May Wrap Up & June TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again when I do my wrap up of what I read last month and my TBR. I didn’t really stick to my May TBR so it’s probably good I’m not sharing it. Hopefully I’ll do better this month.

May Wrap Up

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Silver Stars by Michael Grant –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
The Possible by Tara Altebrando –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Release by Patrick Ness –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

I didn’t do too badly in May. I managed to read 11 books. I think my favourite was Finding Nevo.

June TBR

I tried to keep my June TBR small because I didn’t really stick to my TBR last month. I’ve already read Contagion and I’m currently reading One of Us is Lying, which reminding me a lot of Gossip Girl. I think my next read will be The Cows.

What’s on your June TBR? How many books did you read in May? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

Review: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige.

Title – The End of Oz
Series – Dorothy Must Die series #4
Author – Danielle Paige
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 304 pages
Publication Date – March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN – 9780062660237
My Rating – β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

“My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz I was given a mission – Dorothy must die. I thought I succeeded.Β 

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than they look.Β 

The Road of Yellow Brick is leading me to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with – the Nome King. And Β – surprise! – he has a gingham-clad bride.

Now I have to escape the crumbling city, follow the road for answers, discover a way to be Good and Wicked. Before the end of Oz.”Β 

I received a copy of The End of Oz from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. This is theC-222H0WAAAADoV last book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I think.

This series has been predictable and really cheesy at times but I still found myself enjoying it. I haven’t read the novellas yet but I’m hoping to get to them soon.

I liked that Madison was in this book. I actually started to like her in Yellow Brick War. I liked that Amy and Madison’s friendship didn’t happen overnight and they still had their problems with each other but Β Madison had put Amy through a lot in high school that she was still dealing with. But I think they’d make really good friends now that Madison has grown up a bit.

Nox annoyed me at the start of the Dorothy Must Die series but he’s definitely grown on me through the books. I think Amy changed the way he saw things, which is probably why I started to like him because he was really stubborn and bossy in the first couple of books.

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The whole series had been building up to something and so I was taken by surprise with how the book and series actually ended. It was still good though. Probably better than the ending I was expecting.

Speaking of the ending… I’d heard that this was the last book in the series but after reading the last page I’m really confused. I don’t want to give anything away though so I’m not going to say anymore.

Like I said at the start of my review, this series was predictable and sometimes a bit cheesy but I’ve enjoyed it. And I’m looking forward to reading the novellas soon. And I should probably read the original Wizard of Oz story too.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 3rd 2017] β€“

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.Β All you have to do isΒ 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 – C-222H0WAAAADoV
I’ve been reading The End of Oz for the last three days and I am determined to finish it today. It’s not a very big book but I keep getting distracted by social media and TV shows…

Ugh, I literally just noticed that the books aren’t even in order in the photo. That’s going to annoy me.

Anyway, I’ve liked the series so far. I haven’t read the novellas yet though. I’ll get to them soon. I think they’ve been a little predictable at times and cheesy but that’s okay. I still liked the story. I don’t want to say too much because this is the fourth book in the series and I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read these books yet.Β C-c7Y-IU0AE1nNc

Recently Finished –
I have finally re-read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I think I said this in my last WWW Wednesday post but I’ve wanted to re-read the Harry Potter series since I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them.

I don’t know when I’ll pick up Goblet of Fire but I’m hoping in the next couple of month. My TBR is too big at the moment.

Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite book in the series. Closely followed by Deathly Hallows. Obviously I won’t be reviewing this because I’m so biased and have read it so many times.Β 6

I also read But Then I Came Back in the last week. It wasn’t really what I was expecting at all but I still liked it.

I’ll be reviewing But Then I Came Back sometime this month. I’m not exactly sure when but I’m hoping it’ll be up this month. I’m still really behind on my review.

This is the first book I’ve read by Estelle Laure and I’m thinking of reading her other book. I don’t know when but if I find a copy I’ll check it out.Β 11

Reading Next –
I’m going to be reading Finding Nevo next. This follows Nevo as he transitions and focuses not only on what Nevo went through but also family, friends, bullying, weight issues and well as other topics.

I posted a Q&A yesterday with Nevo if you want to read it. You can find it here.

I’m really looking forward to reading this.

What have you read lately?

– Aimee.

 

June 2016 Book Haul.

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The first book I received this month was from Hachette New Zealand.1Β This is an advanced copy of On the Other Side so the cover may change by the time it’s released in July.

When I read the synopsis of this I thought it sounded like the kind of book I’d like. I’ve never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher before so when I saw she had a huge following I was surprised.

I think I may use this for my PopSugar reading challenge. Something about a book written by a celebrity. This kind of counts. Or I’m going to make it count even if it really shouldn’t.

I love this cover. I love how the tree is a heart and the colours are gorgeous.

The next three books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand. I did request The Crown 2to review but I wasn’t expecting it, or the other two, because I was told it had been delayed.

