Review:City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by Cassandra Clare.

Title – City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition)
Series – The Mortal Instruments #1
Author – Cassandra Clare
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 528 pages
Publication Date – November 7th 2017 by Walker Books Ltd
ISBN – 9781406381320
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones with this gorgeous new edition, complete with special content and exclusive colour illustrations.”

I received a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones from Walker Books Australia to review. DRW-Z8YVQAA0W8J

I’ve read City of Bones a couple of times now. The first time I read it I couldn’t put it down and it was the same this time too. I don’t know what it is about this book but I still really enjoy reading it.

Because I’ve read this more than once I don’t feel like I can review the story again. I think I have a review of City of Bones on my blog. But I will say that for me the story is still addicting and if I still had copies of the rest of the series I probably would have read them all again too. I especially want to read The Infernal Devices again. From what I remember of them I think they were my favourite out of Clare’s books. Although I haven’t read her new series yet.

I loved the illustrations in this edition, especially the full-coloured ones at the front and back of the book. I also liked the Inquisitor’s notes at the end of City of Bones. They were a great addition to the story and an insight into what the Inquisitor and what she actually thought of certain characters.

If you haven’t read Clare’s books and love fantasy then I definitely recommend picking up a copy of City of Bones. And if you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments then the 10th anniversary edition is a great addition to your shelves. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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June Book Haul.

DDnXvkMUAAE_3FMI got a total of 17 books this month. Three I’ve read previously and just wanted my own copy. The rest I haven’t managed to get to yet.

So I’m just going to jump right into the haul because they always take so long to type up.

So the first book I got was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I used to have all The

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Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books but when we moved I got rid of a lot of books and DVDs. But I’ve wanted to read The Dark Artifices for a while. I know the second book came out recently but I’m going to see if I like this before getting a copy of that.

I don’t really know much about this other than Emma wants to know what really happened to her parents.

I don’t think I’ll be reading this any time soon because my TBR is crazy and this is like 800 pages. But I hope to have read it by the end of the year. Maybe…

I wasn’t planning on getting both the hardcover and paperback editions of Philosopher’s 1Stone. I’d pre-ordered the hardback months ago from Book Depository. But then I saw the paperback in a bookstore over here for 20% off and free Hogwarts house postcards. So, I couldn’t say no.

I read the extras inside the paperback edition when I got it and I really enjoyed them. I also love all the new illustrations too. I didn’t have a very long look though. I just sort of skimmed everything. I’ll read them all again one day. There’s no rush.

What Hogwarts house are you in? Are you planning on getting all the house editions or just the house you’re in? 3

I received an ARC of Empire of Salt from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy (I think) and I’m pretty sure it’s YA… But I’m not 100% sure.

I’m also not really sure what’s it about other than 12 families fighting for one throne. Kind of sounds like A Game of Thrones but I don’t want to compare it to that before even reading it because I’ll just get disappointed. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series. I love fantasy books so I’m looking forward to reading this. I think it’s released in August so I’ll read it closer to the release date.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of The Crown’s Fate to review. I haven’t read The Crown’s Game, even though I’ve had a copy of it since it was released last year.

But I think I’ll be putting The Crown’s Game on my July TBR, which I haven’t even really thought of yet. And if I have time I’ll try to squeeze The Crown’s Fate onto it as well. But knowing my reading at the moment I don’t think that’s going to happen.

I don’t really know much about these other than they’re set in Russia (I think) but I’ve heard really good things about both of them so I’m excited to read them. 5

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Huntress: Sea to review. I think that’s how you do the title? I requested this a few months ago so I can’t remember what this is about anymore. It was sent to my old address so I didn’t receive it straight away and will admit I completely forgot about it.

I will be putting this on my July TBR since it kind of went missing for a while. I don’t know when it was released but I’m probably behind…

I finally bought a copy of Cinder. This was the last book that I needed to complete my6 collection of The Lunar Chronicles. I love this series and wanted them all in hardback because I won a copy of Winter last year I think and it was a hardback so I wanted the rest of the series to match and now they do. I don’t have a copy of Fairest though because I can’t stand Levana and I don’t want that on my shelves. She’s an evil, twisted cow.

I loved this series! I’ve read the first three books twice, I had to re-read them before I could read Winter. But I haven’t read Stars Above yet. I’ll get to it one day. Soon I hope. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles then I recommend finding copies.

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I received a copy of The Ones that Disappeared from Hachette New Zealand to review. I think this is set in Australia by an Australian author but I could be completely wrong.

