March TBR.

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I thought it was about time I shared my March TBR. I know I’m a bit late this month but oh well. Hopefully I’ll be more organised next moth.

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I’ve only read two books so far this month but they were both really long and one took me a while to get through because of a character I didn’t like. Actually they both had a character I didn’t like.

So I’ve read The City of Brass and Children of Blood and Bone. And I loved Children of Blood and Bone. I gave it five stars. I ended up giving The City of Brass four stars. I’ll post reviews of both soon.

I’m trying to decide what to read next. It’s between Deception and Scythe. I’m leaning more towards Deception because the first book in the Dark Matter trilogy, Contagion, was a fast read for me.

And then who knows? I’m a mood reader so these books aren’t in any type of order. I read The City of Brass first because it was on my February TBR and I didn’t get to it. I’ll guess I’ll see what mood I’m in when I finish my next read.

What’s on your March TBR?

Aimee.

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February Book Haul.

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I thought it was about time that I shared my February book haul. I know it’s a little late but better late than never I guess. DXZPYvrVQAAJQfO

So last month I got a total of 20 books. I bought ten and received ten to review.

I’d read three before but wanted different copies and out of the rest I only managed to read one last month.

I cannot believe how much my reading has slowed down since last year. But I am watching more TV at night now instead of reading so that might be why? But I like having a break from reading sometimes. I think I burnt myself out last year and three reading slumps were what came of it. Anyway, onto my book haul.

So the first book I got last month was Almost Midnight. I bought a copy of this randomly. 1I wasn’t looking for it. I do have a copy of one of the short stories in this book, Kindred Spirits, but haven’t actually read it yet.

This edition is really pretty in person, it had glitter all over the book. I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it. Maybe if I fall behind in my reading challenge.

I’ve read a few of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I think my favourite out of the ones I’ve read might be Landline? But Fangirl is still on my TBR. I have a copy of that, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

The next book I also bought for myself. I actually sent money to my cousin in England to pick me up a copy of this because I loved the Waterstones edition and couldn’t find it on2 Book Depository. Well, I think it’s a Waterstones edition?

Anyway this is the first book in Philip Pullman’s new series. I have to confess that I’ve only read Northern Lights in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I really enjoyed it and I plan on continuing the trilogy at some point this year. Then I will pick up La Belle Sauvage.

This edition also has a daemon inside the cover. I think there were a few you could get but I can only remember three, the monkey, one that I think was Pan (??) and a cat. I got the cat. There are more photos of the book on my Instagram but I’m sure you could Google to see too.

I also finally got the Shadow and Bone trilogy last month. I’ve been wanting to read these 3for years but the library I used to go to didn’t have them and I never got around to getting myself a copy of them until now. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be reading them anytime soon. I’ve had books sitting unread on my shelves for years and yet I still buy more…

I do want to read at least the first book this year though. At least then I’ll know if I should get copies of the Six of Crows duology. I’ve been really tempted to just buy them now but I don’t even know if I’ll like this trilogy. Which is why I haven’t actually bought them even though the hardbacks are so pretty with their sprayed edges! I love these editions though and the box set even came with a map!

Another book I bought for myself. Well, this one is a graphic novel of a book. I loved 4Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy so when I saw this for only $3 I had to get it. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. The last one I read was the Northern Lights edition. I don’t know if the other two books have graphic novels though…

I haven’t read this yet. I’m planning to read it if I fall behind on this years reading challenge on Goodreads because graphic novels are really fast reads. And I haven’t read this trilogy in years!

I also want to get this trilogy in hardback too because my copies are different sizes and it frustrates me. I like have a series be the same size.

The next book was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. I’ve heard really 5good things about Scythe and I cannot wait to read it. It’s actually on my March TBR but I don’t know when I’ll pick it up…

I can’t remember what this is about and I don’t want to assume things here because I’ll probably just be wrong so I’m not going to. Someone told me that it made her cry both times they read it. It takes a lot for a book. TV show or movie to make me cry. I think I cry more watching something than reading though but there have been books that have made me cry. I can’t remember what the last one was though. I just looked at my reading challenge on Goodreads and none of the books I’ve read this year have made me cry. So I guess I’ll see if this one does when I eventually pick it up.

The next two books were sent to my from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. Firstlife is the first book in a trilogy I think. I think it was something about you live your first life6 and then die and go on to the next one? Which is your actual life? Oh wow that is a crap summary but it’s been a while since I read the synopsis.

That ‘hot price’ on the cover really annoys me because I can’t take it off. Why do you do this to pretty books!!!

