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.

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Review: Black by Fleur Ferris.

Title – Back
Author – Fleur Ferris
How I got it – From the publisher
Publication date – July 22nd 2016 by Random House Australia
ISBN – 9781925324976
Pages – 276 pages
RRP – $24.00
My rating – ★★★★/5

Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school and can’t wait to leave the town where everyone calls her “Black.” Because of her name… But there is another reason – most people in town think Black Marshall is cursed.

Three of her friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar died, the whispers started. Black is used to being on her own – life is just easier that way.

So when her date to the formal ends up in intensive care something in the quiet town starts to stir. Old secrets and terrifying dangers are coming after Back. If she can put all the pieces together she may be able to figure out who her real enemies are. Black needs to decide if she’s going to run away or stay and fight.

I received a copy of Black from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’ve C8hgiEXVYAAGnvRnever read a book by Fleur before but I’ll definitely be looking for her other book, Risk, now.

I didn’t go into this with any expectations so this book was very surprising. But in a good way. This book was so disturbing and dark but I just didn’t want to put it down. I needed to know what the hell was going to happen to Black.

I’ve never believed in curses, demons or anything like that so this was a little out there for me. I mean, I want Supernatural but I don’t get all this possession stuff in real life… I don’t understand how people can convince themselves and others that this kind of stuff is real so what happened to Black blew my mind. Especially because so many of the people living in the town believed all that rubbish and were prepared to let this unbalanced man get away with anything. Well, they already had so what’s one more? All because they were doing “God’s work.” Even typing this now it still frustrates me.

Black had to put up with a lot of crap from these people. All because three of her friends died in horrible accidents that had nothing to do with her. I’m not even sure Black was there when they died… I can’t remember. I thought Black was brave, not only at the end of the book but also dealing with all the bullying and isolation her whole life. She stayed when it would have been so much easier to leave. I’m not sure the decision was up to her when she was a child but at the end it was.

This book wasn’t very long, under 300 pages, but I couldn’t get over how much happened. It was such a good book. I will have to get her other books one day.

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

– Aimee.

 

 

WWW Wednesday [April 5th 2017] –

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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 started Black yesterday. I completely forgot I had this. It was in the one box I hadn’t unpacked so I found it last week. Anyway, I thought it was about time I read it.

This book follows Ebony Marshall, known as Black Marshall in her town. And not just because of her name… Some people in her town think she’s cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents and now Black chooses to be alone, it’s easier that way. When her date to the formal ends up in the ICU things in town start to stir. Old secrets come out and terrifying dangers come after Black. Now she has to decide if she wants to run for her life or stay and fight.

I’ll probably be finished this today. I really want to know what going on. It’s so twisted and weird but in a good way. C8H_vdLVoAg_9R5

Recently Finished –
I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yesterday. This is a new edition, with a foreword from Newt, six new beasts and beautiful illustrations.

I loved this edition, even more than the original. I think this is a must have for any Harry Potter fan. There are new editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages too but this is definitely my favourite. I’ll be reviewing this soon. 3

I read this over the weekend and it was so disturbing but so good too. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give too much away, I’ll be doing a review soon, but wow, this had a disturbing twist to the story.

I’ll give a short synopsis and then move onto the next book. Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl. But they’re hiding a dark secret. Lane escaped eleven years ago but now she’s back. Her cousin is missing and she’s come back to help find her. But all the Roanoke girls either run away… or die. Is Lane strong enough to escape a second time? 10

I don’t even know what to say about Allegedly without giving anything away. This will be a hard one to review. Allegedly was another book I couldn’t put down, it was so freaking good.

This book follows Mary, who was convicted of killing a three month old baby when she was nine. She’s now out of baby jail and in a group home. Mary is also pregnant and the state wants to take her baby. It’s now time to set the record straight about what really happened that night. It’s the only way she’ll be able to keep her baby from being taken away.

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Shadows on the Moon is a Cinderella retelling set in fairy tale Japan. I love fairy tale retellings, even though I’ve never read the original stories. Hopefully I will one day.

I really liked this book and the world it was set in. I’m not going to talk about this here because I still have to review it. But if you love retellings then this is definitely worth checking out.

