I completed!

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T172615.434Ancient Runes (heart on the cover):  Heart of Thorns – Bree Barton

Arithmancy (something outside your favourite genre): Strangers – C. L. Taylor

Astronomy (read this book at night): Hold Back the Tide – Melinda Salisbury

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T172732.088Charms (white cover): One Of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus

Defence Against the Dark Arts (book set at sea): Viper – Bex Hogan

Divination (assign numbers to your TBR): Firewalkers – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-30T175422.944Herbology (title that starts with M): Magic for Liars – Sarah Gailey

History of Magic (book with witches): Seeker – Cate Tiernan

Muggle Studies (read a contemporary): Bookish and the Beast – Ashley Poston

Potions (under 150 pages): Prosper’s Demon K J Parker

Transfiguration (features shapeshifting): The Cold Is In Her Bones – Peternelle Van Arsdale

So I managed to complete eleven out of twelve exams, I started reading Pine by Francine Toon for Care of Magical Creatures but didn’t finish it till May 1st. Overall I’m really pleased with how I got on with this readathon and I’m really looking forward to the NEWTS in August!

March Wrap Up!

March Wrap Up!

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March was a bit of an odd month for me, I ended up in hospital towards the end of the month and have been ill ever since so I didn’t do as much reading as I’d hoped. I did however manage to get through eight of the books on my TBR – so here they are!

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133205.2991. In the Tall Grass – Stephen King & Joe Hill
After struggling to find something to watch on Netflix I ended up watching the movie adaptation of this novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Like pretty much everything by these authors it was strange and eerie and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I decided to have a go at the novella and it was a fun and quick read, although not something I’d be likely to pick up again. I definitely preferred it to the film adaptation though. (2.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133251.9832. Last Ones Left Alive – Sarah Davis-Goff
Last Ones Left Alive follows the story of three women fighting to survive in a zombie infested Ireland. Last Ones Left Alive is a fierce and feminist tale of friendship, love and survival. I read it in a single afternoon and I still think about what a strong and powerful story it was. I really enjoyed the simple, raw writing style and I’m keen to try more from Sarah Davis-Goff in the future. (3/5 stars)

3. Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya MenonCopy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133113.709
I love retellings so when I heard about a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast I was sold. This is my first time reading a book by Sandhya Menon and I enjoyed the fun and fast paced story of boarding school romance. It was a light and fluffy read, and it was the perfect story to get lost in when you need a pick me up. It was a fresh and interesting take on such a well known tale and I absolutely flew through this one. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-29T191344.8144. Frozen Beauty – Lexa Hillyer
I really enjoyed Lexa Hillyer’s Spindle Fire so was really interested to see what she would do with a contemporary novel. The story follows three sisters in a small town full of secrets. When one mysteriously dies, the remaining two sisters must figure out the truth behind her death as well as find a way to live with their grief. A twisty tale that deals with family, sisterhood and grief, I found this one hard to put down. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133340.8295. Wicked As You Wish – Rin Chupeco
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to pick up a book by Rin Chupeco. I’ve had The Bone Witch on my TBR for ages but haven’t gotten around to it, and when an ARC of this arrived through the post I decided to have a go. I completely adored this wonderful tale of magic, friendship and battle. It was completely unputdownable and I cannot wait to read the next instalment. I’ve also now bumped The Bone Witch to the very top of my TBR because I cannot get enough of her writing. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133429.9806. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman has been on my TBR for absolutely ages and it was one of those books I was really excited to read and somehow it just slipped through the cracks. I finally picked it up and I totally loved it. It has pretty much everything I love – creepy little town, weird cult like families with mysterious powers and tons of secrets. I read the last hundred pages or so on the edge of my seat and my next read is definitely going to be The Deck of Omens because I just can’t wait to find out what happens next. (4.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-14T133519.1347. Liquid Crystal Nightingale – Eeleen Lee
This space opera meets political thriller is an intense and clever debut, following the story of Pleo Tanza as she survives life on Chatoyance. With her father the only survivor in a mining tragedy and her sister dead, Pleo finds herself framed for the murder of one of her classmates, and wrapped up in a series of events that could change life on Chatoyance forever. Quick paced and exciting, this was a really enjoyable read. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-03-31T135144.0428. Mortmain Hall – Martin Edwards
Mortmain Hall is the second instalment in the Rachel Savernake series. The story follows Rachel, an amateur sleuth as she attempts to uncover the mystery of a tragic death at her estate during a dinner party. Set in the 1930s, this tale is gripping and intense and gave me serious Agatha Christie vibes. If you’re looking for a beautifully told story to capture your attention this is definitely it. I haven’t read the first book so this can definitely be read as a standalone, but I’m looking forward to picking up book one too. (4/5 stars)

