Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Title – Carve the Mark
Series – Carve the Mark #1
Author – Veronica Roth
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 480 pages
Publication Date – January 18th 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN – 9780008159481
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Cyra’s brother, Ryzek, is a brutal tyrant who rules over the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her the power to cause others pain – which her brother exploits, using her to torture and kill his enemies. But Cyra is so much more than a weapon for Ryzek to wield. She’s resilient, strong and smarter than her brother can imagine.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from Thuvhe. He’s protected by his unusual currentgift. One day, Akos and his brother Eijeh are abducted by enemy Shotet soldiers. Akos is determined to get his brother home alive – no matter the cost.

Akos has been thrust into Cyra’s world – to help with her currentgift – and the hostility between their people seem insurmountable. Can they help each other to survive, or will they end up destroying one another?

I received a copy of Carve the Mark from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I love C3h7zLRVMAAolUHthe Divergent trilogy so I was excited to read Roth’s new book.

I know there was a lot of talk about Carve the Mark before it was released. I saw recently that some people were saying it had a lot of abilism in it. Cyra’s currentgift not only causes other people pain but leaves Cyra in pain every second of the day. Akos’s currentgift dulls other people’s currentgifts. So when he’s touching Cyra he can take away her pain. I don’t have chronic pain like Cyra, but I do have a form of arthritis and sometimes the pain is so bad it hurts to walk. Even on medication I still get the pain. So, I can understand why Cyra would want to dull the pain of her currentgift any way she could and find ways to take her mind off it. I hate being in pain and this is the worst kind I’ve ever felt. Like someone is stabbing me in certain places every time I move. Cyra has found ways to take her mind off her pain. She’d had a lifetime to adjust to it before she met Akos. I don’t see a problem with her wanting dull the pain for a while. I would if my painkillers actually worked.

Cyra’s mother took her to doctors/therapists to see if they could help with Cyra’s currentgift. I don’t see anything wrong with this either. I’m not a mother but I don’t think I’d want to see my child in pain everyday. I know there’s sometimes nothing doctors can do but I don’t see anything wrong with trying. Like I said, I don’t have chronic pain and I don’t know what that’s like to live with that. But if there was anything I could do to get rid of my arthritis for good I totally would. But there’s nothing I can do, I just have to learn to manage it and suffer through it I guess. But, things could be worse and I don’t want to have this review full of my pain so I’ll just move on.

I loved the world building in Carve the Mark. All these different planets and different people/races with a supernatural twist to it. The currentgifts confused me but I may not have been paying attention when they were being explained. I hope there’s more about them in the next book, especially after what heppened to Cyra’s. I also didn’t really understand the hate between the Thuvhe and Shotet.. I think I might have to re-read this book. I seem to have missed things now that I’m trying to think back. But that can wait until closer to the sequel’s release.

I thought the ‘romance’ (I can’t think of another word for it but it wasn’t exactly romantic) was really obvious from the start. Or, when the two were put together anyway. But I actually liked Cyra and Akos together because it wasn’t over the top cheesy and it didn’t feel forced, to me anyway. They were both confused about their feeling for each other. Well, they’re meant to hate each other. Then when they started to get more confident with each other, more comfortable together as friends, and realised they might feel more for each other it was sort of uncomfortable to read because of how clumsy and hesitant they were. Kind of like the way kids usually are with their first relationships. Not all this love at first sight, can’t live without you rubbish. Cyra and Akos felt real. I don’t know, now I feel like I’m just rambling…

I really enjoyed Carve the Mark and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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February Wrap Up and March TBR.

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I didn’t read a lot in February. With all the stuff going on I didn’t have a lot of spare time to read. So this will be a very short wrap up.

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So I managed to read six books in February. Two of them were re-reads.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – ★★★★/5
The Severed Land by Maurice Gee – ★★★/5
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – ★★★/5
The Black Key by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Glass Sword by Veronica Roth – ★★★★★/5

My favourite books this month were Red Queen and Glass Sword but they’re re-reads. I also loved The Black Key and Carve the Mark. I’ll be reviewing these (not the re-reads) soon.

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I have so many books I need to read that’s it’s getting harder to make my TBRs now. I’m currently reading and loving King’s Cage. I haven’t picked what I’m reading next but I’m thinking See You in the Cosmos or The Hate U Give.. Ugh, decisions..

What’s on your TBR for March?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (December 13th): Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017.

