July Wrap Up.

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I’m going to be doing things a little differently with my wrap up this month. I normally add my TBR for the next month after I’ve given a list of what I read but as it’s still July I haven’t gotten much of a TBR yet, except for my ARC August TBR. So I’ll just mention that at the end for anyone who hasn’t read my ARC August TBR post.

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I read 10 books in July, two of them were re-reads. I had a bit of a reading slump and just couldn’t get out of it. Anyway, onto the ratings.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – ★★★/5
Begin, End, Begin – A #LoveOzYA Anthology by Danielle Binks – ★★★/5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ★★★/5
The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver – ★★★/5
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ★★★★/5
The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham – ★★★★/5
Countless by Karen Gregory – ★★★★/5
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – ★★★/5

Obviously I love Illuminae and Gemina and they were still good the second time. I also really enjoyed Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, The Moonlight Dreamers and Countless. The rest were just okay. I loved some of the stories in the LoveOzYA Anthology but most of them were just okay so I couldn’t give that more than three stars.

So, now for my ARC August TBR. I have made a post about this so if you’ve already read that then you can skip this part.

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These are the five books I plan on reading for ARC August. Well they were when I made the TBR post. But I found another ARC that I should have already read by now that I’m going to read as well. That’s The Student by Iain Ryan. It’s set in Australia.

If you want to read the full ARC August TBR post then click the link 🙂

I’ll be posting my full August TBR soon. When I’ve figured out what else I want to read.

What books did you read in July?

Aimee.

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Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.

Title – The Glittering Court
Series – The Glittering Court #1
Author – Richelle Mead
How I Got It – Won it in a giveaway
Pages – 400 pages
Publication Date – April 5th 2016 by Razorbill
ISBN – 9781595148414
My Rating – ★★★/5

“Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.”

I won a copy of The Glittering Court last year in a giveaway and because the sequel is out DDmhc1_VwAACh3pI thought it was about time I picked it up. I’ve read most of Richelle Mead’s books and I think my favourites are still the Bloodlines series. I was really excited to read this though.

I liked Adelaide. I can’t remember her what her name was before she ran away so I’m just going to stick with it because that’s what she was called for most of the book. Anyway, her grandmother had put her in a horrible position with an arranged marriage and if she’d gone through with it I’m pretty sure her life would have been miserable. So she did the only thing she could think of, run away.

I wasn’t really sure what to think of this Glittering Court thing. The whole thing felt a little weird to me. Like, selling these women reminded me of people selling horses or cattle at auction. I mean, okay the women joined willingly and knew what they were getting into but still… It just left me with a bad feeling.

So Goodreads says this is a fantasy and it’s really not. It’s like something set in the 1800’s or something. High society and people sailing off to the new world. There is nothing fantasy about it – no faeries, dragons or magic. That’s what I think of when I think fantasy. Magic! This has none. But I still liked the story. I just wish it didn’t say fantasy and got my hopes up and ugh. But whatever.

I’m really bad with names but Adelaide had two friends at this Court thing. I think one was called Mira and the other one completely slips my mind. The one I can’t remember was a little too obsessed with being the top “jewel” and I think she had her reasons but if it was mentioned I can’t remember. I would like to know what was with the obsession though. And the other one, Mira, also has a secret that she sneaks out late at night to do. I am really interested in her story because I have my suspicions about what she was doing but it wasn’t revealed in this book. I’m hoping it comes out in Midnight Jewel because I think that book focuses more on her. Fingers crossed anyway.

I enjoyed The Glittering Court. It had its moments where I was bored with all the talk of dresses which is why I only gave it three stars. I’m hoping to enjoy Midnight Jewel more than I did this one.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 5th 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 –  3
I started Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology this morning. I’ve only read one story but I liked it.

I find these kinds of books really hard to rate because I very rarely, if ever, like every short story. So I don’t know how I’m going to do the review yet.. I guess I’ll figure it out when I’ve read it. But I can already see I’ll be too lazy to review every story. I don’t have time for that.