So those are the books I read in March! I’d love to know which books you read in March and if you’ve read any of these what you thought! 

January Wrap Up!

January Wrap Up!

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January was a really good reading month. I only managed to read eight books, but I gave everything 3.5 stars or above, which I’m really pleased about. I think I’m getting better at knowing if something is going to be to my taste before I pick it up. I also managed to read five of the eight books I put on my monthly TBR so I’m pretty pleased with that. So let’s dive into the books I read in January!

1. The God Game – Danny TobeyCopy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203428.948
This fast paced and clever thriller follows a group of kids who start playing a mysterious game known only as the G.O.D. Game. Do what it wants and you win prizes, but refuse and you could wind up dead. It was action packed and I loved the group dynamic the super intelligent kids working together to defeat the game – definitely a great way to start off my 2020 reading. (5/5 stars)

2. The Last Wish – Andrzej SapakowskiCopy of book cover - 2020-01-20T172205.612
I finally picked up the first book in The Witcher series after having meant to read it for absolutely ages. I really enjoyed this introduction into the world of monsters and magic, and I’m so looking forward to continuing on the series. This book is a short story collection so it was really easy to dip in and out of the book. (4.5/5 stars)

3. Loki: Where Mischef Lies – Mackenzi LeeCopy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203255.309
This is the first in a three part series featuring characters from the Marvel Universe. The story follows Loki as he is sent on an assignment to Earth. It’s a fun read and I enjoyed getting to see more of Loki and really getting to know his character. I did feel the story was a bit on the predictable side and preferred the first half of the book where Loki is in Asgard. (3.5/5 stars)

4. All the Rage – Cara HunterCopy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203203.131
This was my first time reading a book by Cara Hunter and I completely loved this addictive, fast paced thriller. The story follows the abduction of a young girl who escapes her captor. She’s reluctant to talk to police, but another girl also goes missing so she has no choice but to tell the police her secrets. This book had so many twists I didn’t see coming and I can’t wait to read more from this author. (4.5/5 stars)

5. The Unadjusteds – Marisa NoelleCopy of book cover - 2020-01-14T223454.977
This is a fascinating story about a world in which genetic modifications have taken over the planet – but how far is too far? It’s a great action/adventure story featuring a kick-ass main character and plenty of high stakes moments. It gave me serious hunger games vibes and I’m really hoping for a sequel. (3.75/5 stars)

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I’ve always wanted to read The Disasters so I was so excited when I got an ARC of Spellhacker. This unique and engaging story features a heist gone wrong, a brilliant squad of characters and a community helping corporation who might not be as goody goody as they appear. I raced through this because it was just such an addictive read and I’m definitely going to pick up a copy of The Disasters. (4/5 stars)

7. All the Wandering Light – Heather FawcettCopy of book cover (99)
This is the sequel to Even the Darkest Stars a book I absolutely loved when I read it in 2018. The story follows the same characters the really fascinating world that Fawcett has created, but somehow it didn’t grab me quite as much as the first book did. I still really enjoyed it and think it made for a really terrific ending to the story. (4/5 stars)

8. A Queen in Hiding – Sarah KozloffCopy of book cover (98)
A Queen in Hiding was definitely my favourite book of January. I completely fell in love with this epic fantasy tale of Queen Cressa and her daughter, fighting to keep the throne from those who wish to overthrow her. It was full of heart stopping moments, brilliant characters and plenty of epic battles. I’m desperate to get my hands on book two, but fortunately Sarah Kozloff is releasing the four part series over the course of four months, so I won’t have to wait too long for book two! (5/5 stars)

So those are the books I read in January! I’d love to know what your favourite read of the month was, and if you’ve read any of these what you thought!