I think this is about kids disappearing and a fictional version of what may have happened to them. I really can’t remember.

I don’t know if this will be going on my TBR for this month yet. I have another book from Hachette that will be in this post that I want to read more. If I can fit it in I definitely will though. I love this cover. It’s kind of velvety in person and so pretty.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Godblind to review. I think this is a debut novel and the first in a new fantasy series.

This sounded really interesting when I first heard about it and I am really hoping to get to it this month. I know it’s about some kind of red gods but that’s all I remember. And yes, I can see that on the cover in the photo…

Speaking of the cover, it is so eye-catching. I’m not sure but I think this is an adult fantasy book and not YA but again, not 100% sure. So I’m expecting a lot of death and gore… 10

The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index follows Juniper after the death of her sister and how she’s trying to move on/put her life back together. And she writes these index cards of happy things. But one goes missing with a big (maybe?) secret on it. And I think the book is what follows. Or something along those lines. I have heard good things about this so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Midnight Jewel. This is the sequel to The Glittering Court which I got in a giveaway but haven’t actually read yet. I’m reading it at the moment. Although I’m not really that far in but I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

I’ll be putting Midnight Jewel on my July TBR because I need to have it read this month. Hopefully I can get to it soon. But I don’t think I’ll be reading it straight after The Glittering Court. I have too many other books to read first. I think this is out on the 6th? 12

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi to review. I have heard so many good things about this books and I am so excited to read it. I’ve been getting into contemporary books a lot more in the last couple of months. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books I read.

When Dimple Met Rishi will definitely be going on my July TBR. I think I might actually read it really soon. I’ve got my next read picked out but it might be the one after that. Anyway, I’m just rambling now…

I went shopping alone a couple of days ago, which is never a god idea, and I saw a ‘buy

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one get one half price’ on YA books and I just couldn’t resist.

I’ve wanted to read Hunted for a while now. I’ve never actually need it in store till the day I bought it though.

I love Beauty and the Beast and I think this is a retelling. I saw the name Beast when I flicked through the book so I’m pretty sure it is. So I’m excited to read it. I haven’t read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings. I’m not sure when I’ll actually be reading it though, probably not any time soon because I have a crazy long TBR. 14

The second book I got was York. It’s the first book in a trilogy/series. I’m not really sure which.

I will admit that the cover drew me in because it’s gorgeous and so much better in person. But the story sounded pretty good when I read the synopsis. And then fact I got it for $8.50 wasn’t bad either.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. I’m not in a huge rush at the moment. Maybe when the sequel comes out.

I received a 10% off code from Book Depository earlier this month and I used it to buy 15two books. The first book was Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song. I read and loved This Savage Song not long after it was released.

I’m hoping Our Dark Duet picks up not long after the ending of This Savage Song. I might have to read the last couple of chapters again to see what happened but I do remember the last scene because that stuck in my head.

This is another book that I hope to read soon but I’m not really sure when I’ll actually get to. These are the first books I’ve read by V.E. Schwab. I have one of her other books, A Darker Shade of Magic, in my Book Depo wishlist. I just haven’t gotten around buying it yet. 16

The other book I got with my code was A Court of Wings and Ruin. I haven’t actually read the first two books in this trilogy yet but now I have them all I don’t really have an excuse, other than my crazy TBR, not to read them.

I know this is like the first three books in the series but also the story in these books has an ending or something. The size of ACOWAR is kind of putting me off wanting to read it soon. I like fast reads at the moment. Much easier to get through and get off my TBR. I need to go on a book buying ban.

The last book I received in June was sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I love17 this cover and pirates so I cannot wait to read this.

I also can’t remember much about this because I read the synopsis so long ago but I did like the sound of what I read. And this cover is gorgeous!

So that’s my June book haul. I got some amazing books this month that I can’t wait to read.

What did you get in June??

– 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.

I wanted to thank all the publishers (again) for sending me these books to review. I’m always grateful that I get to review books. Untitled

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.

 

November Book Haul.

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I got way more books than I expected in November. There’s no way I’ll get this much in December. We have to move (but haven’t found a place to go yet) so I have to pack up all my books. Sigh. 1

Anyway, I’m just going to get into my book haul.

The first two books I got in November were sent to me from the people who have published The Estate, the sequel to The Industry. I think this series is now self published but I’m not sure. They contacted me a few months ago asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the first two books in the series.

