April & May Book Haul

Long time no book haul!

I have been really busy for the apart few months so even though I bought some books in April when I was in London I didn’t get a chance to haul them! So, instead of having a book haul mid-May I thought why not wait and combine my April and May book hauls? And here it is! I bought a good few books (some Children’s and Fantasy) in the last two months so lets just get right into it!

mogAuthor: Judith Kerr

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Summary: Mog always seems to be in trouble because she is such a very forgetful cat. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets when she has already eaten her supper. But one night, when an uninvited visitor turns up at the house, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy! (Via Goodreads)

the little princeAuthor: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc

Summary: Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. (Via Goodreads)

very good livesAuthor: JK Rowling

Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspiration

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Summary: In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force. (Via Goodreads)

ready player oneAuthor: Ernest Cline

Genre: Science-Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Summary: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape (Via Goodreads)

court of thons and rosesAuthor: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Via Goodreads)

winnieAuthor: A.A. Milne

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Egmont UK

Summary:  A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

the bad beginningAuthor: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Children’s Middle Grade

Publisher: Egmont Books LTD

Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in you hands is extremely unpleasant.It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever,the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. (Via Goodreads)

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away. (Via Goodreads)

name of the windAuthor: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. (Via Goodreads)

lies of lockeAuthor: Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…(Via Goodreads)

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Picador

Summary:  One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleventells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I got in the months of April and May! If you’ve read any of these books be sure to let me know in the comments below! Goodbyeee!

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January 2015: Monthly Wrap Up!

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Hello my bookish peeps! It is the end of another month and yes, it was a month where I was rather absent from the blogging world. January was a pretty fun yet hectic month for me but I shall explain all!

Life:

Life was extremely hectic for me this month! Not only did I go back to university, I also (finally!) got a job, was catching up with my boyfriend after a few weeks of being apart, had some roommate drama and some girlfriend of a friend drama and then, of course, my laptop once again broke! Now, if you follow my blog that sentence probably feels like a broken record but it is now fully and completely fixed!


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The first time it broke I took it to a person who was not a Mac/Apple expert so he couldn’t fully fix it but I dealt with it and just said whatever but it completely shut down a few weeks ago so I finally handed it into a Apple store and it was going to cost so much to fix but I needed it for school and life so I just said whatever, do it! Here’s the good news though: due to some clerical error I got my laptop fixed completely for free! 😀 Let us thank the Apple Gods!

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So to celebrate I bought the complete box set of the West Wing – as you do.

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Books:

I only read three books in January and they were Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. So it wasn’t the best reading month for me in terms of numbers but in terms of quality it was fantabulous! Reviews for Code Name Verity and Cruel Beauty are up and my review of Snow Like Ashes is coming up next week!

One of my resolutions for 2015 was to stop buying books (until the end of March anyway) and I am pleased to say I made it through all of January without buying a single book…it was not without difficulty. There are so many good books out that I wish to own and love. But I will be strong…I will.

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So that was my January! In February I hope to read at least three to four books and I am hoping to do Books and Cupcakes Book Photo Challenge on Instagram and to write a few more discussion posts.

And watch more of the West Wing!

I hope you all had a wonderful month and I shall see you tomorrow with my Top Five Most Anticipated Post!

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Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015

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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 invite bloggers to answer them and this weeks is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015. So without further ado here is my list!

1) Read 80 Books – Originally this year I set my reading goal for 50 books and I achieved that so I updated to 80. Unfortunately life got a little too busy at the end of the year and I didn’t quite make 80. So, here’s hoping 2015 will be the year for that!

2) Read 5 Classics – I have so many classics on my shelf that I have no read or that I have not finished so this year I am planning on reading at least 5 of them. I’ll probably make a separate post talking about the ones I choose.

3) Finish the Lord of the Rings series – I read the first Lord of the Rings book in June but I just never got around to picking up the second or third one so hopefully I will get that done in 2015.

4) Buy the new Harry Potter covers – I’m not even ashamed. I love the new covers and the boxed set is beautiful and I will own it dammit!

5) Not buy any new books until the end of March – God help me this one will be tough. But i am so bad for buying new books and then not reading the ones I already own. So I have about thirty books to read right now and once they are all read I shall allow myself to buy a new books (This one may not last)

6)Re-Read Harry Potter – I re-read Harry Potter last summer and I am already itching to do it again so I am! Goal number six read all the Harry Potter books!

7) Complete 5 Series – I also have a terrible habit of starting series and not finishing them so in 2015 I am determined to finish at leafs five of them!

8) Read at least 5 Standalone Books – I never seem to read standalone books but this year I will do it! (Hopefully)

9) To Get All The Books I Loaned People Back! – I need to stop loaning books because i never get them back.

10) Graduate College– This is surprisingly low on the list…

 

Late Christmas Gift Guide

So it’s Christmas and that means only one thing: celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus by giving the people you love presents. 😀 Now, I know some people are really organised when it comes to present buying but some people are also really last minute so here are some bookish and non-bookish gift ideas for those last minute people!

1) A Personalised Decoration!

I got a couple of people these for Christmas. They’re just cute little stocking stuffers and they make great momentos and they will last forever. There available in most shopping centres (at least they are in Ireland) are pretty cheap and take only a few minutes to personalise.

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2) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is the perfect book to get anyone who is looking to start reading fantasy. It’s a fantastic read with an incredible female protagonist and the series just keeps getting better and better.

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3) A Pop Vinyl Figure

I love Pop Vinyl Figures. They are tiny and cute and make excellent stocking stuffers! And since there are so many now it’s almost impossible not to find your favourite character whether it be Dany from Game of Thrones, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or the Supreme herself Cordelia Foxx from American Horror Story.

