New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.

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I thought I’d catch up on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, even if I’m not calling it a Top Ten Tuesday. I’m going to be listing all the author’s I’ve read for the first time in 2016 with the book and my rating starting in January til now.

1. Brigid Kemmerer – Thicker Than Water – ★★★★/5

2. Sarah Crossan – One – ★★★★/5

3. Emma Shevah – Dara Palmer’s Major Drama – ★★★/5

4. Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia – ★★★/5

5. Alex Marwood – The Darkest Secret – ★★★★/5

6. Katie Alender – Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall – ★★★/5

7. Aaron Hartzler – What We Saw – ★★★★★/5

8. Jennifer A. Nielsen – A Night Divided – ★★★★★/5

9. Maria Lewis – Who’s Afraid – ★★★★/5

10. Alison Goodman – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – ★★★★/5

11. Justine Larbalestier – My Sister Rosa – ★★★★★/5

12. Ryan Graudin  – Wolf by Wolf – ★★★★/5

13. Jill Mansel – You and Me, Always – ★★★★/5

14. Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – Tiny Pretty Things – ★★★★/5

15. Veronica Bennett – 101 Pieces of Me – ★★★/5

16. Jennifer Donnelly – Deep Blue – ★★★★/5

17. Amy Laura Schlitz – The Hired Girl – ★★★/5

18. Anne Cassidy – Moth Girls – ★★★★/5

19. Helena Coggan – The Catalyst – ★★★★/5

20. Harriet Evans – The Butterfly Summer – ★★★/5

21. Eric Lindstrom – Not if I See You First – ★★★★/5

22. Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands – ★★★★★/5

23. Erica James – Song of the Skylark – ★★★★/5

24. Lee Battersby – Magrit – ★★★/5

25. Janet Ellis – The Butcher’s Hook – ★★★/5

26. Alexandra Bracken – Passenger – ★★★/5

27. L.S. Hilton – Maestra – ★★★/5

28. Nicci Cloke – Follow Me Back – ★★★★/5

29. Hideo Yokoyama – Six Four – ★★★★/5

30. David Metzenthen – Dreaming the Enemy – ★★★/5

31. Mary Weber – Storm Siren – ★★★★★/5

32. E.S. Thomson – Beloved Poison – ★★★★/5

33. Blythe Woolston – MARTians – ★★/5

34. Lindsay Eager – Hour of the Bees – ★★★★/5

35. Sarah Ayoub – The Yearbook Committee – ★★★★/5

36. Martyn Bedford – Twenty Questions for Gloria – ★★★/5

37. Nicky Pellegrino – Under Italian Skies – ★★★/5

38. Amy Zhang – This is Where the World Ends – ★★★/5

39. Monica Wood – The One-in-a-Million Boy – ★★★★/5

40. Stella Gemmell – The City – ★★★★/5

41. Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal – ★★★★★/5

42. Brian Selznick – The Marvels – ★★★★/5

43. Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Curse – ★★★★/5

44. Ally Carter – All Fall Down – ★★★★/5

45. Renee Ahdieh – The Wrath & the Dawn – ★★★★/5

46. Jennifer E. Smith – Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between – ★★★★/5

47. R.C. Lewis – Spinning Starlight – ★★★★/5

48. Leah Flemming – The Last Pearl – ★★★★/5

49. Mary E. Pearson – Kiss of Deception – ★★★★/5

50. M.R. Carey – Fellside – ★★★★/5

51. Timothee de Fombelle – The Book of Pearl – ★★★/5

52. Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave – ★★★★/5

53. Emery Lord – When We Collided – ★★★/5

54. Kara Storti – Tripping Back Blue – ★★★/5

55. Emma Cline – The Girls – ★★★/5

56. G.R. Thomas – Awaken – ★★★★/5

57. Eleanor Wasserberg – Foxlowe – ★★★/5

58. Claire North – The Sudden Appearance of Hope – ★★★/5

59. Amy Tintera – Ruined – ★★★★/5

60. Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale ★★★/5

61. Kiersten White – And I Darken – ★★★★/5

62. Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side – ★★★/5

63. Kimberly McCreight – The Outliers – ★★★★/5

64. Georgia Clark – The Regulars – ★★★/5

65. Lara Avery – The Memory Book – ★★★★/5

66. Melka Stansah – The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey – ★★★/5

67. Sophie Hardcastle – Breathing Under Water – ★★★★/5

68. Amy Schumer – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – ★★★★/5

69. Meg Medina – Burn Baby Burn – ★★★/5

70. Kody Keplinger – Run – ★★★/5

71. V.E. Schwab – This Savage Song – ★★★★/5

