Books · Haul

June Book Haul!| 2019

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Hello everyone!
Today I have a book haul for you. I didn’t acquire loads of books this month, I decided not to buy books to save money as I was going on holiday. But luckily for me, my birthday was this month and I received a few as gifts!

Birthday gifts:

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A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords 

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The Steel Prince by  V.E. Schwab


Bought by me:
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Second hand from World of Books

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Received:

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The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton (Won in a competition on twitter)


Kindle Books:

Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton
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Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence (kindle unlimited)

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 26/06/2019

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Happy Wednesday!
Welcome to my first ever WWW Wednesday!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I am currently reading:
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Finally, getting around to reading this!! It has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. I’ve been in a huge sci-fi mood lately, so it’s perfect timing.

What I Recently Finished:

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (audiobook)

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This was my audiobook for my holiday, I listened to it while travelling and it was really interesting. I think it was a solid start to a series and will definitely be continuing!
Review coming soon!

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter*

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Despite being in a sci-fi mood, I decided to take a contemporary on holiday with me too.
This was such a nice, quick read – perfect for my holiday! I flew through it.
It was a good read, though I had a few problems. Will discuss more in my review, which will be coming soon.


What I Might Read Next:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (audiobook)

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This has become available at my library so I will definitely be listening to this next!
I loved Simon Vs but have never read anything else by Becky Albertalli – which I clearly need to fix. It’s not a super long audiobook, hoping to get through it pretty quick.

As for non-audiobooks, I have no idea what I’m going to be in the mood for after Skyward.
But potentially it could be:

Limited Wish by Mark Lawerence
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*Books marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for free in exchange for a review.
All opinions are my own.


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Books · Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! | 2019

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WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

I have two! Cress by Marissa Meyer & The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

 WHAT IS THE BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

Basically all of the sequels to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I read all of The Lunar Chronicles this year and I LOVED all of them.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR?

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence
I really enjoyed One Word Kill, I think the series has potential so I cannot wait to see where it goes!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2019?

I have so many!! But the one I’m probably excited for the most is The Burning White by Brent Weeks

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

The Wicked King by Holly Black + The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Both are ridiculously overhyped and didn’t live up to it for me.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

Tie between Cinder by Marissa Meyer + The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I put off reading TLC for years because I thought sci-fi fairytale retellings sounded odd and I thought I wouldn’t like it. BOY was I wrong.

The Flatshare
isn’t my usual genre – Adult-contemporary/romance but I ended up loving it. Such a great, quick read – perfect for summer!

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU DEBUT AUTHOR?

Guess it’s going to have to be Beth O’Leary – haven’t read many debut authors yet this year.

 WHO IS YOUR NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM THIS YEAR?

CARSWELL THORNE!! and Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. Oh my god, I just love them.
Honourable mentions: The Darkling & Nikolai from the Shadow and Bone trilogy

WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

I don’t think any have made me cry this year yet…

WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

I’m going to not repeat myself since I’m gushing about the same few books.  So, I’m going with: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell (audiobook)
I listened to this while I will ill in bed with the flu and it cheered me up so much. David Tennant is the narrator and he is AMAZING. I love this middle-grade series – cannot wait for the next one!

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I’m guessing this is to do with the cover?
Probably the Shadow and Bone trilogy – the new covers. They’re so stunning.
Shame the last two weren’t as good as their covers!


Books · Tag

US vs UK Book Covers #1 | 2019 Releases

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Hello Everyone 🙂
Welcome to my blog if you’re new.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people compare US and UK book covers lately and I love comparing stuff  – so I thought I’d give it ago.
I’m going to compare some 2019 book covers!

*Covers: US are on the left and UK on the right*


Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

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These are so wildly different. I get a different vibe for the story for each one. It actually crazy how different they are. I haven’t read this yet (but need to) so I can’t comment on which accurately represents the story but I really like the UK cover, it also has sprayed edges – it’s really gorgeous. The US one is nice, creepy but cool.

Winner: UK


Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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I still haven’t read Skyward, shame on me. Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author, I will be picking it up ASAP. Especially since the sequel is coming out right at the end of the year.
Back to the cover. I LOVE BOTH. The artwork is just gorgeous on both. The US cover makes it look more YA, to be honest. The UK makes it look like more of an adult sci-fi, in my opinion. Both are divine.
But the UK just does it for me a little more.

Winner: UK 


The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
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Another book I have yet to read but own.
Both covers are really cool. I like that the wolf is such a big part of the cover on both and they both have themes of black/brown + red – which fits perfectly. You can instantly tell that it’s a Little Red Riding Hood retelling.

Winner: UK


The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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OK. There’s a clear winner here right from the start.
The UK Rick Riordan covers are AWFUL. All of them. Always.
BUT THIS? US gets REYNA and we get a CAR WITH A ZOMBIE.
REYNA!!!
I’m done.
Bye
Winner: US


The Girl King by Mimi Yu

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I think this one is an almost tie. The US cover is cool and I love that it shows a badass girl.
However, the UK cover shows both sisters, which is way more inclusive since both are apart of the story. I also really like the colours on the UK cover + the border. I think the artwork is stunning on both. But the UK takes it this time.

Winner: UK 


I think the publishers do a great job on the covers for each respective consumers. I’ve noticed that when people compare covers, they do tend to go for their own country. So, the designers are definitely doing something right.
Maybe we’re conditioned into liking our own countries book covers?! *X-Files Music*

chatWhich cover did you like best out of the books I featured?
Do you agree/disagree with my thoughts? Let me know!

