WWW Wednesday [May 17th 2017] –

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 –  4
I’ve decided to read The Possible by Tara Altebrando next. I received an ARC from Bloomsbury Australia last month. I think this is released in June but at least I’ll have my review ready for the release if I start it now.

I wanted to read Tara’s other book, The Leaving, last year but never got around to getting a copy.

I’m not too sure what this is about. I think I remember something about telekinetic powers and the main character’s birth mother being in prison for killing her son. I guess I’ll find out more when I read it. But it’s meant to be a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books. 1

Recently Finished –
I finished Perfect last night. This is the sequel and conclusion (I think) to Flawed. I really enjoyed both books.

I don’t want to say too much about Perfect because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t read Flawed. But basically these books are set in a country where being perfect is demanded by the government. If you’re found Flawed you’re branded. There are five places on the body to be branded depending on you “crime.” Celestine was branded for trying to save the life of a Flawed man, who was dying in front of her. If you aid a Flawed, you’re Flawed. After her branding, Celestine’s life will never be the same. 15

I also read The Dark Prophecy. This is the second book int The Trials of Apollo series. Which is set in Percy’s world with the same, and new, characters.

I’ve loved being back in this world. The first book has Percy in it and we’re back at Camp Half-Blood. There is a spoiler in the second book if you haven’t read the Heroes of Olympus series so I won’t say anything about that here. But I will say that I’ve loved both books and even though Apollo annoys me sometimes he did annoy me less in The Dark Prophecy.

Reading Next – 12
I’ll be reading Release next. All I know about this is that is follows a guy called Adam and his life is going to change, I’m not sure how, and a ghost… I don’t know how these are connected but I’m sure I’ll figure it out when I read the book.

I have only read four of Patrick’s books and I loved the Chaos Walking Trilogy so I’m looking forward to reading this. I have two more of his books on my shelves but I haven’t got around to reading them yet.

Anyway, that’s my WWW Wednesday for another week. What have you been reading lately?

– 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.

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.

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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.

 

Top Ten Tuesday (August 23rd): Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf Since I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can check out the themes (if that’s what they’re called…) here. I changed this week’s theme for me because 1. I was too tired to actually read what I was meant to be doing and by the time I realised I’d already finished the post and 2. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the books that were on my TBR before I started blogging. So I changed it to books that have been on my shelves since I started blogging that I haven’t gotten to. If I did what’s still on my TBR instead of unread books on my shelves it would be a very looong list. But, I don’t care if my Top Ten Tuesday is different from everyone else’s.

1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
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I’ve had this book sitting on my shelves since I bought it in January 2015. I love Jodi’s books so I have no excuse for not reading this.

2. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
y450-293I loved the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You and was really looking forward to reading the sequel. I just havent read it yet.

3. Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch
17404295I think the reason I’ve been putting off reading this is because I need to re-read Snow like Ashes first. I read that so fast that I’ve forgotten a lot of what happened, which is why I need to read it again before I can read Ice like Fire.

4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Partick Ness
TROUJLH-hb-cover-640x1024I won this in a giveaway and I’ve heard so many good things about Ness’s writing. I’ve read The Chaos Walking trilogy and When a Monster Calls. I also have More Than This sitting unread on my shelves…

5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
MTI4ODM3MzYwOTk2NzUxODM4I got this as a gift on my birthday this year. I want to read more classics but I just haven’t picked it up.

6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
movie-tie-in-Fellowship-of-the-RingI got the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy free through a rewards system here in New Zealand. I read The Hobbit a few years ago but I wanted to have all the books in the trilogy before I read the first book. I do have the other two now so I want to read them soon.

7. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Black-Widow-Forever-RedI received this as a gift for Christmas. I love Natasha in the movies, I don’t really read graphic novels, so I wanted to read this when I heard about it. Again, I just haven’t picked it up.

8. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
tumblr_nkyfe6XEWj1u0il5ao3_500I wanted to re-read the first books in the series before reading QoS. I have read Throne of Glass again but that’s where my re-read of the series ended. Now need to get to them soon because Empire of Shadows is going to be released soon.

9. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Winter_CoverI won this in a giveaway last year and it took the person who held the giveaway so long to send it that I never thought I’d actually get it. I think I’ve had it a few months now. I’m reading it as part of the Read-Them-All-Thon so I’ll be reading it in the next few weeks.

10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
5174bb6ee422c0029a4c3a60a53bc933I got Frankenstein in a book swap. Like I said earlier I want to read more classics and this is one I’ve wanted to read for a while. When I saw it in the pile of books someone wanted to swap I was happy to take it off their hands. Hopefully I’ll read it soon.

So those are the books that have been sitting on my shelves since I started blogging.