Anyway, Firstlife is on my March TBR too. I don’t have my TBR in an order of when I’ll read the books. I just pick up a book I’m in the mood for. I think I tried to have them in some kind of order once and it never worked. Looks like I’m a mood reader. Especially if it’s a contemporary. I have to be in the mood for one of them to read them.

HarperCollins NZ also sent me a copy of Zenith to review. I love sci-fi books but I haven’t 7been hearing good things about this and to be honest it’s kind of put me off a little bit. I mean, I’ll read it eventually because it’s a review book but I’m just not in the mood for it yet. I will say that my expectations have dropped though. I’m not going to go into it expecting to have the same opinion as everyone else but the things I’ve heard just aren’t making me excited to read it.

I do like the cover though and the story still sounds good. I kind of hope I like it but if it’s as bad as I’ve heard it is then I also don’t want to at the same time? I don’t know.

I bought the hardback edition of Illuminae last year when I saw it at a local store for $7. So obviously I had to have the other two in hardback. Gemina arrived last month and it is8 gorgeous! I love the Illuminae Files and can’t wait for my copy of Obsidio to arrive. It’s finally been shipped!!

I really want to re-read this trilogy but it’ll have to wait until later in the year or next year. I have too many review copies I need to read first.

If you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina then I cannot recommend them enough. They’re so unique and amazing and Gemina has beautiful illustrations by Marie Lu too. I gave both books five stars and I’ve already read them twice. I actually re-read them when I heard Obsidio’s publication date had been pushed back.

Walker Books Australia sent me an ARC of Small Spaces to review. This is a debut novel (I 9think) and comes out in April. It’s also a YA thriller and I love thrillers so I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

I can’t remember what this is about. I do remember requesting it and I think I read a synopsis but I’m not sure. I think I read it last year… My memory is crap though.

I think this is also from an Australian author too. I don’t read many ‘local’ authors. I mean, Australia isn’t really local, I’m in New Zealand, but it’s not like Australia is that far away. And I know a couple of New Zealand authors that fall under the LoveOZYA category so I guess we share…

Allen and Unwin New Zealand surprised me last month and sent me a copy of Obsidio to10 review. This is the only review book that I received last month that I read. There was no way I was waiting until closer to the review date to read it. That would drive me crazy. My review will be up when Obsidio is officially released in New Zealand but I will say that I gave it five stars too. This trilogy was amazing! But I’m not saying anything else here. You’ll just have to wait for my review.

The ANZ edition is so shiny though! I had to angle the book away from me because I kept showing up in the cover. I can’t wait to see what the hardback looks like in person. I don’t think it’s shiny though.

The next two books I got because I am buying The Selection Series in the hardback 11editions. Now I have the first three. When I first picked up The Selection and The Elite a few years ago I heard The CW were making it into a TV show and I wanted to read the book first. Well that never happened but I did fall in love with the story and America and Maxon.

I didn’t acutally think I would because it’s kind of like The Bachelor except with royalty and also sort of dystopian. The third book, The One, has a lot more action. Well, when I say action I really mean death. Which I did not see coming by the way. I know people don’t like The Heir and The Crown but I did. Eadlyn was annoying at first but as she grew up I found her less annoying. 12

I’m planning on buying The Heir, The Crown and Happily Ever After in hardback too. I’m not in any rush because I’ve read the series so I know what happens.

I was planning on re-reading them as I got them too but that hasn’t happened yet. Probaby because I need to catch up on my review books from last year and this year first. Taking a break over the holidays really put me behind and I haven’t caught up yet. I don’t even know if I will unless I stop requesting more books. Which I probably should. But there are so many good books coming out this year!

I bought a copy of The Librarian of Auschwitz from Book Depository when I saw it for 13$14. That’s not bad for a hardback in New Zealand. Anyway, this is based on a true story and has been translated into English. I haven’t read a book set in Auschwitz before so it’ll be different. I’ve read The Diary of a Young Girl a few times and Anne Frank Remembered, which was so sad but really good too.

My mother is reading this at them moment. Well, she’s been at 21 pages for the last two weeks so I can’t say she’s actually reading it. But she knows I won’t be picking it up any time soon so there’s no rush for her to finish it. I do want to read The Librarian of Auschwitz this year though.

Lighthouse Media New Zealand sent me a copy of Children of Blood and Bone to review. I’m actually reading this now and it’s so good! The release for New Zealand is the 13th I14 think so I have time to finish it and get my review up. I do recommend reading this though, it’s so good!!

I’ve also bought a copy of the Barnes and Noble special edition. I’m hoping it arrives in once piece. I’ve never bought anything from them before but I couldn’t pass up that edition! It’s so pretty. I also chose the cheapest shipping which means the longest. But I didn’t need it straight away because I have this to review.

