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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #4 - Elimination in the Endgame

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Title: Endgame - The Calling
Author: James Frey
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Today's Teaser

"I like competition, he thinks.
I have spent most of my life eliminating it."

- Page 134

Monday, May 30, 2016

May Book Haul

So I haven't got as many book to show you this month basically because I am doing by best to save money for my first car (and mainly to insure it), so I am limiting my spending. Despite this I have -of course - bought some books, mainly they are sequels as I couldn't wait to read what happened next:

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
The Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and The Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh
Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires #5) by Chloe Neill
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review Collection #5: Ruined (#1) by Amy Tintera


Review Collection is a feature to help people decide if they want to read the featured book (let me know if you found it useful). So, the idea is that I shall be choosing one book and then sharing a range of reviews, of this book from various blogs. Allowing you to get a feel for the different opinions surrounding that book.  


Ruined (#1) by Amy Tintera

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 Published: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Part of a Series

Synopsis from Goodreads

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Review @ Wee Shubba's World
Review @ Panda Hearts Books


Taken from Goodreads 23/05/16


I have to say that I haven't read many of these reviews, as I am avoiding any kind of spoilers for this book (although I can guess quite a lot about this book). I love the sound of this plot and the few reviews I have read/watched have enjoyed it and some said it has a Throne of Glass feel, so I am all up for that.


As always I want to know what you thought - let me know in the comments:

Have you read this book? What did you think of it (feel free to just type or you can share link to a review)?

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Have these reviews made you want to read the book or made you hesitate to pick it up?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Guest Post - Interview with J.A. George (Author of Gifted)

Friday is here!
Weekend is almost upon us and we have a guest this week *drinks and cake all round* , J.A  George is here today to talk about her book Gifted, thank you so much for joining us. I read it a few days ago and really enjoyed it (look out for my full review in a few weeks) I loved the blend of comtempory and fantasy. So anyway, I shall hand over to J.A.George who shall tell you all about herself and her book:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is J.A. George and I’m the author of Gifted. I’m from London, England, but I’m currently living in Sheffield for my studies. Hmmm, what else? I like to read, write, bake, eat, hang out with friends and go to the cinema. Once I did all of those things in one day and needless to say, it was one of the best days ever.

You’ve written a book?

Yes, Gifted! Here’s the blurb:
There is no chosen one in this story.
Avery Gray was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.
Avery is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come.One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.
Chamge can be good. It can bring new opportunitiy, new friends and a life you never thought possible. Change can be bad. It can bring you people determined to burn your city to the ground.
It all depends on the decisions you make.

Why is your novel about choices and decisions?

Because I truly believe that’s what life is about. This edition of Gifted is my second edition and in my first edition, I hadn’t explored or even contemplated the effects choices and decisions have on your life. I know it sounds pretty obvious, like, of course your choices affect your future, but I don’t think we realise how much. One little decision, such as walking your dog in a different park could change your life. That new park may be the place you meet your life partner and they just happened to try out that new park that day too. You could witness an event that then impacts your life. We never really take into account what can occur from a ‘little’ choice or decision.


What’s special about your main character, Ava?

She’s real. She wasn’t very real in my first edition because I was trying to base her on female protagonists I’d read about in the past because I wanted my book to sell. After two years, I decided to drop that mentality and focus on making Gifted into a book I wanted to read and chose to forget about whether others would like it (although I still hope they will!) I didn’t want to read about a girl who wakes up and kicks butt on daily basis, I wanted to read about an ordinary girl. Ava is strong-willed, funny and sarcastic, but she’s also insecure and worries about the small stuff, like we all do. I really bond with her because I can see myself and many others in her and it’s nice to have a relatable character who experiences extra-ordinary things. For me, Ava makes the impossible seem a little more…possible.

Any romance?

Uh-oh. Busted! I would say there isn’t much romance, but I’ve come to realise that I can’t really influence how people read and interpret my book. My main protagonists Theo and Ava are not in love, but some of my readers believe they are and if it’s true in their heads, why should I say they’re wrong? The only reason I say they’re not in love is because I don’t believe in instant-love, and because that can be quite a common trope, a lot of YA readers expect it. They read about a male protagonist and a female protagonist and think, yup, they’re in love! Theo isn’t a smoking-hot, bad-boy, he’s nice to look at and a little on the weird side. One of my readers said she didn’t understand why Ava was interested in Theo and I was just sat on my bed looking at my computer screen and thought, urmmm, because he’s her type? She’s attracted to people who make her laugh and interest her. We don’t all fall for the unobtainable guy who loves to brood and looks like he’s the son of Zeus and BeyoncĂ©.

