WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This meme involves answering three questions. What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’re going to read next? It’s just a little update to let you know what I’m reading this month and I hope you enjoy!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik as I’ve been in the mood for high fantasy romance sort of book  after reading Wintersong by S. Jae Jones and Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen and loving both. I’m around half way through and have been for a few days as I just haven’t had a huge amount of motivation to pick it back up even though I do like it. It’s written really well and I find it really interesting but I’m not sure how I feel about the romance and the middle just isn’t as fast paced as the first half of the book. Still, I really want to finish this soon as I want to see where the Queen/forest storyline is going.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling a few days ago and it was a pretty good book. I’ve only watched Mindy Kaling in The Office (though I really want to watch The Mindy Project) and she’s exactly as I imagined she would be in real life. She’s funny, straight-forward and a really fun writer, I like how blunt she is in her writing and she made me laugh. I liked how each essay or idea is broken up into sections so it’s easy to just read a chunk and then come back to it later.

What do you think you’re going to read next?

I think I might read A Gentleman’s Guide  to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee next as I just got it a few days ago and I really want to read it. It’s a YA historical road trip style novel with a m/m romance and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and everybody whose read it seems to love it. I’m honestly so excited to read this book!

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

March – July Wrap Up

Hello! I haven’t done a wrap up in ages so I figured I’d make this month’s an all in one  to share what books I’ve been reading over the past few months and my thoughts on them. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

Honestly, this book started off being a five-star read. It had the perfect mix of atmosphere and intriguing characters, especially the protagonist Catherine (aka the Red Queen) as she was such a likeable character and I was really invested in her story and her journey to becoming the Red Queen I know (and love) from Alice in Wonderland. However as the story continued I felt like the plot and characterisation both became a bit inconsistent and I was left disappointed with the ending. Still I really enjoyed the first half of the book and I found the relationship between Catherine and Jest to be sweet if a little quick.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A new favourite! Stolen Songbird is one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and it was such a fun and compelling story. It’s about a young girl being kidnapped and taken to an underground kingdom of trolls which are creatures I don’t think I’ve ever read about before, especially not in a romantic context. It had all of my favourite guilty pleasure tropes, an arranged marriage, political intrigue and a slow burning hate-to-love romance and I just loved it so much. I immediately bought the rest of the series and I can’t wait to continue on.

Losing It by Cora Cormack ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I picked this up on a whim at a charity shop a while ago after recognising the author’s name and decided to give it a go and I was really pleasantly surprised. I usually hate the teacher-student romance trope but I honestly didn’t mind it in Losing It. I liked Bliss as a main character and the plot had the perfect mix of humor and romance that I haven’t read in a while. It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun and I’m really glad I picked it up. However, I don’t think I’ll continue on in the series as the next book is about Cole who I actually really disliked in the book so I’m not that interested in his storyline but maybe if I see it for cheap I might grab it anyway.

Dreadnought by April Daniels ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

I actually quite liked this book but I don’t know if I’ll be doing a full review due to some comments made by the author that I found after reading Dreadnought.

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆*

I requested this after hearing a lot of hype on twitter and to be honest I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The romance felt very fast paced and instant and I was more interested in what happened to the protagonists brother in the woods and the mystery surrounding his murder rather than reading about Shepard. I did enjoy the banter between Claudia and Shepard though and I liked how the book explored Claudia’s recovery process. I’m interested in reading more of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s work as I’ve heard a lot of great things and I really liked her writing style and characterisation in Haven.

Play With Me by Alisha Rai ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Again, another twitter recommendation! I actually really liked Play With Me. The two protagonists were each others first loves and had an intimate and long term relationship that eventually unraveled and Play With Me explores a chance reunion that gives them both the opportunity so see just how much the other has changed and possibly continue their relationship where it left off. I enjoyed the fact that it focused on two ex’s reuniting and gave us a lot of backstory to their relationship as it made their interactions more believable and interesting to read about. It’s quite a quick read so I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun adult romance.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I don’t know why I put off reading this for so long! I knew I’d love it but I just always avoided picking it up but with the film coming out I just really wanted to read it and I’m so glad I did. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a cute book, it’s so much fun and a great summer read. Simon is an easy character to like and I feel like Becky Albertalli’s writing YA characters so well that there was something relatable within each of the characters. I was slightly underwhelmed with how the blackmailing storyline turned out but that’s one of my only gripes and I’d 100% recommend picking this up.

Alice by Christina Henry ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Another Alice in Wonderland retelling! This, however is a lot darker than Heartless, it’s actually quite a brutal and gory take on the classic Alice tale and Christina Henry’s interpretation was so interesting to read. In this book Alice has been a patient at an ‘asylum’ after being found bloody and beaten muttering about a rabbit after going missing in what is considered the ‘bad’ part of the city. We then follow Alice’s subsequent escape years later alongside another resident, axe-murderer Hatcher as they’re forced to hunt down the evil known as the Jabberwocky. It’s honestly such a unique take on Alice and I definitely think more people should read it (though do check out the trigger warnings beforehand). I can’t wait to find out where the story goes in the sequel as the book ends on a really intriguing note.

*All books marked with an asterisk were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Second Half of 2017 Releases

Hello! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This week’s topic is upcoming releases for the second half of 2017 and my list features those I’m most excited for. I hope you enjoy and I highly recommend checking these books out on Goodreads (linked).

