WWW Wednesday [February 22nd 2016] โ€“

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ย c5egmrhueaan8q3
I started my re-read of Glass Sword earlier this week. I remembered the ending of this but I also re-read Red Queen earlier this month so I thought I’d continue with the series as a refresher so I’m reading when I finally read King’s Cage.

I’m almost halfway through Glass Sword and I’m enjoying it as much as the first time I read it.

Hopefully I can get to King’s Cage next month. I won’t be able to fit it in the end of February.

Recently Finished โ€“ย c406ymxumaabrvf
I have finally read the last book in the Lone City trilogy. I’ve really enjoyed all three books in this trilogy and the last book didn’t disappoint.

I don’t want to give too much away here because I’ll be doing a review on this soon-ish. I have so many reviews to catch up on it’s crazy. But that’s what happens when you don’t have access to WiFi for a month. I’m so glad everything is almost back to normal now.

Anyway, I’ll hopefully be posting my review on The Black Key soon but if you haven’t read this trilogy yet then I definitely recommend giving it a try.ย c4f2o9nvyaij9tv

I’ve also recently read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. This is the first book I’ve read by Gaiman. I was drawn to this because it’s about the Norse gods which I don’t really know much about. I’ve only seen the Marvel movies and read the Magnus Chase books by Rick Riordan but I have two other books about the Norse gods on my shelves so I can hopefully read them soon.

I really enjoyed this and had heard some of these stories in the Riordan books but it was good to read another version of them.

I’ll also be reviewing this on my blog soon. If anyone wants to recommend me some more Gaiman books to read (one day) then leave them in the comments.

Reading Nextย โ€“ย c4k-6xrucaav53l
I wasn’t really too fussed with Passenger. I did eventually like it and the cliffhanger had me wanting to read the sequel.

I don’t have any expectations for this book. I think my biggest problem with Passenger was Nicholas and all the unnecessary descriptions of clothes or food. I didn’t need all of that but I’m sure I’ll have to read it again in this one. But I do want to know how the story ends because it’s a duology.

That’s my WWW Wednesday. The last time I did one of these was back in December so there’s a lot of books that’s been left out but I don’t really want to list them all here.

What are you currently reading?

– Aimee.

January Wrap Up and February TBR.

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So I’ve been on a little break from blogging over the last month due to a lot of crap going on in my life. I did manage to post some reviews but not as much as I used to. I hope to get back into my blog now that things have settled down. Fingers crossed anyway.

I know it’s a bit late for a wrap up but I still have to find my review book… I’m really not organized at all. Anyway, onto my wrap up.

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So with all the crap going on during the January I still managed to read eleven books.

The Invasion of the Tearlingย by Erika Johansen –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Ten Thousand Skies Above Youย by Claudia Gray –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
The Last Beginningย by Lauren James –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Furthermoreย by Tahereh Mafi –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Quidditch Through the Agesย by J.K. Rowling –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Frostbloodย by Elly Blake –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Dear Charlieย by N.D. Gomes –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
The White Roseย by Amy Ewing –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
The Tales of Beedle the Bardย by J.K.Rowling –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
The One Memory of Flora Banksย by Emily Barr –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5
Caravalย by Stephanie Garber –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

So obviously my favourite book from January was Caraval. I could not get enough of that book.

So I don’t have a photo for my February TBR because I didn’t have time before we moved and now it’s way too late. But I do plan to read Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken by the end of the month.

Let me know what books you’ve read lately. I feel life I’ve missed so much.

– Aimee.

Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling.

Title โ€“ Quidditch Through the Ages
Series โ€“ Hogwarts Library
Author โ€“ J.K. Rowling
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 144 pages
Publication Date โ€“ January 12th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens
RRP – $14.99 NZD
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages.”

I received a copy of Quidditch Through the Ages from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to c2gkemqukaab8pnreview.

Okay, so I know Quidditch is a huge part of Harry’s time at Hogwarts and is a huge part of the wizarding world, which is why I wanted to read this, but I’m just not into sports so I don’t think this was the right book for me. I mean, I love the Harry Potter series so I’ll read anything that J.K. Rowling publishes that’s to do with the wizarding world but I just didn’t connect with this one.

Like I said, I’m not interested in sport. Of any kind. Which is why I think I wasn’t as interested in this book as I was in the other two books from the Hogwarts Library set. I mean, it was interesting read but I was bored in some places.