72. Matt Phelan – Snow White: A Graphic Novel – ★★★/5

73. Kathleen Glasgow – Girl in Pieces – ★★★★/5

74. Mike Hooper – Devolve; The Wolf – ★★★★/5

75. Suzanne Young – Hotel for the Lost – ★★★/5

So out of the 134 books I’ve read so far this year 75 were by authors I’d never read before. Which is pretty good I think.

How many new authors (to you) did you read in 2016?

– Aimee.

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Top Ten Tuesday (July 19th): Ten Books Set Outside The US.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can check out the themes (if that’s what they’re called…) here. This week’s theme is books set outside the US. So I read a lot of fantasy but I’m assuming they don’t count. Now I actually have to think.

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 
This is set in a small village in England but Will and Louisa do travel a bit to other places. It’s mostly set in England though. I think most people know what Me Before You is about now.

2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
If you haven’t read this series yet it’s set in England too. Mostly at Hogwarts but still. I don’t think I have to say what this series is about. I can’t wait to read The Cursed Child!!!

3. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
More books set in England. I think I see a theme… But this is set in the 1800’s I think. I can’t really remember what they’re about though.

4. Tomorrow When the War Began Series & The Ellie Chronicles by John Marsden.
This series is set in Australia and follows a few (six I think?) teenagers as their country has been invaded by an unknown country. It’s never mentioned who comes into Australia and starts taking over and killing people but these teens decide to fight back. I read this series a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany. I will admit that I saw the movie first, which I’ve only done a handful of times, but this book and the movie are amazing. I loved them both.

6. Slated Trilogy by Teri Terry. 
Another series set in England lol. The main character, Kyla, has had her memory and her personality wiped clean, she’s been Slated. Kyla was told she was a terrorist and the government is giving her this second chance, but only if she follows their rules. Things from her past are coming back to her and nothing is as it seems. I liked these books, they were really fast reads for me.

7. A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielson.
This is set in East Berlin, Germany, after the Berlin Wall goes up and follows Gerta as she realises her family is now separated and what she’ll do to be free.

8. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub. 
The Yearbook Committee is set in Sydney, Australia and follows six teens in their last year of high school. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this because I’d heard it was like The Breakfast Club, which I didn’t like, but I really enjoyed it. It was a bit cheesy in places but I still liked it.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 
I think this is mostly set in France. Although Anna does go home to America (I think) for a holiday.. It’s been so long since I read this. But Anna is in France most of the time so it still counts.

10. The Martian by Andy Weir. 
Okay so I’m cheating. Yes, NASA is in America and sometimes there’s a POV from someone at NASA but Mark is on Mars for most of this book and the majority of it is in his perspective so I think this counts as “outside the US.”

This was harder than I thought it would be. Especially as I tried not to have books set in the same country but apparently I read a lot of books set in England… I was born there so it makes sense.

What books have you read that aren’t set in the US?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (March 29th): 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

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I think I’m going to be boring today and just list the books but I’ll also link them back to Goodreads.

