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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April Wrap Up & May TBR.

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I’ve finally got my May TBR together so I decided to share it and my April wrap up today. I did forget one book in my wrap up photo but it’s so hard to get back into the box set that I couldn’t be bothered getting it and taking a new one. So I’m just going to jump right in.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Ewing – 4/5 stars
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
Black by Fleur Ferris – 4/5 stars
What Girls are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold – 3/5 stars
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – 4/5 stars
The Silent Invasion by James Bradley – 3/5 stars
Front Lines by Michael Grant – 3/5 stars
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – 4/5 stars
But then I Came Back by Estelle Lure – 3/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – 5/5 stars

For some reason I’m having trouble with WordPress on both Google Chrome (it won’t load at all) and Internet Explorer. For some reason it won’t let me post the stars that I usually use as my ratings in my wrap ups. I tried Firefox or whatever it’s called but that was slower to load than the computer and I just could not be fucked with that. So if anyone can tell me why it won’t load on Chrome it would be great! I’ve uninstalled it and re-installed it and still have the same problem.

Anyway, onto my May TBR.

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I started reading The End of Oz yesterday. I didn’t get a lot read because I kept getting distracted but I’m hoping to read more today. I’ve already picked what I’ll be reading next, Finding Nevo. This sounds so good and I can’t wait to pick it up.

What’s on your May TBR?

– Aimee.

April Book Haul.

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It’s that time of the month again when I post my book haul. I did forget two book in my photo (above) but I will include them in the post. By the time I realised I just couldn’t be bothered getting all the books back because I’d already put them away.

So, onto my haul. I got a total of 21 books in April and I’ve only read three. I have started another one from this haul today though.1

The first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. Perfect is the sequel to Flawed, which came out last year and I loved. These are Ahern’s first YA books.

I haven’t read this yet but I am hoping to read it in May. I was hoping to get to it last month but I couldn’t fit it in.

I can’t really talk about Perfect without giving things away for those that haven’t read Flawed yet. If you haven’t read Flawed then I definitely recommend finding a copy. I couldn’t put it down when I read it.

The second book I received this month was a surprise from Pan Macmillan New Zealand. 2I was not expecting this at all. This is one of the three books I read this month from the books I hauled.

This is about an alien invasion and takes place in Australia. The invasion has a virus type thing that changes not only people but also plants and animals into this alien species? I don’t know. But they aren’t themselves anymore.

So when Callie finds out her little sister has started Changing she runs away to find this Zone to hopefully find help but what she does find will change her life.

I liked the story and I also want to know what’s next after the ending. That was a bit of a surprise. You can read my review of The Silent Invasion here3

The next three books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review.

I read When We Collided by Emery Lord last year and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading The Names they Gave Us soon. I don’t think this is out until June so I’m hoping to get this read soon but it’s not high on my TBR right now.

I can’t actually remember what this is about now but I liked the sound of it when I read the synopsis a couple of month ago.

I also think The Possible comes out in June so I’ll be reading this around the same time as 4I read The Names they Gave Us. I also can’t remember what this is about I did like the sound of this too when I read the synopsis.

Anyway, I’ve never read a book by Altebrando before but I did want to read The Leaving when it came out last year. I never got around to getting a copy. Maybe I will after I read this.

I love this cover though. My photo doesn’t really do it justice. It definitely looks better in person. If you can’t tell I’m just rambling now because I have no idea what to say. I really should get these done with the synopsis.5

The last book Bloomsbury Australia sent me to review was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This is another book I’ve actually read from this haul.

I will have my review of this up soon so I don’t want to talk about this too much. And I think I’ve got to be one of the very few people who haven’t read this series yet so I’m not going to go into what this book is about because I’ll probably just bore everyone.

I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read The Mime Order. I’ll have to get a copy of that soon before I forget what happened in this one. 6

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of But Then I Came Back by Estelle Lure. This is the last book I’ve read from my April haul. I’ll also be reviewing this soon so I don’t want to say too much about it here.

This follows Eden whose been in a coma and wakes up to a different life. Or, she feels different, like a part of her is still in the ‘in between.’ I didn’t really know what to expect with this but it did enjoy it. It’s a bit weird in places but I think it just added to the story. Anyway, you can read more when I post my review.

7HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of The End of Oz to review. This is the last book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I think.

I started this today. I’m not that far into it yet, because I decided to post my book haul and this takes me forever, but I have liked what I read so far. I especially like that Madison is in this one more. I liked her in Yellow Brick War and am looking forward to seeing what happens to her now.

I’ve enjoyed this series, even though I have found the storyline predictable at times. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story ends.