There are some additions to this that I don’t think were in the previous editions, like the logos to all the Eurpean Quidditch teams. But then again I haven’t seen the other editions in a long time so I could be wrong.

I think fans of Harry Potter, especially the ones that really got into the idea of Quidditch, will enjoy this. I loved reading the Quidditch scenes in the books and now I know what some of the moves are I might even be able to see it a little better in my head the next time I re-read the series.

*Thank you Allen and Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

Title โ€“ The Rose & the Dagger
Series โ€“ Renee Ahdieh
Author โ€“ The Wrath & the Dawn #2
How I Got It โ€“ From the library
Pages โ€“ 416 pages
Publication Date โ€“ April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN โ€“ 9780399171628
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

In a land on the verge of war, Sharhrzad is forced to leave the man she loves, Kahlid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She used to think Khalid was a monster, a man who willingly killed his wives and caused so much heartbreak and pain – but as Shahrzad got to know Khalid, she discovered an extraordinary man and a love she couldn’t deny. But a horrible curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Shazi is now reunited with her family, who have taken refuge in the desert where a force is gathering against Khalid. A deadly force that’s determined to destroy Khalid’s empire and is commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Stuck in the middle of those she loves, Shazi chooses to act. Using this magic hidden within her as a guide, she sets out on her own to end the terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. To succeed, she must avoid enemies of her own to stay alive.

I read The Wrath and the Dawn last year and loved it so I was really excited to see how c0t0f_7ucaaj4m6Shazi and Khalid’s story ended. You can read my review for the first book here.

I think this picked up pretty much where The Wrath and the Dawn left off. Shazi is now with her sister as they care for their father. He’s recovering from the crazy storm he unleashed as a distraction so they could rescue his daughter. But what her father and Tariq, her childhood friend and one of the men that loves her, don’t count on is Shazi’s love for Khalid and how far she’s willing to go to save him.

I read somewhere that these books are a retelling of A Thousand Nights, which I’ve never read. But they did remind me of Beauty and the Beast a little. I don’t know if anyone else has picked up on this but with Shazi seeing through Khalid’s evil exterior to the real Khalid hidden underneath I kept being reminded of Belle and her Beast. I haven’t actually looked any of this up, it’s all what I thought while I was reading the books.

I found The Rose and the Dagger very fast paced and very frustrating in places. I especially found Tariq and Sharzi’s father frustrating. They both claimed to love her but didn’t trust her judgement of Khalid or her plans. I mean, yes, they had good reason to hate him but so did Shazi and instead she fell in love. And they didn’t even stop to ask her why. They could both see that what they were doing was hurting someone they claimed to love but did that stop them? Okay, maybe eventually but still… I loved Shazi’s sister though. I can’t remember her name.

I have loved both The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. They have both been so addictive and I found them very hard to put down. The writing and storytelling were so magical. I cannot wait for Renee’s new book to come out. I’m sure that one will be amazing too.

– Aimee.

Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi.

Title โ€“ Furthermore
Author โ€“ Tahereh Mafi
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 416 pages
Publication Date โ€“ September 1st 2016 by Puffin – imprint of Penguin Random House
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

In a world full of colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair have made her an outcast. The people of Ferenwood believe that colour and magic are one and the same. But Alice is determined to prove her magical abilities by solving the mystery behind her father’s disappearance.

To do this, Alice will have to travel to the mythical and dangerous land called Furthermore. Nothing there is as it seems and Alice could find herself stuck in Furthermore forever.ย c1mfrxbuuaekthe

I received a copy of Furthermore from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book I’ve read by Tahereh Mafi.

After I’d finished reading this I was told that it’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I wasn’t sure if that was true or not so I looked it up and saw a lot of people saying it so I guess it must be true. I didn’t even realise while I was reading but it. Not that it makes any difference to the story either way.

I really liked Alice. She had some really unique sayings which made me laugh. In a weird way she reminded me of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. I think she reminded me of Luna with all the weird things she said. But unlike Luna, Alice struggled with being different from everyone else in her village but she was still young and her mother definitely didn’t help. She did grow a lot on her journey to find her father though.

While Alice was travelling in Furthermore she had some ‘help’ from a boy she went to school with. Although he wasn’t that much help in the beginning and was kind of frustrating, he did end up growing on me and by the end of the book I actually liked Oliver.