1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
2. The Reaction by Helena Coggan
3. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
4. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
5. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
6. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
7. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
8. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
9. The Lake House by Kate Morton
10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I don’t rate a lot of books five stars. I read Illuminae in October last year and Rebel of the Sands this month. These are my most recent though.

What are some of your most recent five star books? Let me know in the comments.

Aimee.

2016 Reading Challenge – January Update.

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I’ve decided to update my 2016 Reading Challenge at the end of each month. I’m a little behind this month, only four days, but I’m hoping it will motivate me to finish the challenge this year. 

So in January I read seven books on the list in January. I’m just going to list them here with their category. 

1. A book based on fairy tales – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
2. A book set in your home state – Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis.
(So New Zealand doesn’t have states so I just used a book that was set in the country.)
3. A book set in Europe – A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilson.
4. A book you can finish in a day – One by Sarah Crossan.
5. A book that is published in 2016 – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
6. A book with a blue cover – Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer.
7. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – Soundless by Richelle Mead.

That’s all for this month. Hopefully I can keep it up and actually finish the challenge this year. 

What books have you used for the challenge so far? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

Review: A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielson.

Title – A Night Divided
Author – Jennifer A. Nielson
Publication Date – August 25th 2015 by Scholastic
ISBN – 9780545682428
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

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With the sudden rise of the Berlin Wall overnight, Gerta wakes to find her family divided. Gerta is with her mother and eldest brother Fritz on the east being controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother Dominic had gone west to look for work and are now unable to return home. Gerta knows how dangerous it is to watch the Wall and to think what it would be like to be free but she can’t find it in her to stop. She can see the East German soldiers, with their guns turned on their own citizens, watching for signs of escape. Gerta, her family, friends and neighbours are now prisoners in their own city.

One day while walking to school Gerta sees her father on the western side of the wall, acting out a song from her childhood. From this, she figures out that he wants her to tunnel under the Wall to freedom. But if she’s caught the consequences will be deadly and no one can be trusted with this secret. Will Gerta and her family find a way to freedom?

I received a copy of A Night Divided from Scholastic New Zealand to review. I’ve never read anything about the Berlin Wall before so I was interested to see what this would be like.

My high school didn’t teach history, although I did leave early, so I’ve had to learn about CZCzmP_UwAAXs9PWW2 in my own time. Apparently they were bringing in world history after I left. I’m kind of embarrassed about my lack of knowledge on the Berlin Wall. This book is told through Gerta’s perspective. She’s twelve but even though she’s so young there’s a lot about why the Wall went up, who did it and what it meant for the citizens of Berlin.

I couldn’t believe that Russia thought it was okay to treat people that way. But then look at what their current leader has said and done with gay people. They should be free to be who they are and instead are being beaten up for holding hands in public. There are families in New Zealand that can’t adopt children in orphanages over in Russia, that need adopting, because we have legalized gay marriage. I can honestly say this is one country I’ll never visit.

Gerta and her family were brave for what they did. They knew the risks but I think the risks of staying, especially with their father’s past hanging over them, were much more dangerous to Gerta and Fritz. What the Stasi could to to them and their mother if they stayed was so much worse with out being caught for trying to escape. Their family was a target because of what their father did before the Wall went up.

I really liked Gerta. How she and others in East Berlin had their little rebellions against the government. I also liked that on the outside she looked like she was falling in line, inside she was desperate to be free. But at the same time I can see why people didn’t take a stand. Not only would they probably be killed but the Stasi (the secret police) would go after their families for their rebellion.

I enjoyed reading A Night Divided. I’ve already recommended it to others and one has enjoyed it as much as I did. It made me wonder why I’d never thought about what happened to the people in Germany after the war ended instead of just the Jewish people.

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

Have you read A Night Divided? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

January 2016 Wrap Up.

