Review: Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie.

Title – Because You Love to Hate Me
Authors – Renee Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke & Nicola Yoon
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 353 pages
Publication Date – July 24th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens
ISBN – 9781408882764
My Rating – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

“Leave it to the heroes to save the world. Villains just want to rule it.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed authors team up with thirteen influential Booktubers to create tales from the often misunderstood villains point of view.”

I received a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me from Bloomsbury Australia to review.Β DJ9ddklUEAACIKF

I don’t usually like these kinds of books because most of the time I only like a couple of the stories and the rest are just meh. Especially when there is more than one author. Doesn’t stop me reading them though. But I really enjoyed this book.

Yes, there were a few stories that I didn’t really like or connect with but there were more that I liked. Which is why I gave the book four stars. Some of the stories are retellings and others were original.

I’m not going to talk about all thirteen stories in Because You Love to Hate Me, that would just take too long. I liked ten of them which has never happened before. So I’m just going to mention three here. I won’t say what the stories are about because the way the book is set out the challenges from Booktubers are revealed at the end and I don’t want to spoil them for anyone.

The first story I’m going to mention is The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer. You can probably guess what this one is about from the title. I had an idea when I first picked the book up. This one might actually my favourite because of the twist it had.

The second story is Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tucholke. I loved Tucholke’s retelling of this fairytale. I’ve never read anything by Tuchilke before this. Indigo and Shade did start off slow but once it picked up I really enjoyed it.

The last story I’m going to mention here is Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard. This one was told in emails and I really liked the twist on two fictional characters. I wish I could talk about these more but I just don’t want to ruin them for anyone. I do try to do spoiler free reviews.

There were a few authors in this book that I’d never read anything from before I picked up Because You Love to Hate Me. Out of the thirteen authors in this book I’d read books by only six of them. Which is more than I thought but also not a lot. It has made me want to pick up some books by the other authors though.

I really enjoyed Because You Love to Hate Me and cannot recommend it enough. If you love fairytale retellings and villains then you definitely need to pick up a copy.

*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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October Book Haul.

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I didn’t post a book haul last month. I was in a reading and blogging slump and just couldn’t be bothered. But I am slowly getting back into things.

I’m just going to just right in. The first book I received last month was from Hachette 1New Zealand. Ringer is the sequel and conclusion to Replica. I haven’t read it yet but I can’t wait to pick it up. I loved Replica so I am looking forward to finding out how this story ends. I just need to figure out which chapter I read first…

When I read Replica I read a chapter of Gemma and then flipped the book to read a chapter of Lyra. I think I’m going to do that again this time I just don’t know which one to read first, Gemma or Lyra? I guess I’ll figure it out soon. If you want to read my review on Replica you can click the link here.

The second book was sent to me from a friend. There was a huge-ish book sale here for imported US editions of books and I managed to get a few. My local store didn’t have The 2

Passion of Dolssa so Chelsea offered to get me a copy. I have heard good things about this so hopefully I’ll like it whenever I actually pick it up.

I can’t remember what this is about but I figured for $7 if I don’t like it I can just pass it on. The sale had a lot of hardbacks which are usually really expensive in New Zealand so there was no way I was going to miss a chance of getting cheap hardback books. I think I got seven? I can’t remember. But the one I was really excited about was the hardback edition of Illuminae. I loved both Illiminae and Gemina and really wanted the hardback editions. Now I just need to get Gemina in hardback.Β 3

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I loved The Martian by Andy Weir so when I heard Artemis was coming out I knew I had to read it. I haven’t picked it up yet but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

This is another sci-fi book. I can’t remember which planet it takes place on but I think it has something to do with a heist? But I’m not really sure. I just saw an Andy Weir book and wanted to read it. I didn’t really care what it was about. But I have heard that it’s good.

The next three books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. The first 4one, The Other Way Around, I can’t really remember what it’s about. I remember now why I do book hauls throughout the month, so I know what the book is about… The cover makes me think road trip but I could be completely wrong.

So I just looked the book up on Goodreads. This is the synopsis on there – “Andrew has seen a flash of his future from his unfulfilled parents. Based on what he’s seen, he’s uninspired. After a particularly disastrous Thanksgiving, Andrew accidentally runs away and joins the circus. Kind of.” So not exactly what I was thinking but whatever.

The second book is Of Jenny and the Aliens. I think this one has an alien invasion and a5 guy crushing on a girl. And for some reason he asks this alien for advice with Jenny… I guess there’s more going on but that’s all I remember from when I read the synopsis when the book arrived.

I love the cover of this book. Especially the alien – he’s cute! Well I don’t even know if the alien is a he or not but whatever it is it’s cute.

