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.

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WWW Wednesday [August 23rd 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 – DH3c9MXUIAAC0BN
I started Stars Above yesterday. I’ve had this book since it came out but never picked it up to read until now. I’m pretty sure I’d already read Glitches as an e-novella before Stars Above came out.

I’ve been in another reading slump the last few days. I picked up the previous book hoping it would also get me out of my slump and it kind of did, but not really. So I took a break from review books and read two of my books hoping that would help.

Stars Above is full of novellas set in The Luna Chronicles universe. I think there was one story that didn’t involve the characters from The Luna Chronicles (much) but the rest have them in. I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing this or not yet.

Recently Finished – DHySvPOUQAAaxPX
So this is the first book I picked up hoping it would get me out of my reading slump because I knew it was a fast read. And I did enjoy reading it again (this is the second time I’ve read it) but I still didn’t feel like reading after I’d finished it.

I know most people just take a break from reading if they’re in a slump but even though I don’t feel like reading I am so bored when I’m at home and not reading. Because the only TV shows I watch are Game of Thrones and Teen Wolf. Anyway, I love the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve already reviewed this so I won’t be posting about it again. DHi274BUAAIOPUI

I finally read Tell It to the Moon. This is the sequel to The Moonlight Dreamers, which I read last month and really enjoyed. I was actually surprised by how much I liked both books. But I’ll talk about Tell It to the Moon more in my review. I’ll be posting that very soon because of the giveaway I keep talking about. But I still need to write it first.

The giveaway is for people in New Zealand and Australia. I’ll have more details in my review of Tell It to the Moon though so if you’re interested then keep an eye out for it.

I also finished A Stranger in the House. I think I had like 50 pages when I did my WWW Wednesday post last week so I didn’t have to read much to finish the book. I really DHEFO2EUAAE0b88enjoyed this. And surprisingly I have already written the review. Now I just have to post it. I want to start writing my reviews when I finish the book instead of leaving it too long and then I have no idea what to write… Which is my problem with more than one review.

Okay, so moving on… Like I said I really enjoyed A Stranger in the House. I think it’s a psychological thriller but I haven’t really looked into it. So if you like those kinds of books then I’d definitely recommend finding a copy of this.

Reading Next –
I think if I’m out of my reading slump when I finish Stars Above that I’m going to read And Fire Came Down. This is the sequel to Resurrection Bay. I read that a couple of 10months ago and really enjoyed it. I think these are crime books? But again, I haven’t looked up their genre.

I can’t remember what the synopsis said about this book but I know it has some of the same characters from the first book in it. And I’m assuming someone dies. Or maybe more than one person? I guess I’ll find out when I read the book.

What have you been reading recently?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (September 27th): Books On My Spring TBR List.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be pretty easy. I’ve changed it from Fall to Spring because I live in New Zealand and we’re now in Spring 🙂

Let’s get into my TBR!!

1. Replica by Lauren Oliver. 5
I’ve seen this all over Bookstagram and I thought the idea behind this was interesting. There’s always two sides to every story. I’m still not sure how I want to read this. I think that if I read Gemma’s perspective first and then went and read Lyra’s I’d already have formed an opinion of her from Gemma’s story. And I don’t want to do that. So I might have to read one chapter of Gemma’s story, flip the book and read one of Lyra’s. I’m sure it will annoy me but I think that’s the way I’ll end up reading it.

If anyone has read Replica please let me know how you read it.

2. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
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I really want to read this soon but I think I may have to re-read An Ember in the Ashes first.. Which I really don’t want to do. Not that I didn’t like it, I loved it, I just don’t really have the time to re-read it. I managed to figure out Glass Sword without re-reading Red Queen and I really needed to so I might just pick it up and see how I go. I remember most things, I think, it’s just tiny details I’ve forgotten.

3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
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I still haven’t read Queen of Shadows. But I have finished my re-read of the first three books, which I also didn’t have time for but somehow fit them in. I wanted to jump straight into Queen of Shadows when I finished Heir of Fire but I had to read some review books first. I’m hoping to get to it soon.

4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.
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I can’t wait to continue the Throne of Glass series. I hope to read both Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms next month. I love these covers!

5. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine. 
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I loved Ink and Bone when I read it last year and have wanted to read the sequel as soon as I finished it. I don’t know when I’ll read it but it’ll be on my October TBR. And I love this cover!!

6. Unrivaled by Alyson Noel.
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I received a copy of Unrivaled from HarperCollins New Zealand a couple of months ago. I wasn’t expecting it but I thought I sounded like something I’d enjoy. I still haven’t read it yet though.

7. United as One by Pittacus Lore.
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The only photo I have of this is with Black by Fleur Ferris (which I also need to read). I am excited to finally see how the Lorian Legacies will end. I’ve really enjoyed this series.

8. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
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This is the last book that I have to read in The Lunar Chronicles. I finally finished Winter at the start of this month. I know this is novellas and I have read two of them when they were e-novellas. I read Glitches and something else but I can’t remember which one.

9. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.
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Swarm is the sequel to Zeroes, which I read last year. It wasn’t my favourite book of 2015 but I did want to see how the next book in the trilogy went.

10. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks.
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I got this in the mail yesterday. I don’t normally read romance books but there’s just something about Nicholas Sparks’ books that I love.

What books are on your Spring/Fall TBR?

Aimee.

February 2016 Book Haul.

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I thought I’d do my monthly book haul a little early. I have time today to sit and do it and I don’t think I will on Monday. Plus, I don’t plan on getting anymore books in the next two days.

This month is going to be a bit longer than usual because I got a little over 30 books. Not something I plan on repeating next month.

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The first two books I received from Hachette New Zealand to review. I requested a copy of
You and Me, Always be Jill Mansell to review.

I’ve already read and reviewed this. You can check out my review here.

I enjoyed You and Me, Always. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I will have to check out some of Mansell’s other books from my library when I have more time to read. My TBR pile for March is ridiculously tall at the moment.

2The second book from Hachette New Zealand was a surprise. I didn’t request this one because I’d already read this. And own a copy of it. When this arrived with You and Me, Always I had to make sure it wasn’t sent to me by mistake.

When I found out it wasn’t I thought it was a great opportunity to re-read this before I saw the movie adaptation. Apparently because I’d already reviewed See Me by Nicholas Sparks for Hachette NZ they decided to send me this as well. I was told I didn’t have to review it if I didn’t want to but I did review it. I don’t know why but I have enjoyed most of Sparks’s books. I think there were two or three that I didn’t really like.

You can check out my review for The Choice here.

The next books I got from Book Depository. The new box set of the Harry Potter series. I 3already own all the originals covers but I love these covers and so when they went on special I couldn’t resist.

I think I’m going to re-read this series soon, not that I need to. But I want to read them again before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released later this year. I’m going to start with my illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone and then continue on with these covers.

My mother and friends think I’m crazy having two copies of the same series but it’s Harry Potter and these covers are gorgeous!!!  I don’t think there’s anything as too much Harry Potter!

4The next book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I’d seen Tiny Pretty Things a lot on Bookstagram but never in the stores.

I’ve never read a book about ballerinas before this and the competition at this school is brutal. Sometimes even life threatening.

I can’t wait for the sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces, to come out this year so I can see what happened to the girls.

You can check out my review for Tiny Broken Pieces here.

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This is another one I got from Book Depository.  I’ve read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest but haven’t read Winter or Stars Above yet.

I’d been re-reading the first three books before Winter was released (I’m up to Cress now) but I haven’t got a copy of Winter yet. I did win a giveaway on Instagram in December last year which was a copy of Winter but nothing’s turned up. I think I’m officially giving up on it. But that’s the reason I bought Stars Above.

I will get a copy of Winter one day. Hopefully I won’t be spoiled before I have the chance to read it.

I love The Lunar Chronicles and can’t want to see what Marissa Meyer comes out with next.

I received the next two books from Walker Books Australia and New Zealand to review. I’ve6 read them both and thought they were both okay. I gave them both three stars on Goodreads.

You can read my review for 101 Pieces of me here. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve read but it did take a long time to catch my interest.

The Hired Girl was a bit better but the problem I had with both books was the protagonists were too naive for me. Which I think was due to their upbringing and in The Hired Girl’s case the girls age too. I don’t know. They just really annoyed me.