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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I DNF| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
T5W is currently on a hiatus for the summer, so no new topics. So I’ll be revisiting old ones 🙂
This week I decided to do: Books I DNF (Did not finish)

1) The Power by Naomi Alderman

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I feel like every female-centred dystopian novel is now dubbed the ‘new’ The Handmaid’s Tale and they never live up to it. This is the perfect example of that.
This was impossibly boring, I couldn’t get into it at all.
Snoozefest.


2) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Everyone was raving about these books a few years ago, so I decided to pick it up at my library. Boy, am I glad I didn’t buy this book. I found this SO boring and difficult to get into, I think I made it around 20% in before I completely gave up. This was years ago I DNF this but I remember thinking the writing was terrible and the characters were unlikeable.


3) Switched by Amanda Hocking

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This is honestly one of the worst audiobooks ever, ironically one of the first audiobooks I tried to listen to. (Luckily didn’t put me off) It was seriously bad. Laughably bad. It about a changeling Troll – TROLL. They call themselves Trylle – I just couldn’t cope with this. I couldn’t take it seriously and I hate every single character.


4) The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
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This is probably one of my biggest disappointments. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, I was totally expecting to love it. However, I did not understand a word I was reading. I don’t know why – I just had no idea what was going on. It was odd and boring. I couldn’t connect to the plot or the characters. Eventually, I gave up trying.


5) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

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This is the most recent book I DNF.
This one I don’t feel bad about, at all. It was required reading for uni but honestly, it was so bad I just couldn’t put myself through that. I knew I wouldn’t write on it in my essay so I just gave up. It is seriously one of the most boring and confusing books I’ve ever read.


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Let me know a book you DNF in the comments!

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Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #5)

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Hey guys!
I’m currently on holiday in Portugal! This a pre-written and scheduled (how organised am I?)

Reviews for the previous books: Spellslinger | Shadowblack | Charmcaster | Soulbinder



Synopsis:

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven-year-old monarch, he realises she’s vastly smarter than he expected – and in a great deal more danger.


My Thoughts
Plot-wise – this was slower than the rest. It took me a while to get into. Despite being thrust into the action straight away, the rest of the book is quite slow. It does pick up in places but it relies heavily on political intrigue.

I’m glad I listened to the audiobook for this, as the narrator is really good and easy to listen to. I think I would’ve struggled if I had read the physical book.
I would say it was boring but it was a bit meh. It’s my least favourite in the series so far. I honestly think the series has gone downhill since Ferius and Kellen split ways. She was such a good character, I miss her so much!

Kellen is still up to his usual stuff, avoiding being killed by just about everyone, having banter with Reichis and escaping death with wit, one trick and a hint of luck.

I will say: this was so much darker than the rest of the series. This whole series has been lighthearted and fun and it got dark. Real fast. There was less humour and jokes in this one, it was still funny in places but not as much as the previous books.
There was more graphic violence and torture.

Trigger Warning for mentions of depression, abuse and rape/sexual assault.

Characters:
Kellen: 
I still love Kellen. After 5 books, it’s easy to be attached and invested in his journey. His character development has been great – though he still is a one trick pony. His ‘magic’ is still the same trick – which I don’t mind. He’s not the typical over-powered/ all-powerful YA main character. I like that he isn’t the greatest at magic but still manages to get along.


Reichis: 
Still the hilarious, murderous little squirrelcat I adore. I love his and Kellen’s ‘partnership’ – aka friendship – even if Reichis likes to think they aren’t.

Narrator: Joe Jameson – who narrates the whole series, is absolutely brilliant. I cannot praise his skills enough. He is great at doing different voices, it is so easy and entertaining to listen to.

Rating:3.5 Stars


*I have previously worked with Hot Key Books, however, not on this occasion.
I borrowed this from my library. All opinions are my own.


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Books · Tag

The Avengers Endgame Book Tag!

 

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I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I saw this over on ReadbyRay and thought it was a cool tag!

Iron Man: A book that made you laugh out loud.

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This series, in general, is SO funny. I love the tone and humour throughout the story.


Captain America: A book with a positive message.

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Currently reading this but it spreads such a positive message for those suffering with depression/anxiety.


Thors: A book with a character’s strength you admire.

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Kelsea is such a good example of a strong character. I admire Kelsea SO much.
I hardly hear anyone talk about this trilogy anymore (probably because of the ending) but it is well worth a read.


Hulk: A book that makes you incredibly angry.

The Wicked King by Holly Black
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This book was incredibly boring to me. I couldn’t get into it at all. Until the last 30ish pages happened and then THAT ending. I didn’t like this book but now I want to read the next one?? Well played Holly Black, well played.


Black Widow: A book with a kick-ass female protagonist.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Aelin is awesome and underrated. She’s disliked a lot because of her cockiness and confidence yet male characters get praised for it?? I like it. Go Aelin!


Hawkeye: An underrated book.

Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
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I bloody loved this book. The story was funny, gripping and heartbreaking. The audiobook is really good (Narrated by Gemma Whelan from GoT), I highly recommend it!


Loki: A book with a twist or surprise that tricked you

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and basically ever Sanderson novel ever.

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He never fails to deliver amazing plot twists and surprises.
The Final Empire was the first book I read by Sanderson and boy, I did not know what I was letting myself in for! The ending was the biggest plot and surprise.


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