Review: Sea by Sarah Driver.

Title – Sea
Series – The Huntress trilogy #1
Author – Sarah Driver
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 336 pages
Publication Date – April 6th 2017 by Egmont Books Ltd
ISBN – 9781405284677
My Rating – ★★★/5

Ever since Mouse’s mother died, she’s looked out for her little brother, Sparrow. She’s also been dreaming of when she’ll be captain of The Huntress.

But now her father is missing, Sparrow’s in danger and a deadly cold is creeping across the world…

I received a copy of Sea from Hardie Grant Egmont Australia to review. This is the first book in The Huntress trilogy. DEpiDAsV0AI_pxh

It took me a while to get used to the way Mouse and the other characters talked in this book. Some of the things they said were a little weird at first but once I got used to it I didn’t really notice it.

I think this book may have been a little bit too young for me. I mean, I’ve read middle grade books before but I just didn’t click with this the way I have other middle grade books. I mean, I liked the book but I did have some issues with Mouse and Sparrow. Mouse was very stubborn and seemed to think a lot of herself while Sparrow was too whiney for me. Especially because Mouse and their grandmother treated him like a baby a lot and I just can’t stand whining children.

I did find the story interesting though, with this cold or ice or whatever it was that was taking over the world. I think if I hadn’t found Mouse and Sparrow so annoying I would have liked this book more. I did like the magic in the story and it kind of reminded me a little of Northern Lights so I think fans of Philip Pullman may enjoy this.

I am interested in finding out what will happen to Mouse and the rest in the next book. I think it’s called Sky.

*Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

 

WWW Wednesday [August 16th 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 –  DHEFO2EUAAE0b88
I started A Stranger in the House a couple of days ago but I was in a little slump and didn’t want to read the other day so yeah. It had nothing to do with the book though. I just get into these weird moods where I just don’t want to read and it sucks. But I seem to be over it now. Fingers crossed anyway.

So this book follows Karen, her husband and neighbour/friend. Karen wakes up in hospital with no memory of what happened or how she got there. The police think she was up to something but she’s not sure what to believe. It’s been really good so far. I’m hoping to finish it today.

Recently Finished – 1
I was sent a copy of The Cause of Death at the start of August from HarperCollins New Zealand. It’s been so long since I read a true crime book. I don’t normally read books straight away but this one just seemed to keep calling out to me. It’s set around where I live too so that was a plus.

Anyway, this book has a few cases that Dr. Temple-Camp was a pathologist for, like devil worshippers, drug mules and spontaneous combustion. Oh, and a high-profile case for the area – the Mark Lundy case. That’s been talked about for years and some people still think he’s innocent.

I really enjoyed this book, even though it was about death and murder. I couldn’t put it down. DGv0q-JU0AEVX0E

I also read I Have No Secrets. This book follows Jemma who has cerebral palsy. She relies on her family and carer for everything as she can’t talk or move. Someone in her life tells her this horrible secret and she can’t do anything about it – probably why they told her – but that may be about to change…

I really enjoyed this. I’ll hopefully be posting a review of this soon but I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy.

Reading Next –  12
I’m going to be reading Tell It to the Moon next. I’ve been talking about a giveaway that I’ll be hosting when I post my review so I thought it was about time I actually read the book.

This is the sequel to The Moonlight Dreamers which I read last month and really enjoyed. I haven’t posted my review for that yet though. I’m still really behind with my reviews.

So that’s my week in book. What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

#ARCAugust 2017 Update [Week 2]

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I totally forgot to post this over the weekend so I’m a little late but better late than never I guess. DGajxgdU0AAN5B0

I only read one ARC this week. Well I did finish one and read another so one and a half I guess.

I finished Darien: Empire of Salt. It took me a little longer than I thought it would but I wasn’t really in the mood to read when I picked it up and it wasn’t the books fault. I was just more interested in social media and YouTube… Which is really annoying when I need to read.

