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.

WWW Wednesday [May 9th 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 –  9
I started Silver Stars yesterday. This is the sequel to Front Lines and takes place in an alternate universe where women are allowed to fight in WW2.

I’m not that far into Silver Stars, almost halfway, so I can’t really say much about it but I am enjoying it. I also don’t want to give too much away for the people who haven’t read Front Lines yet.

These books follow three young women in the army, Rio, Frangie and Rainy. I really like all of them and am looking forward to seeing what’s next for them. C_G4QWaV0AAadNE

Recently Finished –
I read Resurrection Bay on the weekend. It’s set in Australia, Melbourne I think., and follows Caleb as he finds his friend dead and goes on a journey to find out what happened to him.

I really liked this book. I saw that it was the first in a series. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a duology/trilogy or longer but it’s the first of something. I’ll have to keep my eye out for the next book because I really liked Caleb and his friends.

I found this really addictive and the twist at the end was really good. I’ll be reviewing this soon. 11

I read Finding Nevo last week and I loved it! I think this is a book everyone should read. It’s full of important topics and has changed the way I see a few things. I’m not saying I had a problem with anyone that’s transgender but, without giving anything away, it changed the way I thought about gender and the way people but men and women in certain boxes. But I’ll talk more about that and the book in my review. Which I will be posting soon hopefully.

If you haven’t read a copy of Finding Nevo then I recommend finding a copy.

Reading Next – 15
I’m going to be reading The Dark Prophecy when I finish Silver Stars.

I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. Especially because we were back at Camp Half-Blood and Percy and Nico were in it.

Again, this is a sequel so I don’t want to give anything away for the people who haven’t read The Hidden Oracle yet. But if you loved Riordan’s other books and haven’t read these then you’re missing out.

What have you been reading recently?

– 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.

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: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

Title – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Series – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Author – Rick Riordan
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 512 pages
Publication Date – October 4th 2016 by Puffin (imprint of Penguin Random House)
ISBN – 9780141342559
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Two months ago, Magnus Chase died and woke up in Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors.

When Magnus meets with someone claiming to have information on the location of Thor’s hammer, he got more than he was expecting – a masked assassin kills the informant and warns Magnus to keep out of it.

But the giant armies are starting to move, preparing to invade. If Magnus and his friends don’t find the hammer first, the giants will destroy the Nine Worlds. Starting with Boston.

I received a copy of Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I read the first book in the series, The Sword of Summer, a few months ago. You can read my review for that here.

I love how diverse Riordan’s books are and this one is no exception.There’s a new character, Alex Fierro, who is gender-fluid. Alex goes by the pronouns he/she depending on the day. I think this may be the first book with a gender-fluid character. I loved Alex cyoivduuqaaxi5qand how honest and blunt the conversations around gender-fluidity. It was helpful for me and I am sure it will be helpful to a lot of other people reading the book. I am looking forward to getting to know more about Alex in the next book.

Then there’s Samirah. I love how Sam stays true to her beliefs, culture and herself while dealing with living in two different worlds, the mortal and the mythical. Sam is, I think, my favourite character in this series so far. And I love the fact that there’s absolutely no romance between her and Magnus. Sam is in love with the boy she’s betrothed to, Amir. Sam kind of reminds me of Hermione in a way. With her loyalty, courage, and intelligence. I think she’ll make this series interesting and I hope she gives Alex a chance to help her.

This book was mostly about finding Thor’s hammer before the giants have a chance to invade Midgard. Although, like always, there’s more going on than just a lost hammer. I liked seeing more of Hearth’s story and where he came from. Even though it wasn’t a happy time for him I was glad Hearth got more of a back story. But I enjoy reading about all of them.

I really enjoyed The Hammer of Thor. It’s typical Riordan, full of action, sarcasm and great twists and another addictive storyline. The ending was so good and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. It’s going to be a long wait. At least the second book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Dark Prophecy, will be out soon-ish.

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

If you’ve read The Hammer of Thor let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [December 7th 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 –  7
I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a while so this may be kind of long… 

I started reading the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones two days ago. This edition is also illustrated and the illustrations are beautiful. Most of them are black and white but there are some that are in colour. I’ll be sharing some of my favourites in my review but not all of them. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone. 