Do you see writing as a career?

I hope to make a career out of writing because it’s something I love to do. If writing becomes my career then I’ll never have to work another day in my life and who doesn’t want that?!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

Yes, and that’s trying not to write for other people. I wrote Gifted because I wanted to read a contemporary YA fantasy with a main character I could relate to. Somewhere along the line I lost that and began focusing on writing a book I thought readers would like and buy, dismissing my feelings entirely. In my second edition (the one that’s currently published), I happily returned to writing the book I want to read.

What’s the best weather to write in?

I really love to write when it’s raining outside. Just hearing the rain droplets hit my window puts me in a good writing mood.

Favourite writing snack?

I like chocolate, but sometimes it melts and I get sticky fingers or I enjoy the chocolate so much, I momentarily forget about writing. I tried doughnuts once. Things got very messy… So I mainly just stick to a tall cup of ice cold water.

Finally, anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I hope you enjoy Gifted! It’s been a long journey, but I believe it’s been worth it in the end.

J.A. George
Twitter: @JGeorgie_
Download a sample of GIFTED from Amazon US here
Or Amazon UK here

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Truthwitch (Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

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Published: January 5th 2016 by Tor Teen
ISBN-10: 1447282043
ISBN-13: 978-1447282044

Synopsis from Goodreads

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Review - 4.25 Stars

So I have finally got around to reading one of the most hyped books, since I became active in the book community. Back at the end of 2015 and the start of 2016 everyone - and I mean everyone - was talking about it, my twitter feed was bombarded with Truthwitch this and Truthwitch that. So with all this hype - and general love  - for this book I have been a bit hesitant to read it. I knew I was going to read it eventually as it a YA Fantasy and once I had read the blurb I knew it was going to be up my ally also I just needed to know what all the excitement was about. So I bought it back in February and here in May and I have finally read it.
Generally, I enjoyed this book it took a while to get into the world and grow to like the characters. However, I wasn't blown away but I feel as though the action really picked up in the last hundred pages, so  I am hopeful that the sequels will be better. 
I loved the way in which this book starts with a failed robbery and then that chase through the city, it really set off the story with a bang. It was also really helpful in introducing the two main characters and showing their contrasting but complementary personalities.
I have seen quite a few people comment on the number of kinds of witch powers in this book, and although there are quite a few, I think it would have spoiled some of the surprises if a list of the different powers had been given - one suggestion I have read to help clear up confusion. Although I normally am not a great fan of multiple POV's, I think it is very important in this book to have Prince Merik's POV as it show a different side to the dom's and domna's. As well as being vital in explaining the political and desperate situation of Nubrevnan.
The reason that I haven't given this book five stars is because there is about 100 page in the middle of the book (after that surprise from the Emperor) where I felt everything kind of died down for a bit with it focusing mainly on developing new relationships and introducing new character to Safiya and Iseult's journey. Another issue that I had with this book generally was that in my eye's it seem take a lot of words for anything to happen. I think this was because there was quite a lot of world building to be done, but if I was a slow reader I think I would have got frustrated with it. However, as I already mention the last 100 pages were brilliant and I really enjoyed them, once the two of them made it to land again it was full on action with one issue and problem after another.   
When all the hype was going around there was a big focus on that this book is all about the friendship between two young women. I agree that relationship is one of the main focuses of the book, and that connection between the two of them and the desire to protect each other, is a driving force for a lot of their actions. However, there is a hint of a romantic relationship in this book (something that although it was predictable, I hope continues to develop in the sequels) but it is defiantly a secondary -or many a fifth or sixth- theme of this book.  


Doesn't the quote above remind you of Sarah J. Maas 'Rattle the Stars' Quote?


Have you read Truthwitch, or has the hype put you off pick this book up?

Monday, May 23, 2016

June Release's

So I haven't found that many book releases for June, most of these are book which have been already published in one format but are being released in another format in June, which is why they are on this list.

Ruined by Amy Tintera

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Ashton Brodi and Jodi Meadows   

Release Date: 7the June 2016
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And I Darken by Kiersten White

Release Date: 28th June 2016 (Hardback)
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The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: 30th June 2016 (Hardback)
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Have you already read any of these, what are you thoughts on them?