I don’t know when I’ll be picking this up. I’m really behind with my review books so I have a few others I need to read before I can pick this up but I’m hoping to get to it soon. And I’m hoping that my reading slump just buggers off already!Β 6

The third book I received from Walker Books Australia was On the Free. This one takes place at a camp (I think) and something happens, people die I think? I’m assuming there’s some kind of animal attack because under the dust jacket there’s claw marks. Like from a bear or a huge cat.

I also love this cover! I don’t really know why but I think it’s so pretty. I’m also really looking forward to reading this one. I think out of these three I might pick this one up first. It just keeps standing out to me.

So the next five books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand for me to review. The first one was a graphic novel of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. 7Northern Lights is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I’ve actually read Northern Lights but not the next two books. So I thought this was a great way to get a fast re-fresher on the first book so that I can finally pick up The Subtle Knife.

Plus, I haven’t read a graphic novel in ages and I enjoyed Northern Lights so I wanted to see what the graphic novel is like. I’m actually planning to read this next.

The illustrations look really good too. I can’t wait to pick this one up. It will also help with my Goodreads challenge too.

The next book I received was Things a Bright Girl Can Do. I didn’t request this one but it8 does sound good. I think it takes place before or during the suffragette movement. I don’t know if the characters are based on real people or they’re just fiction. I haven’t looked into it at all.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set during this time so it will mostly likely be a first for me. I also have no idea when I’ll pick this one up but I will one day soon-ish. Hopefully.

If you’ve read this book let me know what you thought of it? Because I don’t really know a lot about it or anyone that’s read it… That I know of anyway.

The next book I received was Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This is about someone that’s 9expelled from school (I can’t remember why) but something happens and it might actually be the best thing that happened to him. If I’m remembering the synopsis right anyway. So, there’s like a 90% chance I’m completely wrong…

I thought this sounded kind of good when I first read the synopsis so I’m hoping I’ll like it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a James Patterson book before. This one is for YA, which I read more of than anything else but I don’t just read YA. I know people judge others for reading YA and I really don’t get it. There are some amazing books that are YA!

Anyway, the next book I received was This Mortal Coil and no, I can’t remember what 10this is about. I think it might be dystopian but I’m not 100%. I haven’t read a dystopian book in so long so if it is I cannot wait to read it. I do remember hearing good things about this ages ago though.

You can’t see in this photo but the edges of the book have the DNA (I’m not really into science so I’m just guessing) thing down it. It looks really cool though. I’ll try to get a photo of it for my review. Whenever I post that because I haven’t even read the book yet. I’m hoping to get to it this month but who knows if that will happen. I only read three books last month and I haven’t touched my current read in days… Seriously guys, how do I get out of a reading slump??12

Okay, so the last book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It also came with some kind of bracelet and a notebook.

I’ve only read three of John’s books – The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I loved TFIOS but the other two were just meh. I have three more of his books but haven’t picked them up. I hope I like TATWD more than I liked Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I didn’t hate them but they weren’t the best books I’ve ever read. TFIOS though was so good. I think I’ve read it three times? Anyway, I’m also hoping to read TATWD this month too.Β DMi97oKVAAADqwZ

I got the October Owlcrate which was “Find me in the Forest.” I have shared my unboxing on my Instagram. If you want to see it you can click the link. I loved this box and I especially love the Harry Potter mug!

I don’t know how many Owlcrate boxes I’ll be getting because it’s not exactly cheap for me with the exchange rate and international shipping but I am so glad I got this box just for the mug. I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Maybe over the Christmas break? Who knows. November’s Owlcrate sounds good too. Somethings about castles and kingdoms.Β 13

 

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first one, Mirror, Mirror, sounds really good. Something about friends, lovers and betrayals.

I read the synopsis for this one months ago, way before the book was released so there’s no way I remember what the book is actually about. I haven’t made a TBR for November because I just don’t see a point with this stupid slump but if I can get to Mirror, Mirror this month then I definitely will.

I also received a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper to review. I got a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula last month and cannot wait to read Stalking Jack the Ripper. I didn’t know until14 last night that it was about someone being in love with Jack the Ripper but okay. Sounds interesting…

I have heard really good things about this book though so I can’t wait to read it. I was planning on joining a read-along for it but then our stray cat had kittens and I just didn’t get a chance to pick it up. But I’m hoping to get to this one soon.

This is also another beautiful cover! I love the colours and the buildings at the bottom. Anyway, if this reading slump would just f off already I could actually finish Godsgrave and pick up another book.Β 15

I won a giveaway on Twitter for an ARC of The Last Namsara from Date a Book Australia. I also haven’t read this but it’s another book I can’t wait to read. I think this one is about hunting down and killing dragons (why????) and something to do with stories. I guess I’ll find out when I read the book but I’m not really in a rush because it’s not a review book.

