10 Popular Books I Haven’t Read (yet)

Hey guys, I am back with a book tag-like thing. I saw it on another blog and thought I’d like to do this too! It’s pretty self-explanatory but I’ll explain anyway (because you know, why not?) Basically I’m just saying 10 different books that are popular and awesome that I haven’t read yet (whoops)

I’ll just get started! (There will be a quick collage of them down below!)

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  1. Six of Crows: Man I know people rave about this but I have read the first few chapters a couple of times but just put it back down because I couldn’t be bothered soooo I should probably give that ago again considering I’ve been in a reading mood recently.
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic: I have the whole series on my shelf (I got them for Christmas) but I still haven’t read them, I did open ADSOM once but put it back down because my slump was overwhelming (man, it was so bad) But I will also give this one another try!
  3. Flame in the Mist: I bought this two weeks ago but I was reading CoBaB (I just finished reading this actually – there’s a spoiler-free review on my blog too!) But I have yet to pick it up as I just haven’t been in the mood. I’ve been to busy planning other special things (which you’ll hear about soon enough).
  4. Wolf by Wolf: Although it isn’t as popular as other books here I have seen a far amount of it posted throughout my feed so I did buy it but I haven’t read it yet (so many books bought but are unread, oopsie-daisy. It looks really interesting though so it is on my TBR!
  5. Leah on the Offbeat: SO MANY PEOPLE RAVE ABOUT THIS but yet I actually am not that interested? I’ve been in such a fantasy mood since being out of the slump that I can’t be bothered to read anything other than fantasy (it’s so bad, I know, I know) Eventually I will read it but not in this point of time.
  6. Illuminae: I did start this book and I think I might of made it past the half way mark (?) but it just didn’t click to much so I set it down. I’m sure I will pick it up again because it does have so many reviews and the I do want to buy the rest of the series for their covers (I can’t help it) so I know it will be read soon enough!!
  7. Warcross: I really really want to read this but I haven’t picked it up yet (I’ve been too caught with my actual TBR) But I am planning to buy it next time I am shopping so it won’t be on this list for long!
  8. The Cruel Prince: I actually have this featured on my bookshelf with some merch as I got it in the Fairyloot box but I haven’t read it yet (sadly) I plan on reading it soon but I just find hardcovers hard to read (pun intended) and I don’t want to damage this beauty while bringing it to and from school, you get me? So hopefully I find a way around this, wish me luck.
  9. Nevernight: I haven’t seen it in bookshops near me so I just haven’t really been to bothered to read it with SO MANY BOOKS on my neverending TBR. But now when I come to think of it, I am adding it on there, it sounds pretty cool.
  10. Strange the Dreamer: I have no idea what it’s about and I haven’t read any reviews so it hasn’t been on my TBR – that sounds so cruel oh lord, sorry.

(A quick reference of the above books!)

Thankyou for reading and feel free to tag my in any book tags – I need more things to write!! Comment a popular book you haven’t read yet!

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Publication Date: 6 March 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Hey guys, I’m finally posting another review, it takes me a while to get motivation. But anyway, I am doing a review on Children of Blood and Bone and let me tell you, i LOVED this book although I felt a bit disconnected from it to begin with, I totally ended up loving it and wish CoVaV was coming out sooner (I can’t last until next March?? What were you thinking Tomi??)

Sorry for rambling, lets get straight into it!

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  • i absolutely loved the characters! Their emotions leaked through perfectly, captivating me as a reader and they totally made my connection to the book and story run deeper
  • The way Tomi described the settlements and landscape seemed really beautiful to me. I always enjoy reading when I can imagine the beauty of the world straight away. It made me feel like I knew what each place would look AND feel like and I loved it
  • The diversity and individuality of each character made it seem realistic in a way and made me much more interested to see how things would turn out. I also loved the mixture of personalities as it’s always so funny to see polar opposites communicate with each other (especially when there is sassy comments being made)
  • Although the start kind of felt a bit slow (maybe I was in a slump??), it picked up really quickly and left me dangling with each turn of the page, especially the last page IT COMPLETELY KILLED ME AAHH
  • The different powers each Maji could wield was created so perfectly and was really interesting and it definitely peaked my interest as I love anything with MAGIC

 

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  • The deaths of some characters made my heart rip out and it left me nearly in tears at some points – WHY DO AUTHORS KILL ME LIKE THIS
  • One character really annoyed me with their changing attitudes and beliefs, like c’mon man PICK A SIDE
  • THE CLIFFHANGER ON THE LAST PAGE RIPPED ME TO THREADS – fun story: I actually finished this book in class and threw it on my desk and screamed at my friend “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS, WHY?? I NEED THE OTHER BOOK” then we both searched when CoVaV comes out and I nearly cried when it said March 2019 so yeah – I loved it a lot
  • One thing i really like seeing in books is the creatures which inhabit the world, so I would’ve liked to see a few more other than fish and the ryders but i still loved it anyway so that’s just a minor thing haha

 

Just because the ending killed me so badly I’d have to give it a 4.5/5 star rating, when I get the second book maybe it’ll change to a 5, I guess we’ll just have to see.