I bought a hardback copy of Fangirl, which I haven’t read, from Book Depository because 8I saw it on there for $16 and I couldn’t resist. So I’ll be passing on my paperback copy so I have more room on my shelves.

I’m not in a huge rush to read this. I’ve had the paperback edition for a couple of years now and haven’t felt a real pull to read it but I will get to it one day.

I’ve heard good things about Fangirl but I’m not sure I want to read Carry On. I’ve heard mixed reviews on that one… Maybe I’ll see what I think when I actually read Fangirl. I did see a copy of Carry On for $5 but I didn’t get it. 9

I received a copy of Silver Stars from Hardie Grant to review. This is the second book in the Soldier Girl series. I read Front Lines in April and really enjoyed it. I’ll be posting a review of that soon.

These books take place in an alternate universe where young women have been called to fight in WW2. It’s a really interesting idea and I have really liked reading this. It’s a little frustrating with all the crap the girls have to put up with from men at that time and all the racism, sexism and prejudices of the 1940’s but it has to be included to make the story more real… I guess.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Avenged by Amy Tintera to review. This 10is the sequel to Ruined which I read and reviewed last year. I wasn’t sure if I’d like Ruined or not but I loved it and I cannot wait to read Avenged. Although I can’t stand the AU covers…

I’m hoping to read Avenged sometime in May. I’m not sure when yet but it’s definitely on my May TBR.

If you want to read my review for Ruined you can here. I think I might have to re-read Ruined before I can get to Avenged, which will really annoy me, but I might try to read my review first. 11

The next two books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review.

Finding Nevo follows Nevo as they come to terms with their sexuality, themselves as a person and transition. I’m going to read Finding Nevo this month but I did flip though it to find out which pronouns to use when I talked about Nevo and their book. Nevo prefers they/them and he/him pronouns so I’ll be using the they/them pronouns.

Fining Nevo sounds really good and I cannot wait to read it. It’s on my May TBR.

The other book Walker Books Australia sent me was Release by Patrick Ness. I can’t 12remember what this is about but I’ve really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read by Ness so I wanted to read this one too.

I think both Release and Finding Nevo are out at the start of May. Or even out today. I’m not really sure. But I will be reading both of them this month.

I have two other books by Ness sitting on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to them but hopefully sometime this year..

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This is the second book I bought in April. I saw a friend share that she bought a copy of The Bone Witch on Book Depository for $18 so I quickly found it and bought a copy too. I don’t know when I’ll read this but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m hoping to read it soon-ish.

I think I need to mix up my reading a bit. Throw in some of my books in with the review books. I get into really bad reading slumps sometimes so I think if I read a book that’s been sitting on my shelves for years may help. It might not but there’s only one way to find out I guess. I hate reading slumps.

I also bought a copy of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I saw this in a clearance 14bin for $5 and I couldn’t resist. I love this edition, the cover and spines are gorgeous. Now I just need to buy the first two books to have the trilogy.

I have read these books before but it’s been years. I’d love to read them again. I loved Will!!

I still don’t know if I should read the new series. I can’t even remember what it’s called. I was excited to read it when the first book came out last year but I never got around to it and now I’m just like “meh, I can’t be bothered.” If you think I should read whatever the new series is called let me know.

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Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan to review. I loved The Hidden Oracle when I read it last year and cannot wait to read this one. I loved being back in Percy’s world and back at Camp Half-Blood.

I don’t want to say anything about The Dark Prophecy because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t read The Hidden Oracle yet. And if you haven’t read The Hidden Oracle and are a fan of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books then what are you waiting for?? You need to find a copy!

The last four books I received last month to review were from Bonnier Publishing 16Australia. I think two of these books are released this month, Fatal Crossing and The Hot Guy, and The Student is release in June? But I’m not 100% sure. And I don’t know when Resurrection Bay was released but it will be the first one I read out of these.

I’m really looking forward to reading Resurrection Bay ad Fatal Crossing, although the other two sound good as well, but these two are definitely high on my TBR.

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I wanted to share this last month at the end of my March book haul but I forgot. I got a Book Sac last month with left over birthday money and I love it! I’ve always wanted something to put my books in when I take them out in my bag because I have damaged a few.

I’ve wanted a book beau or whatever for ages but the shipping is always so expensive to New Zealand so I’m really happy that I found Book Sac. They’re located in Australia so the shipping isn’t that bad and was really fast.

My Alice in Wonderland Book Sac is so pretty and looks so much better in person. If you want to check out their store you can here. They open every Monday and Friday Australia time. I cannot recommend their products enough.

What books did you haul in April?

