Review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

Title – Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series – DC Icons #1
Author – Leigh Bardugo
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 384 pages
Publication Date –  August 31st 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN – 9780141387376
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning.”

Diana desperately wants to prove herself to her Amazon sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she chooses to save the life of a mortal instead. By saving Alia, Diana may have doomed the world. Because Alia is not a normal human – she’s a warbringer. Alia is descended from Helen of Troy and fated to start an age of bloodshed.

Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies – both mortal and godly – determined to get their hands on Alia. DI_ycZCVoAAeWf9

I received a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in the DC Icons series.

I love the DC TV shows that are on tv now (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) and I used to watch Smallville. I loved the Wonder Woman movie so I was really excited when I heard about the DC Icons series.

It did surprise me that Warbringer was set in out time but then this is a different story from the recent Wonder Woman movie. When I got used to a young Diana in our time I found myself enjoying the book.

And I loved Diana. How could I not though? And I loved that she didn’t want to just let Alia die to save the world but wanted to actually save Alia and end the line of warbringers. Yes, Diana wanted to prove herself to her mother and sisters but I don’t think that really mattered to her in the end. She’d proved to herself what she was capable of.

I also really liked Alia and her best friend, Nim. I thought they had an amazing friendship and Nim was so funny and unique. They were my favourite characters after Diana. And I also loved how accepting they were of each other. But then that’s what friends are supposed to be.

There was a twist to this story that I didn’t see coming at all. It was so well done that I was completely taken by surprise.

Overall I really enjoyed Warbringer and I think fans of Diana/Wonder Woman may enjoy it too. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I loved her Legend trilogy so I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Bruce.

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

– Aimee.

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Review: I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir.

Title – I Am Traitor
Author – Sif Sigmarsdottir
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 292 pages
Publication Date –  September 7th 2017 by Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781444934472
My Rating – ★★★/5

“London, present day. Extra-terrestrial visitors have landed.”

Amy Sullivan felt safe at home in the middle of London. Now it’s one ofthe worst places to be because of the metallic arms coming down from the sky to transport victims up to the waiting spaceships.

Amy is now on one of these spaceships. The visitors are prepared to do whatever they need to do to destroy everything Amy, and Earth, knows.

To save Earth, Amy will have to trust those she’s scared of. But what if it makes her a traitor to everyone she loves? DIbjfWkUMAAxTEN

I received a copy of I Am Traitor from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I was so excited to pick this up because I love stories with alien invasions. I don’t know why. But there was just something about this story that I just didn’t click with. I don’t know if it was because I found some (or most) of the characters annoying or if the reason these aliens were abducting teens was just so disgusting and wrong or just all of it. I don’t know. I just know that it was just okay.

So I think the biggest shock for me was the reasons these twisted aliens were taking teenagers and then just expecting them to be grateful. Like “we’re giving you food, water and allowing you to live” but you just have to do this one thing for us. Which by the way was just too gross to even think about. But I guess that shouldn’t be so shocking considering these freaks have no empathy or even any emotions. I didn’t like them at all and just didn’t care that their species were facing extinction. What a shame.

And then there were the human characters and they annoyed me during most of the book. But I did finish I Am Traitor because I wanted to know what happened to them all. Maybe with the exception of one. I would have left him with those aliens.

I think the ending was kind of left open for a sequel but I haven’t looked into it to see if there will be one. Because to be honest I’m just not interested in reading it if there is another book. I guess this book just wasn’t for me. I think the story was okay up until the motivations of the aliens was revealed and then I was just like no. But, like I said, I still finished the book because I wanted to know how it ended.

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

– Aimee.

Owlcrate – October’s Mythical Creatures box.

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The September Owlcrate was my first ever box and I am so glad I bought it. I will admit that when I heard it was mythical creatures and the book was about dragons I really wanted this one. I did look up which books were coming out that month to see if there were any books with dragons that I’d like because that’s one of the reasons I’ve never purchased a box, incase I don’t like the book. But I was like 99% sure I had figured the book out and I just got it anyway. DMYaqe2VQAAT0rj

I also saw the sneek peek on Owlcrate’s instagram about including a Book Beau and they are always so expensive to ship to New Zealand so I wanted to give the box a chance because I’d get a Book Beau too.