Anyway, I liked this book. I’m not sure when the sequel is coming out but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. I’ll be reviewing this soon,

The second book I read last week was I Have No Secrets and I really liked this. I didn’t DGv0q-JU0AEVX0Ewant to put it down. I felt really bad for Jemma with the way some people treated her but she was such an amazing person.

This book follows Jemma, who has cerebral palsy and relies on her family and carer for everything. Jemma can’t move or talk. Someone tells Jemma a secret – one the person knows Jemma can’t tell anyone. But things may be about to change…

I’d definitely recommend this book! It was a really fast read for me, I didn’t want to put it down. I’ll also be reviewing this soon so if you want to see what I thought of the book keep an eye out. DHEFO2EUAAE0b88

I started A Stranger in the House yesterday. This was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand and I wasn’t expecting it at all but I’m really liking it so far. This is a psychological thriller and I think fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train will enjoy this.

I’m not really that far in so I’m still trying to figure what’s going on but if you like psychological thrillers then I’d recommend this book.

So far I’ve read three ARCs for ARC August. How many have you read so far?

– Aimee.

 

Review: Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology by Danielle Binks.

Title – Begin, End, Begin: A LoveOzYA Anthology
Authors – Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson & Danielle Binks
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 336 pages
Publication Date – April 24th 2017 by HarperCollins Australia
ISBN – 9781460752319
My Rating – ★★★/5

“The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all.

With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.”

I received a copy of Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. 3

There are a lot of authors who have written stories for this book that I’ve never read before I picked up this book. So I was excited to get a copy of this so that I could read more Australian authors. I had read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil.

I don’t review or read a lot of books with short stories because I don’t find them the easiest books to review. Especially when they have more than one author. There’s a reason I only gave this book three stars and I’ll get to that later in my review. I’m not going to talk about every short story but I will talk about the ones that stood out for me.

I loved Amie Kaufman’s One Small Step, which is the first shot story in the book. This is the first story I’ve read where Kaufman wasn’t co-authored by Meagan Spooner or Jay Kristoff. And I am so happy that I loved her writing when it’s just her. This was sci-fi story with some romance as well. I don’t want to say too much about the story but it had an interracial (I hope that’s the right word?) love interest and a lesbian main character. And it was my favourite story out of all of them. I wish it was longer actually.

I also liked First Casualty by Michael Pryor. This was another sci-fi story and it had aliens too who were rescued by the two characters in the story and then really mistreated because they were different and other. If I remember correctly. I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I read this.

I did like one or two more stories but those are the only two that still stand out and I can remember most of the storyline. Looking back at the table of contents now there are two more that I remember clearly and the rest have completely slipped my mid. But that always happens to me with short stories. I find I don’t have enough time to connect to the story or characters before it’s all over. Which is why I can’t give this more than three stars – I only liked two or three stories out of how many? Ten. Wow that’s bad.

I have seen a few reviews on Goodreads mentioning that they were excited to read some of the stories in this book because they knew the characters. That may be another reason I didn’t connect with those stories – they’d mostly been told in other books that I’ve never heard of. But there’s only one way to find out and that by looking up the books.

But I did like reading more Australian authors and I think this is a great way to sample their work without having to read a whole book. I do wish there was something like this for New Zealand YA authors too because I can only think of one off the top of my head.

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

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [August 9th 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 –  DFy3ukSUIAAFpZq
I haven’t taken a photo of my current read yet because the weather is crap and so is my lighting…

Anyway, I started I Have No Secrets this morning. I’m not that far in yet but I like what I’ve read so far.

This book follows Jemma who has cerebral palsy. She can’t move or talk so she relies on her parents and carer for everything. But Jemma is smart and loves to learn. She also knows a lot of secrets – and one of them is so terrible she doesn’t know how to deal with it. But what can she do about it?

I really like Jemma and I am looking forward to finding out more about her and her family. DGajxgdU0AAN5B0

Recently Finished –
I finished reading Darien: Empire of Salt yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It did take me a while to get into but I think that was because I wasn’t in the mood to read not because of the story.