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4) The Time Turner

I recently picked up this little beauty for myself in Hamleys and I am beyond in love with it! It comes with the really nifty (yes, I said nifty) display case so it can either be ornamental and really liven up your bookcase or you can wear it as jewellery. The time turner itself is beautiful and while it may not be the cheapest of gifts it would definitely bring a smile to a Harry Potter fan’s face.

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5) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anne and the French Kiss and rest of the series is cute, fluffy and infinitely adorable and is the perfect gift for any contemporary reader or your friend who is a big romantic comedy buff. If they’re not a big reader this book is sure to convert them!

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6) A Mug

I am a huge tea drinker so I love getting cute and funky mugs for presents. Right now Urban Outfitters have a really great selection including this Game of Thrones inspired mug! Stuff it with some sweets, some satchels of hot chocolate maybe a baby Baileys, wrap a bow around it and you are good to go!

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7) All the Movies!

2014 was a great year for book to film adaptions we had everything from The Imitation Game (which you should definitely check out) to Mockingjay to Wild. So why not pick up a DVD, grab some popcorn and sweet treats and have a Christmas movie night with your best book buddy?

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8) Christmas Jammies

My favourite thing about Christmas is receiving or buying Christmas Jammies! They are always so fluffy and so cute and I love opening mine every Christmas Morning!

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9) My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

This is a great festive book buy. Not only is full of adorable Christmas stories it is one of the most beautiful books to be released this year! Guaranteed to make your friend/family member a happy reader this Christmas!

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10) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This was one of the best books I read this year and I would definitely recommend it to all my book friends, especially those who love fantasy! It is a fantastic read and a perfect Christmas present.

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11) Yes Please by Amy Poehler/ Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham/Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

For the Feminist in your life I would definitely recommend one, or all if you’re feeling generous, of these three books! They are all written by incredible women and all discuss things that I think are important for young women to read and learn. I would love to have gotten any of these books for Christmas so I think a lot of others will too.

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12) The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith

For all those crime lovers out there the Comoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith is amazing and definitely worth a read. The Cuckoo’s Calling is great and The Silkworm is even better!

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13) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind has always been and will always be one of my favourite books. The story follows Daniel, a young boy who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of the disappearance of his favourite author and the systematic burning of all his books. It is a sensational novel and would make a fantastic Christmas gift.

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14) A Charm Necklace

You can’t really go wrong with jewellery when your buying for that special someone and right now Pandora have some really adorable book charms. So I’d buy a little chain and pop on a charm and you have an adorable and very bookish necklace.

pandora15) Boxsets

Everyone loves a good boxset because everyone loves binge watching especially at Christmas! At the moment HMV have some great deals on some fantastic box sets. Homeland season 1 is only 12.99 and the entire Harry Potter series is only 19.99. Let’s be real kids thats a pretty good deal!

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And that kids is the end of my Christmas Gift Guide. If you are a last minute shopper I hope you got some good ideas and I hope you all get some fantastic presents this year and have a wonderful, happy Christmas!

October Wrap Up and Update!

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Happy Halloween/Christmas Countdown! (No, it is no longer too early!)

What’s this? A wrap up? I know I’m shocked too. I was looking through my archives and it turns out I haven’t done a wrap up in about three months so I’m bringing it back! Tragically, October has not been the most interesting of months but I’ll do my best to jazz it up a bit.

Books I Read:

It was not a fabulous reading month. I only read three books. I know, it’s depressing. University just keeps messing with my reading schedule but alas here they are anyway.

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In another sad note, I wasn’t too impressed by any of these books – it was a decidedly slow and average reading month for me but I am hoping to rectify all of that in November.

Books I Bought:

On a much brighter book note I got some amazing books this month! Close to ten I believe! That definitely made up for my lacklustre reading month and as I am on midterm this week I am hoping to make a nice dent in my TBR pile. (As well as my Assignment pile!) As usual I will be posting a separate book haul and that should be up in the next week.

Non-Bookish Faves:

Ah October – to many it is the month of bobbing for apples, watching Hocus Pocus, dressing up and gorging on candy but not for me! For me October was the month that Taylor Swift’s new album came out.

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1989 is absolutely incredible and I have been listening to it on repeat for the last week! Love me some T-Swizzle. I have also been obsessing over House of Cards, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD and I started a BTVS re-watch. It’s been a pretty good month non-reading wise.

Update:

I know my blog has been a little bare this month so here is just a tiny explanation. I am in my final year of university, I am looking for a job and I am thinking of applying for a postgrad so life has been a little hectic lately. So, I am sorry for the lack of goof content this month but I am hoping to do better in November. As I said I should have a book haul up within the next week, my most anticipated monthly releases will be up tomorrow and I should have three brand spanking new book reviews up in the next two weeks as well as a book excerpt. (Better than all of last month 😉 ) I am also going to be participating in Books and Cupcakes November Photo Challenge so be sure to check me out on Tumblr and Instagram to see some pretty book photos!

Hope you all had a lovely October!

Waiting on Wednesday (August 13th)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are excited for.  This week my pick is:

the young elitesAuthor: Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Books

Expected Release Date: October 7th 2014

Summary: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: Well, this sounds incredible! I am a big Marie Lu fan, I loved legend so when I heard she was coming out with a new book, a fantasy book, I was ecstatic and upon reading the summary I only wanted it more. The Young Elites just sounds amazing and I can’t wait to pick it up!

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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