What are some books that have been sitting on your shelves for years?

Aimee.

Series I Finished in 2015.

I finished a lot of series and trilogies last year.  Some of them I started before 2015. Anyway, I finished a total of 12 series in 2015. I don’t remember the order so I’m just going to list them here.

The Selection Series.
selection-seriesI read The One in 2015.
Technically it’s been extended with The Heir and The Crown but I’m still counting it.

Legend Trilogy.
Legend-TrilogyI read Champion in 2015 and finally finished the trilogy.

The Mortal Instruments Series.
immortalinstruments6booksI read City of Heavenly Fire in 2015 (as well as re-reading the other five books in the series).

Heroes of Olympus Series.
heroes-of-olympusI read The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus in 2015.

The Starbound Trilogy.
starbound-trilogyI read all three books in the trilogy in 2015.

Bloodlines Series.
BookCoverBloodlinesSeries I read The Ruby Circle in 2015.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy.
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Janie Johnson Series.
janieI read all six books in 2015.

The Pendant Trilogy.
img_2281I read all three book in The Pendant Trilogy in 2015.

Me Before You Duology.
after-you-comp-imageI read both books in 2015.

Chaos Walking Trilogy.
partick-ness-123I read all three books in 2015.

White Rabbit Chronicles.
picmonkey-collageI read all three books in 2015. Again, this series has been extended but I’m still counting the ones I read.

What series did you complete in 2015? Leave me and comment and let me know.

Aimee.

December 2015 Wrap-Up.

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I read nineteen books in December. I’m just going to give my star ratings here because I’ll be doing full reviews of most of them. I’ve decided I’m not going to review the last three books in The Mortal Instruments series here.

Champion by Marie Lu – ★★★★
In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker – ★★★
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – ★★★
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★
Cool Nukes by Des Hunt – ★★★
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness – ★★★
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes – ★★★★
Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda – ★★★
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – ★★★★
The Next Together by Lauren James- ★★★★
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez – ★★★★
The Poisoned Emerald by Sarena and Sasha Nanua – ★★★
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash – ★★★
Two Moons by Emily Rodda – ★★★
Demon Road by Derek Landy – ★★★★
Sanspell by Elizabeth Pulford – ★★★
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★
Bragonsthyme by Elizabeth Pulford – ★★★

I’m glad I’ve finally finished the Legend Trilogy and The Mortal Instruments. Those are the two I really wanted to finish last year. Now I can start Marie Lu’s other books and I cannot wait for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare to come out this year.

If I haven’t posted my review of these books yet, they’ll be up soon.

Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them.

Review: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness.

Title – Monsters of Men
Author – Patrick Ness
Publication Date – June 5th 2013 by Walker Books
ISBN – 9781406358001
My Rating – ★★★/5

Three armies are marching on New Prentisstown, each one being set on destruction. New World is once again at war and Viola and Todd are caught in the middle and this time there’s no escape.

The battle is about to begin. How can Viola and Todd hope to stop the fighting? And if war does really make monsters of men, what will happen to them?

I received a copy of Monsters of Men to review from Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. This is the last book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I’ve read and reviewed both The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer on my blog.

Every book in this trilogy has had me hooked. I read this one in two days. But even though I couldn’t put it down, it wasn’t as good as the other two for me. It’s not bad, just not as good.

The first problem for me was Coyle, Prentiss and 1017 all determined on destroying/killing each other and a lot of innocent people to get their way. I especially had a problem with 1017. I get that the things he went through were horrible and none of his people deserved that but I didn’t understand why he wanted to kill all of the “Clearing” because of the things some of them did to the Spackle. Not every person on New World enslaved and killed them. I get why he wanted vengeance, but not on a whole species. He should have just gone after the ones that committed the crimes. There’s no reason to punish the whole population for something only a group were responsible for.

I got frustrated with men and Spackle both thinking that the women were IMG_20151213_111711all dangerous and lesser because they didn’t have Noise. I really wanted to find out why they didn’t and what it was that made them different from Spackle and men.

It looked like Viola was losing faith in Todd again in this book, which was really annoying. She’d grown up with the men and boys on her ship having no Noise so I don’t see how Todd learning to quiet his made him any less that the boy she got to know with Noise. I’m glad she was made to see the truth, even though she should have realised it herself.

At the end of Monsters of Men there was a short story called Snowscape. It showed a small glimpse into what happened after Monsters of Men. It was good to see a little of what happened and too see it in Lee’s perspective. It was kind of disturbing too.

I’m glad I finally read this trilogy. Even though I didn’t like this book as much as the other two I still really liked the trilogy and I’m looking forward to reading more books by Patrick Ness.

Have you read the Chaos Walking Trilogy? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.