I have The Industry on my TBR for December but with all the crap going on right now I don’t know how many books I’ll actually get to read.

I received the next three books from Walker Books Australia. I think a lot of people have 2heard of My Lady Jane by now. It was in one of the monthly book boxes a few months ago. This edition has a ridiculous cover though..

Barefoot on the Wind is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in fairy-tale Japan. I love Beauty and the Beast so I cannot wait to read this.

The last book, Here I Stand, is a book of short stories, poems and even a comic of the freedoms we have today and those we still fight for. It’s endorsed by Amnesty International. I haven’t read a lot of books like this so I wanted to see what it was like.

None of these made it to my TBR but hopefully I can get to them all soon. 3

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Dear Charlie to review. I’m pretty sure this book is also endorsed by Amnesty International too.

This follows a boy as he struggled to understand what his brother, Charlie, did. One day Charlie went to school and killed other kids and then himself. At least that’s what I think it’s about. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a look at the book.

I was hoping to squeeze this onto my December TBR but I just don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. Hopefully I’ll be able to find it after we move. I plan on separating my TBR from my other books.

I received a copy of Rise of the Erifs from the author to review. I’d seen her book on her 4Instagram a lot and then received an email one day.

I love reading books from authors and helping to get their book out there a little more. I don’t have a lot of followers but I hope I can help.

Rise of the Erifs is on my December TBR and I hope to read this soon. The day it came my mother read the synopsis and said she’s read it too. But she reads less than I do so I have no idea when she’ll pick it up.

If you’ve read my book haul posts before you’ll know I really suck at remembering what books I received the month before are about. This one sounded good when I read the synopsis but I cannot remember what it’s about. 5

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

I have Someone I Wanted to Be on my December TBR. It sounds pretty good. I don’t know where the story is going to go but I’m looking forward to reading it.

It Looks Like This and Phantom Limbs also sound really good. Phantom Limbs is about overcoming loss and moving on (I think) and It Looks Like This is about two boys and the struggle they go through with other people in their lives, making judgments.

All three books sound good and I am looking forward to reading them.

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of The Chemist to review. I’ve read The Twilight 6Saga and The Host so when I heard Stephenie was writing another book I knew I had to read it.

I’m pretty sure I read that The Chemist was inspired by Jason Bourne. I don’t know if it was the books or movies. I’ve only seen the movies but I love them.

That’s about all I know about The Chemist, other than that the main character is a woman and it’s kind of like Jason Bourne.

This is also on my December TBR. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in. It’s kind of a big book so I’m hoping it’s a fast read. 7

HarperCollins New Zealand were kind enough to send me a copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones to review. This is also an illustrated edition.

I have read A Game of Thrones twice so when I do my review I probably won’t be talking about the story because I already know what’s going to happen. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love to read it.

I’m actually reading this at the moment. I think I’ve read like 50 pages so far but I still love this series and the illustrations I’ve seen so far are amazing. This edition has over 800 pages so I’m aiming to read 100 pages a day.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of Ink and Bone to review. I have no idea 8when I’ll get to this. I can’t even remember what it’s about.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Lisa Unger before so I am looking forward to reading this. I think it’s a crime type book but don’t hold me to that. I could be way off.

I love this cover though. The trees are creepy looking so maybe it’s a psychological thriller. I don’t know. Guess I’ll find out when I pick it up.

It’s not on my December TBR. I’ll be sharing that and my November wrap up tomorrow. It’s a little bit too much at the moment and I doubt I’ll read them all.9

I wasn’t expecting this but Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of The Song from Somewhere Else to review. I have no idea if I requested this or not.

This is such a beautiful book. I haven’t read it yet but I flipped through it and there are some illustrations in it. And under the dust jacket there are leaves. I couldn’t get a good photo of them though.

I’m not sure if I put this on my TBR for December or not. It’s obviously not a very long book so it shouldn’t take me long to read whenever I get to it.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me the next two books but I was expecting these. I 10love Jodi Picoult’s books and cannot wait to read this one. I have most of her books. I don’t really like the ones she wrote with her daughter, they’re too cheesy for me. They are the only ones I don’t have. And I’ve read all of them except Leaving Time. I got a copy as soon as it came out but I never read it.

Small Great Things is on my TBR for this month. I usually love Jodi’s books so I’m pretty sure I’ll like this one too. Jodi usually write about controversial topics and this one is no different. I think this one follows a white family or just the father (I’m not sure) not wanting a black nurse to touch their child. But the baby is in trouble and (I think) dies. She’s the only nurse available so they blame her. I think that’s what the synopsis said. 11

The other book Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me was The Graces. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this but I still wanted to give it a try. It sounds really good. I love this cover but the US edition is gorgeous!

