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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #29 - August Releases 2017 (16th -31st )

We are half way thought August already! Although I can't quite believe how fast it has gone I am also excited as there are so awesome sounding books coming out in the next couple of weeks. Here are the book I am excited for:
 

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.
 
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 22nd August 2017
 
Why Am I Waiting?
 
To be totally honest, it is the cover of this book which has made me fall in love with it. The synopsis is slightly intriguing, but I adore this cover; the use of overlaying pictures the colours and the contrast of it against the pure white background! So not sure I will ever get around to reading this one, but I am excited for it be release even if all I ever do is search it out at the bookstore so I can look at the cover 'in-the-flesh'.
 
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Fallen Heir (The  Royals #4) by Erin Watt

 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.
 
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 28th August
 
Why Am I Waiting?
 
The Royal series was one of those contemporary romance which took me by surprise. As someone who rarely reads a book which is purely contemporary and a firm fantasy reader, finding a contemporary series that I fall in love with is rare, but these Royals managed it (see review here). Although I am sad that the main character will change for this fourth one I am still looking forward to diving back into this families lives, and I hope we get to see lots of Ella.
 
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Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

 
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
 
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 29th August 2017
 
Why Am I Waiting?
So I have to admit this one isn't high on my to-buy list, not because it doesn't sound amazing (because it sounds great - all kick ass girl power) but mainly because I need to read my other Bardugo books first. I wasn't a great fan of her first Grisha trilogy, but I decided to buy Six of Crows to give her another chance, and I have yet to read them but (assuming that I enjoy them) then I will be giving this hyped book a try.
 
 
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Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer

 
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
 
Release Date: 31st August 2017 
 
Why Am I Waiting?
I have to admit it was the cover of this book which tempted me to look at this book. I adore the royal blue and the simple and delicate gold pattern. I have read a fellow bloggers positive thoughts on this book, and I am always up to trying a YA fantasy with forbidden magic, kings and a society of warriors.  

 

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #28 - August Releases (1st- 15th)

Since I haven't yet got around to sharing which of August's releases have caught my attention, I thought I would this months share them in two Waiting on Wednesday posts. So this post looks at the books I am excited about in the first two weeks of August from the 1st to the 15th, so lets get started:
 

The Mafia and His Angel (Tainted Hearts #1) by Lylah James

 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
Alessio…

Cold. Ruthless. Killer. I am respected and feared by all.

I wasn’t put on this earth to love or be loved. I was put here to wipe out every last member of the damn Abandonato mafia, to pay them back for my mother’s death. When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything.

Ayla…

I thought Alessio was only one more man who wanted to use me, hurt me, and throw me away. I don’t know what it is to trust anymore. I can’t find my heart under the pain. Alessio found it. He touched it, and brought it alive again. But if he discovers just how dangerous I am to him…I’ll lose my life.
 
Release Date: 1st August 2017
 
Why Am I Waiting?
 
Okay so I am not really waiting for this one any more, my copy is due to arrive at any time and I can't wait to hold it in my hands. I originally read this book when it was on Wattpad and I think I have probably talked about it in a Wattpad recommendation post earlier this year. I am so happy that this book has been published and I look forward to others discovering Alessio and Ayla's story, as well as getting to re-read it myself with a physical copy.
 
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Omega (Mackenzie Grey #4) by Karina Espinosa

 
Synopsis From Goodreads
 
 
Bodies drained of blood are scattered around New York City. With a serial killer on the loose, Mackenzie Grey is obsessed with solving the murders. She dives into her work at the Supernatural Investigative Unit to forget about the events that dismantled her Pack a year ago. When the killer makes Kenz the target, she falls down the rabbit hole and discovers she has a lot more to do with these murders than she realized.

As her past creeps up behind her, she must swallow her pride and seek aid from old and new friends. Nothing stays hidden as Kenz learns a valuable lesson: rats swim.

In the epic finale of the Mackenzie Grey: Origins series, she will finally become the wolf she is destined to be…
 
 
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 11th August 2017
 
Why Am I Waiting?
 
So this the fourth and final book in a series which I stumbled across the other week. I got hooked into following Mackenzie Grey as she learns of her wolf heritage, but refusing to conform to every rule which govern the shifter world while also dodging the attentions of two best friends. I can't wait to see how this series comes to a conclusion and what life Mackenzie carves out for herself.
 
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Crystal Blade (Burning Glass #2) by Kathryn Purdie 

 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made.
 
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Release Date: 15th August 2017
 
Why Am I Waiting?
 
I loved the first book in this trilogy (see my review for Burning Glass here) and I can't wait to see the effects of the revolution on both the country, as well as the relationship between the main characters.
 