I’ll be posting my review of The Hired Girl soon so if you’re interested on reading my thoughts keep an eye out.

7I bought a copy of Glass Sword from Book Depository when I saw they were selling signed copies. It’s very rare an author I like comes all the way to New Zealand and if they do they only do signings or whatever in Auckland which is six hours away from me in a car. And kind of expensive in a plane for a book signing. So I couldn’t pass up a signed copy of Glass Sword, especially when I loved Red Queen so much.

I’ve already read and reviewed Glass Sword because I received an advance copy from Hachette New Zealand last month. If you want to read a spoiler free review you can check mine out here.

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I bought Anne of Green Gables from Book Depository too. I’ve wanted to read this for so long and when I saw this on sale I couldn’t resist. It’s just so pretty.

I think I’m going to be reading it next month for a book club I’m in on Goodreads. I’m not sure yet though.

I want to get the other books in these editions. There are Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess and Alice in Wonderland. I’ll get them one day, there’s no rush 🙂

I saw a poster of Deep Blue on Hachette New Zealand’s Instagram account and asked them 9what it was because the title wasn’t really clear. When they told me what it was I looked it up and thought it sounded like something I’d like. So they were kind enough to send me the first book in the series.

I’ve already read and reviewed Deep Blue on my blog. I posted it yesterday but I’ll link it here if you want to read it.

This book is a little like the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan except instead of demigods there are six mermaids on a quest to save their world from an evil force that wants to destroy everything.

Another book from Hachette New Zealand. I got so many from them this month.

I’m reading The Butterfly Summer at the moment. I think I’m 80 pages in so I still have no10 clue what’s going on. But hopefully things will start making sense soon.

There isn’t much of a synopsis on the back which is why I don’t really know much about it. I suppose I could look it up on Goodreads but that might give things away and I like going into books blind.

I know I liked the sound of it when I requested it to review and I don’t normally request books I don’t like. Although I have done it once. Hopefully I haven’t just jinxed myself. There are a lot of good reviews on the back so it can’t be bad. I won’t have much time to read over the weekend which is why I’m doing this post now.

When I saw The Reaction by Helena Coggan was available to review I didn’t hesitate to 11request it. I bought a copy of The Catalyst last year in a book clearance and even though I hadn’t read it I thought having the sequel might be a good push to finally pick it up.

I finished The Catalyst the other day and really enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to reading this so I can find out what’s next for Rose and her father and friends.

I’ll be posting my review of The Catalyst soon so if you want to know what I thought of the book you’ll have to keep an eye out for it. I think it’ll be up this week though,

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Hachette New Zealand were really kind and sent me this trilogy by Helen Lowe. I saw a photo of Daughter of Blood on their twitter account and said that it looked like and interesting book and they said they’d send me a copy of the trilogy.

I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because they arrived out of order but I am really looking forward to them. The first book is The Heir of Night. I hope to read it next month.

I’d never heard of these books before Hachette NZ shared a photo of the third book in the series but I’m glad I have now. The covers are pretty photogenic together 😉

I’m really sorry about the quality of this photo but I wanted to show the gold foil on the 13cover. Hopefully I can get a better one when I read the book.

I received this and one other book from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. I’d heard about this last year and when I saw it on their site I really wanted a chance to review it.

The story sounds amazing and I know it’s gotten some mixed reviews but I haven’t read any of them because I want to form my own opinion of it.

The cover looks so much better in person. I obviously haven’t read this yet but I will be picking it up next month.

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The second book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy.

I’ve read this but haven’t reviewed it on my blog yet. I’m hoping to get it posted next week. I’m so behind in my reviews it’s not even funny.

So I’m not going to go into it here because I’ll be doing  a full review soon but Moth Girls in about two girls who went missing when they were twelve and five years later are still missing. Their friend Mandy is still affected by their disappearance and it follows her as she tries to figure out what happened to Petra ad Tina. It’s told in both Mandy and Petra’s perspective, in the present and from five years ago.

I received a copy of Not if I See You First from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I don’t 15think I’ve ever read a book in the perspective of someone who is blind before so this really interested me.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Again, I’m hoping to pick it up next month.

