WWW Wednesday [June 14th 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 –
DCAdcxrUwAA6CCDI’m not reading anything at the moment. I’ve been sick since the end of last week and I am just so tired and my eyes hurt so I’m not going to pick anything up today. I need a break for now. I know being sick seems like the best time to do nothing and read but not this time.

So I’m just going to leave a shelfie here because I don’t have a book to post. I bought a third bookcase last week and it was put up over the weekend. This isn’t the best photo because not every shelf fits in an instagram photo but oh well. You get the idea. But I am so happy that I have room for more books!!!

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Recently Finished –
I finished The Names They Gave Us yesterday and I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

This book follows Lucy as she comes to terms with her mother’s cancer coming back, being a camp counselor at a “hippie camp” across the lake from her parents’ camp, where she planned to spend the summer. At Daybreak, Lucy meets Jones, a charming and mysterious boy.

So I thought this would be the usual girl meets boy, boy helps girl or changes her life. And yes, Jones did open Lucy’s eyes but there was so much more to the story than the connection between Lucy and Jones. I’ll be talking 2about it more in my review.

I also finished The Cows, which was so good! It’s not YA but I really enjoyed this.

The Cows follows three women, all strangers, who are come into each others lives in the most random and kind of horrible ways. But for some it changes their lives for the better. I don’t want to say too much about this because I will be reviewing it soon but I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a little weird in parts but you’ll have to read it to find out why…

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Reading Next –
I’ve decided I’ll be reading Ida next. I can’t really remember what this is about but I think it has an LGBT+ character. Or more than one? I’m not sure. I guess I’ll find out when I feel like reading again. Hopefully it’ll be soon because my TBR is crazy long.

So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. Fingers crossed I feel better by next week. I’m off to watch some Teen Mom now.

Let me know what you’ve been reading lately in the comments.

– Aimee.

May Book Haul.

 

Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.

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The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??

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The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.

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

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.

 

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.

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.

March Book Haul.

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Last month’s book haul was pretty good. I only bought one book and I won another in a competition on Facebook. The rest were kindly sent to me for review. So, I’ll just jump into it. 1

The first book I received last month was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. This book has 100 stories of women throughout history. I say women but there are some teens and even a five year old (I think she’s five…).

I’ve actually read this and I loved it. The writing is definitely for kids but if you can look past that then it’s a really good read, even for adults. There were a lot of women in this book that I’d never even heard of. I’ll talk more about this in my review which will hopefully be up soon. But if you were thinking of getting a copy of this then I highly recommend it.

I bought a copy of Big Little Lies when I saw it in a store here for $14.99. I wanted to see 2the TV show because it looks really good and I love Reese and Shailene. But I need to read the book first.

I haven’t read this yet and I don’t know a lot about it other than it follows the lives of three women in a small town and one of them is dead or dies.. That’s pretty much all I know. I’ve tried to stay away from spoilers because I want to find out what happens myself.

If I get a chance I might read this in April. I already have my TBR picked for the month but if I get through them then I might pick this up. 3

I received The Roanoke Girls from Hachette New Zealand to review. I actually started this today. I’m not that far in yet but it’s pretty good so far. It’s taken a disturbing twist but I’m interested to see where this is going.

Apparently everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl, but they don’t know what being a Roanoke girl means. The Roanoke girls either run away, or die. Lane made it out once, eleven years ago, but she came back because her cousin, Allegra, is missing. Is she strong enough to leave a second time? That’s what I remember from the synopsis. This book is kind of addicting already.

The next two books are from Walker Books Australia. Pointe, Claw follows two best 4friends. One is a ballerina and the other is turning into a bear.. So that’s all I remember about this. It stood out for a reason. A girl turning into a bear.. Should be an interesting read.

I think the last book I read with ballerinas was Tiny Pretty Things, which I loved. I still need to read the sequel to that.

