Books · Haul

Collective/ Long Overdue Book Haul!

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Hey guys!
I’m finally posting my first book haul of 2019?! Crazy. I just kept putting off writing this post and taking pictures, which ended up with me collecting more and more books over time. Oops!
These are all the books I bought/received from January onwards.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson


Jane Austen books:

Pride and Prejudice
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Emma

I got these beautiful editions at The Works. £3 each and I had a discount code!
Such a bargain

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch


The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

Siege and Storm

Ruin and Rising


*The Near Witch by V.E Schwab

[Gifted to me by Titan]


*A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths

[Gifted to me by Hatchette Children]


*Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
* One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

Big thank you to Mitriel who had these dedicated and sent to me!
It made my entire week!!

[Gifted to me by Mitriel Faywood + Mark Lawrence]


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Books · Travel

Travel Diary: London Day 3 +4 | Sightseeing, Park Walks + Museums

 

Hey guys!
This is part two of my Travel Diary for my trip to London.
Part one, My Comic Con experience, is here.

This post is going up way later than I anticipated but oh well. I’ve been busy with uni work and reading. But finally, I get to share the rest of my trip!


Day Three: Holland Park, Notting Hill + The British Museum

We only went to London Comic Con for one day, so that we would have time to explore London. It was my first time ever, so I wanted to see as much as possible! So, on day three we did some exploring that was close to use first.

Photo Diary:

Holland Park

Notting Hill

British Museum

 

Day Four – London Eye, St James’ Park + Buckingham Palace


Overall, my trip to London was amazing.
It’s the highlight of my year so far. I had such a great time.
It was my first time in London and the first trip my boyfriend and I have been on together! I seriously didn’t want it to end and was seriously depressed about leaving.

 



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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I Thought I’d Hate| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Books You Thought You’d Hate But Ended Up Loving
I changed it a little, I don’t tend to pick up books I think I’m going to hate…

 

1) Throne of Glass Series

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I read ACOTAR first. Everyone said it was SJM’s best series out of the two, so I didn’t think I was going to like ToG all the that much. I ended up loving it, I think I actually prefer it over ACOTAR overall.


2) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I found this book super slow in the beginning, I was failing to see the hype. By the second half, I was totally into it and loving it. Upon rereading I love the whole book.

 


3) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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I put off reading this for years, taking it on and off my GoodReads all the time. I wasn’t really gripped by the sci-fi retelling at first. But, I recently took the plunge, as the audiobook became available at my library and BOY am I glad. It’s now one of my favourite series of all time. It’s bloody brilliant.


4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

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I had no idea what to expect going into this. It was being hyped up everywhere, but I’m not the biggest mystery/thriller/crime/whatever fan. Like at all. But it was available at my library and I didn’t have another audiobook at the time so I just went for it. I ended up loving it. It blew my mind. Definitely lives up to the hype!


5) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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This was required reading for a module at uni. I’d previously read Tess of the D’Ubervilles, which I didn’t like at all. It was beyond boring. I expected to feel the same way about FFTMC but I ended up loving it?! Such a nice surprise!


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What book did you think you’d hate/dislike but ended up loving?


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Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Reviews for the previous books: Cinder + Scarlet

My Thoughts:
Again, as with the other books, the plot was engaging and addictive. Only this time it stepped it up. I was seriously hooked on this book and I am so invested in these characters now!
I am loving watching all the characters grow and develop, as well as their interactions with each other. I also am really enjoying the blossoming relationships! I ship literally everyone who’s been hinted at being together. I am obsessed.

Boy, this was an emotional rollercoaster too! So much action and plot twists happen in this book. It has constant excitement, there honestly wasn’t a dull moment.
The worldbuilding is good; there isn’t tons of description, it gets straight to the point and the exciting parts – which is good. I like this dystopian world, it’s very interesting and I cannot wait to know/see more about Lunar!

This series is rapidly becoming one of my favourites of all time. I’ve actually laughed out loud listening to this! It is such an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend the audiobooks, the narrator is good and it is really easy to listen to.

Characters:
Cinder: I love Cinder! She’s a great protagonist. I am highly invested in her character and rooting for her all the way. She’s very well written and very relatable. Cinder is really entertaining character, especially her interactions with the other characters. I really like that Cinder is instantly overpowered. She finds out her abilities and is still learning (and struggling) to use her powers, it’s nice that she isn’t instantly amazing with them, it’s very realistic.

Thorne:
Thorne is one of my favourite characters, he makes me laugh and fawn over him. He’s charming, sarcastic and ridiculous –  I live for his snarky comments and cockiness. He’s just so entertaining! I love Cinder + Thorne’s friendship/bromance! I also love Thorne + Cress. I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Scarlet:
Although not one of my favourites, I still really enjoy Scarlet as a character. I like her and Wolff’s

Cress: I loved the addition of Cress! We got a hint of her in the first book, obviously, the series is already finished, so I knew all the titles – I was intrigued to see how her story would become intertwined with Cinder’s. She’s smart, cute, socially awkward + so relatable.

Iko: IKO IS FREAKING ADORABLE. I love her.

Luckily, the next book, Winter, is available at my library right away! No waiting. YAY!

Rating: 5 Stars!


