#BookADayUK: A Book That Reminds You of Someone Special

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In June the Borough Press encouraged everyone to tweet a book a day to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week. It was so popular that Doubleday Books UK have decided to keep it going through July.

A Book That Reminds You of Someone Special: Kissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

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Kissed by an Angel will always remind me of one of my best friends. She loaned me this book when we were about fifteen or sixteen and we laughed so much! Not because of the plot or the writing or anything but because the villain was named Gregory and he was pretty posh. We would short “GREGOOORRRY!” in a high pitched, shrill voice down the halls at each other and it never fails to make me giggle, even now!

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July Book Haul

Now at the end of June I told myself I wouldn’t buy many books in July. I was going on holiday and that would be expensive and, let’s be honest, I had bought quite a few in June. So, I decided right then and there I would buy no more than two. That didn’t last very long.

I regret nothing. (My bank account probably does though.)

 

Only Ever YoursAuthor: Louise O’Neill

Publisher: Quercus

Summary: In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known… (Via Goodreads.)

lolaAuthor: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Summary: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future? (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

 

perfect scoundrelsAuthor: Ally Carter

Publisher: Orchard Books

Summary: Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the son of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy. (Via Goodreads.)

the winners curseAuthor: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. (Via Goodreads.)

 

shadow and boneAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? (Via Goodreads.)

siege and stormAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Via Goodreads.)

ruin and risingAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. (Via Goodreads.)

where she wentAuthor: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Definitions

Summary: It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.

And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love? (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

I'd Tell You i LoveAuthor: Ally Carter

Publisher: Orchard Books

Summary: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love. (Via Goodreads.)

 

queen of tearlingAuthor: Erika Johansen

Publisher: Bantam Press

Summary: Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive… (Via Goodreads.)

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Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Publisher: Penguin (2010)

Summary: A social satire and a milestone in 20th century literature, ‘The Great Gatsby’ peels away the layers of the glamorous twenties in the U.S. to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart. (Via Goodreads.)

 

 

 

 

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The Assassin’s Blade: Review

theassassinsbladeAuthor: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary: Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: I think everyone who reads my blog knows that I am a Sarah J. Maas fanatic at this point. I loved Throne of Glass, I simply adored Crown of Midnight, basically I am obsessed with Celaena Sardothien! So once I had finished Crown of Midnight I immediately ordered The Assassin’s Blade and then I left it sit on my shelf for almost a month. But finally I cracked it open and I can assure you now; the obsession continues.

The Assassin’s Blade is made up of five novellas all set before Throne of Glass and they tell the tale of how Celaena wound up in the prison camp Endovier and it is wonderful. I was worried when I started reading it that without the presence of Chaol and Dorian the story would fall a little flat but I didn’t need to worry at all. The Assassin’s Blade fleshes out characters that we had only mentions of in the novels and Maas brings them to life so wonderfully that I know I will be re-reading the novellas again and again!

The characters are stunning. I adored Arobynn Hammel, who to me is nearly more villainous than the King in the Glass Castle as he presents himself as a friend and a protector to Celaena but is nothing more than a manipulative, abusive captor and I found him so fascinating and I am very much looking forward to him appearing in the upcoming novels.

Maas also introduced us to Sam Cortland in these novellas who we know from the books as Celaena’s doomed assassin lover. Knowing his fate before I began reading I didn’t think I would become so emotionally invested in Sam and his relationship with Celaena but I did. I really, really did. He was a wonderful puppy of a character. A dangerous, hot, adorable puppy and I am so sad he had to die.

I enjoyed most of the novellas, perhaps with the exception of the Assassin and the Healer which was a little boring. It did show and give a better understanding of Celaena’s character but I definitely preferred the novellas that were set in Rithfold and focused on Celaena’s relationships with Arobynn and Sam.

I can’t find fault with anything that Maas does. I adore her characters, her world, her writing and her pacing. I would definitely recommend picking this up. It can be read before or after the series.

4 Stars.

Waiting on Wednesday (July 30th)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are excited for.

My pick this week is:

sarah j maasTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Expected Release Date: May 5th 2015

Summary: For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

All that changes when a ferocious beast barges into their cottage, demanding that Feyre come live with him as payment for plucking an ordinary forest rose. Dragged off into the night, the beast brings her to a beautiful manor located in Faerie, the mysterious and deadly lands bordering the mortal world. There, he sheds his animal skin, and reveals himself to be Tamlin, a young, handsome Faerie Lord.

