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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July Wrap Up & August TBR.

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I read more than I thought I had in July. Towards the end of the month I had a horrible reading slump but I don’t think I did too badly. I managed to read nine books in July.

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Tripping Back Blue by Kara Storti – ★★★/5
See How They Run by Ally Carter – ★★★★/5
Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly – ★★★★/5
The Girls by Emma Cline – ★★★/5
Awaken by G.R. Thomas – ★★★★/5
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg – ★★★/5
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – ★★★/5
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★/5
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – ★★★★★/5

This month I haven’t really got my TBR together yet because I’m joining one read-a-thon and probably ARC August (again) so I have to figure those out first. But I do have some book at the top of my TBR that I shared the other day. Not pictured was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I didn’t have it at the time.

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I’m currently reading And I Darken and I’m really enjoying it so far. I don’t know when I’ll get to the others but I want to read them sometime during August.

What’s at the top of your TBR in August?

Aimee.

Review: Awaken by G.R. Thomas.

Title – Awaken
Author – G.R. Thomas
Series – Awaken #1
How I Got It – From the author
Pages – 364 pages
Publication Date – November 11th 2015 by Amazon Create Space
ISBN – 9780994506900
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Sophia’s life is normal, average and boring. She’s working as a nurse with her best friend Jasmine and lives at home with her Nan. Sophia’s happy with her life. But there’s something about to get in the way of her mundane life – destiny.

Sophia’s destiny will take her into a world she never knew existed, a world that’s hidden in plain sight. A world full of angels, daimons and more power than Sophia could have imagined. But Sophia isn’t just a visitor in this strange world, she’s the only one who can save it.

I received a copy of Awaken from the author to review. This is the first time an author has sent me their book to review.

I thought Sophia was pretty cool and loved the sound of her rainbow hair. She’s been thrust into a situation she really hasn’t been prepared for at all and instead of crumbling under the weight on her shoulders she decides to try to do her best. She definitely has moments of doubt but doesn’t let them stop her from trying to do good. I was also glad to CnMwvVtUsAAF-j3see that she wasn’t going to let these angels push her around and fought for the things that were important to her.

Like her best friend Jasmine. Wow is she a handful but so funny at the same time. I think Jasmine and Sophia were competing for favourite character for me. I’m not really sure who like more. I like them both. Then there was Jasmine’s brother Ben. I had this weird feeling about him at the start of the book when he was running an errand but I thought I was jumping to random conclusions but I couldn’t believe that I was right. I don’t know how I figured it out but I did and then I thought I was crazy so when it was revealed at the end I was like “whaaaaat?!”

The ending of Awaken was really good. Like I said I didn’t see it coming but at the same time I did. I think I talked myself out of it earlier in the book because I thought I was crazy. It will make the sequel, Surrender (I think), very interesting. I’m not sure when the sequel will be out.

There were a couple of things that annoyed me but I think that may have been because I left the book at a friends house and didn’t get it back for a little over a week. Obviously I had to stop reading it and I’m not sure if that’s why the explanations that the angels gave Sophia felt drawn out, they didn’t tell her everything straight away and if that was me I think the not knowing and being expected to just go along with everything would drive me crazy. I don’t know how she did it. Again, I’m not sure if it was because I couldn’t read the book for a while or it was drawn out through the story anyway.

I think this is Thomas’s debut novel (please don’t quote me on that) and if it is it was really good. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Sophia in the sequel. The ending of Awaken was sooo good that I wanted the next book straight away.

If you haven’t heard of Awaken I definitely recommend looking it up.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 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?

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I was sent a copy of The Sudden Appearance of Hope to review from Hachette New Zealand and am reading it as part of the Babbling Book Club on Instagram. This is the book of the month.

It’s a little weird and full of random, boring and facts that I’ve started to skip so I can read the actual story. I think I know why Hope keeps going on random rants and stuff but it’s just got really annoying now.