I’ll hopefully be reading the companion novel, Barefoot on the Wind, soon. That is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the same fairy tale Japan as Shadows on the Moon. I haven’t read the original story of that either though. 8

And the last book I read this week was The Secret Science of Magic. I’ve never read a book by Melissa Keil before but I enjoyed this. It’s not the kind of book I usually read but I think it’s good to change things up every now and then.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. It came out on the 1st here in New Zealand so I really need to get my review done soon. It’ll probably be up either Thursday or Friday NZ time. If I remember. Fingers crossed.

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 I received this last month from Walker Books Australia to review. I think this came out on the 1st too but I’m not too sure.

I can’t really remember what this is about except it follows a sixteen year old as she tries to figure out the conditions of love. Or something like that anyway.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

March Wrap Up & April TBR.

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I read a lot more in March than I did in February. I was actually falling behind on my reading challenge in February but I’ve managed to be ahead of schedule now. So yay. Anyway, onto my wrap up…

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★/5
The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold – ★★★/5
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★/5
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng – ★★★★/5
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley – ★★★/5
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – ★★★/5
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – ★★★★/5
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil – ★★★/5
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott – ★★★★/5
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – ★★★★★/5

My favourites were definitely The Hate U Give and Allegedly. Which I didn’t think I’d finish in March so I put it on my April TBR. I couldn’t be bothered taking another photo though.

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So Allegedly doesn’t count and I’ve already read The Roanoke Girls. That was disturbing but really good. I couldn’t put it down.

I’m actually reading a book that’s not in this photo because I didn’t have it at the time I took it. I started the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling this morning. It’s got a forward by the author, Newt Scamander, which was the best! I can’t wait to find the six new beasts in the book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be a re-read. I wanted to re-read the series after seeing the Fantastic Beasts movie last year.

What’s on your April TBR?

– Aimee.

 

August Book Haul.

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I know it’s meant to be Top Ten Tuesday today but when I saw that today’s theme or whatever was about 10 favourite TV shows I knew I’d be here all day trying to narrow it down. So I might try to figure it out over night and share it tomorrow. It’s still Tuesday somewhere in the world tomorrow..

Anyway I thought that I’d share my August book haul instead. I got 15 books last month. I bought five (so much for my book buying ban), one was from a friend and the rest I received from publishers to review. 1

The first book I got in August was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from a friend of mine. I got a surprise owl mail the day after it was released, totally unexpected, with the coffee and chocolate.

I dropped my current read and read The Cursed Child that day because it’s Harry Potter. It came first. I haven’t reviewed it yet because I wanted to give people a chance to read it but I will say here that I really enjoyed it. This is the first time I’ve ever read a play and it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I think going into it know it wasn’t going to be like the first seven books was important because this is a play, not a novel. I’ll be reviewing The Cursed Child this soon.

The second book was a pre-order that I got from Book Depository. I was not expecting this 2to be over 600 pages but I’m excited to have the complete trilogy now. I’ve read The Kiss of Deception but I wanted to wait until I had The Beauty of Darkness in case there was a cliffhanger in The Heart of Betrayal.

I have no idea when I’ll be getting to the last two books in this trilogy because I have so much to read but I’ve decided to give myself a chance to read my own books as well as the review books. I think that may be why I get into so many slumps. There are books on my shelves that I am dying to read but I haven’t gotten around to them. I hope it will help because nothing else has yet. I’ve just been forcing myself to read books. Any tips for getting out of a reading slump would be great!3

I received a copy of The Sword of Summer from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I was really excited to receive this because I’ve loved both Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. Oh, and I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle when I read it earlier this year.

I have reviewed The Sword of Summer and you can read it here if you want. I won’t go into it here because it’s all in my review but I will say that I enjoyed it and I cannot wait to read The Hammer of Thor when it comes out later this year. I think it comes out in October but I could be wrong.

Hachette New Zealand sent me an ARC of Revenger. Apparently fans of Star Wars and 4Firefly will like this (hence the Funkos, which aren’t mine). I’ve never really gotten into Star Wars and I’ve never seen Firefly so they weren’t the reason I wanted to read this book. I’ve been getting into sci-fi books a bit more lately and this caught my attention.