June Wrap Up!

June Wrap Up!

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My super late wrap ups continue with all the lovely books I read in June!

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1. What Lies Around Us – Andrew Crofts
This is a little book that packs a punch, following a ghostwriter who delves into the secrets behind Hollywood and Silicon Valley. It was twisty, exciting and I really enjoyed this one. Full review for my stop on the blog tour can be found here! (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (26)2. The Boy With the Porcelain Blade – Den Patrick
I thought it might be time for a reread of one of my favourite series. I raced through this dark and addictive fantasy story. It was so fun to return to a world that I love so much. Lucien is probably one of my favourite characters of all time, and I definitely think this is an underrated series. Looking forward to continuing my reread with books two and three. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (31)3. The Colarado Kid – Stephen King
This was a fascinating little novella, the first in Titan’s Hard Case Crime series. It was the perfect read for a Sunday afternoon and I ended up reading it in one sitting with the story winding you in deeper and deeper. It’s written very much like an old detective tale and was a really fun read. I really liked that there’s no clear resolution at the end, and it’s left quite ambiguous. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (32)4. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
This was absolutely not for me. I was in the mood for a light and fluffy read and thought I might give it a go but I really struggled to finish it. Both the main characters were horrible and when they weren’t making each other miserable they were screaming at each other or treating the other like a possession. I also felt the whole plot was so dramatic and over the top, definitely won’t be continuing this series. (1.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (2)5. Maresi – Maria Turtschaninoff
This is a series that I’ve wanted to read for a while and I’m so glad I finally picked up the first book in the series – I completely fell in love! This is such a beautifully written tale and I adored the cast of characters and the stunning island they called home. I cannot wait to continue into book two, and if you want to read my full thoughts my review can be found here! (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (34)6. The Wolf – Leo Carew
The Wolf is pretty much my idea of a perfect book. The story of two warring kingdoms and their leaders who will stop at nothing to win. It was a thrilling read and I loved the high stakes, the political intrigue and the devious tactics the characters use to try and gain the upper hand. The Spider is definitely high on my TBR list for next month because I need to know what’s going to happen next. (5/5 stars)

book cover17. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
I’ve been reading more and more thrillers recently and so I’ve been guessing plot twists more frequently. However the twist in this one completely blew my mind. Every time I made up my mind how it was going to end it went in a completely different direction. This is one of those super fast paced, dark thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (33)8. The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor LaValle
I saw this book mentioned on BookTube and thought it sounded like a quick, engrossing read. For some reason I struggled to connect with the story. It was well written and interesting but it ended up taking me ages to finish it and I found myself kind of slogging through it. I think because the book is so short you only really get a snapshot of the world and the magic, and I struggled to get to grips with it. (2.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (35)9. The Tall Man – Phoebe Locke
This was kind of giving me Slender Man vibes and I thought it sounded like just thing I was in the mood for. I love those mysteries where you never quite know if it’s supernatural or not. It follows several different timelines and perspectives, which can at times be a little confusing. It is a quick and dark read though, one that I think thriller fans will really enjoy. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (36)10. The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg
This is a bit of a difficult one for me. I really really enjoyed this book. It’s a brilliant science fiction tale about an AI who works in a fantasy theme park. She’s there to help guests in any way, but when she starts to develop emotions things quickly spiral out of control. It was a terrific read but I think I had built it up in my head a bit too much, so even though it was really good I still felt a little disappointed. That’s probably just me though! (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (27)11. An Illusion of Thieves – Cate Glass
This was definitely the surprise read of the month. I picked this up on a whim and ended up completely adoring this epic fantasy with a fantastic mix of characters. The plot was exciting and I raced through this and I’m already desperate for more. This will easily end up on my favourite books of 2019 list. (5/5 stars)

So those are all the books I read in June! If you’ve read any of them I’d love to know what you thought and also what your favourite June reads were!