Any other book's being released in June that you are looking forward to reading?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Show Me The Books #5: Duology

Show me the Books is a feature where I share with you some books within a theme, and then hopefully you, will tell me in the comments (or link to your own blog post) other books that you have heard of or have read within that theme.
The Theme this week is duologies. This theme is because I have been noticing recently an increase in duologies (see my full post on the subject here) and all these books are resent or future releases apart from the insider duology which is the only one which I had read (both books) before this year.
(Just to note I think that all these are all duologies if I have my information wrong please don't hesitate to let me know)  
1) Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken
2) The Wrath and The Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh
3) Insider Duology by Maria V. Snyder
4) The Orphan Queen Duology by Jodi Meadows
5) The Keeper's Chronicles by Becky Wallace


Have you read any of these book's I've mentioned? What did you think of them?

What duologies have you read or on your TBR?


Friday, May 20, 2016

Bookish Thoughts #3 - The Rise of the Duology and Companion Novels

Is it just me or has there been a rise in the number of Duologies and Standalones with companion novels?  

I don't know if it is that I have just stared to notice them more (especially in Young Adult), but recently I have noticed quite a few duologies being published whereas before it was a rarity. I will be going a Show Me The Books post about all the duologies that I have come across this Sunday, but off the top of my head, there has been:   

Advantages to the duology:

1) Only have to wait a year between starting a series and ending it (when you read new books as they are published).
2) If it had been one big book then it could have created issues with spine creasing, fitting it in your bag, holding it up to read in bed etc.
3) If it had been made into a trilogy then you what ended up with smaller books and that's not good either as it would cost you more (no reader needs more expenses than their addiction hobby already costs them). Also if you are like me and worry about going out for the day and running out of reading material then you might need to take two books.  
Overall I am quite happy about a series being a duology

So same story with standalone's + companion novels there seem to be a sudden influx of them, every standalone I look into reading (in the last few months) has a companion novel currently being written by the author. For example:
I haven't actually ever pick up a companion novel for a standalone, but I have read a spin-off series and my main issue with this kind of story is that I get to attached to the main characters from the original book (s) and I just want to know about what they are up to. Especially if it from a POV that I know is going to interact with my favourite characters, I am just hanging on for those moment and not giving the new main character a chance.    


Have you noticed the rise of the duology and companion novels?
What are your opinions on duologies and standalones with companion novels?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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Published: February 2nd 2016 by HarperTeen
ISBN13: 9780062363787


Synopsis from Goodreads

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

Review - 3.25 Stars

Assassin's Heart has been on my book radar for ages and I was highly anticipating it's release, it got onto my Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels list and I also did a Waiting on Wednesday post about it. However, then the reviews started to appear (mainly around the three star mark) and my anticipation for the book stared to go down hill, the release date came and went and I still hadn't pick up this book! Finally at the beginning of April I decided that I needed to look into the reviews a bit more (see if the few I had read were the norm or ones that had 'extreme' opinions) and I did a review collection. The results from this collection showed that 3 stars was the norm but there was still some who raved about it's greatness and other who DNFed it, so I bought it to see for myself. On with my thoughts....
So as you can tell from my (3.25 Star) rating I also had some issues with this book so I am going to split this review into two lists:  the things I liked and the things that brought my rating down.

Things I Liked:

I enjoyed the beginning of this book - I liked the whole forbidden love situation especially since you know that Val is going to be a suspect (a the blurb tells you). I also enjoyed exploring this new fantasy world.
Got to love the assassin Families - I will give any books which features female assassins or mob families from a female POV a try and I liked to see how the females in this society had about the same respect, responsibility and status within the families as the males.
I liked the world and the cities in which this book is set - I liked the contrast between, and uniqueness of, the two cities which the book is set. It was also interesting to try and work out the religious system (makes a change from working out the magic system).
No love-triangle -  when I heard that we had a Val and a Les I was worried that we were going to get a love triangle but fear not, Lea is clear about her opinions.

Things I Didn't Like

The religious aspect of this book was strange and seems to be used to help justify the legalisation of murder. I also felt it was used as a bit of 'get out of jail free' card -by the author- at some points when impossible situations were created, that Lea couldn't get out of by herself.  
Lea, oh Lea! - let me start my saying I like her generally as a main character but there were points when she just got on my nerves. My main issue was that she was so focused on revenge that she blocks everything and everyone else out, the quote below gives an example of this.
The middle of the book -  I enjoyed the beginning of this book it was an adventure of heartbreak and a wonderful introduction to this strange new world for the read,  and the end of this book is also full of action. However, in the middle there is maybe 150-200 pages were I felt it just dragged on, and on, she is so focused on revenge but she does nothing about it. I understand that she doesn't feel that she had what she needed to succeed but it just infuriated me, and it took me a while to plod through that section of the book.  For example her Family is killed about page 50  and the quote below is from page 280.
The blurb - I am not sure which list the blurb should go into as it is after all what drew me into reading the book, but no the other-hand I think it also tells the reader a bit too much about the book.