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – June 6th

Want by Cindy Pon – June 13th

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – June 27th

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller – September 5th

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – September 5th

Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12th

27 Hours by Tristina Wright – October 3rd

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston – October 3rd

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – October 3rd

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – October 10th

Some other 2017 + 2018 releases I can’t wait to read are The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Leigh Bardugo’s new Wonder Woman novel, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow and probably lots of others I haven’t mentioned. There are so many great releases this year that I haven’t been able to keep track!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reads aka My Summer/Holiday TBR

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a different ‘challenge’ for a list of ten books/bookish things is set each week. This week’s topic is the open suggestion of Summer Reads so I’ve decided to post my summer/holiday TBR as I’m going on holiday soon and I’m hoping to take a few of these books with me as well as get some reading done over summer in general. Anyway these are the books I’m hoping to read-

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han (though I may reread To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

When the Moon was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Birthday Book Haul/Blog Update

Hello! It’s been a while since (I made an update saying I’d blog more regularly, oops)  I’ve posted on this blog and I’m going to try to post a little bit more. I honestly haven’t really been posting because I haven’t been reading, like at all. I’m currently reading my fourth book of the year (Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen) and I’m 16 books behind on my reading challenge.

I just haven’t really had the patience to read or been able to concentrate but I’m hoping to change that soon as Stolen Songbird is really bringing me out of my reading slump. Anyway, it was my birthday last week and I received some books as presents and bought a few myself so I figured I might as well post a book haul. Enjoy!

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Persuasion by Jane Austen (I love these editions! I’m hoping to collect them all eventually.)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford

Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Mosowitz

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Crumb by Ruby Tandoh

Goldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams and Sarah Stern

Jonesy Volume 1 by Caitlin Rose Boyle and Sam Humphries

I also picked up a copy of The Trespasser by Tana French which I bought a few hours after taking these pictures.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

REVIEW – Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ | 5 Star Rating
Goodreads | Wordery | Author’s Site
Published by Titan Books – Out Now! 
This book was sent to me for review by the publisher.

 

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world. – Goodreads Description

Wintersong is the best book I’ve read in a long time and it’s instantly become one of my favourite books ever. It’s such a perfect mix of fantasy, romance and intrigue that it was impossible to put it down. This book is loosely based on/ inspired by the film Labyrinth (which I watched only recently) and to be honest I enjoyed it so much more. Jae-Jones writing instantly draws you in with gorgeous prose and an almost ethereal style that it makes you feel as if you’re reading something completely unique and new.

Our protagonist Leisl (Elisabeth) is a young girl in historical Germany who lives with her family in a small village inn. Leisl is basically the caretaker of her two siblings, virtuoso Josef and romantic Kathe as her mother looks after their inn and her father drinks away the family’s finances. Another member of the household is her grandmother, Constantine who is a big believer in the old tales surrounding their lands of Goblins and fairies that she passes on to both Leisl and Josef. Leisl’s belier only goes so far however and this lands her in trouble when she forgets to be careful of her choices and makes a mistake concerning her sister. One day in a cat and mouse game with a creature known only as the Goblin King,  her sister Kathe is kidnapped to be  his bride and Leisl is forced to go the the Underground – the world of the goblins, to get her back. However Leisl realises she recognises the Goblin King from her childhood and is forced to relive her past and expose her deepest secrets in order to find a way to recover her sister and return her to the world above.

Honestly this book is so incredibly beautiful and dark that you can’t help but be drawn into it’s seductive story. Leisl such an interesting and multi faceted character that I think a lot of people will be able to see themselves in as she struggles with the choices she is forced to make. I also read on the author’s twitter that the sequel will explore her bipolar disorder that is hinted in the first book which I’m really intrigued and hopeful for as that would be amazing. She’s an incredibly strong woman and her relationship with the Goblin King whilst extremely dark is utterly addictive. I just loved this book so much and I can’t wait for more people to read it. I’m also counting down the days to the sequel in 2018 which I will definitely be pre-ordering ASAP. I highly recommend picking this book up and a huge thanks to Titan Books for the review copy.

Thanks for reading! P.S This is basically my February Wrap Up as it’s the only book I read that month. 🙂

REVIEW – Defender by G. X. Todd

defender-by-g-x-toddDefender by G. X. Todd
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ | 4 Star Rating
Goodreads | Book Depository | Author’s Site
Published by Headline – Out Now! 
This book was sent to me for review by the publisher.

 

In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you. – Goodreads Description

Defender is a post apocalyptic thriller that explores the idea of the voices that
we all have in our heads becoming sentient and the repercussions that has on the world. The world has essentially been destroyed and civilisation has collapsed as some of those sentient voices have driven their hosts to violence and mayhem. Defender focuses on two types of people, those with voices and those without and Boy Scout, one our our two protagonists has a voice whilst our other protagonist, Lacey doesn’t. Boy Scout has been on his own for a while until he comes across Lacey on the side of the road one day. Boy Scout has been travelling and surviving on his own whilst Lacey hasn’t left the relative safety of her grandmothers home since she was a child when the apocalypse first started. Obviously their fates collide once Laceŷ manages to convince Boy Scout to let her tag along on his journey so she can find her sister though things obviously don’t go as smoothly as they hope.

This book is so fast paced and exciting that I kept thinking about it every time
I had to do something else. The contrast between the two character voices
were so distinct and interesting, G X Todd manages to write two amazing and
equally interesting protagonists without slacking on the plot. There’s also an
interesting mystery aspect to this story as their are unknown villains and a
possible conspiracy to be unveiled which I found really intriguing as the
author only allows little clues to keep you guessing. To be honest, one of my
favourite genres is post apocalyptic/survival novels and this book combines
both aspects in a really interesting way. It felt like a combination of The
Walking Dead and Mad Max in novel form and I’m really excited to see where
the story goes, especially after that cliffhanger ending. I definitely recommend picking this up if you’re looking for something fun to read. Thanks to Headline for the review copy!

Thanks for reading! 

P.S I’m sorry if this a bit of a rushed/messy review as I just wanted to get it up ASAP but haven’t really been able to write much recently due to problems I’ve mentioned in my previous post.