Top Ten Tuesday (July 5th):Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can check out the weeks theme here. I didn’t even know you could check this on Goodreads and I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve decided to share them in the order they come up on my shelves. You can click the title of each book for links to Goodreads.

1. The Reaction by Helena Coggan. IMG_20160305_112032
This is the sequel to The Catalyst and both books are soooo good. I gave The Reaction five stars on Goodreads when I read it earlier this year.

I was surprised to see this book only had 25 ratings on Goodreads. Why aren’t people reading this?!?!?!

I can’t wait for the third book to come out next year. It did take me a while to get used to Helena’s writing style but once I did I was hooked on both books and couldn’t put them down. I think they both definitely need more recognition. IMG_20160402_142059

2. The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmell. 
This is another sequel. I haven’t come across the first book yet (with this ratings thing on Goodreads).

Both The City and The Immortal Throne are big books but I think they’re worth giving a try. I’d never heard of either of them until Penguin Random House NZ sent me a copy of The Immortal Throne to review. The City to me a few days to get into but once I did I really enjoyed it and I loved this one because I kind of knew what to expect with the writing style.

I don’t know if they’ll be a third book in the series but there were a few stories left open at the end of this one so I’m hoping there’ll be a third one. IMG_20160406_104225

3. Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson. 
I didn’t know if I’d like this when I received a copy of it to review earlier this year but the synopsis sounded really interesting and I wanted to give it a go.

Not only is the cover gorgeous but the book was really good too. I really enjoyed this. I’ve seen on Goodreads that there might be a sequel to this. It says that this is book one in the Jem Flockheart series but the ending was wrapped up for me and I don’t see the need for another book. I don’t know if I’ll read it if there is one, the synopsis would have to be really good and not just a repeat of this.

Anyway, this is like a historical fiction/mystery. It was interesting to read about how surgery was performed back then but kind of had me wondering how anyone lived through it. CZNHzZRWkAA3h5G

4. Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis. 
I think this was Maria’s debut novel but I can’t really remember. This is set in Scotland and (for a few chapters) New Zealand. I loved being able to actually picture the places Tommi went to in NZ because I’d been there myself. I don’t read a lot of books set in NZ or by NZ authors (I think Maria is Australian) so I was glad to find this.

There’s a sequel to Who’s Afraid coming out next year and I am looking forward to reading it. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Tommi and her friends. IMG_20160223_131236

5. Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy. 
I really enjoyed Moth Girls when I read it earlier this year. It’s told in past and present POV. I haven’t seen a lot of people reading this but I thought it was a great YA thriller type book. I think it’s a thriller… I could be wrong.

Anyway, it’s about two girls who go missing when they’re nine or ten? I can’t remember how old they were. One of their friends was left behind and has blamed herself ever since. It’s another anniversary of their disappearance and  about time someone found out what happened to them. CftqNsEUsAE5I9x

6. Book of Lies by Teri Terry. 
This is the fourth book by Teri that I’ve read. I have enjoyed all her books and am looking forward to her new trilogy!

Anyway, this one is about twins that were separated at birth and are witches. I think they’re witches… They have some kind of magic anyway. I did wish the ending was a little longer but I made up my own mind on what happened after the end of the book.

I enjoyed Book of Lies. There’s an “evil” twin in this book and I was sure I’d picked the twin that was evil within a few chapters.

7. The Father: Made in Sweden Part 1 by Anton Svensson.IMG_20150728_152723
I have to say the cover of this caught my attention first but the synopsis sounded just as good.

The Father is inspired by a the true story of a father/son bank robbing team in Sweden. I’d never heard of them before this book but if what they did was in this book they were pretty smart. Crazy, but smart. While I was reading it I’d forget that it was based on real events and then it’d hit me and I’d be like “really?!” I could see it being a movie, not actual events that happened.

I don’t know if there’s a Part 2 to this or not. I think the ending was pretty wrapped up but who knows. CgCZfjfVAAEQbcw

8. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub.
The Yearbook Committee is set in Australia and (I think) by an Australian author.

I’d been told it was like The Breakfast Club which I didn’t like but I decided to give it a try anyway and am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed this.

