Janruary Wrap Up.

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It feels like forever since I’ve done a monthly wrap up of books I read. I can’t remember if I did one for November but I did take a break in December. But it’s a new year and I’m finally back to reading a blogging. Well, I’ve been back for a month but I’ve only been posting reviews – I have a lot to catch up on.

Anyway, let’s just get into the books I read in January.

Catch Me When You Fell by Eileen Merriman – ★★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Everless by Sara Hollan – ★★★★/5
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – ★★★★/5
On the Free by Coert Voorhees – ★★★/5
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – ★★★/5
Artemis by Andy Weir – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library – ★★★★★/5

I only read eight books last month but it’s better than nothing.

What did you read in January?

Aimee.

 

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling.

Title – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author – J.K Rowling
Illustrator – Olivia Lomenech Gill
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 160 pages
Publication Date – November 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens
ISBN – 9781408885260
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

“Prepare to be dazzled by the wonders of the Wizarding World in this sumptuously full-colour edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

I received a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them from Bloomsbury Australia to review. DSpn12BVMAAZNQs

I’m loving all the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books that have been released. I read the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts last year and I loved it. But this edition is amazing! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so I’m probably biased but I don’t care. I love all the detail that went into the magical beasts.

I don’t feel like I can review the book because I did a review of this last year. It was a different edition but the writing was the same. If you want to check out my review you can here. I’m pretty sure I feel the same way about that one as I do this one.

My favourite beasts in the Wizarding World are Hippogriffs (well, mostly Buckbeak), Nifflers, dragons, unicorn and the Occamy. There are probably more but I think that I just like the characters that are in the movies – like Buckbeak, Pickett and Frank.

This is a really fast read but I did take my time with this edition so that I actually looked at the illustrations. I think this may be my favourite edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

I know there are two different covers to this edition. The UK/ANZ edition has an Occamy on the cover and I think the US has a Griffin? I could be wrong. I prefer this one though. Probably because I liked the Occamy in the Fantastic Beasts movie.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them then I definitely recommend reading it. Especially if you’re a fan of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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.

WWW Wednesday [August 23rd 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 – DH3c9MXUIAAC0BN
I started Stars Above yesterday. I’ve had this book since it came out but never picked it up to read until now. I’m pretty sure I’d already read Glitches as an e-novella before Stars Above came out.

I’ve been in another reading slump the last few days. I picked up the previous book hoping it would also get me out of my slump and it kind of did, but not really. So I took a break from review books and read two of my books hoping that would help.

Stars Above is full of novellas set in The Luna Chronicles universe. I think there was one story that didn’t involve the characters from The Luna Chronicles (much) but the rest have them in. I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing this or not yet.

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So this is the first book I picked up hoping it would get me out of my reading slump because I knew it was a fast read. And I did enjoy reading it again (this is the second time I’ve read it) but I still didn’t feel like reading after I’d finished it.

I know most people just take a break from reading if they’re in a slump but even though I don’t feel like reading I am so bored when I’m at home and not reading. Because the only TV shows I watch are Game of Thrones and Teen Wolf. Anyway, I love the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve already reviewed this so I won’t be posting about it again. DHi274BUAAIOPUI

I finally read Tell It to the Moon. This is the sequel to The Moonlight Dreamers, which I read last month and really enjoyed. I was actually surprised by how much I liked both books. But I’ll talk about Tell It to the Moon more in my review. I’ll be posting that very soon because of the giveaway I keep talking about. But I still need to write it first.

The giveaway is for people in New Zealand and Australia. I’ll have more details in my review of Tell It to the Moon though so if you’re interested then keep an eye out for it.

I also finished A Stranger in the House. I think I had like 50 pages when I did my WWW Wednesday post last week so I didn’t have to read much to finish the book. I really DHEFO2EUAAE0b88enjoyed this. And surprisingly I have already written the review. Now I just have to post it. I want to start writing my reviews when I finish the book instead of leaving it too long and then I have no idea what to write… Which is my problem with more than one review.

Okay, so moving on… Like I said I really enjoyed A Stranger in the House. I think it’s a psychological thriller but I haven’t really looked into it. So if you like those kinds of books then I’d definitely recommend finding a copy of this.

Reading Next –
I think if I’m out of my reading slump when I finish Stars Above that I’m going to read And Fire Came Down. This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay. I read that a couple of 10months ago and really enjoyed it. I think these are crime books? But again, I haven’t looked up their genre.

I can’t remember what the synopsis said about this book but I know it has some of the same characters from the first book in it. And I’m assuming someone dies. Or maybe more than one person? I guess I’ll find out when I read the book.

What have you been reading recently?

– Aimee.

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.

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling.

Title Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Series – 
Hogwarts Library
Author J.K. Rowling
How I got it 
From the publisher
Pages – 144 pages
Publication date  March 14th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens
ISBN 
– 9781408880715
RRP $24.99
My rating 
★★★★★/5

“A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides in every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for the Knarl.”

I received a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from Bloomsbury Australia C8H_vdLVoAg_9R5to review.

I absolutely love this edition of Fantastic Beasts. The little notes from Harry, Ron and Hermione aren’t in it but there’s a note from the author, Newt Scamander, beautiful illustrations and six new beasts. Although I don’t remember the Swooping Evil being in there….

The author’s note was really funny and reminded me of Newt from the movie. Which is obvious because they’re the same character… Anyway, it had some tiny spoilers for the Fantastic Beasts movie but if you’ve seen it then it won’t be a problem. And if you haven’t seen it then what are you waiting for???

I found the six new beasts really easily. I’m glad the Thunderbird was included. Frank was one of my favourite beasts in the movie. I thought he was beautiful!! There are so many beautiful illustrations of the beasts in this edition. I loved them all. I was going to add my favourites to my review but I decided not to so I won’t spoil it for the people who haven’t seen them yet.

I’ve love all the new editions of the Hogwarts Library books, Fantastic Beasts, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages. I think any fan of the Wizarding World will love them just as much as I do and they are definitely great additions to the collection. Even if you already have older editions, these are beautiful.

*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia 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?

Currently Reading –   C8hgiEXVYAAGnvR
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.

Reading Next –5
 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.