So the Book Beau was a little squished into the box and came creased. I haven’t tried to get them out yet but I might one day. It’s not the biggest size, Before She Ignites is a very tight squeeze but I can get it in… I’ve been using this for paperbacks though. I have another one from a different company that fits hardback books so I wasn’t too bothered that this didn’t fit a hardback book. And the pattern is definitely growing on me. It has a mermaid and a unicorn on it. DLlNi6yUIAE6rfH

One of my favourite items in the box is the woodmark from Ink & Wonder. I’ve been looking at their bookmarks for a while and I didn’t know how thick they were or if they’d damage a book but they’re really thin and there is so much detail in them. I love this one, it had Daenerys and her dragons on it.

I took this photo for the Owlcrate photo challenge so it doesn’t show off the bookmark really well but I still like it. There are three dragons on it and if you can’t see it says “I am the blood of the dragon.” If you want to check out Ink & Wonder’s other bookmarks click the link here. They sell a bunch of other stuff too. (The candle is from Faerie Tale Creations if you’re wondering. You can check out their etsy store here.)

The other item I really liked was the sticker from Susanne Draws. It’s of Hagrid and DMXqws1V4AAupMrBuckbeak and is adorable. I have no idea what to do with it though because I don’t want to put it on something and then regret it. What do you do with your stickers?

I’d never even heard of Susanne before I received this sticker in the Owlcrate box but if she draws other things just as cute I’d want them too. Which is why I haven’t looked because I need to save my money. Not that it’s actually working…

I didn’t take a lot of photos of the items in this box. I do have a few more but they’re on instgram and I just can’t be bothered finding them. There were some Son of Poseidon bath salts which smelt amazing but I don’t have baths so I ended up giving them to my mother. A dragon coin purse that was designed exclusively by the team at Owlcrate. It’s also adorable and I’m pretty sure I’ll end up using that one day. My wallet/purse/whatever it is doesn’t hold a lot of coins and it drives me crazy. 22280148_365328680569473_1890221652499759104_n(1)

Then there was Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows. I am actually looking forward to reading this. I love dragons and this book sounds like somethings I’m really going to enjoy. I have no idea when I’m going to read it though because my TBR is crazy at the moment.

I also received the October Owlcrate today and I love it. I’m hoping to share that sooner than I shared this one. Maybe after the Owlcrate photo challenge and then I’ll hopefully have a photo of every item. Unlike this time. Maybe.

Have you bought an Owlcrate box before? What do you think of the boxes?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday – [October 11th 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 –   3
This is going to be a really short post today. I’ve had some things going on in my life that kept me from reading as well as my crazy annoying reading slump. So I am still reading Invictus. I’m enjoying the story but I’m just getting distracted and have too many things to do so I haven’t had the chance to sit down and just read.

But whatever. I’ll finish it eventually. I have read three of Ryan’s books and I loved the Wolf by Wolf duology. I am looking forward to seeing how Invictus ends.

Recently Finished – DKrj__yUIAAh4f4
Not really recently finished but I did finish Genuine Fraud and it was good I guess. When I compare it to We Were Liars it was definitely a little better but I didn’t like any of the characters in this book and I don’t remember liking any in We Were Liars either. Maybe Lockhart’s books just aren’t for me. I’ll probably just stay away from them now. I thought this sounded really good but it just wasn’t for me.

But I’ll talk more about that when I review the book. Whenever that will be. I still haven’t written the review yet.

Reading Next – 11 (4)
I don’t know when I’ll finish Invictus yet but the next book I plan on reading is The Wonderling. I think this is a middle grade book but it looks so cute and is not the kind of book I usually read so I’m hoping it may help get me out of this slump. But I’m not holding my breath.

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

September Wrap Up.

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I haven’t posted in a few days and there are some things going on in my life right now that have me a bit busy. So I’m not reading or posting on my blog at the moment. I’m hoping things will settle down again soon but I’m not sure right now.

But this post isn’t about me. It’s about the books I read in September. Which wasn’t a lot.

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I was in a reading slump last month and still kind of am – but also have other things happening. I only managed to read six books last month and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was a re-read. I was hoping that would help me with the slump and it did for a couple of weeks and now I’m pretty much back where I started.

Anyway, onto what I rated the books.