Well there is my review! I hoped you enjoyed this and it fueled your need to buy and rEaD this beauty!! I totally recommend (like 110% recommend)

Thankyou! Tag your review (non-spoiler of course) in the comments so people find all the more reason to read it!

Review: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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Publication Date: 2nd February 2016

Genre: Fantasy

I received this lovely book for my birthday and couldn’t be happier! Although my birthday was in March, I only just got out of the book slump in late April with a big thanks to this novel!!

I really enjoyed this book and I really need to buy the other two books as soon as possible. I am in love with this world (and all the characters included in it – ESPECIALLY LES) This book was the perfect blend of fantasy and I felt really connected with the characters, it felt like I was actually joining them throughout their adventure!

But let’s just get properly into the review!

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  • I really really loved Lea’s character development and how she changes to adapt to the new eye-opener of a world. The way her character changed definitely made me connect with her, especially when she went through her roughest times after the incident.
  • I JUST LOVE LES IN GENERAL GUYS – he is a one of a kind soul and needs to be treated with upmost care. I loved him so much and his way of looking at the world definitely enabled me to love this world even more.
  • THE ENDING WAS GREAT, it made my heart burst and I just really need to buy the other books so I can survive.
  • Also, whoever designed the cover of my copy was an absolute genius, it was so GORGEOUS

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  • (I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t name names but…) THE BETRAYAL OF SOME CHARACTERS MADE ME SO DAMN UPSET HOLY HECK – aka the reason my heart either burst or shrivelled
  • The lack of support of some characters – especially for their own family – killed me immensely

I really loved this book overall (obviously) and I need to go to dymocks or QBD so I can buy these books (I’m actually so poor right now) I 110% recommend this novel for anyone who loved Throne of Glass or anyone who enjoys assassin stories similar to that!

I would definitely give this book – 5/5 STARS for is pure awesomeness and lovability

Thankyou for reading!! Tell me your opinion of this book in the comments below.

ARC Review!: The Continent by Keira Drake

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Publication Date: 27 March 2018

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi

I received this novel as an ARC review copy and all opinions are my own, as like all my other reviews! Let’s just get straight into it.

(I originally published this review before the publication date but somehow it didn’t go through? I then went on a hiatus and didn’t even check this until recently so here you go!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It held the perfect amount of creativity and enthusiasm making my experience reading it more enjoyable. The characters were crafted carefully, Vaela (the main character) her transformation from her old pretentious self into the minimalist she is, was magnificent. The minor characters could have been more developed to create a more in-depth knowledge of the fictional world in this novel and by doing this especially in the village would help give an atmosphere of community togetherness and teamwork.

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  • I loved the comparison between The Continent and The Spire!
    The different cultures mixed in The Spire showed me how each individual contributed to the world and how different people could cluster and work together. Whereas The Continent is seen as a war zone of the Xoe and the Aven’ei, cultures not willing to mingle and separate their disagreements. It makes you think of our own countries and how they interact with each other.
  • I loved how the ending was completely unpredictable!

Most novels can be predictable to the point and some have vague foreshadowing but Keira did an excellent job at keeping the ending a massive surprise! I won’t say any more about this WE DON’T WANT SPOILERS

  • I also loved how to book wasn’t sugar coated at all!!!!

It made it seem so realistic compared to other action books which are completely sugar-coated and don’t show the truth of war

  • There was great emotional attachment to the characters this book focuses on!

The character development was fantastic! It made you fall in love with each character’s traits and differences and this definitely made me have so many feels HOLY HECK!

  • I LOVED THE COVER OMG IT WAS GORGEOUS (good job to whoever designed this beauty!!!!!)

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  • Noro needed more depth

I love Noro! He was so sweet but he always seemed a bit distant, you never really get the emotional attachment that you got with other characters. I NEED MORE OF NORO I LOVE HIS GUTS

  • Another minor wish for me was more landscape detail!!

I love learning about new fictional worlds and everything that belongs there! I would’ve loved some information on animals which live there (Vaela didn’t encounter any except Joa) and major/minor points of interest in The Continent landscape could be described in more detail as too see the beauty of the world!

Final statment:

4 OUT OF 5 STARS = a absolutely lovely novel, I totally recommend!!

Thankyou for reading :))

Update: 2017 Books & Goodreads

Hello my fellow earthlings!

New Years is tomorrow and in honour of 2017 I thought I’d talk to you all about the books I read this year and my failed goodreads goal (not all of us are superhuman and can read 100+ books in one sitting) ((but that’s a superpower I wish I had))Favourite books read in 2017:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin! By the Queen of all Fae and fantasy (I don’t even have to say her name anymore) IT IS ABSOLUTELY FANTABULOUS please please please read it.
  • The Book Thief by a someone’s name I cannot pronounced (not even a smidge is pronounceable) the narration of death was so intriguing and unique that I instantly fell in love, I even read it in a books slump which is quite an achievement!
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige was such a good read OH MY GOSH I’ve read the first book and the 3 novella books but i still haven’t read the second or third books in the series (please don’t stab with a stake)
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was such a diverse and interesting read, it opened my mind to so many other possibilities and different cultures. I totally recommend.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, I have no words to describe its beauty!!