May Wrap Up!

May Wrap Up!

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I definitely feel like I’ve got my reading mojo back recently and in May I managed to read 15 books. Some of them are just little novellas rather than full books but I had a really interesting reading month overall, so lets dive in!

Copy of book cover (3)1. Exit Strategy – Martha Wells
I’ve steadily been working my way through The Murderbot Diaries on audio because they’re fun and interesting reads. This is the fourth instalment in the series and while I enjoyed it, I felt it was getting a bit repetitive. The narrator does a really brilliant job of bringing Murderbot to life and the whole series make for really quick reads. I’m caught up on the series now and looking forward to the next instalment which is due for release in 2020. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (4)2. Sea Witch – Sara Henning
Sea Witch is a dark retelling which focuses on the Ursula character in The Little Mermaid. This was another audio book read for me and I fell in love with the characters. It was a fast paced read and the narrator was fabulous. I thought the book came to a really interesting conclusion and I assumed it was a standalone but there is a second instalment coming out which I’m really intrigued to read because I’m not sure where the author can go next. Full review is here if you want to know more! (4/5 stars)

book cover (45)3. Aurora Rising – Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I LOVED this book. The story of a bunch of misfits tasked with saving the galaxy was everything I needed and I’m crediting this book with pulling me out of my reading slump. I adored everything about this book from the characters to the fun, action packed plot. I’m already desperate for more and I’m absolutely going to reread this one soon. My full review for this is here if you want to know more! (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (5)4. Joker – Brian Azzello
This is a graphic novel I’ve had on my shelf for quite a while so I decided to pick it up one afternoon. I read it in one sitting and I did enjoy it, but it felt kind of forgettable? I only remember the very basics of the story. It felt very much like a crime story that happened to have Batman and Joker in it rather than a superhero tale. I wasn’t all that keen on the art style either, so overall it felt very average. (2.5/5 stars)

wicked saints5. Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan
This was another book that I really really enjoyed. The magic system in this book really intrigued me and I really fell in love with the story. It could have done with a bit more character development and I’m hoping this is something that is addressed in the next book in the series. Full review for Wicked Saints is here! (4.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (6)6. As Far As the Stars – Virginia Macgregor
This book was so cute! The story of two characters with family members on a plane that has crashed, it’s a sweet and fascinating story as they attempt to deal with what has happened to the plane and explore their feeling for each other. It’s the perfect summer road trip novel and there are lots of really beautiful moments in the story. I took part in the blog tour for this so you can see my stop here if you want to know more. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (7)7. Locked In – Mark Lawrence
I recently discovered some Mark Lawrence short stories that I hadn’t read so I quickly snapped up the opportunity to read them (they’ve available on his website). This one was my favourite, a quick and dark little story that kept me hooked the whole way through. A perfect read if you’ve got some time to kill and easily read in one sitting. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (8)8. Quick – Mark Lawrence
This was another of the short stories. This one felt a bit shorter so I didn’t feel like I got the chance to get to know the character as much, but it was still a fun little story featuring a young man with strange powers – again this would be perfect if you were waiting for something and had a bit of time to kill – a fun and light read! (3/5 stars)

book cover (43)9. The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston
I love love loved Geekarella so I was super excited to read The Princess and the Fangirl and it was everything I wanted and more. The story is a retelling of The Princess and the pauper and features two adorable romances, one is also female/female and they were just the cutest! I really enjoyed reading this and it was so fun to see characters from Geekarella pop up. Kind of hoping Ashley Poston continues with this and does more of these geeky retellings because I’m obsessed. (4.25/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (9)10. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this up. There was lots of buzz around this at YALC last year and I was interested to give it a go. It ended up being quite an intense, twisty thriller and every theory I came up with ended up being shot down. There were plenty of twists that I absolutely did not see coming. (4/5 stars)

