August Book Haul.

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I was planning on going on a book buying ban in August but that didn’t last long. I did only buy seven books but I still broke the ban. I seriously don’t even know why I bother.

Anyway, I’ll just get into the haul. Hopefully this won’t be as long.

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So the first two books I got in August were sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve actually already read and reviewed this. Which doesn’t happen very often in my hauls. If you want to read my review you can click the link here.

I’m not going to go into what The Cause of Death is about here because I have posted my review of this. But I will say that if you love true crime and can find a copy of this then I recommend reading it. Plus, it’s set in the area where I live. So I’ve actually been to some of the places in this book rather than just reading about them. Which was a nice change. And some of the cases were really interesting.

I read The Outliers last year and really enjoyed it. I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever 2since I finished the first book. I don’t remember everything that happened but I do remember how the book ended. I’m hoping to pick this up soon.

I think the first book was about some kind of power? I know someone was kidnapped or ran away and her friend and boyfriend went to look for her. Then things went all kinds of crazy and that’s where I’m missing things. But I can remember the ending which is weird. I might either look up the book or read my review so that I don’t have to re-read the book. I’ll see. Hopefully there’s some kind of recap at the start of The Scattering.

So the next book was a surprise. I don’t remember requesting it but that doesn’t mean I 3didn’t. I’m not good with remembering which books I’ve requested. Anyway, this book was sent to me from Allen and Unwin New Zealand.

I don’t know anything about this. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I’ll get to it soon-ish. I’m assuming it’s about someone who either wants to fit in with everyone else or is being told to be like all the other girls and doesn’t want to. But I can also be completely off. I guess I’ll find out when I pick it up. I’m not exactly sure when that will be with the reading slumps I’ve been in lately. I’m struggling to even start a new book right now….

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was sent to me from Walker Books Australia. I read 4Laurens other books, The Next Together and The Last Beginning. I liked them both so I was excited to see Lauren had written a sci-fi because I love sci-fi books. Although I haven’t read that many…

I think this is about a girl that’s alone and falls in love with someone she’s never met. Or something like that anyway. I might put this on my August TBR. I haven’t even thought about that yet. This reading slump is annoying me and I don’t know what books will help get me out of it this time. Or maybe I should just stop scrolling through social media and actually pick up a book.

The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I have read 5Moonrise but haven’t reviewed it yet. I have read one other book by Sarah Crossan and I loved that so I was excited to receive Moonrise to review.

This book follows Joe as he goes to visit the brother he hasn’t seen in ten years. Ed has been sitting on death row in Texas (I think) and his execution has been set. This might be the last summer Joe and Ed get to spend together.

I found Moonrise really gripping and so hard to put down. And it actually made me cry. Not a lot of book have made me cry but this one did. I’m hoping to post my review of this soon but I’d definitely recommend it.

Bloomsbury Australia also sent me a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me. I know I don’t 6have a very good history with short story books with different authors but there were a few that have written stories for this that I love and I just had to read it. I’m looking forward to reading the stories by Renee Ahdieh, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon and Nicola Yoon. I think some of the stories are retellings and I love retellings so I can’t wait to pick this up.

I think I might put this on my August TBR. I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. Maybe it’ll help me with my stupid reading slump. I bet you’re sick of me talking about that now.

The next books I got were the ones I broke my book buying ban for. I had wanted the 7hardbacks of this edition of the Harry Potter series since they came out but my mum bought be the paperback box set. But I got an email from Booktopia with a free shipping code and saw that they were that expensive on there. I’ve seen them listed for double what I paid so I just got them. But I did sell my paperbacks so I don’t have three editions.

I have slowly been re-reading the series. I’m up to Goblet of Fire so I’m thinking I might also put that on my August TBR. I love re-reading the Harry Potter books even though I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read them. It’s one of my favourite series.

The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to 8review. I was so excited to see Wonder Woman: Warbringer! It’s one of the books I was most excited to read this month so this is definitely going on my TBR for August.

All I can remember about this book is it follows Diana as she saves a mortal girl, Alia, who is a warbringer descended from Helen of Troy and something about if Alia is left to live and not helped by some spring then she will bring in an age of war.

I loved the Wonder Woman movie and cannot wait to pick this up. I think this might have to be my next read.

Penguin Random House New Zealand also sent me a copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares to review. I can’t 9remember what this is about but I’ve heard good things about Krystal Sutherland so I wanted to give this book a chance.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. Hopefully sometime this month but who really knows at this point?

