Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #19

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share bookish lists. Every week is a different themed list, and you can join in on any Tuesday.

This weeks Top Ten is Books on my Spring TBR

  1.  Spark by Alice Broadway
  2.  State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
  3.  The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
  4.  Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley
  5.  The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  6.  Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
  7.  The Rose and the Mask by Victoria Leybourne
  8.  Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale by Molly Lazer
  9.  The Wolf by Leo Carew
  10.  The Mirror and the Mountain by Luke Aylen

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #18

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share bookish lists. Every week is a different themed list, and you can join in at any Tuesday.

This Week is Top Ten Books I Could Re-Read Forver

I used to re-read quite a lot when I was in my late teens, as money for new books was short. Although I don't re-read as much here are my favourite top ten:

  1. The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Sabriel was my first fantasy read that I fell in love with. Growing up with out my dad, I kind of felt really closed to Sabriel, and I loved how strong she is, even in the face of something scary and dark.
  2. Lucas by Kevin Brooks. I first read Lucas for the 2005 NETBA (North East Teenage Book Awards). I was so happy when it won, as it was my favourite book out of the six we were asked to read. Again I felt a strong affinity with Caitlin. Years later, and I still cry every time I read Lucas despite knowing how it ends.
  3. The Glass Mountain by Martina Evans. Honestly the best charity shop find ever! 
  4. Matched by Ally Condie. My first dystopia love. 
  5. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. I often find myself self narrating in Kishimoto's style. 
  6. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick. William Marshal is truly an amazing person, and the first Knight. I wish his story was taught more in history lessons.
  7. Half Hidden by Emma Blair. Omg, the story is so sad! I picked it up whilst visiting and Grandma and fell in love with Blair's writing style, and the snippets of history within.
  8. Soulless by Gail Carriger. Werewolves and vampires, what more could you want? Perfect mix of steam punk and super natural.
  9. A study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. Magic, and mystery in the good old Victorian era.
  10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. This list would not be complete without it. Like Sabriel, this series got me through some dark days, and I still love being able to escape to Hogwarts.  

Friday, 23 February 2018

Review: After the Fire by Will Hill


Three Words: family, courage, truth

This book grips you from the first page, and I love how the topic of religious cults is explored. Inspired by the Waco siege which took place in 1993, After the Fire is truly a fantastic read being both intriguing and repulsive at the same time. Will Hill has done an amazing job portraying how easily a corrupt person can destroy innocent people’s lives.

‘The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.’

After the Fire follows 17 year old Moonbeam who is undergoing counselling after a tragic fire destroys The Lords Legion compound where she lived. During her sessions with FBI and psychologists we learn what life was like for her, and her Brothers and Sisters, as part of The Lords Legion both before and after fire. Moonbeam is an amazingly strong character, from discovering all she’s been taught is wrong, to losing family members, and putting trust in those she has been taught to hate. Honey, who is Moonbeam’s friend, also shows great strength and intelligence for her age. I felt very strongly for both of them, and their fellow brothers and sisters, who were exposed to such punishments and horrors. After the Fire provokes a roller coaster of emotions right till the end.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

British Book Challenge: Deception


Three Words: Family, Betrayal, Survival.

Am left feeling a few of things. Awe: all the science! Rage: that two faced lying!!!! Grief: just no...

Deception is fast paced & full of twists that keep you guessing as to how this story will end. I loved how the chapters go between Shay, Kai, & Callie again, giving you an insight to how each are feeling, or their own views. Throughout the book you can feel the pieces slowly revealing themselves, & each of the characters have developed so much, especially Shay. She's gone from being quietly strong, to holding her own & is very quick off the mark. Seeing just how far she's come from Contagion is wonderful! Although we're given a twist at the end to do with Callie, you couldn't come across a more kinder dark matter entity. What she does is beyond brave, & I am left feeling bereft. The final book just won't feel the same. Kai I could swing for! He comes across as being so a grouch, & seems to have no understanding as to what Shay must be going through. I am still shipping for Shay & him, even if I feel like he doesn't quite deserve her anymore. His new friend certainly likes taking advantage, & playing mind games. Am hoping her actions have deserving consequences. I can't wait for the third book to come out!

Thank you NetGalley & Hachette publishing for the advanced copy. I am over the moon & so privileged to have been granted an early release. And an even bigger thank you to Teri Terry for writing such amazing books!