book cover (88)11. The Selection – Kiera Cass
I finally got around to reading the first book in The Selection series and I totally get what everyone was telling me. It wasn’t exactly a ground breaking read but it was fast paced and I couldn’t seem to put the book down. It was an addictive story and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (12)12. Limited Wish – Mark Lawrence
This was probably my favourite book of the month and I’m pretty obsessed with this series. The second instalment of the Impossible Times trilogy was just as brilliant as book one and I raced through this book because I was just so desperate to know what was going to happen to Nick and the gang. Full review for this one can be found over here. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (11)13. My Secret Lies With You – Faye Bird
This was a strange little thriller about a young girl who makes friends with a group of people on holiday. Someone they met last year has gone missing and the group attempt to unravel that secrets around her disappearance. This was another one that I finished very quickly, it’s an exciting readable tale that I think thriller fans will really enjoy. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (13)14. Green Arrow: Midas Touch – Dan Jurgens
This was just not for me. I really like Green Arrow and picked up a copy of this New 52 graphic novel but I didn’t get on with it at all. I thought the story was quite slow, it was all action with very little plot. I didn’t feel like I got to know any of the characters and I didn’t really care for the art style. (2/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (10)15. Evidence of the Affair – Taylor Jenkins Reid
I saw a few booktubers talking about this novella written by the author of Daisy Jones and the Six. The story follows a woman who discovers her husband is having an affair and so tells the lovers husband all about it. The two strike up a friendship as they attempt to deal with their partners lies and secrets. It’s all told through letters and it was a really fascinating read. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author because this is the second time I’ve read something from her that wasn’t my kind of thing and loved it. (4/5 stars)

So those are all the books I read in May! I definitely found some new favourites and I’m hoping I can read just as many in June. Definitely let me know what you’ve been reading recently and if you’ve read any of these I’d loved to know what you thought!

 

April Wrap Up!

April Wrap Up!

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I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus these last two weeks but I’m back and today I thought I would share my April wrap up. I seem to have managed to get out of the slump and managed to complete 12 books in April!

405541411. Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones and the Six is definitely not the kind of book I would normally read but it completely sucked me in and totally lived up to the hype. I ended up loving it way more than I thought I would and I can’t wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid. My full review for Daisy Jones can be found here. (4/5 stars)

2. Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylorbook cover - 2019-04-02T135442.190
To coincide with the paperback release of this gorgeous book I was asked to participate in the blog tour. Muse of Nightmares is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer, a beautifully told fantasy story full of magic and adventure. I loved Muse of Nightmares just as much as I loved the first book in the series and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. You can check out my stop on the blog tour here. (5/5 stars)

3. Sleep – C. L. Taylorbook cover - 2019-03-24T181054.124
C. L. Taylor is fast becoming one of my favourite crime writers. Every single one of her books has had me on the edge of my seat. Sleep is a dark and twisty tale about a group of people staying at a hotel on a remote Scottish island. Everyone has secrets, but is one of them planning murder? I was completely shocked by the ending and I loved every second. Full review for this one is here! (4.5/5 stars)

4. Star Crossed – Minnie Darkebook cover - 2019-04-03T105924.120
This was such a cute and fun contemporary story! Star-Crossed revolves around star signs and really brings a fresh perspective to the contemporary genre. I completely adored the characters and was hooked on the story. This was another blog tour that I participated in so if you want to find out more you can check out my stop here. (3.5/5 stars)

5. The Devil Aspect – Craig Russellbook cover - 2019-04-19T094103.467
This book was so dark and creepy I couldn’t get enough. Craig Russell completely sucked me in with this story and I almost missed my train stop a few times because I was absorbed in the story. A mixture of historical fiction, horror and thriller – this story packs a punch and is full of excitement and quite a bit of gore. If you’re intrigued and you can find my full review here. (4.5/5 stars)