But the estate is overshadowed by a curse: each of its inhabitants wears a mask permanently attached to their face, and Tamlin is no exception. Despite her initial desire to loathe Tamlin and his world, Feyre soon finds herself attracted to the Faerie Lord by more than her curiosity.

Just when Feyre accepts the depth of her feelings for Tamlin, they’re torn apart by forces so dark that there’s little hope of standing against them. But Feyre has endured hardship before, and she refuses to accept that her happiness could be forever stolen from her. Resolving to save her beloved and discover a way to break his curse, Feyre sets out into Faerie, where unknown challenges and dangers await, and where her love and strength will be tested in ways she never imagined. (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: I am obsessed with the Maas. I have never, ever been a big fantasy fan. I usually find it a bit too chunky for my liking, maybe because I don’t quite have the patience for world building but I adore Sarah J. Maas’s novels. I love the Throne of Glass series and when I heard she was working on another one I immediately put it down on my TBR list before I even read the summary!

Now I have read the summary; a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with Belle kicking ass and saving the day? Yes, please! Really can’t wait to read this one! (Shame there is no cover yet!)

#BookADayUK: Favourite Likeable Villan

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In June the Borough Press encouraged everyone to tweet a book a day to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week. It was so popular that Doubleday Books UK have decided to keep it going through July.

Favourite Likeable Villan: Arobynn Hammel from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Arobynn Hammel is never explicitly stated as the villain in the Throne of Glass series but he definitely is one as can be seen in the Assassin’s Blade. We are taught to see him as the person who saved Celaena but really he’s the person who manipulates, abuses and imprisons her. He is a cruel, vile and selfish man and I kinda love him.  I am aware that he is a horrible, terrible human being but at times he’s charming and you do sometimes think that he actually cares about Celaena as a person and not just a trophy/possession and I really want to see more of him. Especially since we know things about that Celaena does not.

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List and this weeks is Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.

Without further ado here are mine:

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1) James Patterson – I own a grand total of 31 books from James Patterson. I love James Patterson, he was my first introduction to crime novels and for a time he was my favourite author. I own a lot of the Alex Cross novels, all but one of the Women’s Murder Club series and some of his kids books. I actually had more but I gave some of them to a charity shop. I’ve probably owned nearly fifty in my life.

2) JK Rowling – The Queen. I own all 13 of Rowlings books and her Galbraith books! Love her, can’t wait for the next Cormoran Strike novel. To be honest I’ll probably buy every book she ever writes.

3)  Meg Cabot – I own 13 Meg Cabot books! I love Meg Cabot, she’s so funny and quirky and she made my childhood with the Princess Diaries series.

4) Cassandra Clare – I own 9 of Clare’s books. All though three of them are currently on loan to a friend! I love Clare and I loved TMI and TID and i’m really sad that they are both finished.

5) Anthony Horowitz – Once again, I own 9 books! Alex Rider was one of my favourite series as a kid. Loved it so much and was pretty sad when it ended.

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6) Richelle Mead – Another 9! 9 seems to be the magic number in this list! I own all of the Vampire Academy books and a few of the Bloodlines books. I’m a bigger fan of VA than Bloodlines but I do still plan on finishing the spin-off!

7) Stephanie Meyer – I own 6 Stephanie Meyer books! Magic really since she’s only written five! I have an extra copy of Eclipse for some reason! I didn’t buy it which leader me to believe I stole it from someone! Oh well.

 

8) Michael Connelly – I own 5 MC books. Now, I haven’t read all of them…(Just one) but I still own them and I do still plan to read them! I really enjoyed the one I did read.

9) Lauren Oliver – I own 4 of Oliver’s books. I have the Requiem trilogy and Before I Fall – which I still need to read!

10) Nicholas Sparks/PC and Kristen Cast – And we end on a draw! I own 4 books for both Sparks and the Casts! Not exactly my favourite authors of all times but at a time I did love the three of them quite a bit.

 

#BookADayUK: Favourite Animal Character

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In June the Borough Press encouraged everyone to tweet a book a day to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week. It was so popular that Doubleday Books UK have decided to keep it going through July.

Favourite Animal Character: Hedwig from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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My little bundle of fluff. Hedwig was adorable. He was so loving and so loyal to Harry! He even protects him from a killing curse. I was so shocked when he died. It was so unnecessary. RIP Hedwig.