British Book Challenge: The Extinction Trials


Three Words: Adventure, Survival, Friendship

There are a few things with this book which are a little off for me, but they in no way take away from the story. Firstly, I struggled with concept that there was only two continents & no other land masses. I am aware that this is a purely fictional world, but for some reason that bugged me. Secondly, how can a society have solar powered transport, but not enough energy or food? Again I know this all purely make believe, & without the way society has been set out I couldn't of read this highly intriguing book, so now on to the things I did like about it.

The Characters

I love Storm! She is such a strong independent young woman, who questions things that don't quite sit right with her regardless of if it goes against the norm. Her compassion, & love for the outdoors also makes her an easy character for me to like. It was amazing seeing her develop during the book. She goes from being so much her own person, & keeping everything to herself, to opening up & discovering new friendships along the way. I can't wait to see what she gets up to in the next installment.

We don't get to see much of Dell, but I love how he's looking out for Storm. Hopefully he'll be more involved in the next book.

I totally understand why Lincoln did what he did, even if I don't agree with it. It would of been interesting to see how it would of ended had he been as open as the others in his group. I really liked he seemed to be able to draw Storm out of her shell more, & the glimpse of a relationship that could develop between them.

Poor Lief!! My heart goes out to him after everything he went through. I so hope he is included in the next book, as I feel he works well with Storm & Lincoln.

The Setting & Theme

Ok, so we already know I had a little bit of an issue with the setting, however, Dinosaurs!!! I loved that there were Dinosaurs, & how they live in their own little utopia far away from humans, although sadly not as far away that humans can't get to them. I also really enjoyed the trials that take place to narrow down who gets to go to Piloria, home of the dinosaurs. Each trial was practical in choosing candidates who would have a slim chance of surviving. Although TET has been compared to The Hunger Games, I didn't get the same vibe from reading it as I did HG, & the setting is totally different. However TET is the first book in the series, so there is a possibility that more similarities will appear later on.

There was such a stark contrast in descriptions for each place. Earthasia, home to Storm & Lincoln, & many other humans is overcrowded, grey & miserable. Imagine the most populated city on the planet & multiple that by 1000, there you have Earthasia. There is very little forest land left, & next to no mention of any animals due to most them being hunted to extinction for food. I felt claustrophobic just reading how Storm lived in a tiny room. There is limited health care which is offered to Stipulaters (government officials), & the few remaining famous people. Candidates who survive their trip to Piloria are offered extra food rations & health care. Kind of makes facing killer dinosaurs worth it, that is if you manage to survive.

The pace is one that is believable, allowing you to feel like you're there with the team in Piloria. Some parts of the plot aren't surprising, after all they are on the continent with dinosaurs, but you still experience the shock, & sense of loss, along with underling tones of mistrust & a little romance.  All in all I really enjoyed The Extinction Trials & would urge anyone who loves reading adventure with a dash of dystopia & an even bigger love of dinosaurs.

A huge thank you to Zoe over at Wildest Dreams. I received my copy of The Extinction Trials in January's Into the Jungle themed box.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Review: Ink by Alice Broadway


Three words: art, fables, integrity.

Everyone wishes to be remembered, our tales told, and our name spoken. Ink follows Leora after the recent death of her father, a flayer with a mark to hide, and a secret to be told. During Leora’s training to be an inker, she wonders just how evil are the blanks, those who don't show their life story upon their skin. Is it fair that a mother shouldn't mourn the loss their child who has passed before they could be marked, and therefore blank. Or what about the forgotten? Marked so that even if they've led a good life, they'll never be remembered for their good deeds due to a past error. All the while Leora is also learning a well kept secret about herself, hidden from her by those she loves, and trusts. Can she learn what her parents have been trying to teach her? Not everyone who is marked is good, and not all that are unmarked are bad.

Beautiful read, and absolutely stunning cover!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #17

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

Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

  1. Rooms by Lauren Oliver 
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab 
  3. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray 
  4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
  5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 
  6. Evermore by Alyson Noel 
  7. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman 
  8. The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham 
  9. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix 
  10. The Waking Land by Callie Bates
And so many more!! I will get round to reading them, if not this year, then definitely next year! Which books did you plan to read in 2017, but didn't quite manage?

Top Ten Tuesday #19

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