It’s about six (again, I think) teens as they’re forced to work with each other on the yearbook committee. They’re all really different and from different ‘cliques’ but as they get to know each other they start to become friends. I think it was a bit cheesy in places and sometimes predictable but I didn’t see the ending coming. It was a good book. IMG_20150926_125625

9. Stray by Rachael Craw. 
I think both Spark and Stray are underrated which is why I have a photo of both of them. Spark is the first book in the trilogy. The last book, Shield, will be released later this year and I cannot wait to read it.

Rachael is a New Zealand author. I said earlier I don’t read many NZ authors but I am so glad I was able to review both these books for Walker Books Australia. I’d never heard of them until I was offered a copy of Spark but when I was reading it I was hooked. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. Please, find a copy of Spark if you haven’t read it and give it a go. CaAA696UUAAGHLE

10. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. 
And lastly I’m going to share My Sister Rosa. I have seen mixed reviews of this but I loved it. It was scary how real this could actually be because there are people out in the world like Rosa.

I couldn’t put this down when I read it. I guess it was like watching a car crash, you don’t want to watch but you can’t look away. Rosa was so disturbing and scarily realistic but I just couldn’t put it down.

So there are ten books that don’t have a lot of reviews on Goodreads that I’ve either loved or really enjoyed. I think this was a great theme this week.

Have you read any of these?

– Aimee.

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Review: The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmell.

Title – The Immortal Throne
Author – Stella Gemmell
Series – The City #2
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Pages – 576 pages
Publication Date – March 24th 2016 by Bantam Press, imprint of Penguin Random House
ISBN – 9780593071496
RRP – $37.00 NZD
My Rating – ★★★★/5

After the uprising the survivors hope that Archange will be the start of a new era in the City. One of peace, stability, forgiveness and renewal. If only that were true.

The City is struggling to return to some thing like normality after the devastation of the rebellion when there’s talk of an army gathering in the north. No one know’s where it’s come from or who’s leading it but it looks like its only purpose is to destroy the City and everyone inside the walls.

Warriors are sent out to defend the City while ancient rivalries, bitter family feuds, political and personal betrayals, madness and murder surface within its walls. The City is under siege, from both inside and outside its walls.

I received a copy of The Immortal Throne from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the sequel to The City which I read and reviewed last month. You can read my review here.

This book picks up during the events of The City, just before the rebellion. This time there CjQc3Q0UYAAvTNeare new characters, some that were mentioned in the first book but now have their own
perspective, and they’re on the other side of the rebellion. After 175 pages the characters that were still alive at the end of the first book, and are still in the City, are back and I think it picks up a little over six months later.. But don’t quote me on that.

I had mixed feeling while I read about the other side of the rebellion. I still wanted the emperor dead but I found myself backing these characters as they fought to save their home. I think if I still had a copy of The City I would have compared some of the scenes but I took it back to the library a while ago.

Just like the first book, The Immortal Throne had so much going on that I had to take notes to remind myself what happened for this review. I don’t put spoilers in any of my reviews, or I try not to, but I needed to remind myself of all the twists, betrayals, and deaths (not as much death as the first book though). I like the fact that Gemmell kills off a character while we’re still reading in their perspective. There have been a handful of characters who have been telling their stories and have been randomly killed off while doing it.

I have enjoyed both books, even though they both felt like they took forever to read. They didn’t. I couldn’t put them down. I did think The Immortal Throne was better than The City but that’s probably because I was familiar with the world and some characters. I didn’t need that much of an introduction into this world like I did while I read The City.

I don’t know if they’ll be a third book. There were a few storylines left hanging which makes me think that there might be another book. And the epilogue completely confused me. I didn’t understand that at all. I’m hoping there will be another book because I want to know what happened to the characters that didn’t get an ending and just vanished before the book was finished.

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

Have you read The City or The Immortal Throne? What did you think of them?

– Aimee.

 

May Wrap Up & June TBR.

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I’m going to do my monthly wrap up and TBR today. I was going to do it on the weekend but I changed my mind. So I’m just going to get into it.

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There are three library books missing from the photo because they had to go back before I took it.