I love dragons so I’m not sure I’ll enjoy the hunting them down and killing them part but whatever. It has dragons in it and I am looking forward to reading it.Β 16

I received a copy of Nexus from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. This is the last book in the Zeroes trilogy. I’ve read the first two books and I’ve actually enjoyed them more than I thought I would. You can click the links for my reviews of Zeroes and Swarm.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends. Some of the characters in the first two books really annoyed me. Well one that I can remember off the top of my head. But there was a great cliffhanger at the end of Swarm and I actually remember it for a change! If I had a TBR for November this would definitely be on it.Β 18

The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia. These were both surprise book mail. I had no idea they were being sent. But I love surprise book mail. Anyway, the first book I have already read and reviewed. Not this edition. I got a different edition from Allen and Unwin New Zealand I can’t even remember when. But if you want to read my review of The Song from Somewhere Else you can click the link here.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this copy but I love the cover of the paperback edition.Β 17

The other book Bloomsbury Australia sent me was The Start of Me and You. I have read two other books by Emery Lord and I think my favourite was The Names They Gave Us. I had heard of this one before but hadn’t gotten around to picking up a copy. But I’m glad I didn’t.

This book sounds kind of sad. Or like it could be sad. But it takes a lot to actually make me cry so we’ll see. I don’t know when I’ll be picking this one up. Probably when I’m in the mood for a contemporary so it might be a while. I so want to get over this slump soon. If you have advice please leave me a comment!19

The last two books I received in October were from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The Nearest Far Away Place sounds like it could also be a sad read. It follows two brothers after the loss of their parents in a car crash. They go to live with relatives and that’s all I can remember. It says on the back it’s about brothers, loss and something else.

I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I did because I remember requesting it. This isn’t a very long book so I’m hoping to pick this up soon too.20

The last book I received was The Red Ribbon. Again, I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I know I requested it the same time as The Nearest Far Away Place so I must have thought it would be something I’d like.

Well it says on the cover something about a dress being the difference between life and death so that seems different. Guess I’ll find out when I pick the book up though.

Anyway, that’s my October book haul. What books did you get last month??

– Aimee.

October Wrap Up.

So I had a really bad reading month in October. I only managed to read three books. It was just one thing after another getting in the way of my reading. I had a reading slump, then my mother broke her ankle and wrist so she couldn’t really do a lot. And then at the end of the month out stray cat that turned up two months ago had three kittens. We didn’t even know she was pregnant. We had to figure out what to do, where to put her and then go and buy her kitten food. Things have settled down now so I hope I can get back into reading soon.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

Not a lot of books and I gave them all three stars… I don’t know if it was me or the reading slump or the book. Or all three. I’ll be reviewing them all soon-ish.

What did you read in October?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday – [November 1st 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over atΒ Taking on a World of Words.Β All you have to do isΒ answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over atΒ 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 you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – DNVuHM4VwAA5F-5
I started Godsgrave a few of days ago. I haven’t managed to read much because a cat that sort of adopted us (for now anyway) had kittens two days ago so I’ve been a little distracted. But I’m hoping to get back into it now that she seems more settled and has a somewhere to sleep. So we now have four new additions to the family. Not sure how long the mother will stick around but we won’t be keeping any of the kittens once they’re old enough to be re-homed.

Anyway, I think I’vee read around 60+ pages so far and I am enjoying it. I missed this narrator though. I love their sarcasm.

Recently Finished –  11 (4)
I didn’t post a WWW Wednesday last week because I hadn’t read much and I’d just be repeating myself. So I have finished The Wonderling by Mira Bartok. I think this book was a little too young for me. I do read middle grade sometimes but this was not the kind of book I usually read. It was a cute read and I loved the illustrations but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.

I’ll talk about this more in my review though. I don’t know when I’ll be posting it because I am behind again.. The joys of adulting.

The other book I read recently-ish was Magus Chase and the Ship of the Dead. This is the third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. I really enjoy Riordan’s DMydKunVQAEvpKObooks. I still prefer the Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus series but I love the diversity in these books. Which I’ll go into more in my review. I have actually written this one already.

Again, I have no idea when I’ll be posting the review for Ship of the Dead but I’m hoping soon. If you love Riordan’s books and haven’t read this series then I recommend picking the first three books up. Annabeth and Percy make an appearance at the start of Ship of the Dead so that’s always a plus for me. I love both Annabeth and Percy. There was also a short story at the end of this edition but I haven’t read it.Β 7

Reading Next –
I think I’ll be reading the Northern Lights graphic novel next. I’ve read the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I can’t remember what happened so this will better than re-reading Northern Lights.

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.

Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James.

Title – The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author – Lauren James
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 290 pages
Publication Date – September 7th 2017 by Walker Books
ISBN – 9781406375473
My Rating – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

“Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?”

Romy is the only survivor on a spaceship bound for a new planet. She’s the loneliest girl in the universe. Until a second spaceship is launched from Earth with only one passenger. A guy called J.