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What book are you looking forward to being released this month?
 
Look out for another Waiting on Wednesday post on the 15th where I will share the rest of the book I am excited to be released in the second half of August.
 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Unique Blogger Award


It has been ages since I was last nominated for a blogger award, but the other week Shoshi from Shoshi Reads kindly nominated me for this Unique Blogger Award.
 
So here is what I've got to do: The first step is to share the link of the blogger that tagged you. Next, you answer their questions. Then, you nominate 8-13 bloggers. Finally, you give them 3 questions to answer. So the questions which Shoshi have asked are as follows:
 
1. What is your absolute favorite book and why? The book that you've loved since the first word. The book that you couldn't live without. The book that you are so grateful to have been able to read.
 
Could you get a more evil question? There are so many book though out the years which I would have classed as my favourite, but to narrow it down to just one book I have to go with The Gift (The Pellinor series) by Alison Croggon. I have chosen this book (or more accurately the series) because this was the series which sparked my love for fantasy books, and also gave me the confidence to try bigger books and longer series, at a time which I was just finding my feet in what book I liked.


2. What is the book that you have read or re-read the most times?
 
So I love re-reading books and I often go back to the same ones when I get into a reading slump or feeling a bit off colour. A few years ago I did a post on my Top 5 reread fantasy books, and other than adding Sarah J Maas's work to the list it has remained the same, and these are the books I go back to again and again.



3. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be?
 
Nightmare situation! Okay so as a Christian I say the Bible, but if we are talking fiction book I just couldn't choose. I think I would want something which was funny but had lot of twists and depth, so that I saw something new every time I re-read it.


 
 
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Here are my questions to everyone that I tag:
 
1. One day you receive a email from your favourite author saying that they have seen your blog. They'd  love to meet-up and talk about their next book as they are having writers block and think you might be able to help! What do you do and how do you help them?
 
2. What is it about a book which entices you to read it?
 
3. Have you ever given a book a chance even when you don't think you won't like, just because you like the authors other books? If so why and was it worth it?
 
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 The people I am Tagging are:
 
 
(I know there is only 5 here but quite a few of the blogs I have been following have stopped posting)

Friday, August 04, 2017

July Book Haul

So another month and yet more books (although not that many!).

 

A nice spread of release dates with these three books; Nowhere But Here (2015), Who's Afraid Too? (July 2017) and Godsgrave (September 2017). I have to admit to have already devouring Who's Afraid Too?, I love this series and I can't wait to see what's going to happen in Godsgrave.   


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess

Synopsis from Goodreads
 
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?
 
Buy from Amazon (UK) || Book Depository
Published September 20th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Series: Kingdom on Fire Book 1
Source: Bought
 

My Review

(4 Stars) 
I have to admit it was the cover that drew me to this book – it’s just beautiful! I then of course read the blurb and I loved the idea of this play on the ‘chosen one’ prophesy, so I went off and bought it. Since then the hype of this book faded from social media and it has sat on my bookcase for many months until this week.
 
A Shadow Bright and Burning started off reminding me a bit of the beginning of (what I remember of) Jane Eyre with the rural Victorian boarding school, forgotten by the world  ruled with an iron grip. With Henrietta the outcast student who became the teacher who learnt and dreamed far beyond her station.  After a visit from Master Agrippa Henrietta is thrust into a Victorian London at war, which reminded me a bit of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but as well as swords and guns this war is fought with magic and instead of Zombies they battle the Ancients.
I initially thought this book was a case of too much information in the blurb, because I got to about page 100 and there was no hint as to why “Henrietta is not the chosen one’. But this book managed to surprised m, as Hargrove puts it “You’re a cuckoo in the nest. If they learn the truth, they’ll push you out and break your neck,” (page 220). And suddenly it not just about the pressure of the prophesy she is meant to live up to, but also about hiding her true nature. 
Henrietta is a great character and reminded me a lot of the outspoken classical characters like Lizzy Bennet and Jane Eyre. She stands up for those who are looked down upon, and befriends the lowest of the lows, even in the face of the aristocrats who have taken her in.  
I personally loved Blackwood, her fellow student and head of his household with a legacy darker than I could have guessed. He is a mysterious character which has so much depth. Blackwood plays the snobby rich boy act perfectly but under it he seems to have a compassionate heart.
 
Overall, this was a gripping Victorian fantasy, full of secrets, magic and danger from both the Ancients as well as the sorcerers. A inventive story which leaves me with many questions and hopes for the sequel.
 