But if you haven’t got a copy or weren’t planning on getting one then you definitely should! Or get it from a library! The magic and characters are amazing! And the cover is gorgeous.

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of The Queen’s Rising to review. This also has 15a pretty cover. And no I don’t remember what it’s about. But I’m assuming it’s about a queen.

This isn’t on my TBR for March but I think if I get time I might squeeze it on? But I’ll have to see what happens. So far I’ve only read The City of Brass, which was good, and I’m 3/4 way through Children of Blood and Bone. They are both big books though and my copy of Children of Blood and Bone has tiny text. Hopefully I’ll finish it in the next couple of days. And then I’ll figure out what I want to read next. I have six books to choose from. I also still need to post my March TBR…

So the last books I received in February were the 10th anniversary editions of the Chaos Walking Trilogy. These editions are beautiful and even have black sprayed edges. I’m 16hoping to read The Knife of Never Letting Go soon. I don’t have it on my TBR but hopefully my reading picks up again soon. I don’t know why it’s slowed down so much.

What books did you get in February?

– Aimee.

Review: Nexus by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.

Title – Nexus
Series – Zeroes #3
Authors – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 432 pages
Publication Date – November 2017 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781925267259
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“The Zeroes are in disarray. One of them has vanished. One of them is in prison. The rest of them are on the most-wanted list. And something big is brewing.”

Bellweather is being held in a high-security prison, accused of murdering Swarm. He’s alone and unable to use his power. Flicker, Mob, Crash and Scam are on the run – wanted for domestic terrorism. And the FBI have a secret weapon of their own – a teenage girl with a power the Zeroes have never seen before.

After breaking Bellweather out of prison the Zeroes travel to New Orleans, where Mardi Gras crowds promise power to anyone who can channel it. It’s there that an army of Zeroes are gathering around a very powerful leader. And they don’t have anything good planned.

Time is running out. The Zeroes need to trust each other again and combine their powers for good to stop the coming threat. DVYpwdyV4AA4fan

I received a copy of Nexus from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. This is the final book in the Zeroes series. You can click the links for my review of the first two books, Zeroes and Swarm.

I enjoyed both Zeroes and Swarm more than I thought I would. So I was looking forward to finding out how the story would end. I didn’t want to go into Nexus with any expectations so there was no way I could be disappointed. However the story ended. I did have one thing that I wanted to happen though. I won’t say what here.

I think Nate has annoyed me in all three books now. I never liked that his power meant he had control over the Zeroes and the fact that he loved it. But his obsession in Nexus with the leader of the group in New Orleans was ridiculous. He didn’t even know what this person was up to  – good or bad. But I am glad Riley found her voice. I definitely preferred her as a leader over Nate.

Speaking of the leader in New Orleans… I have no idea what happened to make them come up with this insane plan but clearly it wasn’t worth it. I don’t know if I want to know their story but I think it might have been interesting. Or maybe not.

I am glad that there was kind of an epilogue to Nexus and there was a way to see what happened to most of the characters. But I did feel bad for Ethan. I definitely prefer when a series has an actual ending.

I can’t remember if there was ever an answer to where their powers came from though? It was a question I had when I was reading the first book. I think all the Zeroes were born in 2000? Or I could be completely wrong. But I did want to know where they came from. Especially because Riley got a power but her twin didn’t…

The Zeroes series was really good. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it at first. The superpowers thing drew me in with the first book because I love Marvel and DC movies. But there was just something about it that had me read the next two books.

If you like X-Men (kids developing random powers) then you should check out the Zeroes series.

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

– Aimee.

 

Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes.

Title – Still Me
Series – Me Before You #3
Author – Jojo Moyes
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 480 pages
Publication Date – January 23rd 2018 by Michael Joseph
ISBN – 9780718183196
RRP – $30.00
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“Lou Clark knows too many things . . .

She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London.

She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down.

Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt.

Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.” 

I received a copy of Still Me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the third book in the Me Before You series. DVn6EXwVMAALufa

I’ve enjoyed all three books in this series. I was only ever expecting there to be one book, Me Before You, and it’s still my favourite of the three. But I do like the other two as well.

I love Lou! She’s just so uniquely herself and I love reading about her outfits even though I’m not into fashion at all. I also love her family, especially her parents! I think they’ve made me laugh out loud in every book.

I was really looking forward to seeing what Lou got up to in New York City because knowing her luck it wouldn’t be smooth sailing. I wasn’t expecting anything bad to happen but still. I mean, she had fallen off a roof!