This is the first book in a YA fantasy series. It follows a few different characters and I was confused what was going on at the start but it did all come together in the end. I’ll be reviewing this soon so if you’re interested in reading that keep an eye out.

I also read The Student by Iain Ryan. This is a very shot book but it felt like there was a DGWQ9JZUQAA9v89lot going on. Murder, drugs, gang members and this one guy is in the middle of it all. Not for anything he’s done but because of the company he keeps and the fact he deals drugs.

I don’t really know what to think of this book. I don’t like drugs at all so I didn’t like the MC for dealing them or his friends for dealing them either. I guess I’ll have to get my thoughts together when I write my review… Or before then actually… Anyway hopefully I’ll get this reviewed soon too.

The Student and Darien: Empire of Salt were also books I read for ARC August. Oh and so is I Have No Secrets. DGB1t_4UwAMwaVm

I finished The Crown’s Game too and I really enjoyed it. It’s not what I was expecting but in a really good way. To be honest I don’t actually know what I was expecting but that wasn’t it.

I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Crown’s Fate, even though I’m like 100% sure how it’ll end for two of the characters. I’m not really into it for the romance or whatever but I do want to see how the story will end. I have no idea when I’ll get to it though.

Reading Next – 4
A Stranger is the House was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. It was a complete surprise but it sounds like something I’ll enjoy reading so I’m looking forward to picking it up.

All I know about this is that a woman is in her kitchen making dinner and then she’s waking up in the hospital with no memory of how she got there or what happened. Her husband doesn’t know what to think but her best friend seems to think she was up to no good.

I can’t wait to find out what’s going on in this book!

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.

August TBR.

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I know this is a week late but better late than never I guess… I have read two and a bit books this month but only one of them is actually in the TBR pile… One I totally forgot about and the other one I was reading at the time and it slipped my mind.

I’ve read The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye and The Student by Iain Ryan. I enjoyed both of them but I did like The Crown’s Game more. I’m currently reading Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggulden. This is the first book in a new YA fantasy trilogy/series. I’m enjoying this too but I just haven’t been in the mood to read so I’m kind of struggling with it. I don’t think it’s the book though.

Then there’s the books on my TBR that I haven’t gotten to yet. My next read will be I DGLyLltVoAAjiAtHave No Secrets by Penny Joelson. This sounds really good and I can’t wait to pick it up. It will also be my third book for ARC August.

A few of the books on this month’s TBR were also on my July TBR… I have been reading really slowly lately. My new medication makes me nauseous and I just can’t read when I feel like throwing up all the time. But I’m hoping to actually read Godblind, Midnight Jewel and Song of the Current this month.

It’s kind of an ambitious TBR pile considering my reading has been slowing down but whatever. We’ll find out how many I’ll actually get through at the end of the month.

What’s on your TBR for August?

– Aimee.

#ARCAugust 2017 Update [Week 1]

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I’m a bit late with my first ARC August update. I planned on posting this morning but I wasn’t feeling 100% (I’m still not) but I wanted to post this before Monday so here we are.

I managed to read one and a bit books for my first week of ARC August. The first book DGWQ9JZUQAA9v89wasn’t actually on my TBR but it’s an ARC and I really needed to get it read so I’m still counting it.

I read The Student in one day. I didn’t really know what to expect with this because it had been a while since I’d read the synopsis and I decided not to read it again.

But I did like the book. It was a bit slow in places but overall I like it. I can’t remember if I had to review all the books I read for ARC August before the end of the month. I’m really behind on my reviews so I’m not sure if I’ll have it up by the end of the month or not.

The second book I picked up for ARC August was Darien: Empire of Salt. This is the first DGajxgdU0AAN5B0book in a new YA fantasy trilogy/series. I can’t remember which. I didn’t get much read yesterday, like 89 pages. And I haven’t read much today because I feel like crap but I do like what I’ve read so far.

I’m hoping to finish this in the next couple of days. Depending on how I feel tomorrow…

Anyway, if you’re participating in ARC August this year then I hope you did better than me this week. Let me know how many books you’ve read so far in the comments.

– Aimee.