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

June's Reflections - Reading Wrap-Up


Sorry this is another -really- late wrap-up! Although not all of the late-ness is my fault this time. I was on holiday two weeks ago and when I came back I was all set to sit down and get this wrap-up done, but low and behold no internet! Hopefully it will be back at some point this weekend so I can get some post done! Anyway here is what I read during June:

 

3 - 3.75 Stars

 
 
Guarded (The Silverton Chronicles #1) by Carmen Fox
 
Wanted (Forest of Dean #1) by K.A Jones
 
Trusted (Forest of Dean #2) by K.A. Jones   
 
Fallen Flame by JM Millar
 
Toxyc by M.S.L.R
 
Keeping Hope (Beautiful Broken Girl #2) by Rachael Tonks
 
Princess Thorns by Stacey Jay
 
Reviving Bloom by Michelle Turner
 

4 - 4.75 Stars

 
 
Forever Evermore: The King Trilogy
King Hall (#1)
King Cave (#2)
King Tomb (#3)
by Scarlet Dawn
 
Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
 
Beautiful Broken Girl by Rachael Tonks
 

5 Stars  

 
 
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
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Only the one five star in June but it was a surprise five star which made it all the better. See my review for The Lovely Reckless here. What was your most recent five star read?
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Alaska (Wolfstate #1) by Bella Johnson

Synopsis from Goodreads
 
After Chloe Pryce's final careless mistake, she's forced to move from sunny California to live with her father in rural Alaska. Where Chloe is greeted by the town's finest and fiercest boy; Grayson Holtz. But Polar, Alaska has it's own fair share of dark secrets and Chloe - well she's about to get caught up in it all...
 
First Published May 29th 2013
Series: Wolfstate Chronicles Book 1
Source: Bought (Kindle Edition)
 
My Book Review
(4 Stars)
 
So yes slight spoiler but, this is a another werewolf book and yes it follows some of the very well known tropes which come along with the werewolf theme. However, I have read my fare share of this kind of book and this one has somehow caught my attention. I normal rate a predictable 'just-another-teenage-werewolf-romance' around the three star mark, this kind of stories I find to be an enjoyable light read but Alaska has managed a 4 star rating as I think this might be a story which stays in my memory slightly longer than the others, it was by no means perfect but it just had a little bit ... more.
 
I think the two main things that I liked about this book were; firstly we get an unique and challenging location, I find that I so many werewolf stories are set ' in a small town near a woods' or 'in the back streets of a city', where the weather is constant with a were timely rain showers thrown in for effect. But this book -if you hadn't worked out!- is set in the cold rugged and rural Alaska. I liked how we got to see Chloe's realistic fears and apprehensiveness about living somewhere so different from where she is used to. From her fear of being alone at night in the wilderness to her reluctance to drive even on the nicest days. Over all I just liked that weather plays such a life changing aspect of the Alaskan people and it was interesting to see Chloe adapt to that culture.   
 
The second thing for me has to be the relatability of Chloe's character. One thing that made her relatable was those first friendships that she creates, when she first arrive at school in Alaska reminded me of my first years of secondary. The sadly realistic shallowness of them and the way that Chloe is drawn to first people who are friendly towards her only to realise that they aren't the best of friends to have.
 
As I said there were a few things that I would have liked to change about this book. Firstly, I have to admit Chloe's family situation did have to remind me of Bella's from Twilight, with the eccentric mother and the partially absentee cop dad - who is trying hard now that she is living with him.   Secondly, although we do get some interaction between Chloe and some of   Grayson's friends, I would have liked to see more interaction between Chloe and members of the pack (and maybe some of the rival pack), and to know more about the politics of the packs in Alaska.
 
Overall, this book has somehow stuck out for me within the 'same-y-same-y' werewolf subgenre, and I wish we were getting more book following Chloe and Grayson as they (and those around them) cope and adapt to the changes that take place at the end of this book. To anyone who is a fan of the werewolf genre who is search though those 'same-y-same-y' werewolf books in the hope of gem, I suggest you try this one. 
 

Saturday, July 08, 2017

WEE REVIEW: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Synopsis from Goodreads
 
Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?
 
 
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought
 
My Wee Review
3.5 Stars
 
This wasn't quite what I was expecting when I originally heard about this book. I was expecting a sleeping beauty re-telling but instead we get an entirely different fairy tale. I loved how many 'tradition' fairy tales are mentioned or hinted at, though out this book. 
 
Although I did enjoy this book there were a few things which a bit confusing. The prologue was the first part which confused me, I think that this was meant to give a bit of context and background to Aurora's story but it just didn't make much sense to me until I got a few chapters in the main story. The second aspect which confused me was that the main character is called Aurora, however it is her mother who is sleeping beauty! (I thought traditionally it was sleeping beauty herself who was called Aurora?).
 