No one can remember Hope. She has a digital presence but not a physical one. Hope has no idea why people can’t remember her. It started when she was a teenager and hasn’t stopped. She’s led a very lonely life.

I think I’ll be finishing this soon. I’ve enjoyed it but the facts are just starting to get on my nerves. CnR51ObUkAAgbBY

Recently Finished –
I was sent a copy of Foxlowe from HarperCollins to review. I’d never heard of this before it arrived but it did sound interesting. When I read the synopsis I thought it sounded cult-like and I wasn’t wrong.

I think I was about 50 pages in when it mentioned a place near where I was born in England so I was kind of excited about that. I’m not sure where exactly Foxlowe (the house) was but it was close-ish to where I was born. But of useless information for you.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. I’d read this pretty close to finishing The Girls, which also had a cult in it. I didn’t realise that when I started it but it was too late by the time I realised. Going from one cult to another wasn’t the best. CnMwvVtUsAAF-j3

I’ve finally finished reading Awaken. I’m not really sure why it took me so long to read it, other than the fact that I left it at a friends. I think that might not have helped because it took me a while to get back into it when I did get it back.

I think this is Thomas’ debut novel but I’m not really sure. There is a sequel to Awaken that’s still being written and I think it will eventually be a trilogy.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. I still need to get my thoughts on this together.

Reading Next –
I have two books that have been sent to me by the authors to review but I still want to use my TBR to pick my next read. I have no idea what to do. Or I could just read two books at the same time, one from my TBR jar and one of the books I just mentioned. Maybe I’ll do that.

I feel liked I’ve just rambled a lot in this post but I only had four hours sleep so the fact I can still actually think is a miracle. Hopefully next week I’ll make a bit more sense.

What have you read lately?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 13th 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 –  Cm9BrDXVIAAU83J
I’ve been reading The Girls for the past few days. I think I started it on Sunday? I’m not sure.

Anyway, my reading has slowed down a lot lately. It’s like my brains like “I’ve reached my goal on Goodreads so I don’t have to read as much.” I don’t know what it is. I think I have 100 pages left of The Girls but I don’t think I’ll be finishing it today.

I don’t know what I fell about this yet. It’s not bad and I’m not struggling with the writing or anything. I think I’m more confused. I was told it was a Charles Manson book but he’s not even mentioned so it might be inspired by him and his freaky cult. I don’t know. I think I’ll look into it before I write my review though. CnMwvVtUsAAF-j3

I’m still reading Awaken. This book went on a little adventure for a few days and I wasn’t able to read it because I had left it at a friends house. But I have it back now and am hoping to finish it this week.

It seems to be taking me a while to read and I’m not sure if it’s the book or because of my problem with reading at the moment. I’m guessing that the book isn’t the problem. The story is interesting and I want to know what’s going to happen with Sophia but it’s just dragging for me. CmkZqkbUMAAMmyt

Recently Finished –
I think i finished Dark Tide on the weekend or last Friday, again I’m not sure.

I have really enjoyed all three books in this series so far. I’m looking forward to reading the last book, whenever I find a copy of it.

This series is about six mermaids who were chosen to save their realm and the world from an evil that’s about to be released. I like that the lead characters are mainly young women/mermaids and that they don’t rely on mermen to rescue them. I’ll be doing a review on this soon. CnDInfzUMAAHqW5

Reading Next –
I think I say this every week now but I never know what I’m reading next until I pull a book out of my TBR jar. I usually do it closer to finishing my current read but because the two I’ve been reading lately have been dragging I haven’t picked one yet.

But I now have a small TBR bookcase instead of piling the books on my bedside table. There are almost 50 unread books on this bookcase. And I went to the library yesterday and got some from there… I doubt I’ll read them though.

Are there any books on the bookcase you’ve enjoyed lately?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [June 29th 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 –  Cl_unU8VAAAOrUB
I started this yesterday and am a little over 100 pages in. I’m not liking all the drugs but I knew it had a lot of them when I read the synopsis. I didn’t want to judge it on the character’s drug use so I decided to give it a try.