The world building in Furthermore was so magical and beautifully written. It was also really colourful, full of adventure and had very unique characters which made the story so much more interesting.

I loved Furthermore and would definitely recommend it to any Alice in Wonderland fan. Even if you’re not a fan of Alice, you may like this.

*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: The Last Beginning by Lauren James.

Title โ€“ The Last Beginning
Series โ€“ The Next Together #2
Author โ€“ Lauren James
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 352 pages
Publication Date โ€“ October 6th 2016 by Walker Books
ISBN โ€“ 9781406358063
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long-lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.”

I received a copy of The Last Beginning from Walker Books Australia to review. You canc1xrkvvukaeamhx read my review of the first book in the duology, The Next Together, here.

I had a lot of questions after I finished the first book that I hoped would be answered in this. I’ll admit that I was a little bored with the first half of the book and I wasn’t really interested in Clove’s life. She came across really immature at times. I wanted to know what had happened to Kate and Matt and why they kept appearing throughout time.

But as the story started to pick up and Clove found a way to look into Kate and Matt’s past, I found myself getting drawn back into the story. I think I was more interested in the mystery surrounding Kate and Matt and not so interested in Clove and her weird love life.

Speaking of Clove’s love life, I found her relationship with Ella a little weird. Especially because Ella seemed to know everything that happened before it happened. Or, most of what happened anyway. Not the small details. And I was also a little confused too. I mean, did Ella even get to choose her future? Time travel can get really confusing.

But, I did get the answers I was looking for. I could see some of it coming as I got further into this book but I’m glad I finally know what was going on. I think I might do a re-read of them both one day so I can see all the connections that I may have missed. But that won’t be any time soon.

Even though I wasn’t really into the first half of the The Last Beginning, I did end up liking it. I’m not sure about some things that happened but I did enjoy both books.

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray.

Title โ€“ Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Series โ€“ The Firebird Trilogy #2
Author โ€“ Claudia Gray
How I Got It โ€“ I bought it
Pages โ€“ 424 pages
Publication Date โ€“ November 3rd 2015 by Harper Teen
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

Marguerite Caine has done the impossible – she traveled to alternate dimensions with the Firebird – the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend Paul and their friend Theo. But Marguerite caught the attention of people willing to kidnap, blackmail and kill to keep the knowledge of the Firebirds to themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces – that are trapped inside four different Paul’s in four different worlds. Marguerite is willing to do whatever it takes and travel to any universe to get him back. With the help of their friend Theo, Marguerite travels to save both Paul and the Firebird. To succeed she’ll have to outsmart a genius and risk not only their lives, but also the lives of their other selves in every universe they visit.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous worlds so far – a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld in New York City and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite is keeping a shocking secret. Each universe brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul but her journey also revels dark truths that have her doubting the one constant she’s found in every world so far – Marguerite and Paul’s love for each other.

This is the second book in the Firebird trilogy. I loved A Thousand Pieces of You when I c1hbm1oukaeiygsread it and I thought I might have to re-read it before I started this but my memory wasn’t too bad this time.

I think this picked a few months after the ending in A Thousand Pieces of You. Marguerite and Paul had been a couple for a few months so that’s what I went on. I don’t think they were together at the end of the first book.

I’m more interested in what’s going to happen with the Firebird and the reason Marguerite has been pulled into this than her and Paul’s relationship. Not that I don’t like them together, I prefer her with Paul than Theo. But I’m just not into the whole “meant to be in every universe” thing that Marguerite and Paul believe. It’s way too cheesy for me.

I love reading about all the different worlds that Marguerite, Paul and Theo travel to. This time it’s Marguerite and Theo doing all the travelling so that they can save Paul. Marguerite learns a lot while she’s travelling, not just about herself and how she treats all the Marguerites she visits but also her relationships with both Paul and Theo.

The twist behind why Wyatt Conley and why he’s doing all these things to harm the Firebird project in multiple worlds was interesting and I did not see that coming at all. And the ending was insane! I really wanted to pick up the last book in the trilogy as soon as I’d finished Ten Thousand Skies Above You but I have so many other books I need to read. But I do plan on reading it soon.

If you haven’t read these books yet then I highly recommend finding copies of them because they have been really good!!

– Aimee.