February Wrap Up and March TBR.

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I didn’t read a lot in February. With all the stuff going on I didn’t have a lot of spare time to read. So this will be a very short wrap up.

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So I managed to read six books in February. Two of them were re-reads.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – ★★★★/5
The Severed Land by Maurice Gee – ★★★/5
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – ★★★/5
The Black Key by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Glass Sword by Veronica Roth – ★★★★★/5

My favourite books this month were Red Queen and Glass Sword but they’re re-reads. I also loved The Black Key and Carve the Mark. I’ll be reviewing these (not the re-reads) soon.

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I have so many books I need to read that’s it’s getting harder to make my TBRs now. I’m currently reading and loving King’s Cage. I haven’t picked what I’m reading next but I’m thinking See You in the Cosmos or The Hate U Give.. Ugh, decisions..

What’s on your TBR for March?

– Aimee.

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December Wrap Up & January TBR.

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I know I’m a little late posting this but I’ve been a little busy moving out of my old house into a temporary place until our new house is ready. It’s been a little crazy around here but hopefully I can get back into things soon.

Anyway, I’ll just jump into my December wrap up now.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – ★★★★/5
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★★/5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★/5
Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills – ★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – ★★★★★/5
The Jewel by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay – ★★★★★/5
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5

I don’t think I did too badly in December considering I read A Game of Thrones which was over 800 pages. The Wrath and the Dawn isn’t pictured because it’s a library book and was returned before I took the photo.

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I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually get to read this month. My reading did slow down for a bit with all the moving but I’m hoping it’ll pick up again soon.

I have read a few in this photo and finished The Invasion of the Tearling which I started in December but didn’t finish.

What did you read in December? Anything exciting on you January TBR??

Aimee.

Cover Reveal: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard.

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So the cover of King’s Cage, the third book in the Red Queen series, has been revealed and I think it looks amazing! I know I’m a bit behind with sharing this but better late than never I guess.

I love all the covers in this series but I think my favourite is still Red Queen. I want to see King’s Cage in person though. I don’t know what it is about these covers but I think they’re beautiful.

I’ve loved both books in this series so far and I cannot wait for King’s Cage to come out next year. The ending of Glass Sword was so shocking that I am counting down until I can read this.

This is the short synopsis on Goodreads for King’s Cage –
“Mare is forced to play a psychological cat-and-mouse game with an old and deadly enemy, where the stakes are not only the future of the Red Rebellion but the sanctity of her own mind.”
I think it sounds like Mare is in a much worse position that I though. I mean, I knew she wasn’t in the best place at the end of Glass Sword but geez..

Bring on February!!

Have you read Red Queen and Glass Sword? What did you think of them?

– Aimee.

Title Reveal: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.

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So the title of the third book in the Red Queen series and I thought I’d do something a little different and talk about my thoughts on the title.

I do not think King’s Cage sounds good for Mare. Without giving spoilers for those that haven’t read it, Mare wasn’t in a good place at the end of Glass Sword and Maven is a monster so I’m guessing he’ll do something horrible to Mare before she can find a way to get away from him. If she can get away from him. I hope she finds a way to make him suffer first though.

But there’s a fourth book in this series so I’m guessing Maven doesn’t die any time soon. Unfortunately.

I’m looking forward to the cover reveal because these covers have been so simple yet so good at the same time.

I may have to re-read Red Queen and Glass Sword before I can read King’s Cage next year. I should have re-read Red Queen this year but I chose not to.

King’s Cage is so far away! I want it now…

What are your thoughts on the title of the third book?

– Aimee.

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Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

Title – Glass Sword
Author – Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date – February 11th 2016 by Orion
ISBN – 9781409159353
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

The one thing Mare Barrow is absolutely sure about is that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red – common blood – but she has a Silver ability which allows her to control electricity and lightning and makes her very valuable. So valuable the entire royal court is hunting her.

Maven has announced that her power is a lie, fake. But as Mare escapes from him, the person who betrayed her, she discovers something extraordinary –  Mare is not the only Red with Silver abilities.

Hunted by the Silver king, Mare starts to find and recruit other Red-and-Silvers like her to join the fight against their oppressors.

I received a copy of Glass Sword to review from Hachette New Zealand. I loved Red Queen when I read it last year so I was really excited to have the chance to review a copy of this. I was going to re-read Red Queen before starting this but I decided not to. I was a bit confused in places but I remembered most of what happened in the first book.

