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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas



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Book: Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Mass
Series: Throne of Glass #6
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: September 5th, 2017


 Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol's men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It's Chaol's one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin's survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica's rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Discover the untold story of Chaol's journey to the southern continent in this companion novella to the Throne of Glass series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan



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Book: Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 2005 - 2009

 Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


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I really wish I’d read this series when I was around twelve and feel a nostalgic connection towards it. Because if I can love it even at twenty three, I know I would’ve just adored it for the intended age. The same with Harry Potter.

However, I’m still so glad I read it now. I always hear so many amazing things about this series so I am so happy I get to join in on the fandom!

This series is so fantastical and great, and Percy’s voice is such a fantastic one to experience. He grows so much over the course of the 5 books – he grows from an insecure 12 year old boy unsure of who he is and weary over this new world he’s entered to a confident young man capable of taking down a Titan. I was so proud of him by the end!

Rick Riordan has such an amazing imagination, and he brought the world of half-bloods and monsters to life with such ease, and it’s so easy to imagine that there really is a world of demi-gods out there which we don’t see because of the Mist. You fall in love with every character, and all we want is for our heroes to prevail.

I loved seeing Percy interact with his father Poseidon, and his bond with the other campers and his half-brother.

Annabeth and Percy were just great, friends naturally turned into romantic interests, (even though I wish it hadn’t happened at the VERY end of the series, it would’ve been nice to see them as boyfriend/girlfriend for more than a few paragraphs). But here’s hoping they turn up in the spinoff books!

I know this series probably doesn’t need any more reviews but here are my thoughts anyway. If there’s anybody not sure whether to pick up this book series or not, I say go for it. It’s a world you enter which you never truly leave.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

2017 Book Discussion Challenge


I'll be honest: I've been super unmotivated to blog lately. Don't hate me!

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I've just been working so much, with early mornings, and I'm also planning a year au pairing abroad in America (leaving in November, eek!!) so I've always been too tired to do anything more than a simple review or wrap up post. And don't get me started on responding to comments! I'm just terrible. I'm sorry.
 
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But I'm going to try and do better, and this is going to start with signing up for the 2017 Discussion Challenge with the hosts Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. I'm not going to do great as it's already October, but I'll carry this over into 2018. I promise I'll do my very best to keep up to date with you all! 

If you have any ideas for posts too, please let me know! They're always handy to have around.

The Levels

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

I'll probably only hit Discussion Dabbler this year, but let's aim for Creative Conversationalist for the minimum for 2018, okay? You are all responsible for keeping me on task with these discussions!! (kisses)

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September 2017 Wrap Up!

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Another month, another wrap up. I didn't get a huge amount of reading done this month. Now that school's back, so am I back at school, with 6am mornings resulting in a very sleepy teacher by the end of each day. I actually get the most reading done by commute, being stuck in all those traffic lights! Who knew! 

So let's see how productive I was this month, shall we?

*click on each cover to see the book on Goodreads*
Read:
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Currently Reading:

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Never finished:



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Unfortunately the lack of a story or plot in The Night Circus meant I gave up about halfway through, which I hated but unfortunately that's life sometimes.
4 books isn't bad, but it's not great either! No matter. 
 
Did you have a good reading month? What did you read? Let me know in the comments!
*cover photo courtesy of Star Crossed book blog!*

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books on my *Autumn* TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
Top 10 Tuesday is one of the most popular tags in the blogging world, but I have never actually joined in! Well, I'm finally starting! Welcome :)

So, this week TTT is focusing on Fall *excuse me in Ireland we say Autumn ;)* releases! (Looking at my TBR for this, I realised half my books have already been released as they've been on their so long! Oops!) Anyway, let's take a look!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I only found this book from looking at other blogger's TTT's! How have I never seen this before now?? Knowing Marissa Meyer, this is going to be incredible. I can't wait. (And just look at that cover!!)

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

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A new release by one of my favourite contemporary authors? Yes please!

The Prophecy by Jennifer L Armentrout

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(No cover yet, so here's the book 1 cover of this series) I cannot wait for this, as The Struggle (book3) gave us one doozy of a clliffhanger!

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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Steph's going quite a different route from her cutesy contemporary here with a horror, but I trust her. Can't wait for this one!

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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There's no cover for this one either! I've really enojyed the other books in the Red Queen series so here's hoping this will be as good! 

Inferno by Julie Kalagwa 


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I still have not read Legion but here's the book being released after that! Gimme all the dragons!


I know there aren't 10 books here but all other books on my TBR have already been released or else don't even have names yet! (Throne of Glass #7, for example), so...

These are my top 6 choices, haha! What's yours? Be sure to leave your link below!

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Book: The Elite, Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Trilogy, #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013

 The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


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Book: The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Series: stand alone
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 14th, 2006

A story about, among other things: A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.