Finn is trying to help his sister, Faith, go to college and to do that he’s planning on selling this blue drug that takes you back to your memories and you can bring something back from them. But, he doesn’t know where it is…

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. This blue drug is really weird and I’m not sure I described what it does in a way that people will understand.

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I finally read The Heir!! This book has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I did plan to read it when I had a copy of The Crown and I’m glad I did. I won’t have to wait too long to find out what happens to America.

I know there were mixed reviews on Eadlyn when this came out last year and I can tell why she would have annoyed some people. She did annoy me in places but I think this Selection has taught her that no everything is about her and that not everyone likes her. I also think Ahren helped with that too, even though he does love her.

I will be reviewing this in the next few weeks and I am hoping I pull The Crown out of my TBR jar soon. I have my pick for who Eadlyn should choose and I really want to know who she picks and if she manages to grow up a little as well. Clr2N4nUsAASwsw

I was sent a copy of When We Collided from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. It’s taken me so long to get to this but I’ve finally read it.

I’ll be reviewing it soon so I don’t really want to go into it here too much. This is about a boy and a girl, yes cheesy, but they meet each other when they’re both going though some difficult times in their lives. Jonah has lost his father and had been helping his older siblings to keep the family running. Vivi has secrets she’s not ready to talk about, even to her mother. But Vivi manages to help Jonah and his family even though she can’t help herself. Not until she realises she actually needs help.

Like I said, I’ll be reviewing this soon. I did like When We Collided but it was a little too much for me in places. Or Vivi was, her rambling and chaotic thinking. I know it’s not her fault though. ClbYjmXVEAAQGIf

Annnd I’ve finally read The 5th Wave too. This book has also been sitting on my shelf for a year. I actually got it the same day I got The Heir…

Anyway, I really liked The 5th Wave. I’m going to review this at the end of this week. I think. If you don’t know what this is about yet the people that are still alive are in the 5th wave of an alien invasion. Except the aliens haven’t actually left their mothership or communicated in any way… At least, that’s how it looks on the outside. Cassie is with her father and brother but when Sammy is taken away she promises to find him. Now, she’s on her own and determined to keep her promise to her brother.

I think I gave this four stars on Goodreads but I can’t remember. I’m looking forward to The Infinte Sea when I get to it.

Reading Next – CmEqj-gVAAEVPT4
Technically I’ve started this but I’m focusing more on Tripping Back Blue that I haven’t got that far in yet. I think I’ll pick it up properly today.

I was sent a copy of this from the author to review. I think there’s a battle between angels going on, I’m not 100% sure yet, but Sophia (the main character) has a huge role in this up coming war and now both sides want to use her. That’s about as much as I know.

I hate this photo but it’s the only one I could get in this crappy winter light. It’s so dark and I don’t have a camera or fancy lighting to use, just my phone, so there will be some crappy photos until winter is over.

What are you currently reading?

– Aimee.

May Wrap Up & June TBR.

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I’m going to do my monthly wrap up and TBR today. I was going to do it on the weekend but I changed my mind. So I’m just going to get into it.

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There are three library books missing from the photo because they had to go back before I took it.

The City by Stella Gemmell – ★★★★
Cress by Marissa Meyer – ★★★★
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – ★★★★
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – ★★★★★
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – ★★★★
The Marvels by Brian Selznick – ★★★★
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★
All Fall Down by Ally Carter – ★★★★
Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith – ★★★★
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige – ★★★
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis – ★★★★
The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmel – ★★★★
Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly – ★★★★

I had a pretty good reading month in May with mostly four star books.

I’m not that good at sticking to a TBR but I’m going to try this month. I can’t believe it’s June already!

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I left my current read out of the photo because I started it in May. I’m reading Desolation by Derek Landy. Hopefully I’ll have it finished by the weekend and I can start on these.

What will you be reading in June?

Aimee.