I know Krystal is an Australian author and I need to read more NZ and Aussie authors. I haven’t actually read that many. Although I don’t know of a lot of NZ YA authors so that’s also a problem I need to fix. Maybe one day. I think I need to read my books first.

So a few of weeks ago I was contacted on Instagram by a company asking if I’d like a 10review copy of The Crowns of Croswald. I looked the book up on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting so i said yes. Then at the end of August this box of goodies showed up. It’s such an amazing box full of things that relate to the book and I can’t wait to read it.

I’ve seen a lot of people on Bookstagram have loved this so I think I might pick this up soon-ish.

This isn’t the best photo of everything that came in the box so I might have to take a better one when I start the book because so much went into it.

The last two books I received in August were sent to me from Allen and Unwin New 11Zealand. I can’t remember what drew me to S.T.A.G.S but when I requested it I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

Maybe it was because it sounded kind of similar to The Hunger Games with the “deadly weekend” thing? I really don’t remember. But who doesn’t love reading about death?

Anyway, I have seen a couple of people picking this up on Bookstagram and saying it was better than they expected to I guess I’ll find out what they’re talking about when I get around to picking it up. Whenever that will be.

The last book I received in August was Genuine Fraud. I have only ever read We Were 12Liars by E. Lockhart and I wasn’t really a fan of the main character, she was really annoying, so I couldn’t get into the book. I did see the twist coming though.

But I did like the sound of Genuine Fraud so I thought I’d give this a chance. Although I can’t remember what it’s about now.

So that’s my book haul for August. What books did you get last month?

– Aimee.

 

 

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August Wrap Up.

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I had a couple of reading slumps in August but still managed to read eleven books which I don’t think was that bad. So I’m just going to jump into the list and my ratings.

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – ★★★★/5
The Student by Iain Ryan – ★★★/3
Darien: Empire of Salt by C.F. Iggulden – ★★★/5
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson – ★★★★/5
The Cause of Death by Dr. Cynric Temple-Camp – ★★★★/5
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – ★★★★/5
Tell It to the Moon by Siobhan Curham – ★★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5 (re-read)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – ★★★★/5
And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic – ★★★★/5
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – ★★★★/5

I did participate in ARC August for the first two weeks in August but I think that’s what put me into my first reading slump – trying to finish all the ARCs on my list. I always try to stick to a TBR but it doesn’t always work. With me trying to force myself to read the five books I had on my ARC August TBR it just made me not want to read.

The second reading slump happened when I finished Tell It to the Moon and I have no idea why. So I ended up re-reading Fantastic Beasts and then finally picking up Stars Above, which has been on my shelves since it was released.

Anyway, I don’t think I did that badly. Hopefully September will be better but I’m not going to hold my breath.

How many books did you read in August and what was your favourite?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [August 30th 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?

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I started I Am Traitor this morning. I think I’ve read one chapter so I can’t really say much about it yet. All I know about this book is that there’s an alien invasion and by the looks of the cover some people are getting sucked up into a spaceship. And I’m assuming there’s something to do with someone (I assume the main character) being a traitor.

Like I said, I haven’t read a lot of this and so far all I can tell is this is following a teenage girl, Amy, and is set in London. Well I think it’s set in London from the cover. I guess I’ll find out more when I actually sit down to read it.

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I finished Moonrise yesterday. I would have finished this in one sitting but the say I started it was the Game of Thrones finale and I just couldn’t read after I watched that.

Moonrise follows Joe as he goes to visit his brother, Ed, who is on death row and might be executed in a month. I think it was a month. Anyway, Ed says he’s innocent but Joe’s never asked him what happened. He hasn’t seen his brother in ten years.

Moonrise is written in verse. I think the only other book I’ve read in verse was also a Sarah Crossan book, One, and I loved it. I loved Moonrise too and I will admit that this book made me cry. Not a lot of book have been able to do that. I’ll be posting a review on this soon I hope. DH8o8PzV0AANaMY

I also read And Fire Came Down. This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay which I read a couple of months ago and enjoyed.

Caleb, the main character, is still struggling with the events in Resurrection Bay (I won’t say what because of spoilers if you haven’t read the first book) when a woman he’s never met tries to get his help and dies in front of him. Caleb won’t stop until he finds out who she is and who sent her to him. But Caleb’s search for answers has more consequences than he thought possible.

I hope there’ll be another book after this. I really liked Caleb and his family.

Reading Next – 8
So I’m planning on reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer next. I loved the Wonder Woman movie and have been wanting to read this book for months.