I can’t remember when this is coming out, I think it’s this month but I could be wrong. I’m not very good with remembering release dates. And on top of that I can’t really remember what it’s about other than it being set in space. I’m really that good. But this happens every month so it really shouldn’t be a surprise if you read my book hauls. I don’t know when I’ll get to this but I’m hoping soon. 5

I received a copy of The Bronze Key from Penguin Random House NZ to review. I have read the first two books in this series and have been trying to remember how the last book ended without success… I don’t have time to re-read it so I’m just going to hope that this one will have some kind of refresher at the start.

Anyway, The Bronze Key is the third book in the Magisterium series. It follows Cal, Aaron and Tamara as they learn magic at the Magisterium and all the trouble that kids come across while learning magic.. Like some evil guy trying to kill people. I heard this was like Harry Potter which is why I read the first one and there are definite similarities but Harry will always be the best. I have reviewed both The Iron Trial and The Copper Gauntlet.  You can click the links if you want to read them.6

Walker Books Australia sent me Shield by Rachael Craw. This is the last book in the Spark trilogy. I have read and reviewed both Spark and Stray. You can click the links if you want to check them out.

I have read Shield and I loved it. I wasn’t ready for this trilogy to end but I really enjoyed the book. I’ll be reviewing it soon. It came out five days ago so I wanted to give people a chance to read it before I posted my review.

If you haven’t read Spark you should definitely find a copy because I couldn’t put it down when I read it last year. And it’s being made into a movie.

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of Court of Fives to review. Again, I can’t 7remember what this is about. I know, I suck. I think this is the first book in a series but I’m not really sure. The second book is on the back of the book, which confused me, but NZ always gets books later than the rest of the world so it shouldn’t really surprise me.

I plan to read it soon so hopefully I’ll be able to tell you what it’s about. I know I could just look it up on Goodreads but I really don’t have time for that today. Which is why I’m rushing through this. I wanted to do this throughout the month as I got books so I could talk about what they were about when I’d read the synopsis but it slipped my mind. I will do it in September though so I don’t look like a complete moron again. 8

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Amy Schumer’s book to review. I have only read the synopsis and the letter at the start of the book but both of them made me laugh out loud so I am hoping that the rest of the book will too.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is on my September TBR so I will definitely be reading it this month. I have heard really good things about this so far and I am looking forward to reading it. Has anyone read this yet?

I received Run from Hachette New Zealand. I haven’t read any of Kody’s other books but 9I’ve heard good things about them. I wanted to read The DUFF before I saw the movie but I haven’t gotten around to either of them. I’m not sure the movie is my kind of thing and I think that goes with the books so… I’m not sure if I’ll read it.

Run, I think, follows two teenage girls as they go on the run but I can’t remember what they’re running from. I do know one of them in blind and her parents don’t like her friend. I guess I’ll see what happens when I read it. Whenever that will be I’m not too sure. It’s not a big book so I don’t think it will take me long to read but with this weird slump I’m in who knows. 10

So, I broke my book buying ban to buy the first four books in the Throne of Glass series in the US hardback editions. I did have the UK editions but I don’t like how the lettering on the cover rubs off really easily so I’m going to unhaul them.

I was re-reading the series so I’d finally have Queen of Shadows read by the time Empire of Storms was released but that didn’t really work out because I didn’t want to ruin the rest of my books like Throne of Glass had been. Now that I have these (and have pre-ordered Empire of Storms) I can pick up where I left of (Crown of Midnight) and finish my re-read of the series. It’s kind of embarrassing that I’ve had a copy of Queen of Shadows since it was released last year but I’ve never read it.

The last books I got in August were from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I am really 11looking forward to both of these. United as One is the last book in the I Am Number Four series. Is that what it’s called? And Fleur Ferris is an Australian author that I’ve been hearing really good things about. Black is her second novel. I haven’t read Risk, which was her first. I’m pretty sure.

So, that’s my August book haul. I wanted to thank my friend Kelly for sending me The Cursed Child and all the publishers for the review copies. I also wanted to apologise to anyone that’s actually read to the end about the lack of information on some of the books. Well most of them. I will try to do better next month.

What books did you get in August?

– 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.