August Wrap Up.

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I had a couple of reading slumps in August but still managed to read eleven books which I don’t think was that bad. So I’m just going to jump into the list and my ratings.

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – ★★★★/5
The Student by Iain Ryan – ★★★/3
Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggulden – ★★★/5
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson – ★★★★/5
The Cause of Death by Dr. Cynric Temple-Camp – ★★★★/5
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – ★★★★/5
Tell It to the Moon by Siobhan Curham – ★★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5 (re-read)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – ★★★★/5
And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic – ★★★★/5
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – ★★★★/5

I did participate in ARC August for the first two weeks in August but I think that’s what put me into my first reading slump – trying to finish all the ARCs on my list. I always try to stick to a TBR but it doesn’t always work. With me trying to force myself to read the five books I had on my ARC August TBR it just made me not want to read.

The second reading slump happened when I finished Tell It to the Moon and I have no idea why. So I ended up re-reading Fantastic Beasts and then finally picking up Stars Above, which has been on my shelves since it was released.

Anyway, I don’t think I did that badly. Hopefully September will be better but I’m not going to hold my breath.

How many books did you read in August and what was your favourite?

– Aimee.

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Review – Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggulden.

Title – Darien: Empire of Salt
Series – Empire of Salt #1
Author – C.F. Iggulden
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 340 pages
Publication Date – August 1st by Michael Joseph, imprint of Penguin Random House
ISBN – 9780718186487
RRP – $30.00 NZD
My Rating – ★★★/5

The city of Darien stands on the end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order and try to maintain peace while the people in the city endure things they don’t have the power to change.

Amongst old feuds a plot is hatched to kill the king. It will bring strangers to Darien – a hunter, an old swordsman, a young boy who doesn’t talk, a man who doesn’t feel guilt, a gambler and a girl with a talent that may have the power to undo them all.

Their presence in Darien will cause one explosive event after another. Before the sun comes up, six destinies will be made and lost.

I received a copy of Darien: Empire of Salt from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in a new YA fantasy series. 3

I found this book hard to get into in the beginning. Not because the story was bad but kind of all over the place. I know a lot of books have chapters in different characters perspectives but I just couldn’t figure out how or if any of these characters were linked or if their stories were connected in some way. The synopsis kind of hinted that they were all going to be in the same area at the same time but it took a while to come together. I think I was a little past halfway when I got into the story. But once I was I liked it. It’s just a shame it took me so long to get into it.

The world in this book does have some magic – it’s hinted that there are witches and sorcerers. I’d like to see more magic in the next book. Some magic was used towards the end of the book and there were a couple of characters that had their own kinds of magic. I don’t think it was explained much but I liked that it was sort of different from other books that have magic in them. I’m not going to say anything about which characters have magic and what they can do because I don’t like spoiling things. But I will say that I do want to find out what happens to them in the next book. If they’re in the next book…

The second half of the book was more exciting than the first. For me anyway. There was battles, explosions, lots of death. There were a few loose ends with some characters that I’m hoping will be explained in the next book. Which I plan on reading. I know it took me a while to get into this book but there are some characters that I liked and want to know what’s next for them and Darien.

I think this was a good first book in a series, not great. I don’t know where the story is going in the second book but I am looking forward to finding out. If you love dark fantasy books then I definitely recommend giving this a try.

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

– Aimee.

#ARCAugust 2017 Update [Week 2]

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I totally forgot to post this over the weekend so I’m a little late but better late than never I guess. DGajxgdU0AAN5B0

I only read one ARC this week. Well I did finish one and read another so one and a half I guess.

I finished Darien: Empire of Salt. It took me a little longer than I thought it would but I wasn’t really in the mood to read when I picked it up and it wasn’t the books fault. I was just more interested in social media and YouTube… Which is really annoying when I need to read.

Anyway, I liked this book. I’m not sure when the sequel is coming out but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. I’ll be reviewing this soon,

The second book I read last week was I Have No Secrets and I really liked this. I didn’t DGv0q-JU0AEVX0Ewant to put it down. I felt really bad for Jemma with the way some people treated her but she was such an amazing person.

This book follows Jemma, who has cerebral palsy and relies on her family and carer for everything. Jemma can’t move or talk. Someone tells Jemma a secret – one the person knows Jemma can’t tell anyone. But things may be about to change…

I’d definitely recommend this book! It was a really fast read for me, I didn’t want to put it down. I’ll also be reviewing this soon so if you want to see what I thought of the book keep an eye out. DHEFO2EUAAE0b88

I started A Stranger in the House yesterday. This was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand and I wasn’t expecting it at all but I’m really liking it so far. This is a psychological thriller and I think fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train will enjoy this.

I’m not really that far in so I’m still trying to figure what’s going on but if you like psychological thrillers then I’d recommend this book.

So far I’ve read three ARCs for ARC August. How many have you read so far?

– Aimee.

 

WWW Wednesday [August 9th 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?

Currently Reading –  DFy3ukSUIAAFpZq
I haven’t taken a photo of my current read yet because the weather is crap and so is my lighting…

Anyway, I started I Have No Secrets this morning. I’m not that far in yet but I like what I’ve read so far.

This book follows Jemma who has cerebral palsy. She can’t move or talk so she relies on her parents and carer for everything. But Jemma is smart and loves to learn. She also knows a lot of secrets – and one of them is so terrible she doesn’t know how to deal with it. But what can she do about it?

I really like Jemma and I am looking forward to finding out more about her and her family. DGajxgdU0AAN5B0

Recently Finished –
I finished reading Darien: Empire of Salt yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It did take me a while to get into but I think that was because I wasn’t in the mood to read not because of the story.

This is the first book in a YA fantasy series. It follows a few different characters and I was confused what was going on at the start but it did all come together in the end. I’ll be reviewing this soon so if you’re interested in reading that keep an eye out.

I also read The Student by Iain Ryan. This is a very shot book but it felt like there was a DGWQ9JZUQAA9v89lot going on. Murder, drugs, gang members and this one guy is in the middle of it all. Not for anything he’s done but because of the company he keeps and the fact he deals drugs.

I don’t really know what to think of this book. I don’t like drugs at all so I didn’t like the MC for dealing them or his friends for dealing them either. I guess I’ll have to get my thoughts together when I write my review… Or before then actually… Anyway hopefully I’ll get this reviewed soon too.

The Student and Darien: Empire of Salt were also books I read for ARC August. Oh and so is I Have No Secrets. DGB1t_4UwAMwaVm

I finished The Crown’s Game too and I really enjoyed it. It’s not what I was expecting but in a really good way. To be honest I don’t actually know what I was expecting but that wasn’t it.

I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Crown’s Fate, even though I’m like 100% sure how it’ll end for two of the characters. I’m not really into it for the romance or whatever but I do want to see how the story will end. I have no idea when I’ll get to it though.

Reading Next – 4
A Stranger is the House was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. It was a complete surprise but it sounds like something I’ll enjoy reading so I’m looking forward to picking it up.

All I know about this is that a woman is in her kitchen making dinner and then she’s waking up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there or what happened. Her husband doesn’t know what to think but her best friend seems to think she was up to no good.

I can’t wait to find out what’s going on in this book!

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.