I can’t really remember much about this book other than it follows Diana and some girl who can cause war or something along those lines. To be honest I just saw Wonder Woman and wanted to read it no matter what the story is about. Hopefully I’ll find out soon.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.

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I thought I’d catch up on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, even if I’m not calling it a Top Ten Tuesday. I’m going to be listing all the author’s I’ve read for the first time in 2016 with the book and my rating starting in January til now.

1. Brigid Kemmerer – Thicker Than Water – ★★★★/5

2. Sarah Crossan – One – ★★★★/5

3. Emma Shevah – Dara Palmer’s Major Drama – ★★★/5

4. Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia – ★★★/5

5. Alex Marwood – The Darkest Secret – ★★★★/5

6. Katie Alender – Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall – ★★★/5

7. Aaron Hartzler – What We Saw – ★★★★★/5

8. Jennifer A. Nielsen – A Night Divided – ★★★★★/5

9. Maria Lewis – Who’s Afraid – ★★★★/5

10. Alison Goodman – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – ★★★★/5

11. Justine Larbalestier – My Sister Rosa – ★★★★★/5

12. Ryan Graudin  – Wolf by Wolf – ★★★★/5

13. Jill Mansel – You and Me, Always – ★★★★/5

14. Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – Tiny Pretty Things – ★★★★/5

15. Veronica Bennett – 101 Pieces of Me – ★★★/5

16. Jennifer Donnelly – Deep Blue – ★★★★/5

17. Amy Laura Schlitz – The Hired Girl – ★★★/5

18. Anne Cassidy – Moth Girls – ★★★★/5

19. Helena Coggan – The Catalyst – ★★★★/5

20. Harriet Evans – The Butterfly Summer – ★★★/5

21. Eric Lindstrom – Not if I See You First – ★★★★/5

22. Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands – ★★★★★/5

23. Erica James – Song of the Skylark – ★★★★/5

24. Lee Battersby – Magrit – ★★★/5

25. Janet Ellis – The Butcher’s Hook – ★★★/5

26. Alexandra Bracken – Passenger – ★★★/5

27. L.S. Hilton – Maestra – ★★★/5

28. Nicci Cloke – Follow Me Back – ★★★★/5

29. Hideo Yokoyama – Six Four – ★★★★/5

30. David Metzenthen – Dreaming the Enemy – ★★★/5

31. Mary Weber – Storm Siren – ★★★★★/5

32. E.S. Thomson – Beloved Poison – ★★★★/5

33. Blythe Woolston – MARTians – ★★/5

34. Lindsay Eager – Hour of the Bees – ★★★★/5

35. Sarah Ayoub – The Yearbook Committee – ★★★★/5

36. Martyn Bedford – Twenty Questions for Gloria – ★★★/5

37. Nicky Pellegrino – Under Italian Skies – ★★★/5

38. Amy Zhang – This is Where the World Ends – ★★★/5

39. Monica Wood – The One-in-a-Million Boy – ★★★★/5

40. Stella Gemmell – The City – ★★★★/5

41. Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal – ★★★★★/5

42. Brian Selznick – The Marvels – ★★★★/5

43. Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Curse – ★★★★/5

44. Ally Carter – All Fall Down – ★★★★/5

45. Renee Ahdieh – The Wrath & the Dawn – ★★★★/5

46. Jennifer E. Smith – Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between – ★★★★/5

47. R.C. Lewis – Spinning Starlight – ★★★★/5

48. Leah Flemming – The Last Pearl – ★★★★/5

49. Mary E. Pearson – Kiss of Deception – ★★★★/5

50. M.R. Carey – Fellside – ★★★★/5

51. Timothee de Fombelle – The Book of Pearl – ★★★/5

52. Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave – ★★★★/5

53. Emery Lord – When We Collided – ★★★/5

54. Kara Storti – Tripping Back Blue – ★★★/5

55. Emma Cline – The Girls – ★★★/5

56. G.R. Thomas – Awaken – ★★★★/5

57. Eleanor Wasserberg – Foxlowe – ★★★/5

58. Claire North – The Sudden Appearance of Hope – ★★★/5

59. Amy Tintera – Ruined – ★★★★/5

60. Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale ★★★/5

61. Kiersten White – And I Darken – ★★★★/5

62. Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side – ★★★/5

63. Kimberly McCreight – The Outliers – ★★★★/5

64. Georgia Clark – The Regulars – ★★★/5

65. Lara Avery – The Memory Book – ★★★★/5

66. Melka Stansah – The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey – ★★★/5

67. Sophie Hardcastle – Breathing Under Water – ★★★★/5

68. Amy Schumer – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – ★★★★/5

69. Meg Medina – Burn Baby Burn – ★★★/5

70. Kody Keplinger – Run – ★★★/5

71. V.E. Schwab – This Savage Song – ★★★★/5

72. Matt Phelan – Snow White: A Graphic Novel – ★★★/5

73. Kathleen Glasgow – Girl in Pieces – ★★★★/5

74. Mike Hooper – Devolve; The Wolf – ★★★★/5

75. Suzanne Young – Hotel for the Lost – ★★★/5

So out of the 134 books I’ve read so far this year 75 were by authors I’d never read before. Which is pretty good I think.