The City by Stella Gemmell – ★★★★
Cress by Marissa Meyer – ★★★★
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – ★★★★
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – ★★★★★
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – ★★★★
The Marvels by Brian Selznick – ★★★★
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – ★★★★
All Fall Down by Ally Carter – ★★★★
Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith – ★★★★
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige – ★★★
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis – ★★★★
The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmel – ★★★★
Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly – ★★★★

I had a pretty good reading month in May with mostly four star books.

I’m not that good at sticking to a TBR but I’m going to try this month. I can’t believe it’s June already!

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I left my current read out of the photo because I started it in May. I’m reading Desolation by Derek Landy. Hopefully I’ll have it finished by the weekend and I can start on these.

What will you be reading in June?

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [June 1st 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 – 51KIya03q8L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_
I started reading Desolation yesterday. This is the sequel to Demon Road by Derek Landy. I read and reviewed that last year. You can read that here.

Desolation picks up with Amber on the run from multiple people/things. I’m not going to give too much away because this is a sequel and people may not have read Demon Road yet.

I’m a little over 100 pages in and there seems to be a lot going on. And not just for Amber. There are these new characters, like a modern day Scooby Doo gang with a dog called Two… And two elderly men trying to solve a crime.

This is only the second book by Derek Landy that I’ve read but I’ve liked both of them so far. And I love this cover.

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I finished this yesterday morning. Rogue Wave is the sequel to Deep Blue, which I read earlier this year. You can read my review on there here. This is the second book in the Waterfire Saga.

I have to admit that the covers definitely caught my eye, I especially love this one. On the back of the books it says “Percy Jackson with mermaids.” I love Percy so I couldn’t resist these.

So there are six mermaids that have been summoned to save their world before a demon, I don’t know what he is in this but in other things I’ve read this character is always a demon. Anyway if Abbadon is released from his cage or prison, whatever he’s in, he will destroy the realm.

I’ll be reviewing this soon and I hope to read the third book in the series, Dark Tide, this month. 23346341

The Immortal Throne is the sequel to The City. If you want to read my review on that you can here.

Again, I can’t say much about this because it’s a sequel and I don’t want to ruin the first book for anyone who may be interested in reading it.

These books have felt like they’ve taken me forever to read and I have to force myself to pick it up. But when I’m reading it I don’t want to put it down. I don’t get it. I got into The Immortal Throne faster than I did when I read The City.

I don’t know if there is going to be another book after this one. There were a few storylines left hanging and the epilogue completely confused me. I hope there is another book.

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The Last Pearl was sent to me from Simon and Schuster Australia. I didn’t request this but I feel like I should read it because they were kind enough to send it to me. I have no idea if it’s something I’ll like but it’s not a very long book so hopefully I’ll be able to read it pretty fast.

I mentioned this in my book haul that I posted yesterday. I’m not really sure what this is about but I guess I’ll find out when I finish Desolation.

What will you be reading next?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [May 18th 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?

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The Immortal Throne is the sequel to The City which I read at the start of the month. If you want to read my review of than you can here.

I’m 200 pages in and it’s definitely easier to read than The City was. But I explained why I struggled with The City in my review so I’m not going to go into it again.

The Immortal Throne picks up during the events in The City but with different characters, from the other side of the coup. I think it was around 170 pages that The Immortal Throne catches up to the end of The City and I’m now reading what happened after the end. If that makes any sense.

This was sent to me to review from Penguin Random House New Zealand.

Recently Finished – SpinningStarlight-678x1024
I was looking for Stitching Snow in the library but they didn’t have it. They did have this so I put a hold on it and am glad I did. I didn’t know anything about it when I put it on hold but I figured if I didn’t read it I could just take it back.

Spinning Starlight is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans, which I haven’t read but plan on reading it before I write my review.

I liked this, it’s got a sci-fi twist to it and I was pretty much hooked from the start. Liddi, the main character, has to rescue her eight brothers before they’re killed but she’s can’t talk. If she uses her voice, they die. Bit of a horrible twist but it was still really good.

I was sent a copy of Yellow Brick War last month from Hayellow-brick-war-by-danielle-paige-0062280759rperCollins New Zealand to review. I’ve read and reviewed both Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise. You can click the links for the reviews.