Despite this confusion early on in the book I did enjoy this book, it gives of the whole fairy tale vibe perfectly, with the mysterious forest, the fairy blessings and curses  and the evil queen. Although thankfully no damsel in distress.
 
 

Thursday, July 06, 2017

June Book Haul

So another month over and it's JULY already (where is this year going?!). Anyway only three books to share with you guys today, I had hoped to have a few more books than that to share but some I have ordered/ requested haven't arrived yet.
 
However, the books that have arrived: so firstly I decided to splash out and get the paperback editon of Paper Princess, I read the kindle edition of this book a few months back and loved the whole series, so I just needed it on my physical bookcase; the other two books are the sequels to The Naturals which I read back in May and just had to keep reading.
 
 
So thoses are the book I have bought (or more accurately, the book that actually arrived) in June. What books did you get in June, any newer releases (these are all been around a few years!)?

Monday, July 03, 2017

Series Review: Schrodinger's Consortium Duology by Tonya Kuper


Anomaly by Tonya Kuper
What is This Book About?
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…



Original Review for Anomaly
This book is fast paced and a easy read. One of the first thing I liked about this book was, that although there seems to be a lot said in the summary, a lot of that happens quickly meaning that we have a lot of the story which we are left to guess at. I also liked that although we get the trope of a teen girl finding that the world around her wasn't as she thought, this wasn't the only revelation that she gets during the book. The book starts with quite a bit of mystery surrounding Reid and Josie's older brother, but through the book Josie slowly gets answers mean after initial bombshell there are aftershocks as well. I like the banter between Josie, Reid and Santos and also the interaction between Josie and her younger brother. I really don't understand Josie's parents at all in this book hey just don't seem to care! The ending of this book was predictable in some ways but there were also a few unpredictable moments that I enjoyed. We are left with the promise of another book, which I can't wait for to find out more about the wider conflicts happening around Josie. (see my original post from 2015 here).


Re-read Review (3.75 stars)

It has been almost two years since I first read this book, and to be honest I didn't really remember that much about it, so it was almost like reading it for the first time again only my reading tastes have slowly changed (as it does over time).

Look back at my review from the first read, I think this time around I enjoyed Reid's sarcastic humour in the chapters from him point of view more. I still like the interactions and batter between Reid, Santos and Josie and am still non the wiser on Josie's parents and their lack of care. This time I was more aware of the flatness of the minor characters, for example Josie has a small group of friends at school and although we only get a few pages with them they just have no personalities. However, this books final twist still came as a surprise, had completely forgotten about that!


Favourite Quotes 
“Nerds don't know they're nerds. I know I'm a... well, I prefer to be called a dork, thank you.”
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"'Well,' he whispered, drawing me towards his side, 'some things, some people, are worth making sacrifices for.'"



Enigma by Tonya Kuper
 What is This Book About?
Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.



My Thoughts*

I really wanted to love this book, I loved the first book when I first read it a couple of years ago, and have been waiting patiently since for this sequel. I re-read the first book just  before reading Enigma, and I have to admit it wasn’t as great as I remembered it, but I held out hope that with a few extra years the author would have developed and grown as a writer and as such the sequel would be better than the first. Sadly that wasn’t the case for me.
Enigma picks up Josie and Reid’s story just a few days after we leave them in a hotel at the end of Anomaly. As the blurb explains the two of them decide to join Josie’s mum and brother at the Hub, and hope to root out the traitor they believe is feeding information back to the Consortium. With the Oculi’s ability to cSohange their ability to change their appearance the traitor could look like anyone! Mean that Josie has to constantly suspect everyone and it also leads to the consistent need to check that someone was in fact that person, it reminded a bit of Marvels Jessica Jones and also Vampire Diaries (season 4). I like this aspect of the plot as it keep you on the lookout for hints of the traitor in everyone’s actions.  Another thing I loved about this book was the pop culture references, it reminds you of Josie’s ‘roots’ and inherent geekiness.
However, the second part of this book just felt a bit rushed and lack any kind of world building, maybe this was because of the decision to make this a duology instead of a trilogy. If felt as though one moment Josie and Reid were searching for the mole, the next it was over. I couldn’t connect with any of the newly introduced secondary characters they didn’t really have strong personalities, and I felt as though the short lived attempt at a love triangle was a bit unnecessary.  
So a bit of a mixed opinion of this book, although there were some good aspects which I enjoyed, however I couldn’t connect with other parts and the second part of the book just felt too rushed for me.