I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir – ★★★/5
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie – ★★★★/5
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – ★★★★/5
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ★★★/5

I didn’t have the best reading month and by the looks of this October will be the same. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

What did you read in September?

– Aimee.

Review: And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic.

Title – And Fire Came Down
Series – Caleb Zelic #2
Author – Emma Viskic
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 336 pages
Publication Date – August 1st 2017 by Bonnier Publishing Australia
ISBN – 9781760402945
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Caleb is struggling to get through each day. His best friend is dead, his ex-wife is avoiding him and nightmares are haunting him while he’s awake.

Then a woman is killed in front of him and Caleb’s determined to find out who she was. The trail leads Caleb back to Resurrection Bay. The town is on high alert for bush fires and simmering with racial tension. As Caleb keeps investigation, he uncovers secrets that could stop his and Kat reuniting and threaten his life. But Caleb keeps digging anyway. What is he willing to sacrifice to find the answer he’s looking for?

I received a copy of And Fire Came Down from Bonnier Publishing Australia to review.DH8o8PzV0AANaMY This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay. You can click the link to see my review of the first book.

The first book had me hooked pretty much right from the start as far as I can remember and because I already knew some of the characters from that book and was invested in their story I was already looking forward to reading this.

I can’t remember if it said how long it had been since the events in the first book but I don’t think it had been more than a couple of months. Caleb is still trying to deal with what happened and the guilt he feels about Kat. I’m not going to say what happened because that would ruin the first book but a lot went down. So if you haven’t read Resurrection Bay then you totally should!

I don’t know if Caleb is just crazy stubborn or he just can’t leave things unsolved but even when it was pretty obvious that he might want to back off because of things happening to people around him, he just couldn’t stop until he got to the bottom of things. Or wouldn’t stop… And then when it all came out I’m not sure Caleb wanted the answers he got. I guess that’s the risk you take when you go looking for them.

There was a twist to And Fire Came Down that I didn’t see coming. I’m pretty sure the same thing happened when I read Resurrection Bay too. Which is one of the reasons I enjoyed both books so much. I love when stories take me by surprise because it doesn’t happen often.

I don’t know if there will be a third book but there were some things that were left open and I’d definitely pick up a third book if it meant getting answers. Plus, I do like Caleb and have enjoyed both Resurrection Bay and And Fire Came Down.

If you haven’t picked up these books then I recommend finding copies.

*Thank you Bonnier Publishing Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.

Title – The Crown’s Game
Series – The Crown’s Game #1
Author – Evelyn Skye
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 416 pages
Publication Date – May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN – 9780062560605
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Vika and Nikolai are enchanters – the only enchanters in Russia. The tsar needs a powerful enchanter to help him with his enemies. So the Crown’s Game is initiated.

The winner will become the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most trusted advisor. The loser will be sentenced to death.

I received a copy of The Crown’s Game from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. This is the first book in a duology. DGB1t_4UwAMwaVm

I haven’t read a lot of books set in Russia so I wasn’t really sure what to expect politics wise or how close this was to true events – aside from the obvious (magic). I don’t know if characters in the royal family actually existed. I don’t know anything about Russian history.

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this but I am so sick of love triangles. I’m pretty sure if I’d known there was one in this book before I started reading then it probably would have put me off. So I’m glad I didn’t know but I still wish it wasn’t a thing anymore. I also thought it was really obvious who Vika would choose and I’m just assuming they’ll get together in the next book.

I thought the magic in The Crown’s Game was really interesting. I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before. Which made me want to read about the history or magic in Russia, or this version of Russia, and the history of the Imperial Enchanter.

I found Skye’s writing beautiful. The way she bought Vika and Nikolai’s magic alive on the pages kept me coming back to this book even though the love triangle drove me crazy.

I figured that the love triangle and all the secrets would eventually come between these friends. Because the love triangle (how many times have I said that?) had Vika and two friends. Not messy at all. I can’t remember if the truth behind Nikolai’s father was revealed to everyone or just him but I’m expecting it to come out in the next book. You can’t drop a bomb like that and not have any fallout.

I don’t know when I’ll get to the sequel, The Crown’s Fate, because my latest reading slump has been horrible and I have so many books to catch up on. But I am hoping to get to it soon.

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

– Aimee.