But look at this cover! I love it. I don’t know why but I do. I can’t remember if I put this on my TBR for April. But if not hopefully I can squeeze it on there. It sounds different. 5

The second book I received from Walker Books Australia was What Girls Are Made Of. I think this follows a girl, Nina, as she tries to figure out love? Her mother told her that there’s no such thing as unconditional love. Now she’s trying to prove to her boyfriend why she deserves to be with him. Sounds like a healthy relationship. I have this on my TBR. It’s only 180+ pages so it shouldn’t take too long to read.

I won a copy of Lifeblood in a competition on Facebook. I haven’t actually read the first book in this series yet but I loved Gena’s other 6YA series, The White Rabbit Chronicles or something like that. So I’m sure I’ll love this when I eventually get around to reading them.

Lifeblood is an ARC so I’ll have to buy a copy of the finished book when I see it. I haven’t seen it in the stores I go to yet. I don’t actually know when this was released so I’ll just have to keep an eye out for it. Not like I’m in a rush though because I still need to read them and I have the ARC for now.

I love these covers. Although you can’t see the first book in this photo it’s just as good as Lifeblood. 7

Walker Books Australia also sent me a copy of Shadows on the Moon to review. This is a retelling of Cinderella set in fairy tale Japan. It’s a companion to Barefoot on the Wind which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, also set in fairy tale Japan. Apparently you can read these in any order but Shadows on the Moon was written first.

I’ve actually read this and it was pretty good. Although I kept forgetting that it was a retelling of Cinderella and not Aurora. I don’t know why. I’ll be talking about this more in my review, which I’ll hopefully be posting soon.

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Secret Science of Magic to review. I’ve never 8read anything by Melissa Keil before but I liked this. It’s a contemporary, which I don’t read a lot of.

This follows Sophia and Joshua in their last year at high school. Sophia is a child prodigy but is freaking out about her future while Joshua isn’t giving his a second thought.

There’s more to it than that but I don’t know how to word it right now. I need coffee. It’s also diverse and by an Australian author, set in Melbourne I think. I’ll be reviewing this soon. I think the book came out today. 9

The next two books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. The first is A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I read his debut novel last year, Not if I See You First, and I loved it so I can’t wait to read this. Not that I can remember what it’s about. I think someone’s brother died or something like that. But I could be completely wrong.

I’m hoping to read this in April but I don’t know yet. We’ll see how the month goes. I think I can feel a slump coming already.

10The other book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand is Allegedly. I think this is a debut novel but I’m not really sure.

I finished reading Allegedly yesterday and it was sooooo good! It has an amazing twist to the story that I was not expecting but really should have seen coming. I gave it five stars.

This follows Mary, who was convicted of killing a three month old baby when she was nine. Now she’s seventeen (I think) and pregnant. The state wants to take her baby away from her. Mary never had the chance to set the record straight before, but now she needs to. For her and her baby. I’ll be reviewing this soon but it was really good, I could not put this down. 11

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of New York 2140 to review. I really liked the sound of this when I read the synopsis and the cover is gorgeous but I was not expecting the book to be so long…

I think this follows some people that live in one of the skyscrapers in New York which has flooded and now each skyscraper is an island. Or the sea levels rose.. I’m not really sure. But I love these kinds of movies, like Day After Tomorrow and 2012, so I’m hoping this is just as good as watching a movie.

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I wasn’t 12expecting this. It’s by a New Zealand author, which I don’t read a lot of so I’ll definitely give it a try.

But it follows a guy in a war. I don’t remember which war. I think it was WW2 but don’t hold me to that. I’m not really into reading books that focus on the war. I mean, I’ve read some but not a lot.

Anyway, I’ll definitely give this a chance. If I have time I might read it sometime this month. But I have other books to read first. It’s not a very long book so I should be able to read it quickly.  C8H_vdLVoAg_9R5

The last book I received this month was from Bloomsbury Australia. This is the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It has six new beasts and a new forward by Newt Scamander which talks about his time in New York from the movie.

I’m hoping to read this after I finish The Roanoke Girls. I’ve read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them before but I’m looking forward to reading about the new beasts and more about Newt. And I cannot wait for the next movie to come out. I hope Jacob is in it because he was hilarious. And the Niffler!

So that’s my March book haul. How many books did you get last month?

– Aimee.