I was hoping to read this in December but I don’t think I can. Who know? I might be able to fit it in. But I doubt it.

I think this is about witches but don’t hold me to that. I’m sure it says something about witches in the synopsis though.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. These aren’t out till 12January here so I won’t be reading them any time soon.

I’d seen Frostblood on Twitter a lot earlier this year and thought it sounded good. This is an ARC and I love it. There’s also a fire one but I love winter and this cover is gorgeous.

Like I said, this is out January in New Zealand so I’m going to be reading it closer to the release date. If I like it I plan on getting a finished copy too because that cover is just as good as this one.

The other book Hachette New Zealand sent me is The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman. I think 13Hattie is killed at the start of the book, or even before the book starts, and then it’s about
finding her killer. I’m pretty sure she’s killed…

This is also an ARC. I don’t know if this is the final cover but it’s so pretty. I love the colours.

This books also isn’t out until January in New Zealand so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date too. Or hopefully before.

I’m so behind on my review books it’s not even funny. My reading slowed down a lot in the last six months and I have no idea why. But I am going to try to catch up over the next couple of months. It’s almost Christmas holidays and that means more reading time! Well, in between packing a house…

I saw A Tyranny of Petticoats on Book Depository for $9 and I just couldn’t resist. I’ve 14heard really good things about this and have wanted to read it for a while. Plus, a hardback for that price is amazing. They’re normally $25+ in NZD.

This is full of short stories about some badass young women by various authors. I think Marie Lu is one of them..

Anyway, because this is a book I actually bought myself I probably won’t read this any time soon. I have a problem with buying books and never reading them.

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Fate of the Tearling to review. 15I loved The Queen of the Tearling. I haven’t read the second book yet but plan on reading the last two books together now that I have both.

I first heard of The Queen of the Tearling from my local librarian. She’d read it because she heard Emma Watson was going to be in the movie. No idea what’s happening with that though.

Anyway she recommended it to me and I loved it. I found a copy at a Red Cross book sale for $3 two years ago and have read it twice now. I can’t wait to continue with this series and find out what Kelsea does next.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’ve 16read The Mortal Instruments series and even though Simon was my least favourite
character I am looking forward to reading this.

This is a bind up of short stories while Simon is learning to be a Shadowhunter. That’s basically all I know about this book. I am expecting to see familiar characters in it.

I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet. I don’t even know if I’m going to so hopefully those characters don’t make an appearance because I have no idea what’s going on in that series other than a complicated relationship between Emma and Julian (I think that’s his name) that I could see coming in City of Heavenly Fire.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. This one, Runemarks, is 17about Norse mythology. I’ve been getting into the Norse myths a lot lately so when I saw this I knew I wanted to read it.

I also have The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. I bought it in a clearance sale last year because Loki but I’ve never read it. I’m hoping it’s not linked to this but I’m not sure.

Anyway, I can’t wait to pick this up. I think it follows a girl as she finds out about the Norse gods but I’m not sure.

This cover is gorgeous and so is The Gospel of Loki. Hopefully I can read it sometime soon. 18

I am so excited to read the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve been told I should see the movie first so I will. I have tickets to see it so hopefully I can go this weekend and then I can re-live it when I read this.

I saw the behind the scenes special of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the weekend and the movie looks amazing. Especially because this will all be new because there’s no books to compare it to. I mean, obviously the magic isn’t new but the characters, story and magical creatures will be. I cannot wait to see the Niffler! It’s adorable.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of The Women in the Walls to review. It 19sounds like a ghost story with a character in the book saying she hears whispers in the walls..

I bought Daughters Unto Devils on a couple of weekends ago because I saw the reviews on the back of The Women in the Walls and it sounds good. Plus, it was only $5. I probably won’t be reading either of them this month but they aren’t very big books so they won’t take long to read whenever I get to them.

I can’t remember what Daughters Unto Devils is about. Something about killing people but again, I just can’t remember. I thought it sounded good when I bought it. 21

The last book I received in November was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. It was so pretty when it arrived, wrapped in the map from the book and it also came with a letter from the author.

This is by a New Zealand author. I’ve never read anything by him before but this sounds really good. I think this is a fantasy but it’s a standalone and isn’t very long. The Severed Land doesn’t come out here till January so I’ll also be reading this closer to the release day. I also love this cover!