6. The Fandom Rising – Anna Day42768840
Anna Day is back with a fun and exciting sequel to The Fandom. In this instalment some of the characters return to the world of The Gallows Dance and there’s an added mystery going on in the real world. It was great to return to the characters we fell in love with in book one and I really enjoyed the story. (Review here!) (3.5/5 stars)

7. Summer Bird Blue – Akemi Dawn Bowmanbook cover - 2019-04-03T110806.863
Starfish was one of my favourite books of 2018 so I was really excited to read Summer Bird Blue. The story follows a young girl dealing with the loss of her sister in a car crash. The story is emotional and I loved the connection with music, but I didn’t mesh with the characters in the same way I did Starfish. (3/5 stars)

8. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman6657541
I absolutely adore Neil Gaiman but for some reason I’ve never picked up The Sandman graphic novels. I rectified that this month by reading the first instalment – Preludes and Nocturnes. It was dark and gripping and the art work was completely stunning. I’m really looking forward to continuing the series and can’t wait to pick up volume two! (3.5/5 stars)

9. Release – Patrick Ness31194576
I picked this up while on holiday because it sounded like a really fascinating story about a day in the life of young Adam Thorn and a mysterious ghost that brings about the end of the world. It felt like I was reading two completely different stories and it left me feeling a bit disappointed. (2.5/5 stars)

10. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien38819529
I’m trying to reread some of my favourite books of all time so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to reread The Hobbit. No matter how many times I read it I still completely fall in love with the story. It’s such a well written tale and I already want to reread it again sometime soon. I’m definitely going to try and reread the Lord of the Rings books before the end of the year too. (5/5 stars)

11. The Lives Before Us – Juliet Conlinbook cover - 2019-04-09T224206.829
I absolutely loved The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin so I was so excited to pick up her new book. This is such a beautiful and moving tale set during the Second World War. It’s full of heart and and it’s definitely a book I still think about even though I finished it ages ago. I can’t wait to see what Juliet writes next! (4/5 stars)

12. Emily Eternal – M. G. Wheatonbook cover - 2019-03-24T180649.748
I’m pretty sure I read this book in a single day. Emily Eternal is a science fiction story about an AI named Emily who is designed to help human trauma. The sun is dying and Emily discovers a secret that might save humanity, she must go on the run with her human friends and attempt to stop the end of the world. It’s jam packed with danger, excitement and adventure. It’s definitely a must read. (4/5 stars)

So those are all the books I read in April! I had an excellent reading month with lots of really brilliant books and I’m hoping that it will continue for the rest of the year!

March Wrap Up!

March Wrap Up!

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Continuing the tradition of waiting till the very last minute to post my monthly wrap ups, lets dive into what I read in March!

1. One Word Kill – Mark Lawrencebook cover - 2019-03-01T143051.847
This is the first in an all new science fiction series from Mark Lawrence – one of my all time favourite authors. It was such a fun and exciting read, full of time travel, crazy plot twists and brilliant characters. It gave me serious Stranger Things vibes and I’m honestly so excited to read the next book in the series. You can read my full review of this one here! (5/5 stars)

2. Monsters in the Mirror – A. J. Hartleyhj
Monsters in the Mirror was such an exciting middle grade story. It was full to the brim with adventure and magic and I raced through it. I really loved the plot and I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author. I participated in the blog tour for this one so if you fancy reading my full thoughts you can take a look here. (4/5 stars)

3. Changeling – Cate Tiernanbook cover - 2019-04-21T154220.186
Continuing my reread of one of my all time favourite series, I hit book number eight in the Sweep/Wicca series. This series is like my go to easy read, I completely adore the characters I definitely think it’s an underrated YA series. I’ve basically been reading one of these a month and I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I get to book fifteen – start all over again? (4.5/5 stars)

