Books · Recommendations

Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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Books · Wrap-up

June Wrap Up!

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Happy July 1st!
I cannot believe how quickly the months are flying by!
June was another crappy reading month for me, I was in a slump for a lot of it; that being said, I did manage to read 4 (and a half) books. 3 were really really good and one was freaking terrible.

 

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The first book I read in June was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was a reread for me + a buddy read with the lovely Sara from eggcellent.books on Instagram!
I loved this book so much, I even upped the rating from when I first read it last year.
Rating: 5 Stars!
Review here.

 

 

 

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The next book I picked up was, of course, The Dream Thieves Maggie Stiefvater. Sequel to The Raven Boys, continuing my reread of the series!
Although I really love this book, I had barely any time for reading due to the last few weeks of college and loads of assignments to get done! It took so long to read, I have to keep putting it down and this made me find it harder to get into.

Rating: 5 Stars!
Review here

 

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The third book I picked up was Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. This was sent to me to review and I ended up loving it!
It’s a sci-fi retelling of Jane Eyre, sounds like a strange combination, right? In my opinion, it worked so well. I ended up loving it!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review here

 

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Next, I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
I hated this book so much, it is by far the most boring, tedious book I’ve ever read.

Rating: 1.5 Stars

 

And the half a book I read was The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski which I will be finishing ASAP! So thoughts on that will be in my next #FridayReads post and in my July wrap-up!

Hopefully, now college is completely over and I have literally nothing to do all summer, I can finally get loads of reading done!


June Blog Posts Wrap-up:
May Wrap-Up
Out of the Blue Review
Book Adaptations Tag
Reread review – The Raven Boys
Mid-Year reading update
Collective Book Haul
Reread review – The Dream Thieves
Top 5 Best Books I Read This Spring
Brightly Burning Review
T5W – Books I Want to Read Before the Year Ends
#FridayReads


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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As you may or may not know, I have been rereading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Two books down, two to go! Review for the first book The Raven Boys is here.
Just a potential spoiler warning, if you haven’t read the first book you could be spoiled!


Synopsis:
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 


Plot:
Rereading a favourite book can be hit or miss. You could either love it just as much or more, or you could realise you don’t like it anymore…
The plot is definitely slower than I remembered. The first time around I read this so fast but couldn’t read it fast at all this time. It’s not that it’s boring (it’s really not), I definitely didn’t remember as much as of the plot as I thought. Maybe I was taking it in more this time.
Maggie’s writing just makes everything seem interesting and as the book went on I did find it faster to read. The last 100-150 pages flew by! The book ends on a cliffhanger, which I don’t mind so much this time around as I know what happens. When I first finished The Dream Thieves I immediately picked up Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Maggie’s whimsical, captivating writing just amazes me, it’s so beautiful to read. I’ll be finishing my reread of this series next month!
Characters:
Gansey – Still as adorable as ever. I love Gansey he’s a total sweetheart. This is the book where you really start shipping Bluesey!!
Blue –  Still as sassy and quirky as ever. I love seeing her friendship with the boys blossom.
Ronan – Still as snarky and badass as ever. I love learning more about
Adam – Poor Adam.
Mr Gray – I really do not like Mr Gray. I don’t like reading from his perspective, I just find him creepy.
Ladies of 300 Foxway – I love these women. It so makes me wish I grew up surrounded by them, as Blue did.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • I hate Mr Gray.
  • Gansey’s boat shoes!!
  • The boat scene in general!!
  • I totally forgot Ronan trashed the Pig!
  • F-king Kavinsky!

Rating: Still 5 Stars!


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis:
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Plot: When I first read this book, last year, I found the first half to be quite slow and boring. I wasn’t sure I was going to like or continue the series. However, I did like the second half and continued. (So glad I did!)
This time around I liked the book so much more! I don’t know if it was because I already knew what was going to happen or because the characters were already familiar. I ended up reading this so quickly, I fell back in love with the world and the characters, I had an amazing time rereading this!

I was so shocked to see the foreshadowing in this book that I had completely missed the first time around. It’s crazy! One of the best things about rereading is noticing the little details you had forgotten or missed!
Characters:
I love all the characters in The Raven Boys, there isn’t one I dislike. I love their friendship and their banter and I so wish I could be apart of their group!
I love Blue’s weirdness and uniqueness, she’s so cute! I love her relationship with her mother, Maura, and the ladies of 300 fox way.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • Oh my god, I’ve missed these characters.
  • Ronan is amazing.
  • Bless Gansey, he’s so clueless.
  • Blue is an actual babe.
  • I want a pet raven.

Rating: 5 Stars!



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Books · Favourites

Favourite Books Of 2017!

I read some absolutely amazing books in 2017.
I had a really great reading year, I managed 91 books and my average rating was 4 stars. Narrowing down my favourites down was very hard!

Here are some of my top favourites, in no particular order:

From left to right:

  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  • A Game of Thrones (Illustrated edition) by George RR Martin
  • Invasion of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Hoping I read so many more great books in 2018!
– Leisha