How many new authors (to you) did you read in 2016?

– Aimee.

2016 Reading Challenge – January Update.

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I’ve decided to update my 2016 Reading Challenge at the end of each month. I’m a little behind this month, only four days, but I’m hoping it will motivate me to finish the challenge this year. 

So in January I read seven books on the list in January. I’m just going to list them here with their category. 

1. A book based on fairy tales – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
2. A book set in your home state – Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis.
(So New Zealand doesn’t have states so I just used a book that was set in the country.)
3. A book set in Europe – A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilson.
4. A book you can finish in a day – One by Sarah Crossan.
5. A book that is published in 2016 – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
6. A book with a blue cover – Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer.
7. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – Soundless by Richelle Mead.

That’s all for this month. Hopefully I can keep it up and actually finish the challenge this year. 

What books have you used for the challenge so far? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

January 2016 Wrap Up.

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Time for my monthly wrap up post. Again I’m just going to list the books and give my star ratings.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer  – ★★★★
Thicker Thank Water by Brigid Kermmerer – ★★★★
One by Sarah Crossan – ★★★★
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – ★★★
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – ★★★
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – ★★★
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood – ★★★★
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender- ★★★
A Storm of Swords Part 1 by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★
Soundless by Richelle Mead – ★★★★
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare – ★★★
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – ★★★★★
A Night Divided by Jennifer A Neilson – ★★★★★
The Siren by Kiera Cass – ★★★★
Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis – ★★★★
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – ★★★★
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★★
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – ★★★★★

I read eighteen books in January. That’s insane. It’ll probably slow down now though.

What did you read last month?

Aimee.

Review: One by Sarah Crossan.

Title – One
Author – Sarah Crossan
Publication Date – August 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens
ISBN – 9781408872345
My Rating – ★★★★/5

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Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and their lives are about to change forever.

Grace and Tippi are no longer able to be home schooled and now have to join school and the outside world – a world full of staring eyes, sneers and cruel words. Will they be able to find real friends?

A heart-wrenching decision needs to be made by both Grace and Tippi – a decision that could tear them apart and one that could change their lives more than they ever imagined.

I’ve seen One a lot on Bookstagram and thought it sounded interesting. I’d never read a book with conjoined twins before so I was glad when I discovered my local library had a copy of it.

I haven’t read many books in verse and the ones I have I wasn’t that keen on. I’m not sure 12483724_10156272419980018_605703396_nif it was the story or the writing in those books but I really liked One and couldn’t put it down. I read this in one sitting.

I found Grace and Tippi’s story really interesting, their bond, their individual personalities and the way they took on the world. Or their little part of the world. Tippi was more outgoing and more vocal than Grace. She was the one that stood up for them both.

It was also interesting to see how they dealt with smoking  and drinking alcohol when only one twin wanted to do it. They obviously share parts of their body so what one ate, drank or smoked would eventually affect them both.

I never thought what kind of toll have conjoined twins would have on a family. Not just for the twins themselves but the parents and other siblings. The states, teasing, medical and financial problems as well as them emotional toll it took on everyone. I can’t imagine the worry and stress that would be involved in giving Grace and Tippi a happy and as normal a life as possible. Their parents were told that they wouldn’t live long too.

Grace and Tippi are joined from the waist down. They have a pretty normal life. The one thing they both understand is that they can never fall in love because it would be too complicated for them. But when they start at school things start to change for Grace when she meets a boy. It must be difficult when hormones start kicking in and you know you can’t really do anything about it because it’s not what your sister would want.

When it comes out that Grace is really sick and medical decisions need to be made for both her and Tippi things get really serious. I’m not going to spoil anything but this would definitely be a hard decision to make.

I really enjoyed One. Like I said before I couldn’t put it down and was pretty much flying through it. It’s not that difficult to read as it’s in verse and this is the best book that I’ve read in verse.

Have you read One? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it.

– Aimee.