I wasn’t really expecting much, I found the previous books okay, I liked them but they’re not the best books I’ve ever read.

I like the concept of this series but there is just something about the books, I don’t know if it’s the characters or writing, but I just find them okay. I get sick of some of the characters keeping things from Amy but still expecting her to do things for them.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll get it all figured out by the time I review the books.

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This is another book I got from the library recently. I’ve been seeing this all over bookstagram because the sequel has been released. I was surprised that the library had a copy but was happy that they did.

I loved this book.. Not so much that I could hardly pronounce any of the names. But the story was so good and I loved Sharhzad and Khalid, I think I got their names right but who knows.

The Wrath and the Dawn was kind of like Uprooted by Naomi Novik but so much better. I don’t know why I didn’t like Uprooted, so many people do but I struggled to finish it. Not to mention the names in that were ridiculous and I gave up trying to say them and made my own up.

Anyway, I loved this. I’ve said that but I really did. The library doesn’t have the sequel which I am dying to read so I may have to get an e-book copy of it. I will be reviewing this soon. 23369370

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between was sent to me to review from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve never read a book by Jennifer E. Smith before but have seen her books on bookstagram a lot.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this but it was surprisingly good. I didn’t go into it expecting much but I liked it.

So if you didn’t know, this is about Clare and Aiden and they go on this scavenger hunt type thing on their last night in town, before they leave for college, as they try to decide if they should stay together or not.

I think I figured out what Clare would decide early on but I liked the ending. I’m not going to give anything away though.

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Rogue Wave was another book sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. I’ve fallen so far behind with my reviews books it’s not even funny.

I read the first book in this series, Deep Blue, earlier this year. You can read my review of that here if you want.

I’m hoping this will pick up where Deep Blue left off but I may need a bit of a refresher before I start Rogue Wave. I don’t think I’ve forgotten much but I just want to make sure. I won’t be reading it again though.

I’d never heard of Deep Blue until I saw the poster on Hachette New Zealand’s instagram account but I am so glad I got the chance to read them. Deep Blue was really addicting and I remember not wanting to put it down. I hope Rogue Wave is just as good.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

April 2016 Book Haul.

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At the start of April I decided not to buy many books this month because my March book haul was a little crazy. I was successful, I only bought three books and there rest were sent to me. It was so hard not buying the books I wanted but I am kind of proud of myself. 1

The first book I got this month was sent to me from Penguin Random House for me to review. It even came wrapped in this ribbon.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, which is called The City, which is why I haven’t read this yet. I got The City the other week from the library and have started it but I’m not that far in yet so I can’t really say much about it.

It is over 500 pages which I think is putting me off a little. I just finished reading a 700+ page book and wanted a break from big fantasy books but oh well. I’ll get there.

The next book I got this month was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. This 2is an advanced copy of The Moonlight Dreamers and it doesn’t come out until July so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date.

Siobhan Curham co-wrote (I’m not sure what the right term is) or was the ghost writer of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I read that last year and liked it but not enough to read the sequel. I think the ending to Girl Online was fine with out a sequel.

Anyway, The Moonlight Dreamers sounded like something I’d enjoy. This isn’t the final cover, the actual cover is really pretty. Although I do like this one too.

I bought The Wicked will Rise in a clearance sale. I borrowed a copy from my local library 3last year and read it after Dorothy Must Die but never got around to getting a copy of it until now.

With the third book in the series coming out I decided it was about time I got myself a copy.

I can’t remember much about The Wicked Will Rise so I don’t know if I should re-read the first two books before I read the next one or because I can remember the main parts I can just read Yellow Brick War. That what I did with Glass Sword, I should have re-read Red Queen but I didn’t and I picked it up eventually. I’m not sure yet.

The next book was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand for me to review4. I am really excited to read Yellow Brick War this month.

I haven’t decided when I’ll read it because I’m taking part in a Book Bingo over on Instagram (my first time so I’m getting excited for it) and I have to pick a book from a cup so it’s all random. But I will be reading it some time this month because it’s on my board.