Romy and J communicate through emails, with messages talking months to transmit. Soon, Romy finds herself falling in love with J. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do these strange messages from earth mean? Sometimes, there are worse things than being alone…Β DKSPz9rVwAAEg1Q

I received a copy of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe from Walker Books Australia to review.

This is the third book by Lauren James that I’ve read. I enjoyed her duology so when I heard she was releasing a sci-fi book I knew I had to read it. Not that I’ve read a lot of sci-fi books.

So The Loneliest Girl in the Universe had me hooked from the start. I felt really bad for Romy. She was stuck in a situation she didn’t choose but she also didn’t really have a choice other than complete the mission. I was sure that there was more to the story than a girl falling for a guy she’d never met but I did not see that twist coming. It was a really good one!

I love sci-fi books and I will admit I was kind of expecting something else. Not that this was bad but it’s just not what I was expecting. I was left guessing until the end of the book though. I think The Loneliest Girl in the Universe may be my favourite book of Lauren’s. It’s up there with The Last Beginning, which I loved.

I can’t say much about this book without spoiling it so I’m just going to say that if you like sci-fi books or enjoy books with a great twist then I recommend picking up a copy.

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

– Aimee.

 

Review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

Title – Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series – DC Icons #1
Author – Leigh Bardugo
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 384 pages
Publication Date –  August 31st 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN – 9780141387376
My Rating – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

“She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning.”

Diana desperately wants to prove herself to her Amazon sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she chooses to save the life of a mortal instead. By saving Alia, Diana may have doomed the world. Because Alia is not a normal human – she’s a warbringer. Alia is descended from Helen of Troy and fated to start an age of bloodshed.

Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies – both mortal and godly – determined to get their hands on Alia.Β DI_ycZCVoAAeWf9

I received a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in the DC Icons series.

I love the DC TV shows that are on tv now (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) and I used to watch Smallville. I loved the Wonder Woman movie so I was really excited when I heard about the DC Icons series.

It did surprise me that Warbringer was set in out time but then this is a different story from the recent Wonder Woman movie. When I got used to a young Diana in our time I found myself enjoying the book.

And I loved Diana. How could I not though? And I loved that she didn’t want to just let Alia die to save the world but wanted to actually save Alia and end the line of warbringers. Yes, Diana wanted to prove herself to her mother and sisters but I don’t think that really mattered to her in the end. She’d proved to herself what she was capable of.

I also really liked Alia and her best friend, Nim. I thought they had an amazing friendship and Nim was so funny and unique. They were my favourite characters after Diana. And I also loved how accepting they were of each other. But then that’s what friends are supposed to be.

There was a twist to this story that I didn’t see coming at all. It was so well done that I was completely taken by surprise.

Overall I really enjoyed Warbringer and I think fans of Diana/Wonder Woman may enjoy it too. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I loved her Legend trilogy so I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Bruce.

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

– Aimee.

Review: I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir.

Title – I Am Traitor
Author – Sif Sigmarsdottir
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 292 pages
Publication Date –  September 7th 2017 by Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781444934472
My Rating – β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

“London, present day. Extra-terrestrial visitors have landed.”

Amy Sullivan felt safe at home in the middle of London. Now it’s one ofthe worst places to be because of the metallic arms coming down from the sky to transport victims up to the waiting spaceships.

Amy is now on one of these spaceships. The visitors are prepared to do whatever they need to do to destroy everything Amy, and Earth, knows.

To save Earth, Amy will have to trust those she’s scared of. But what if it makes her a traitor to everyone she loves?Β DIbjfWkUMAAxTEN

I received a copy of I Am Traitor from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I was so excited to pick this up because I love stories with alien invasions. I don’t know why. But there was just something about this story that I just didn’t click with. I don’t know if it was because I found some (or most) of the characters annoying or if the reason these aliens were abducting teens was just so disgusting and wrong or just all of it. I don’t know. I just know that it was just okay.

So I think the biggest shock for me was the reasons these twisted aliens were taking teenagers and then just expecting them to be grateful. Like “we’re giving you food, water and allowing you to live” but you just have to do this one thing for us. Which by the way was just too gross to even think about. But I guess that shouldn’t be so shocking considering these freaks have no empathy or even any emotions. I didn’t like them at all and just didn’t care that their species were facing extinction. What a shame.

And then there were the human characters and they annoyed me during most of the book. But I did finish I Am Traitor because I wanted to know what happened to them all. Maybe with the exception of one. I would have left him with those aliens.

I think the ending was kind of left open for a sequel but I haven’t looked into it to see if there will be one. Because to be honest I’m just not interested in reading it if there is another book. I guess this book just wasn’t for me. I think the story was okay up until the motivations of the aliens was revealed and then I was just like no. But, like I said, I still finished the book because I wanted to know how it ended.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.