There was one thing I didn’t like about Still Me and its big part of why I couldn’t give the book five stars. I felt like the Will Traynor doppelgänger was a bit much and completely unnecessary. The story could have done without it. It just felt like a way to keep Will in Lou’s story and there was already a pretty good way he was connected to her time in New York without this guy… So I don’t get why Josh needed to look like Will. I just wish that one detail wasn’t in it. I mean, she couldn’t even introduce him to people who knew Will without thinking she’d be judged. I just don’t get why he was even needed in this?

Anyway, Lou and her family definitely made up for it. Oh and a few new characters from New York were great too. I’m not going to say who but the neighbour was one of my favourite characters in Still Me.

I feel like there doesn’t need to be another book after this. Lou seems like she’s in a great place from where the book ended. I’m happy to leave her there. I’ll definitely miss reading about what Lou and her family are getting up to but I feel like a fourth book would drag it on.

I have loved the Me Before You series/trilogy. Whatever it is. And I love Lou, her parents and Will.

If you haven’t read these books then I definitely recommend them! Especially for the characters and how funny they are.

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

– Aimee.

Review- Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library.

Title – Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Author – The British Library
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 256 pages
Publication Date – October 20th 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN – 9781408890769
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of The British Library. 

It promises to take readers on a facinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Whitchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creature.”

I received a copy of Harry Potter: A History of Magic from Bloomsbury Australia to review.  DUv0WJdVwAABMGf

I read a copy of Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic last year and even though I liked it, I felt like the target audience was families and children. If you want to check out my review of that edition you can here. But this edition definitely has a lot more information and is targeted toward older readers.

I haven’t been to the exhibition, even though I’d love to, so I can’t say if all of what is shown at the exhibition is included in the book. But I don’t see why it wouldn’t…

I had read some things in this from the other edition. But this one had a lot more information. My favourite parts were from Rowling’s archives and the illustrations from Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill. I did like reading all the other parts of the exhibit, especially because I won’t see it in person. They were really interesting.

There’s no question that I preferred this edition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic to the other one. I do wish that I could see it in person but I’m glad that Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and The British Library created this amazing book for people who can’t travel to London.

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then I definitely recommend reading a copy of this. Especially if you can’t see it in person too.

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

– Aimee.

February Wrap Up.

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I didn’t read much in February. My reading has definitely slowed down in the last six months. I wish I knew why so I could fix it…

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Anyway, onto my wrap up.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – ★★★★/5
Nexus by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti – ★★★★/5
Still Me by Jojo Moyes – ★★★★/5
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen – ★★★★/5
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★/5
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – ★★★/5
Truthers by Geoffrey Girard – ★★★/5

Like I said, I didn’t read a lot last month. My favourite was definitely Obsidio! I’d give The Illuminae Files all the stars! I have given all three books five stars.

I also really enjoyed Still Me and Reign the Earth. I couldn’t give either of them five starts but I think four stars are still pretty good.

I’ll be posting my reviews of all these books soon.

How many books did you read in February?

Aimee.

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

Title – Stalking Jack the Ripper
Series – Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Author – Kerri Maniscalco
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 352 pages
Publication Date – September 5th 2017 by jimmy patterson
ISBN – 9780316273510
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“He murdered women in cold blood. He terrorized an entire city. He taunted those of us who hunted him down.

But despite all of these horrors, in the end, I could not deny it… I was the girl who loved The Ripper.”

I received a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper from Hachette New Zealand to review. DU-tKPaV4AAj4lp

I’d heard good things about this book but I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I think the synopsis made me think this was going to focus more on a “love story” because Audrey was “the girl who loved The Ripper” but when I started the book I realised there was more than one kind of love which meant there was more than one suspect for the Ripper. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I’m not really into love stories (yes, I do have some exceptions) so I was glad that even though there was a love interest the story wasn’t focused on him. Or them. And Thomas was way to full of himself for me.

So I mentioned that there was more than one person that was close to Audrey and could also be Jack the Ripper. I had three people I suspected. I don’t want to say anything else here for people who haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet. But I will say that I got it down to two people and the guy who was revealed to be The Ripper wasn’t one of them.

I haven’t read anything about Jack the Ripper before this. All I knew of him is that he was a serial killer in London and was never caught. Oh and that he only killed women. Which isn’t really much to go on.

I loved that Audrey didn’t want to just marry someone her father chose and have kids. I’m not sure how she put up with her father to be honest. He drove me nuts just reading about all the rules he had for Audrey. I get that this was a different time but still. Thomas also drove me nuts. So I’m really not looking forward to him being in the second book at all.

I really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper a lot more than I thought I would. I don’t know why I didn’t think this book wasn’t for me because I love murder/mystery books. And I loved that Maniscalco had me guessing who Jack the Ripper was all the way to the end.

Despite Thomas, I am looking forward to finding out what Audrey gets up to in Hunting Prince Dracula soon.

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

– Aimee.