4. The Near Witch – V. E. Schwabbook cover - 2019-03-24T180513.572
This is the recently republished debut by V. E. Schwab and I was really interested in reading it. I went to an event where she explained that she hadn’t edited it since it’s original publication, it was published exactly as it was back then. I really enjoyed the atmospheric setting and the witchy plot. It’s not my favourite Victoria Schwab book but I had a fun time reading it. Full review for this one is here! (3.75/5 stars)

5. Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haigbook cover - 2019-04-21T154302.492
Non-Fiction is something I would really like to get into more so I thought I would give Notes on a Nervous Planet a go. I really like Matt Haig’s fiction books so I figured this was a perfect opportunity. I opted for the audiobook which is read by the author so it was a really interesting listen. It was a fascinating read and I’m probably going to pick up a physical copy of this and Reasons To Stay Alive. (3/5 stars)

6. Other Words For Smoke – Sarah Maria Griffinbook cover - 2019-03-21T124644.698
This was such a strange and unusual read. It’s a witchy story about a family living in a very odd house with things in the walls, dark powers and all sorts of mysterious goings on. It gave me Shirley Jackson vibes and I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about it once I’d finished reading. If you’re looking for something a bit different – I definitely recommend this one. (5/5 stars)

7. Burn For Burn – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivanbook cover (76)
I started to feel a bit slumpy after reading Other Words For Smoke so I opted for this fast paced and fun contemporary story about three girls getting revenge on the people that have made their lives hell. It was dramatic and a bit unrealistic but I got swept up in the plot and I’m eager to continue into book two. (3.5/5 stars)

So those are the seven books I read in March! It was a bit less than I would normally read in a month due to the reading slump hit but I’m hoping it will pick up a bit more towards the end of April! If you’ve read any of these definitely let me know what you thought, as well as the books you’ve been reading recently!

Lost-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Lost-A-Thon Wrap Up!

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I had big hopes that I was going to rattle through quite a few books for the Lost-A-Thon especially because so many of them were books I really wanted to read. Unfortunately I hit a bit of a slump and didn’t get to as many books as I’d hoped. This will be pretty similar to my February wrap up but I thought I’d do a separate post of the ones I did read for the readathon!

Untitled design (40)Long Term TBR: A Book that’s been on your TBR forever
For this I read The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano. I’ve had this for ages and always really wanted to read it because I love Lauren DeStefano’s writing. I found it a little chaotic and the story was pretty predictable so while I probably will continue the series I felt a little disappointed overall. (2.5/5 stars)

the callingA Book Less Than 250 Pages
For this I read The Calling by Cate Tiernan. The Sweep series is a childhood favourite and I’ve really loved revisiting these books. They’re fast-paced and fun reads and I can’t wait to pick up the next instalment. I’m honestly surprised that I still love them so much all these years later.  (4/5 stars)

vassaDiscounted Discoveries: A book you got on sale
For this I chose Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter which really wasn’t my cup of tea. I really struggled with this and I think this is part of the reason I didn’t get around to reading more books because it took me so long to finish this one. I didn’t like the characters, the plot didn’t make sense and I didn’t really get any enjoyment from the story. (1.5/5 stars)

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Historical Conversations: A book that makes you think

I read The Familiars by Stacy Halls for this one and it was a really brilliant story about female friendship and the witch trials. I read it one day at work and it’s probably my favourite historical fiction that I’ve read this year. (4/5 stars)

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Mystery Genre Pick: Contemporary

I chose contemporary because it’s something I don’t read all that much of. I ended up reading Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivan. I thought this was a solid read, I wasn’t over fond of the characters but I enjoyed the plot. (3.5/5 stars)

blood and sandA Book With Red on the Cover
I finally read Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk for this one. This is another book I have mixed feelings about. I loved the female Spartan determined to reclaim her homeland idea but the story felt too focused on the romance between Attia and the Gladiator who becomes her owner for me to give it a higher rating. (3.5/5 stars)

So those are the books I read for Lost-A-Thon. Let me know some books you’ve read recently and what you thought!