My Goodreads Goal:

okay okay, I am so disappointed with my reading this year, you know with a 6 month book slump and all. I only read 35-36 books this WHOLE year, only 35 seriously?? Its because of school and study and work and everything in between I lost track of reading and got lost in a slump.

Did you guys reach your goal? (im crying from my loss)

Anywho please comment so we can talk about our failures (or achievements) together.

Thanks for reading my mini update on reading this year. Have a happy new year!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Books

My first bookish meme (if that’s what it’s even called) ((please don’t judge me)) on my blog! I’m introducing Top Ten Tuesday originally by brokeandbookish.

I’m kind of new to all of this bookish nonsense fun. So today’s meme is Top Ten Tuesday featuring 10 books I am most excited for in 2018 or ones I haven’t read and need to read (which are most definitely on my TBR list)


So without further ado my top 10:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by SARAH J MAAS aka MY QUEEN, THE GODDESS OF FAE AND FANTASY. I am most definitely excited for this release in May as it is my favourite book series and I have already read ACOMAF and ACOWAR twice and ACOTAR once. I cannot conceal my excitement any longer, I might shout and scream with it (once again, please don’t judge me otherwise I’ll use my awesome fae powers on you) ((just kidding but I wish I did have those powers))
  2. The Continent by Kiera Drake!! I’m super excited for this as Harlequin has sent me a review copy, which is on its way, and it’s making me really excited for the actual release in March. An awesome new fantasy series, it being the first of many.
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber because Caraval was SPECTACULAR and I need a new dose of it in my system. Legendary is set to come out around May-June, I’m not 100% sure when but oh well I’m excited.
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black looks so good and so many people have said that they’ve liked by reading the review copies! I requested one but haven’t heard back, which is a-okay considering I have many other books to read (cries internally)
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh bardugo looks so good. Okay okay, I know what you’re about to say, “Tayla that’s already out AND is a duology” well younglings, I know that, I ain’t stupid. It’s just I haven’t read it yet and would like to read it next year (preferably straight away)
  6. The second Red Queen book by I don’t know who, I don’t have enough internet to google it, but the first book gave me heart palpitations the feels and I still haven’t got the second one to read!! I’ll read it after Six of Crows I think
  7. Replica by once again I don’t know who. I’m excited because Zac (my boyfriend) bought it as a Christmas present for me so yay! I love the idea of the two different sides in the book! Can’t wait to stack it on my evergrowing pile that is called my TBR dun dun dunnnn
  8. Empire of Storms by SARAH J MAAS the queen has once again arrived (please don’t stake me for my repetition but….) SHE IS THE GODDESS OF FAE. Okay rant over
  9. I know I said 10 but I just can’t think of anymore as of right now but I promise next time I do a Top Ten I will try to the best of my ability to do 12 to make up for it!

Thanks for reading! Comment below so we can discuss your Top Ten (or whatever number works for you)

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

FINALLY A SARAH J MAAS POST after my 7 months of blog construction which has actually been total procrastination.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is absolutely fantastic, it brings me to my knees with its glory. It’s just so full of magic and diversity and is everything I love in a book. (Although ACOMAF is still my love but you know)

I preordered this book before it came out this year and as soon as I got it, it was finished in a matter of days, like it was insane how much I read with school and work going on (let’s just say I was pretty darn proud of myself) Then I had a MASSIVE 6 MONTH book slump. It was utterly ridiculous but I reread this and now I have to say the slump is GONE FOREVER, I couldn’t be happier. (But my boyfriend is getting annoyed at his loss of attention from me as I am reading hehe)

Anyways onto the review!!!

A Court of Wings and Ruin is so beautifully crafted and it dug me firmly into the epic fantasy genre and other things closely related (ToG amiright?)

Let’s start with those damn characters, god I can’t contain myself right now, I just want to scream RHYSAND over and over again. But that’s highly impractical so I shall hold myself down with shackles.

My favourite characters would have to be … Rhysand and Mor, they are just so detailed and provide me with a sense of family and belonging in their world. They open their arms to anyone willing and don’t hold back their kindness (although they all have their ultra badass bad sides aka their epic Night Court disguises) ((which are kind of cool and absolutely awesome))

NOW ONTO THE PLOT. The cliffhanger from ACOMAF slid so perfectly to the beginning of ACOWAR. It took a while to readjust to the change in setting but after a couple pages the transition was immaculate. The whole plot was very interesting and each twist and turn led me deeper into Prythian and all the courts and territories. The inclusion of characters outside of the main story plot was a great bonus and made the world feel even more realistic with everchanging characters and stories.

I highly recommend to anyone wanting to read high fantasy or someone wanting to escape reality. This series would have to be my all time favourite and Sarah J Maas is definitely my favourite author, due to her way of words and her attention to detail! I wish I could give it 1639373937/5 stars but I’ll just have to settle with 5/5 stars sadly!

You can buy the FABULOUS book here!:
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love to discuss her books further with you so send me a comment and i’ll send a reply!

Have a great day and thanks for reading 🙂