So that’s my November book haul. I definitely won’t be getting that much in December. This in my biggest book haul in a while.

If you’ve read all of this then thank you for putting up with my rambling.

How many books did you get in November?

– Aimee.

#RainbowBlogChallenge: Day 7 – All the Love.

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So the Rainbow Blog Challenge finished on Saturday but I was way too busy over the weekend to post the last challenge. And then on top of everything, yesterday I woke up with a stomach bug. Yesterday was just not my day…

Anyway, I’m going to post the last challenge today. I’m really sorry for falling behind but life got in the way like it does. Saturday’s prompt was –

Saturday 26th November
“All the love”
Books celebrating LGBTQ+ // Why diversity is important to you?

So I’m going to be posting the books I’ve read with LGBTQ+ characters in that I’ve really enjoyed and are in no particular order.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
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Run by Kody Keplinger
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Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
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Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
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Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
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Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
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I decided to list the books that I’ve read and liked with LGBTQ+ characters. I have probably forgotten some but like I said, I didn’t have a lot of time on the weekend to put my list together.

I’d love to know some of your recommendations of books with LGBTQ+ characters. Leave them in the comments!

I really enjoyed taking part in the Rainbow Blog Challenge. It definitely got me back into blogging (which was part of the reason) and I found more books for my never-ending TBR.

Now I have some reviews to write because I am so behind with them.

Aimee.

October Wrap Up & November TBR.

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Time for my monthly wrap up and TBR. I think I’m finally out of my slump. I haven’t read as much as I did earlier in the year but I have been busier. And it’ll only get worse as the holidays get closer. Anyway, onto my October wrap up.

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Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – ★★★
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti – ★★★
Run by Kody Keplinger – ★★★
American Monsters by Derek Landy – ★★★
The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – ★★★
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – ★★★★
Replica by Lauren Oliver – ★★★★
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – ★★★★
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★

My favourite book of October was definitely Gemina. I cannot wait for the next book!!

Now for my November TBR. I’m not sure how much I’ll get to read but these are all at the top of my TBR.

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I forgot to put This Savage Song in this photo but I was almost finished it when I put my TBR together so I didn’t think it counted.

I’m currently reading Holding up the Universe and will definitely be finishing it today. It’s such a good book and I love Libby and Jack.

What’s on your November TBR?

Aimee.

Review: The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare.

Title – The Bronze Key
Series – Magisterium #3
Authors – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 256 pages
Publication Date – August 29th 2016 by Corgi Children’s, imprint of Penguin Random House
ISBN – 9780552567701
My Rating – ★★★/5

This should be a time for celebrating – the Enemy of Death is dead and Callum, Tamara, Aaron and Jasper are heroes. But when a student is found dead, Call’s fears are confirmed – there’s a spy at the Magisterium and no one is safe.

Using the magic they’ve been taught, Call, Tamara and Aaron are willing to risk their lives to find the killer. But magic is also dangerous and in the wrong hands it could cause destruction and reveal the deadliest secret of all…

I received a copy of The Bronze Key from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the third book in the Magisterium series.

I’m going to admit that when I read the first book in this series, The Iron Trial, I thought it was a little cheesy and reminded me a lot of Harry Potter. But I’m glad I decided to keep reading the books because the story is getting really good.

I really liked the twist with Callum and the Enemy of Death, or Constantine Madden because the Enemy of Death is a really bad name for a bad guy in my opinion. Anyway, I cumusg7ueaem-0nwas not expecting something like that. Which is why the series is getting better for me. One of the reasons I keep reading the books is because I want to know what will happen.

I was surprised with who the spy was in the Magisterium. I did figure it out when Call and Aaron did a little investigating (I’m being kind of vague on purpose so I won’t give anything away). Before I figured it out I never thought they would be the spy at all. And that’s one of the reasons I really liked this book. I was distracted, expecting the spy to be someone else. But I think that would have been way too obvious.

The ending of The Bronze Key shocked me the most though. There is no way I saw that coming. Now that I think back to the ending there were two things that I didn’t see coming. I think the next book, The Silver Mask, will definitely be interesting and I am really looking forward to reading it when it comes out so I can find out what’s next for Call and his friends.

I would definitely recommend the Magisterium series. Like I said earlier, I wasn’t really sure about The Iron Trial when I first read it but I’m really glad I decided to stick with the series because it just keeps getting better.

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

If you’ve read the first three books in this series leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.