Anyway, I was so excited when I saw it. I’ve only read the first three books in the Selection Series (The Selection, The Elite and The One) but I loved them and I am sure that I’ll love The Heir and The Crown too. I think I might read Happily Ever After before I get to those two though.

I’d never heard of Foxlowe or The Fall of Butterflies but they both sound really good and the covers are beautiful. I think Foxlowe is about a girl growing up in a cult. I have read the synposis for the other one and I think it’s about a girl meeting another girl? I don’t even know.3

Penguin Random House sent me a copy of The Last Star to review. I’ve never read The 5th Wave but I own a copy (no spoilers please). I’ll be reading that soon. But I didn’t have a copy of The Infinite Sea when they sent me this.

I have bought a copy of The Infinite Sea this month, which I’ll be showing in this post. Hopefully by the time I post this at the end of the month I’ll have read The 5th Wave. I write my book haul as I get new books so it doesn’t take long to finish it off when I’m ready to post it. In previous months it’s taken me an hour to write my book haul and I just can’t do that anymore.

I received the next two books from Hachette New Zealand to review. The Sudden Β 4Appearance of Hope sounds really good. It’s about a girl/woman (I can’t remember) that people never remember. She can do anything, commit any crime, and no one will remember her. At least that’s what I got from the synopsis. Sounds interesting..

End of Watch is the last book in a trilogy. The first two books are Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. It says on the press release that it’s the last book in the trilogy and a stand alone novel. I’m not sure how a book can be both so that’s a little confusing. I’ve read the first two books and have no idea how you’d be able to read End of Watch as a stand alone because there’s so much from the first two books that you wouldn’t understand.

Anyway, the cover of End of Watch is so good. My photo doesn’t pick it up but if you hold the book in the right like there are raindrops on the cover. It’s really pretty.

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I was sent a copy of The First Journey (I think that’s the title) from the author, Melka Stansah, to review.

She lives in Australia and is a really lovely person. I hope to have read this before the end of the month. I think it’s 150+ pages so it shouldn’t take me long but I have a few review books that I need to read first.

I can’t actually remember what this is about but it sounded good when I read the synopsis and it has some good reviews on Goodreads. Not that I read any of them, I just saw the star ratings.

If you’ve read this let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

The Outliers was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand for me to review. I saw this 6all over Bookstagram and then Reece Witherspoon read it and after that I really wanted to read it.

I think this is the first in a trilogy but don’t quote me on that.

I think the main character can read minds, or thoughts, something like that. Her best friend has been missing and has finally sent her a text saying she needs help. I think that’s the synopsis. Well, pretty much. It sounds better on the back of the book.

I love this cover and the spine. My photo doesn’t do it justice at all. I was just glad it was sunny when I took the photo because the weather here has sucked here lately.Β 7

I received the next two books from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I can’t remember what Breathing Under Water is about but it says on the cover that fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell will like it so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve only liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Well, I actually loved it. I’ve read three of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I think my favourites were Landline and Eleanor and Park. But I am looking forward to reading Breaking Under Water.

The Revelations of Carey Ravine is historical fiction. I’ve been reading more historical fiction this year and have been enjoying them so I’m excited to get into this. I have no idea when I’ll be reading either of these though.

HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 2 to 8review. I think this is my new favourite cover in the series. I love how the yellow blends into green and then blue. It’s so pretty!

I’ve read the first three books in the series (Dorothy Must Die, The Wicked Will Rise and Yellow Brick War) but haven’t read Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol 1. I’m hoping to read them both soon though. I’m always a little hesitant with novellas but I am really looking forward to these.

I still haven’t read the original Wizard of Oz stories but I plan to one day. There are too many books I want to read but not enough time do read them.Β 9

Like I said earlier in this post, I bought a copy of The Infinite Sea. I figured I had the first and last book in the trilogy so I had to get the second. Now I can marathon the trilogy. I love being able to do that. That way there are no cliffhangers.

I’ll be reviewing all three books as I read them. I’m hoping to have at least read The 5th Wave by the end of the month so I may have read it by the time I post this. I don’t plan on coming back to this at the end of the month and editing everything I’ve written because if I’ve read a few books in this haul. I guess you’ll find out what I’ve managed to read this month in my wrap up.

I love the covers of this trilogy. I don’t know if it’s the colours or the artwork/photos or a combination of both but I do love them.

10I also got A Court of Mist and Fury the same day. I haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet even though I’ve had the book since it was released last year. I don’t know why I put off reading it but now that I have the sequel hopefully I’ll read both soon.

I know there has been some mixed reviews of ACOMAF but I want to keep an open mind going into both books so no spoilers please.

I love how bright these two covers are. There is more detail on the US editions though. Maybe if I like them I’ll get the US editions too because I do like the hardback editions. Same with the US editions of the Throne of Glass series. But I’ll have to see if I have the space first.Β 11

The Girls was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I wasn’t expecting anything from them but I was glad to receive this because it’s the book of the month for a book club I’m in on Goodreads. This is July’s read so I’m going to read it next month.