Anyway, I’ve read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this book I think. So I’m looking forward to see what the other writers are like.

Recently Finished –
7I finished The Glittering Court yesterday and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I have read most of Richelle’s book (not the Vampire Academy anniversary edition or whatever it is) and I did like her Bloodlines series.

So this book follows a Countess (I think that was her title?) as she takes her maid’s identity and runs away to join the Glittering Court and then off to a new life in Adoria. There are some twists along the way but I’m not going to say much here. I’ll be doing a review of this soon so I’ll talk about it more in that. I will say that I did like it and I’m looking forward to reading Midnight Jewel soon.

I also read Beyond the Wall this week. This is set in the Roman Empire and follows Cassia

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as she flees from her master, Cassia is a slave, and runs to the north, where apparently people are living free.

I liked this more than I thought I would. I haven’t read anything set in the Roman Empire before I don’t think and I don’t really know what I was expecting but I did like it.

I’ll also be reviewing this eventually. I am behind with my reviews again but I haven’t been able to write any recently. I write them by hand and then type them up on the computer. I know, it’s ridiculous but that’s the way I’ve always done it.

Reading Next –
After reading Amie Kaufman’s short story in Begin, End, Begin I really want to read Illuminae… But I have so many review books to read too. Not that Illuminae actually takes long to read. I’ll have to see what happens when I finish my current read.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

Monthly wrap up & TBR

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I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in June. I mean, nine books is still good it just wasn’t what I had planned. But whatever.

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Contagion by Teri Terry – ★★★★/5
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – ★★★★/5
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – ★★★★/
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – ★★★★/5
Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman – ★★★★/5
Ida by Alison Evans – ★★★/5
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – ★★★/5
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5
Beyond the Wall Tanya Landman – ★★★★/5

So read some pretty good books in June. I think my favourite was Flame in the Mist. But I’ll talk about that more in my review.

Onto my July TBR.

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I’ve almost finished reading The Glittering Court and I’ve actually enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Midnight Jewel soon.

I have been thinking that I might mix up my review books with some of my own books. I think that’s what’s been putting me in a reading slump. So I’m not expecting to stick to this TBR too closely.

What’s on your July TBR?

Aimee.

May Wrap Up & June TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again when I do my wrap up of what I read last month and my TBR. I didn’t really stick to my May TBR so it’s probably good I’m not sharing it. Hopefully I’ll do better this month.

May Wrap Up

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige – ★★★/5
Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin – ★★★★★/5
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic – ★★★★/5
Silver Stars by Michael Grant – ★★★★/5
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – ★★★★/5
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – ★★★★/5
The Possible by Tara Altebrando – ★★★★/5
Release by Patrick Ness – ★★★/5
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray – ★★★★/5
Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils – ★★★/5
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★★/5

I didn’t do too badly in May. I managed to read 11 books. I think my favourite was Finding Nevo.

June TBR

I tried to keep my June TBR small because I didn’t really stick to my TBR last month. I’ve already read Contagion and I’m currently reading One of Us is Lying, which reminding me a lot of Gossip Girl. I think my next read will be The Cows.

What’s on your June TBR? How many books did you read in May? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– 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.

July 2016 Book Haul.

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I got 12 book in July. I bought one, won one in a giveaway and the rest were sent to me from publishers. So I’m just going to get into this because book hauls always take me so long to do. 1

The first two book I got were sent from Hachette New Zealand for me to review. The Memory Book by Lara Avery sounds really good and very emotional. It’s about a teen girl who has been diagnosed with a rare disease (I think) that will eventually take her memories. So she’s creating a memory book so she’ll at least have some things to look back on.

Blind by Cath Weeks is about a women that gives birth to a baby that’s blind and follows her as she learns how to take care of her child. That’s as much as I can remember.

I took this quote from Goodreads “Blind is about how hard we battle for our children and how blind we can be to the secrets of those closest to us. It’s a story that delves into the very heart of our dangerous yearning for perfection.”