Have you read this book, what are your thoughts? Or have you still got it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme
created at
The Broke and the Bookish


These first 5 books are books that I bought on a whim from bookshops either because of the beautiful physical book/cover or it was cheap.

1) The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
2) In a Dark, Dark Woods by Ruth Ware
3) A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
4) Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
5) The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson

These 5 books I bought on a whim while looking though amazon kindle's cheap books and I bought it then and there because I didn't want the price to go up.

6) Hemlock by N.J. Layouni
7) The Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker
8) Elsker by

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Quotes - The Wrath and The Dawn Duology Edition

Over the last few weeks I re-read The Wrath and The Dawn and read The Rose and The Dagger. This is a great duology and I would highly recommend it, I did a review for book one back when I read it the first time you can see it here. Both the book are beautifully written (with so many words of wisdom too)and I had quite a few favourite quotes from them so I thought I give them a post of their own instead of lumping them in with my normal monthly Book Quotes. So here we have them my favourite quotes from The Wrath and the Dawn duology enjoy:     

"Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at it's power."
-Page 77
"'You can't foresee the future. And there's nothing you can do about the past.'
'You're wrong. I can learn fro it ....'"
-Page 85
"you cannot control the actions of others. You can only control what you do with yourself afterward."
-Page 137
"I have learned above all is that no individual can reach the height of their potential without the love of others. We are not meant to be alone, Shahrzad. The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most."
-Page 137
"Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us."
-Page 208
"A shared history does not entitle you to a future my friend."
-Page 295

"Because when we help one another, we are able to accomplish things faster."
-Page 4
"The darker the sky, the brighter the stars."
-Page 111
"Take help when it is offered, Khalid-jan. True strength isn't about sovereignty. It's about knowing when you need help and having the courage to accept it."
-Page 181
"'My promises  are not empty words." The caliph stopped a body's length away from him. "Though a promise means little without a measure of trust."
Tariq's jaw set. "The sheikh of this camp once told me trust is not something given; it is a thing earned."
-Page 269
"Love gave life to the lifeless. It was the greatest of all living powers."
-Page 291
Do you have a favourite quote from The Wrath and The Dawn duology?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review Collection #4 - The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Review Collection is a new feature that I thought I would try out, to help people decide if they want to read the featured book (let me know if you found it useful). So, the idea is that I shall be choosing one book and then sharing a range of reviews, of this book from various blogs. Allowing you to get a feel for the different opinions surrounding that book.  

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Published: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN13: 9781250085474
Series: Standalone with Companion Sequels
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Synopsis From Goodreads

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...

But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

Book Trailer


Review and Excerpt @ Willa's Ramblings
Review @ Read Breathe Relax

5 Star ARC Review @ Brittany's Book Rambles
5 Star Review @ Awesome Book Nut
5 Star Review @  Once Upon a Twilight
5 Star Review @ Sunshine and Mountains
5 Star ARC Review @ Hit or Miss Books
5 Star ARC Review @  A Reader Under The Sea
ARC Review @ Pages to Explore
5 Star ARC Review @ Paperback Wonderland
5 Star ARC Review @ Online Eccentric Librarian
5 Star ARC Review @ My Friends are Fiction

4.5 Star Review @ Fiction Fare
4 Star ARC Review @ The Eater of Books
4 Star Review @ Looking for the Panacea

3.5 Star ARC Review @ The Book's Buzz
3 Star Review @

2 Star Review @ Nice Girls Read Books
2 Star ARC Review @ A Great Read
1 Star Review @ Nicola Reads YA





Taken from Goodreads on 09/05/16


I have been highly anticipating this book (although it is another book which I am guilt of not buying yet) and I had heard nothing but amazing things from all those who received ARCs, although more recently as it has been published there has been a few slightly more negative reviews popping up around the internet. From reading a range of reviews I have gleaned that it is a retelling of Hades and Persephone mixed with Indian mythology. It has great imagery and elegant writing (I have read some beautiful quotes) and some amazing characters. However some people felt that some aspect of the book lack some explanations and others didn't like the 'flowery' deceptive writing style. I personally (when I get some spare cash) will be giving this book a try, the quotes I have read from this book are so amazing, and with so many people singing this books praises I am going to have to read it.


As always I want to know what you thought - let me know in the comments:

Have you read this book? What did you think of it (feel free to just type or you can share link to a review)?

Was this review collection helpful?

Have these reviews made you want to read the book or made you hesitate to pick it up?