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Books · Recommendations · Top 5 Wednesday

Spring Reads Recommendations| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Spring Reads

Spring/Summer is when a lot of people read contemporary books but I’m not the biggest contemporary fan, so my list is going to be *mostly* fantasy… sorry not sorry.

1) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
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I feel like these books just scream spring, the first book in set in April so perfect timing! The first books that came to mind when I was thinking about what to include in this list were these. I think these books are perfect to binge in spring!

Review for TRB 


2) Simon Vs the Homosapien Agenda
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The only contemporary on this list. Mainly because this book has actually stuck with me, most contemporaries are cute at the time for me but I find them unmemorable. I find myself still thinking about this book for ages after I read it,  it’s almost been 2 years now. I’d love to reread it – I might do this spring!


3) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Am I forever recommending Brandon Sanderson? Yes. Will I ever stop? No.
I consider Warbreaker to be my favourite book. It brings me so much joy, the story has stuck with me and I loved it even rereading it. It’s just a great book. It’s fantasy with romance, friendships, loads of plot twists (of course) & a talking sword. It’s also a standalone, so no commitment to a series!

Review here!



4) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I think it’s perfect for any time of year but I think it would be a great spring read. It’s funny and lighthearted, it’s such a fun fantasy – not dark or stressful to read like some are.

Review here!


5) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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Thought I would include a classic. The only classic I can honestly say I love! Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, I just love Jane as a character and her story.
I think this would be a lovely spring read. I always imagine her time at Thornfield and with Rochester in the spring/summer for some reason…


What book would you recommend this spring?
Let me know in the comments!


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Travel

Travel Diary: London Day 1&2| London Comic Con Spring 2019

 

Hey Guys!
Bit of a different post from me today. I’ve been wanting to include some non-bookish things on my blog but haven’t really known where to start. I thought this would be a great opportunity to dive into some lifestyle-ish posts!
From March 1st-4th I was in London. My first time ever! Despite living in the UK my whole life I’d never been to London. *Shock, Horror*
Also, got to attend my first ever convention!


Day One:
Day one wasn’t really exciting. After spending like 4 hours on a bus then two trains to get to our Airbnb, my boyfriend and I weren’t really feeling up for doing anything fun. It was also evening by the time we got there and we didn’t know the area at all so decided to have a night in with a Chinese takeaway, and rest up for Comic Con the next day!

How cute is this takeaway?! So convenient! Where I live, we’re lucky to get our takeaways in a bag. (lol) The food was really good too! Their curly fries were to die for. *drools*


Day Two: London Comic Con Spring
This was my first con ever, so I was super excited!
It took place in the Olympia, Kensington. We stayed nearby so we walked over at 9am and spent most of the day chilling at Comic Con.


Custom Venom car!

There were so many cool stalls! One of my personal favourites was the metal sculptures, they were seriously amazing. I wish I could afford to buy some because they were beautiful. So much talent!

Got my picture taken with some Star Wars Villains.


(I know I look so tragic, I am internally screaming. Such a fangirl)

It was so much fun! I also got my picture taken on the Iron Throne!!
(Which is a print picture, hence why I haven’t included it. I’m lazy and don’t want to scan it in)

Overall, I had such a fun day at Comic Con, I spotted some actors, which was cool. I ate overpriced pizza and some absolutely amazing fudge! I wish I had taken pictures of the fudge (and noted the company name) because it was beautiful. There were three flavours: Salt caramel, Mars bar and Kinder Bueno. It was the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

I’ll have a post up for my London trip days two and three up soon, stay tuned!


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Have you been to London or a Comic Con before?


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Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison — even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles, there will be spoilers for the first book Cinder. Review for Cinder here. (Spoiler Free)

Plot:
After the ending of Cinder, I was dying to know what happens. Luckily, this audiobook was available from my library within a few days.
I am officially obsessed with this series.

The plot is well paced and addictive! I am hooked.
In this book, we continue to follow Cinder and Kai’s stories with the addition to some new characters whose story intertwines.

Unlike the first book, I didn’t find this book to be predictable. The writing has improved so much, not that it was ever bad, but you can see the development. The plot twists/turns were good and engaging. I was constantly wanting to keep listening.

The characters are all so interesting and engaging. I love all the new characters (+ ships!!).

Characters:
Cinder: Still love Cinder. She’s such a great character and it was easy to get invested and attached to her. I love her development throughout the books and I am loving reading her journey.

Kai: Aww Kai! I love him. I feel for him.
I still loved following his story, even though Cinder isn’t really part of it, but still kinda is?
I miss his interaction with Cinder and I realllllly hope they get reunited at some point.

Scarlet: I liked the addition of Scarlet. I didn’t manage to predict how her story would end up linking with Cinder’s, which was nice. I liked her as a character, I really felt for her as her Grandmother disappeared. Her chapters were really entertaining and I was instantly invested in her story. I didn’t know at first whether I was going to like the introduction of a new POV character, as I was so invested in Cinder, but I was wrong. I really liked Scarlet!

Thorne: I freaking love Thorne!! I love that he’s cocky, arrogant and self-loving. He adds some comic relief to the story. I loved his interaction with Cinder, they clash and are so vastly different. Plus, he’s definitely a secret sweetheart!

Wolf: I like Wolf. He was a mysterious character, I always sensed something weird about him. No spoilers. He’s an interesting character, I like his interactions with Scarlet.

Rating: 4.5 Stars


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