This is the only book I bought this month. I’ve wanted to read Legacy of Kings for so long 2now. When I saw it was in a clearance sale at a store over here I decided to just get it.

I’ve heard really good things about this and it sounds like the kind of book that I love to read. I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading it though.

Legacy of Kings is apparently like Game of Thrones with a twist of actual history woven though the story. I’m not going to go into it thinking it’s like Game of Thrones though because it’ll probably just ruin the book for me.

P.S. I am very sorry for the crap photo. The lighting has been really crap lately and I just couldn’t be bothered trying to figure something else out. 3

Quarantine: The Loner was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. From what I can remember it follows kids in a high school after an explosion. When they discover that the kids can’t touch adults without killing them, they’re left at the school under quarantine. Now they’re all in little cliques, fighting to survive.

Or something like that anyway. I thought it sounded interesting when I read the synopsis so I’m looking forward to reading it. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon.

I don’t know if the other books in the series are already out but I did see them on the Walker Books Australia website.

HarperCollins New Zealand were kind enough to send me The Darkest Minds trilogy to 4review. I’ve read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and thought it was okay.. I’ve heard good things about these books so I wanted to see if I’d like these.

I plan on reading The Darkest Minds this month as part of a read a thon I’m taking part of. I’ll be sharing my TBR for that soon hopefully, when I figure out one of the books…

I love these covers. The colours are really pretty together. I’ve seen the US editions online but can only remember the first one.

I’m hoping that I’ll like these better than Passenger. It’s not that I didn’t like Passenger but there was just something that was off for me. But I loved the ending. 5

Penguin Random House New Zealand were awesome and sent me a copy of And I Darken to review. I haven’t read it yet but really want to soon.

I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it but I am very excited to read it. I love books that have strong female leads and can’t wait to read about Leda.. I think that’s her name.

Anyway, I’m not sure that I have to give a little synopsis of this because I’ve been seeing it on Bookstagram a lot lately, thanks to The YA Chronicles box which I was going to buy but am glad I didn’t because I would have two copies.

A New Zealand author contacted me earlier this month and asked if I would be interested 6to review his book. I thought it sounded like something I’d like so I said yes. It’s the first time an author has found me through my blog and asked me to review their book.

Again, I haven’t read it yet but I plan to this month. I have another book that was sent to me from an author to read first though.

I’m just going to copy and paste the synopsis from Goodreads. “Spending your life underground isn’t living, it’s surviving.
But with the surface of the earth left ravaged from war, those surviving in the Burrows might be all that’s left, and their lives come at a cost.

As an orphan born in the depths of the Burrows, Foren has spent his life dreaming of this day. Amongst a group of unlikely friends, he’ll step foot on the Surface for the very first time. Together, they’ll pay their dues to the Burrows as they search for what’s needed to keep the human race alive.
They don’t exactly know what they’re looking for, what they do find … will change them forever.”

I took part in the Neverland Book Bingo a couple of months ago which was held by Nicole 7from Away in Neverland. I won her giveaway and the book I chose arrived this month. I’ve
heard mixed reviews about The Glittering Court but I’ve wanted to read it since I first heard of it.

I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading this because my review book have priority but I do want to read it sometime this year.

I’ve read all of Richelle’s books and my favourites are the Bloodlines series. I’m slowly collecting those books. I think I have two left to buy now.

I don’t think I need to say what this book is about either because I’ve seen this a lot online too. If you’ve read this let me know what you thought in the comments.

CofZQi3VIAApHMIThe last to books I got in July were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve only managed to get a photo of one of them so far though.

So Justin Ctonin is coming to New Zealand later in the year and I thought it was about time that I read The Passage. I’ve wanted to read this for a long time so I was happy to be able to review it for Hachatte NZ. I did not realise it was 950+ pages though… It might take me awhile to read, especially with the reading funk I’ve been in lately.

The second book I received was To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. I don’t know why this one captured my attention but it did. I think I’ll just link you to the book here if you want to check it out.

So those are the books I got in July. What books did you get?

– Aimee.