*based on eARC received via Netgalley  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

July Releases - I am Waiting on Wednesday For

The majority of the releases I am looking forward to being released in July are sequels. It seems to be a quiet month for YA releases, (although I need to catch-up on a few of these series before I can read these releases, so maybe this is my chance to get around to read them!). As always I would love to know what books you are excited to be released in July.
 
 
Expected publication: July 3rd 2017 by Entangled: Teen
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
The highly anticipated sequel to Anomaly will be released the summer of 2017!

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.
 
 
Paperback Published 4th July 2017
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite . . . and now she's BACK!

After the worst family reunion in history, Tommi needed some space. She's spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage - the one that comes with a side order of fur - as well as learning about her Maori ancestry and how she can connect to it. But she can only escape for so long.

When an unspeakable evil returns, Tommi will need every piece of knowledge and all the skills she has. With the help of allies old and new, frenemies both helpful and super-annoying, she's going to take the fight to the enemy . . .
 
 
Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by Delacorte Press
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.
 
 
Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.
 
 
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
 
The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series

In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war? Find all the answers in this beautifully written and exciting conclusion to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's debut New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

May Reflection's


Gosh it's almost the end of June already! Well, I am only just getting around reflecting on the book I read in May, I don't know why it's so hard to write these reflection posts! Anyway, 16 books read, 10 of which I rated between 3 and 3.75 stars out of 5 - meaning they were enjoyable reads but there were good and bad aspects to them. The other 6 books I rated 4-4.75 stars but 'Who's Afraid' and 'A Different Blue' almost got the 5 star status but not quite, so no 5 stars reads in May for me. It was quite a Urban Fantasy heavy month too, and very few YA fantasy book which is quite unlike me!
  

3 stars - 3.75 stars

 
 
Corrupted (Deathstalkers MC #1) by Alexis Noelle
 
Soul-Mate by Anna Santos
 
To Seduce a Witch's Heart by Nadine Mutas
 
Hunter (The Devil's Dragon's MC #4) by Nikki Wild
The Cresent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose
Flight
Focus
Found
 
Schrodinger's Consortium Duology by Tonya Kuper
Anomaly
Enigma
 
Keystone (#1) by Dannika Dark

4 Stars - 4.75 Stars

 
 
The Prophecy (Saga of the Chosen #1) by Petra Landon
 
The Naturals (#1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas
 
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
 
Who's Afraid (Tommi Grayson #1) by Maria Lewis
 
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

June's Featured Book - The King Trilogy


I know I am bit early with my featured book post this month - I am finally getting on top of my posts yey!! - but I have a 'undiscovered' (or at least less well known) gem of a trilogy to share with you today.
 
 
Synopsis of King Hall from Goodreads
 
A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.
 
 
Review (4.5 Stars)
 
This series wasn't all what I was expecting what I first pressed the sample of King Hall, but wow it hooked me quickly. I then speeded off and bought the boxset (it was the same price as the first book on kindle at the time so I thought 'why not') and I am so glad I bought the whole trilogy. I was surprised how early on I got attached to the characters and how likeable they were. I loved the connection and interactions between Dominic and Lily they are such a great couple (as I saw in someone else review on Goodreads, it would be great to get a prequel about these two). It did take me a wee while to clock the different supernatural groups, and I was a bit confused to begin with about which king was which, but as they featured more and more it became easier to differentiate. I adored the open and deep friendship that the four protégées form and also the way that the two generations of rulers interacted (especially in the first book).

The first book was amazing - 5 star read -, just loved the school/training setting, as these four teenagers deal with their emotional, psychological and physical trials that comes with being the next ruler of a supernatural species. This first book ends with dramatic disaster which leads into book two which is full of one issue after another, yet is also full of romance and personal turbulence as the threat of all our war looms.

The final book in this trilogy -King Tomb- was the disappointment for me. After such a dramatic turn of events at the end of the second book I dived straight into this one. I did enjoy the third book for about half of it, I loved seeing how the characters had changed after the event in book two, (and there is always that anticipation as the reader of the 'big reveal', when you know something that the characters don't). Unfortunately, however, the final part of book just felt rushed and it left me so many unanswered questions and missing scenes I had been anticipating reading -it was such a shame.

Yet despite the ending, this new adult series was still a great trilogy following the next group of supernatural rulers as they come into there individual powers and strengths while under the threat of war. There friendship and the lengths they'd go for each other is such a inspiration, as they fight not only their enemies but also prejudices and their own fears and doubts.
 
 
 
Favourite Quotes
 
“Sometimes, the best results come from the worst ideas. - Ezra”
Scarlett Dawn, King Hall