I love the Song of Ice and Fire series and I am so grateful to HarperCollins New Zealand for letting me review a copy. I won’t be reviewing the story because this is the third time I’ve read A Game of Thrones so nothing is new to me and I don’t think I can review the story now. But I don’t know yet. 4

Recently Finished –
I finished Blood for Blood on Sunday and I loved it. I read Wolf by  Wolf last year and thought it was really good. This is the sequel and conclusion to Wolf by Wolf.

Blood for Blood picks up where Wolf by Wolf left off. Or a little bit before I think. You get to see the ending in the ballroom from Luca’s point of view and what happened to Felix. Then, the story picks up and it is just as good as Wolf by Wolf and just as sad.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. I still have to write my review but it should be up in the next few weeks. cyoivduuqaaxi5q

I’ve finally read Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor. I thought this was just as good as The Sword of Summer. I love learning about the Norse mythology because the only thing I’ve seen before reading these two books were the Thor movies and I don’t know how accurate those are… But then it’s the same with these books. Riordan always has a modern twist to the myths, like Thor using his hammer to watch Game of Thrones…

The ending of The Hammer of Thor was so good and I cannot wait to read the next book. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for it to be released. cx-pbfuvqaayhul

Hotel for the Lost wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year but not the worst. It was really predictable, had some insta-love and a little cheesy in places but I still wanted to finish it. I wanted to know how the story ended even though the tag line on the cover pretty much gives it away.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. Hopefully this week. I think I have one book to review before it but I’ve lost track of what reviews I need to do. I have fallen so far behind it isn’t even funny anymore. Hopefully I can catch up over the holidays but with what’s going on in my life right now I’m not so sure. cx0lrbrucaamaxy

Devolve; The Wolf is written by a New Zealand author and is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story. The first in a series I think.

This isn’t a very long book but so much happens in it. I don’t want to say too much here because everything is already in my review. You can read that here if you want.

You can also check out the Devolve website here and if you’re interested you can find copies of his book there too. His next books, Devolve; The Bug, will be out next year and I cannot wait to read it. It looks really good.

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I’ve already reviewed Stealing Snow on my blog so I don’t want to go into this here either. If you want to check out my review of this you can read it here.

I will say that this wasn’t my favourite book of the year but it also wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read.

I do plan on reading the next book to see where the story is going because the ending was interesting and I still want to give it a chance. But I don’t know what I’ll do if Snow, the main character, annoys me as much as she did in this book. But she kind of stepped up at the end when her world fell to pieces around her. cxgemhdusaemcm_

This is the last book I’ll be talking about here. It has been two weeks since I last did a
WWW Wednesday post which is why there are so many books under the ‘Recently Finished’ part of this post.

I loved Girl in Pieces. I still have to review this so I won’t be going into it here but I really enjoyed it. The main character, Charlie, did kind of annoy me at times but I will get into why in my review. That will hopefully be up tomorrow and then I’ll be reviewing Hotel for the Lost on Friday. If I’m remembering correctly…. img_20151019_131922

Reading Next –
I received a copy of The Black Key, the last book in the Lone City trilogy, from Walker Books Australia in October and I need to read the first two books before I can start that. So next on my TBR is The Jewel, the first book in the trilogy.

I read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy last year so I won’t be doing a review on this. I loved it the first time I read it and I’m sure I’ll love it this time too.

What have you been reading lately? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

November Wrap Up & December TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again where I do my monthly wrap up and TBR. I didn’t read that much in November but I’m just glad I read some books. Anyway, onto my November wrap up.

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – ★★★★
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan -★★★
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – ★★★
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – ★★★★
Devolve; The Wolf by Mike Hooper – ★★★★
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young – ★★★
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – ★★★★

Not a lot of books but still a pretty good reading month. Now onto my December TBR.

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I had Ten Thousand Skies Above You and The Jewel on my November TBR but I didn’t manage to read them so I decided to add them to my December TBR because I really need to read them. Although The Jewel is a re-read.

I’ve read Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin and am currently reading the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones.

I have no idea how many of these I’ll actually read. A Game of Thrones is over 800 pages so that’s going to take me a while. I guess I’ll just see how the month goes.

What’s on your TBR for this month?

Aimee.