From the first page I was so happy to be back in Mare’s world. Glass Sword picks up where CZrTOVDUkAEFp0gRed Queen left off. Mare has escaped the Bowl of Bones with Cal and the Scarlet Guard and are on a train to the rest of the Scarlet Guard. It didn’t take long for Mare to be in the middle of things. She’s got the king and queen hunting for her and she’s risking her life to save others like her.

I don’t remember Mare being so calculated in Red Queen. She’s got a lot of trust issues after what Maven did to her and the Scarlet Guard which is understandable. What he did to her not only ruined her ability to trust but bought out a darkness in her too. I think there are some people in her life worth trusting.

Poor Cal has been forced out of the only world he ever knew, he was raised to be the next king, not to start another war. Cal is also struggling with some of the things Mare has planned and the things she does. But I think he really cares about her. There was a part at the end of the book where it seemed to me that they both finally figured it out but then other things got in the way and left me very frustrated. I’ve wanted Mare and Cal together since the first book.

I finished this a few weeks before the release date and I’m already desperate for the next book. That ending! Oh. My God. I can’t decide if I hate Maven more or less than I hate Dolores Umbridge. I guess I’ll have to wait for the next book to figure it out but this is going to be a very long wait. Until then I’ll have to find a copy of Cruel Crown to help with the long wait.

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

Have you managed to read Glass Sword yet? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [January 27th 2016] –

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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 –
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I started reading this early this morning. I’m not that far in yet but I’m so glad to be back with Mare and Cal. I think I’m all of 50 pages in and I had to put it down to go out and do this but once I’ve finished I’m going to make myself a coffee and ignore the real world for a few hours and dive back into Mare’s.

I received a copy of Glass Sword from Hachette New Zealand to review. My copy is an ARC so it doesn’t look like this. It’s not the same size as my copy of Red Queen either so it won’t be on the same shelf or it will drive me nuts. But it’s so pretty! I’m glad I got a ARC of it 🙂

Hopefully I’ll have it read before it’s release date in New Zealand so I’ll have my review ready to post on the release day. But I also don’t want to just fly through it like I did with Red Queen.

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I finished Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club last night. I wanted to read this because it reminded me of The Infernal Devices trilogy when I read the synopsis. Not that I remember much about The Infernal Devices so I wasn’t able to compare them, which is probably a good thing!

This is set in England in 1812 and Lady Helen has turned eighteen. She’s now eligible for marriage, even if she’s not ready. Her mother has been labeled a traitor and she’s grown up with that over her head since she was eight. Now, Helen has discovered a secret world, a world full of supernatural creatures she’s apparently been born to fight.

I received a copy of this to review from HarperCollins New Zealand. My review of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club will be up soon. I still have to get my thoughts around everything that happened.  26594217

Who’s Afraid? is the first book in a series/trilogy (I’m not sure) but I know there’s another book after this one. Which is good because there’s definitely an open ending and I need to know what’s next for Tommi and Lorcan.

Who’s Afraid? follows Tommi as she travels to New Zealand to find out about her father and discovers a whole other world she never knew existed. She barely escapes her father’s family and New Zealand with her life and now has to hide what happened and who she really is from her friends and family to protect them. What she doesn’t know is that something followed her home…

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I’m not one for romance books or romance in general really but I have to say there are certain authors who have me coming back for their “love stories” and Kiera Cass is definitely one of them. I’ve read the first three books in the Selection Series (The Selection, The Elite and The One) and as much as they reminded me of The Bachelor there was so much more to them than just that. I have Happily Ever After and Their Heir to read but I want to read The Heir closer to when The Crown is released.

The Siren follows Kahlen as she counts down the time she has left in service to the Ocean. She’s ready for her second life and the chance to fall in love and have a family. But that all changes when she meets Akinli and falls for him.

I’m not going to say any more than that because it’ll just give it away but it is really good! I couldn’t put it down.

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I received a copy of My Sister Rosa from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

I don’t really know much about this other than a boy (I can’t remember his name) has to watch his sister Rosa because she’s pretty much a psychopath and kills animals but hasn’t killed a person… yet. So, a nice happy family story there.

It seemed interesting when I read the synopsis a few months ago. And I’m sure I’ve never read anything like this before so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

What are you planning on reading next? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

 

Top 15 Books of 2015

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I decided to do my top 15 books of 2015 today. These are books I rated five stars on GoodReads. I have a few that I rated five stars that were re-reads but I haven’t included them in this list.

I’m not going to put them in any kind of order because that would take too long if I could even do it. So I’ll just be listing them.

The Martian by Andy Weir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Spark by Rachael Craw

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Stray by Rachael Craw

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The One by Kiera Cass

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

The Lake House by Kate Morton

What are some of your favourite books from 2015? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Aimee.