I love the cover of this book. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far. The Wicked Will Rise was kind of boring. I love the hardback editions. They have this awesome thing under the dust jacket but my copies are paperbacks.5

These are the last books I bought in April. There was a buy one get one half price on YA books so I couldn’t really pass that up. Although next time I should really look into the books a bit more before I buy them.

I don’t have a problem with the Dorothy Must Die Stories. Other than I wish it was the same size as the other books. I haven’t read any of these novellas so I was excited when I saw this in the sale.

I didn’t know Pathfinder is a spin-off from another series by Angie Sage. I don’t know if I can read it or not because I haven’t read her other series. It only cost $3.50 so it’s not a big loss if I have to pass it on. 6

HarperCollins sent me Desolation to review. It’s the sequel to Demon Road by Derek Landy which I read and reviewed last year.

I thought Demon Road was going to be like Supernatural and it kind of was but not really. It did take me a few chapters to get into but once I did I really liked it.

I haven’t read this yet and it’s on my Book Bingo to read this month. I just have to finish reading The City before I can pick out my first book to read. I am looking forward to Desolation though.

My next book was sent to me to review from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve never read a book 7by Jennifer E. Smith before but I keep seeing this online so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’m not too sure what this is about. I think it’s like a treasure hunt of places this couple goes on to see if they want to stay together or not. I might have that completely wrong but it sounds familiar.

I actually forgot to put this on my Book Bingo board so I hope I can squeeze it in somewhere.

Maybe I’ll read it as well as The City because I’m not getting into that as fast as I’d hoped. We’ll see.

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I received the next two books from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

When I saw The Winner’s Kiss was available to review I requested a copy without really thinking about it. I have the other two books in the trilogy but haven’t read them. But I do like to marathon a trilogy or series so I’ll be reading and reviewing all three books this month. I love this cover of The Winner’s Kiss. That green is gorgeous!

I’ve never read a book of Emery Lord’s before and don’t know much about her but I liked the sound of this so I requested a copy to review. Hopefully I’ll like it.

9HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me The Orphan Queen to review. I’ve heard really good things about this and the sequel came out recently so I hope to read it soon.

This is another one that I’ve completely forgotten what it’s about. I do like going into books blind sometimes though so I might not look at the synopsis before I read it. I don’t know though. Sometimes it backfires on me and I end up not liking the book.

Fingers crossed it won’t happen this time. I have seen this a lot on Bookstagram and a lot of people I follow liked it. Oh, random fact, The Orphan Queen is the 100th book I’ve got this year. Only four months in and I have too many books.

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Awaken was sent to my by the author to review. I’m not sure if it’s about a siren or a mermaid or a combination of both but it sounded interesting and I love the cover. My photo doesn’t really do it justice.

I really suck. I can read a synopsis and love the sound of the book and then completely forget what the books about when it turns up. I know I could just go onto Goodreads and read all of them again but to be honest I can’t be bothered and I have other things to do after this.

But this book is on Goodreads if you want to look it up.

The last book I received this month was in a promotion type thing for Kelloggs and 11Penguin Random House. If you bought two Kelloggs products and sent photos of your receipts in you could choose a book from the ones available. I was stuck wanting The Jungle Book and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Obviously in the end I chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I’ve never read the original stories but I have watched the movie so many times I’ve lost count.

It’s a little smaller than I expected, just over 150 pages so it shouldn’t take me too long to read whenever I get around to it.

I really hate this photo but didn’t have time to take another.

The last thing bookish I got this moth was a bookmark from ConfessionsByCourt on Esty. CgstnmjUkAAOJqKLast month I became a rep for her store and got some awesome bookmarks to promote her store but when I saw this I had to buy it.

I think Courtney has her store on ‘holiday’ at the moment so she can catch up on orders but if you want to buy anything when she opens it up again you can use my discount code to get 15% off – AimeeReads15.

She has some really cute magnetic bookmarks as well as some other wooden ones. Plus, Harry Potte, Supernatural and Star Wars ones. This one is a Stormtrooper/Alice one and I love it.

So, that’s my wrap up for another month. I’ll hopefully be reading some of these soon. My next post will be my April Wrap Up and May TBR if you want to check it out.

– Aimee.