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Time for my monthly wrap up post. Again I’m just going to list the books and give my star ratings.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer  – ★★★★
Thicker Thank Water by Brigid Kermmerer – ★★★★
One by Sarah Crossan – ★★★★
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – ★★★
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – ★★★
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – ★★★
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood – ★★★★
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender- ★★★
A Storm of Swords Part 1 by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★
Soundless by Richelle Mead – ★★★★
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare – ★★★
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ★★★★★
A Night Divided by Jennifer A Neilson – ★★★★★
The Siren by Kiera Cass – ★★★★
Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis – ★★★★
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – ★★★★
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★★
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – ★★★★★

I read eighteen books in January. That’s insane. It’ll probably slow down now though.

What did you read last month?

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [January 20th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is 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 you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
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I haven’t heard much about The Siren but I did know that Kiera had written another book before The Selection Series. I thought it sounded interesting when I first looked it up on Goodreads.

I’m glad its finally being published. Or re-published. I’m not sure. I think it has been published before this edition.

I was sent a copy to review by HarperCollins New Zealand this week. I’m not that far in yet but I like what I’ve read.

Kahlen is a siren and works for the Ocean. She has 20 years left to serve and handles what she does for the Ocean differently to her three sister sirens. That’s pretty much as far as I’ve got. 22024488

Recently Finished –
A Night Divided is set after the Berlin Wall went up. It follows Gerta as she realises her family is now divided. Gerta, her mother and older brother Fritz are stuck in East Berlin which is controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother Dominic went west to find work and can’t come home.

I’ve never read anything about the Berlin Wall before but I really enjoyed this. My review will be up on my blog soon so I’m not going to go into too much detail but it is really good and I couldn’t put it down.

I was sent a copy of A Night Divided to review from Scholastic New Zealand last month.

I have wanted to read this since I saw it on a website last year, can’t remember what that 9780062452979website was but it had me hooked back then.

What We Saw follows Kate Weston as she finds out that a fellow student at her school has pressed charges against four members of the basketball team for sexual assault. What follows is horrible to read about but I think it needs to be read. It’s such a good book and so current with what girls go through when they press charges for sexual assault these days.

I was surprised this this is a debut novel from Aaron Hartzler but I can’t wait to see what he writes next. HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of What We Saw to review. I’ll be posting my review to my blog soon.

I’ve recently finished reading The Mortal Instruments (I’d read the first five books but 13568619finally got around to reading City of Heavenly Fire) and The Bane Chronicles. So I thought it was time to read The Shadowhunter’s Codex. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, I obviously knew it would go over the beginnings of the Shadowhunters but other than that I had no idea what else would be in here.

I’m going to do my review on here soon so I’m not going to go into too much detail but I was really bored while I read this. Not all of it but there were times when I was bored. I knew a lot of what was written in here from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. So I was just re-reading things I’d already learned.

On a plus side there are notes from Clary, Jace and Simon through the book which were (sometimes) funny and there is a lot of great art too. I think I’ll show some of the pages/art I especially liked in my review. 9781760141776

I’ve been seeing Soundless on Bookstagram for months now. I was debating buying a copy before Christmas but then I noticed that my local library had a copy so I put in a request for it.

There are a lot of mixed reviews of Soundless on Goodreads. I haven’t read them but I did notice that people either love it or hate it which is why I didn’t know if I should buy a copy, what if I was one of the ones that hated it? I’m glad I was able to borrow it from the library.

Again, I’m going to do a full review of Soundless so I’m not going to go into too much detail but I will say that I really enjoyed this book. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before.

Reading Next –
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I think this is on my TBR pile to read next. I received a copy of Who’s Afraid? to review this week.

I’m pretty sure it’s about werewolves and parts of it are set in New Zealand so that’s cool. I’ll be able to read about places I’ve actually visited. I don’t normally read books that are set in New Zealand. I don’t know why.

I think this is a debut book by Maria Lewis and the start of a trilogy? But don’t quote me on that. I could be wrong. I probably am.

Anyway, what  are you currently reading? Leave me a comment and let me know!

– Aimee.