One interesting fact that I already know about this book is that it has braille on the cover which I think is pretty amazing. I’ve never really seen braille before.

I’m really looking forward to reading this one soon. As well as all the others on my TBR at the moment.

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I bought a copy of Cress because I thought Winter was still going to be sent to me and I had Stars Above already.

Not that I own a copy of Cress it’ll be easier for me to re-read it. I did have a copy from the library but took it back when this arrived. I still don’t see any hurry to pick it up because I’m not going to get a copy of Winter until it comes down in price. At the moment it’s $32NZD and that’s a bit too much for me.

I got my copy of Cress from the Book Depository.

I’ve slowly been getting copies of the Heroes of Olympus series from Book Depository.17 don’t like the UK covers which is why I buy my copies online so I can get the US editions. They have much better covers ❤

I’ve already read this series so it doesn’t matter what order I buy the books in now. I now own The Son of Neptune, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus.

Now all I need are The Lost Hero and The Mark of Athena but I’m going to wait for those to come down in price a little too. I wanted a year for this one to come down, I can wait just as long for the other two.

The next six books I got in a clearance sale at The Warehouse. None of them cost more 18than $10 and the cheapest was $3.

I’ve wanted to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy for years and now I own all three I can marathon them. Same with Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. I own all three now and cal marathon them too because I haven’t read those. either.

I’ve also wanted to read We All Looked Up, The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Accident Season for a while now.

Because none of these are review books they aren’t on my immediate TBR so I’ve no idea when I’ll get a chance to read them.
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Rouge Wave and Dark Tide are the next books in the Waterfire Saga. These only arrived on Tuesday so I haven’t had a chance to read them. Not that I’m not dying to pick them up next.

I’m hoping these will be able to answer some questions I have from Deep Blue. Some things were left hanging in the first book and I really hope they will be addressed in these so I don’t have to wait for the fourth book to be published to get answers.

I’m not going to talk about these because I haven’t really seen what the synopsis of Rogue Wave says because I know it’ll make me want to pick it up now and I can’t.

This is an advanced copy of Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. The cover won’t look like this 20when it’s published next month. Six Four has been translated from Japanese. Apparently it’s one of the biggest selling crime novels in Japan.

It sounds really good and I love trying to figure out what happened. I’ve seen people say that this one is hard to figure out and that it’s slow to start but if you make yourself push past it you’ll be thankful you did. I’m glad I’ve seen that. Not that I have a choice, I have to read it because it was sent to me for review.

All I really know about this book is that a girl goes missing from school and the police botch the investigation. Then, I don’t know how many years later, a press consultant to the police (I think that’s their job title) starts to look over the case and soon wishes he never did.

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The Butcher’s Hook is set in London in the 17oo’s. I think it follows a young girl as she falls for someone her family doesn’t see as a good match for her. That’s pretty much all I can remember from the synopsis. I really suck as this.

I know it jumped out me or I wouldn’t have requested it to review. But like I said before I like to go into books blind. Which is good for me because clearly I can never remember what half of them are about anyway.

I have been seeing this online now that the release date is coming up. Or it’s already been? Next month I will have more information because this is embarrassing.

The last book I received this month was Song of the Skylark by Erica James. On the back of 22this one it says that fans of Jojo Moyes will like it. And okay, I’ve only read two books by Jojo Moyes but I really liked them both. So I’m hoping I’ll like this one too.

I remember a little bit about this one (success!). It follows a young woman as she works in a nursing home and one of the elderly women she looks after starts to tell her about her life. That’s all I got. So maybe not really such a success after all…

I have finally reached the end of my February book haul. If you are still reading this then I am so sorry it took so long and thank you for sticking with me.

Next month will not be anything like this! I do not think I’ll ever get 37 books in one month again.

I want to say a huge thank you to all the publishers that sent me books to review but especially Hachette New Zealand for sending me 13 books this month. I’m very grateful for them all.

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

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (December 29th): Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016.

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1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
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2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
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3. The Siren by Kiera Cass.
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4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.
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5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
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6. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski.
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7. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
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8. The Crown by Kiera Cass.
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9. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie.
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10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
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Let me know your most anticipated 2016 releases in the comments 🙂

Aimee.