– Aimee.

 

Top Ten Tuesday (December 13th): Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017.

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It’s been a while since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday so I thought it was about time I got back into the habit. I’m not going to put these in any kind of order because I don’t have time for that. They’ll be in the order I find them on Goodreads.

1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.
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2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.
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3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
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4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
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5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.
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6. Now I Rise by Kiersten White.
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7. Frostblood by Elly Blake.
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8. Avenged by Amy Tintera.
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9. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern.
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10. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton.
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Okay, so I didn’t check to see if these are all released in the first half of 2017 but I really don’t care. There are a few more from the Goodreads list that didn’t make it here because it’s a top ten and my list would be a lot longer.

What are some books you’re looking forward to in 2017?

Aimee.

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.

August Wrap Up & September TBR.

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I was meant to post this yesterday but I decided to watch Captain America: Civil War and Jason Bourne instead. I haven’t had a movie day in months and I was so excited to see these two. Anyway, onto my wrap up and TBR.

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I managed to read 12 books in August which was a little better than July. I’m just going to get into my rating like usual.

Ruined by Amy Tintera – ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany –  ★★★★★
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo –  ★★★
The Crown by Kiera Cass – ★★★★
And I Darken by Kiersten White – ★★★★
On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – ★★★
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – ★★★★
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – ★★★★
The Regulars by Georgia Clark – ★★★
Shield by Rachael Craw – ★★★★
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – ★★★★
The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey by Melka Stansah – ★★★

I don’t have a lot of books on my September TBR but I am hoping to get Heir of Fire (re-read), Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms on it.

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I made a small TBR for September because when I make big ones I don’t stick to them or I end up in a reading slump. So I’m keeping my expectations low.

I have finally finished Winter though and have started The Darkest Minds. Winter wasn’t in the TBR because I started it in August and I was almost finished it by the time I took the photo.

Crown of Midnight is a re-read. I started re-reading the Throne of Glass series a few months ago, well I read the first book, and am finally getting around to reading the rest. I’ve pre-ordered Empire of Storms so I won’t be getting it on the release day. But that give me a little longer to read the other three books.

What’s on your TBR for September?

Aimee.

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera.

Title – Ruined
Series – Ruined #1
Author – Amy Tintera
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 355 pages
Publication Date – May 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781760290641
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Emelina has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been destroyed, her parents were killed and her sister has been kidnapped. Em is a useless ruined – she has no magic at all – but she’s determined to get her revenge.

Her plan is simple, she’s going to infiltrate her enemy’s kingdom by posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. Em will lead an ambush, kill the king and everyone he cares about, including his son.

But the more Em gets to know the prince, the more she starts to question her mission. With her life and family on the line, falling in love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

I received a copy of Ruined from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

I went into this without knowing much about it. I’d read the synopsis months ago but I hardly ever remember them when I pick up the book to read. I think I was hooked within the first two or three chapters. I loved the story and some of the characters, not all of them were very likable people. The world building was really good too.

I didn’t really get the hate between Em’s people and Cass’s. I think they bought a lot of it on themselves, the royals I mean. Not that killing innocent people is acceptable because of what they ‘might do’ in the future. But at the same time I can’t blame Cass’s father of being scared of what CowluDlUkAAkQA0the Ruined could do with their magic when all the rumors about them torturing people and teaching their children how to use their magic through torture so was horrible and really disturbing. But that doesn’t give him the right to wipe out a whole kingdom. I don’t think all the Ruined were doing that. Clearly, Em’s mother and sister weren’t exactly the innocent party here either. I just didn’t like any of them. Even Cass’s mother was a horrible person.

The whole situation kept reminding me of the chicken and the egg question, which came first. Because without some of the Ruined using their magic for torture and kill I don’t think some of the other kingdoms would have untied against them. Or would they have always been wary of people with magic even of they didn’t use it for evil? I don’t know. But neither kingdom did the right thing in my opinion.

I really liked Em and Cass and I liked how different they were from their parents. Especially Cass. Both his parents came across with only one purpose, to rid the world of every Ruined. But Cass had different ideas, not that they were listened to. Em’s father wasn’t mentioned a lot so I couldn’t really form an opinion of him but I didn’t like her mother or her sister, Olivia. I am not looking forward to finding out what Olivia’s next move will be because it won’t be a good one.

I wanted to see Em and Cass together and united to make their kingdoms or whatever a better place. Clearly it can’t be that easy because I think there are two more books to come so Ruined couldn’t have a happy ending, it had to end with a twist so people would want to read the next book and I definitely do. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Em and Cass.

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

If you’ve read Ruined leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.