I don’t know much about this other than it has something to do with Charles Manson and his cult. I’m just going to go into it blind and see what happens. Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times it’s been a complete disaster. I’m hoping this time it will be good because there are so many reviews on this that I saw on Goodreads when I added it to my list that didn’t look that good. So, open mind for me.

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The next three books are from HarperCollins New Zealand. I had asked them about The Crown’s Game a few weeks ago but wasn’t expecting it or the other two when they were delivered. I was so excited to see The Crown’s Game because I’ve heard good things about this.

The other two I’d seen on their Instagram page. Sing’s cover always makes me think of Taylor Swift but it does sound interesting and The Witch’s Kiss has a twist on fairytales. I don’t think it’s based off one or is a retelling but I could be wrong. The cover is pretty cool too.

I think both Sing and The Witch’s Kiss are out late June or in July but I could be wrong.13

I emailed HarperCollins New Zealand and asked if Nevernight by Jay Kristoff would be available to review closer to the release date and the lovely lady that I talk to told me she had a copy and would get it out to me that day. That was a Friday and I got it on the Monday. I was not expecting it to be so big! I think it’s either 600 pages or close to it. But I am so excited to read it.

I keep seeing good things about this on Goodreads and Bookstagram. I’m trying not to get my hopes up in case I don’t like it but it just sounds so good. I think the main character lost her parents and is now in a school for assassins. Something like that. I’m sure the synopsis makes it sound better than that. But I kind of want to go into it blind. All I heard was “Hogwarts for assassins” and I was like “yes please!!!”

The last book I got in June was sent to me from Simon and Schuster Australia. By the time 14it arrived I’d completely forgotten I’d requested it.

Apparently this is like Girls and Bridget Jones’ Diary with a magical twist. Three friends are trying to make it in New York. They have regular lives until they come across Pretty, a magical elixir that makes them gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous.The effects last for a week and present opportunities to make their fantasies come true.

Sounds a little weird but it caught my attention and I wanted to know what happened and how the elixir is magic. Plus, there has to be all kinds of consequences.. Magic comes with a price.Β Luna

And lastly, this isn’t a book but it’s bookish merchandise and I was so excited to find her! I got the Luna Funko Pop! She’s adorable and I’ve loved Luna since I first read her character in Order of the Phoenix. Now I just need Sirius and Dobby. Well, until they bring out new Harry Potter Funk Pops and then I’ll need them too.

I got Evanna’s autograph three years ago I think? She came to New Zealand for a convention and my friend met her and got this for me for Christmas.

So that’s my book haul for June. I’ve read none of them. My TBR is out of control.

How many books did you get in June?

– Aimee.

 

Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige.

Title – Yellow Brick War
Author – Danielle Paige
Series – Dorothy Must Die Series #3
How I Got It – Publisher
Pages – 288 pages
Publication Date – Β March 15th 2016 by HarperCollins
ISBN – 9780062458421
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

Years ago, Dorothy was taken to Oz in a tornado and while she was there, she was tempted by magic. Dorothy let the magic change her and she’s no longer the good farm girl from Kansas, Dorothy is evil. Now Oz is dark and twisted.

Amy was also taken from Kansas in a tornado to Oz, where Wicked is Good and Good is Wicked. The Wicked Witches gave Amy a mission, kill Dorothy. The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying both Oz and Kansas is to kill her, and Amy is the only one that can. But she failed, and people died.

Now, the portal between Oz and Kansas is open and if Amy can’t find a way to close it she may not be able to go home. Amy has to join the Witches, kill Dorothy and stop a war.

I received a copy of Yellow Brick War from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I read the first two books in the series last year and liked them. Although I’ve never read the originalCi2oMHpUkAA57_L stories. This is the third book in the Dorothy Must Die series.

I think this picked up where the Wicked Will Rise ended. Amy is back in Kansas and needs
to find a way back to Oz so she can finally stop Dorothy for good. But obviously it’s not going to be as simple as it sounds for Amy. The Witches have been keeping things from her and never tell her the whole story. Amy has found some new allies in Kansas, people she never thought she’d ever be willing to trust.

I probably should have re-read the first two books in the series before starting Yellow Brick War but I thought I’d be able to pick it all up again as I read. Some things came back but there are some things that, even now, I can’t remember. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this though. I will probably read them all before the next book is released.

Yellow Brick War seemed shorter than the other two books to me. But maybe I just read it faster.. I’m not sure. These books are a little cheesy in places but I can get past that. It’s not an annoying kind of cheesy. They’re also kind of predictable too but I like to know if I’ve figured things out before it’s revealed in the story. It never ruins the story if I figure some things out early in the book. But I do like when books can surprise me.

I like these books, even though I can predict a lot of the things that happens. I’m looking forward to seeing how Amy’s story ends and what happens to Oz next.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

Have you read the Dorothy Must Die series? What did you think of the first three books?

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

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.