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It’s been a while since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday so I thought it was about time I got back into the habit. I’m not going to put these in any kind of order because I don’t have time for that. They’ll be in the order I find them on Goodreads.

1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.
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2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.
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3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
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4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
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5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.
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6. Now I Rise by Kiersten White.
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7. Frostblood by Elly Blake.
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8. Avenged by Amy Tintera.
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9. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern.
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10. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton.
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Okay, so I didn’t check to see if these are all released in the first half of 2017 but I really don’t care. There are a few more from the Goodreads list that didn’t make it here because it’s a top ten and my list would be a lot longer.

What are some books you’re looking forward to in 2017?

Aimee.

May 2016 Book Haul.

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I was supposed to be doing a Top Ten Tuesday post today but it’s beach reads and I don’t go to the beach so I decided to post my May book haul instead. Hopefully I can do next weeks Top Ten Tuesday.

I got a total of 24 books this month. I read one of them and have read three of them previously. I have a lot of books on my TBR pile now. I posted that to my Instagram if you want to see, my handle is @aimee_reads23.1

The first book was sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The synopsis of this really drew me in when I read it.

I think there’s some kind of plague where people are burning alive or something and this woman has caught it. She’s desperate to find a cure because she’s pregnant and wants to save her baby. That’s as much as I remember. I was surprised when the book arrived to see it’s about 700 pages or more.

Hopefully I can read this soon, although it may take me awhile to get through.

2I emailed Penguin Random House New Zealand and asked them if there was any chance I could review The Hidden Oracle and they were so kind and sent me a copy.

This is the only book I’ve read from this haul. As soon as I’d finished reading Flawed by Cecelia Ahern I picked this up. I love Rick’s twist on Greek mythology and was so happy to get back to this world.

I have reviewed this and you can read that here. I don’t post reviews with spoilers, or I try not to. But I do recommend that you read the Heroes of Olympus series before you pick this up if you haven’t already. It gives some updates on the characters from that series.

3The third book was a surprise from Simon and Schuster Australia. I didn’t remember requesting this and when it showed up I was a little bit confused. I don’t know if it’s my kind of book, which is why I didn’t request a copy but I might give it a chance. It does sound interesting.

I think it’s something about a lost pearl and follows two people over different continents as someone tries to find it. That could be completely wrong but I guess I’ll find out when ever I get around to it.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Ruined to review. I first heard of this last 4year so when I had the opportunity to review it I was really excited.

I saw Amie Kaufman had read this and I have loved her books so I am even more excited to get to this soon.

I have completely forgotten what this is about. I think it’s a fantasy though and I love fantasy books. I wish they hadn’t changed the cover though. The ARC cover was so pretty and I think the US edition still has that cover. I don’t really like this one but hopefully the story will make up for it. I don’t want to judge the book on it’s cover before I’ve even read it. I think if I do like it I’ll buy another edition. Mine is a little damaged. 5

The next four books I received from Walker Books Australia to review.

This one, Burn Baby Burn, is set in the seventies while the Son of Sam, a serial killer is on the streets.  This girl meets a guy at a restaurant she works at and I think she starts falling for him. But in a time where anyone can be this killer, cans he trust this new guy? That’s pretty much all I remember.

The disco ball looks better in person, especially in the sun. But it’s going into winter here and so I have really crap lighting. Be prepared for really crap photos over the next couple of months. 6

I think Tripping Back Blue is about a boy who is selling drugs or doing drugs in a way to save someone he cares about but finds out that that isn’t the best way to go about it. Obviously. I mean, drugs are never the answer.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this because I hate drugs but I also wanted to give it a chance and not judge it just because of that.

I’m hoping I like it. I love this cover thought. I’m not really sure what’s going on with it but I love the colours.

The publicist at Walker Books Australia that I talk to said this was one of her favourite 7books of this year so I definitely wanted to find out why. She’s recommended me a few books that I’ve loved so I’m sure I’ll love this too.

This books about first love that defines a lifetime (I know, a bit cheesy but I’m hoping there’s more to it than that). Apparently fans of David Levithan will like this. I haven’t read many of his books and the ones I have read I thought were okay, not worth all the hype. But I have only read two or three, not really enough to judge.

I’m hoping to get to this in June. I think that’s when it’s released but I could be wrong. 8

The last book I received from Walker Books Australia was Maladapted. It says on the cover that it’s a must read for fans of The Maze Runner. I did like that when I read it a few years ago. Hopefully I’ll like this too.

This follows the aftermath of a terrorist attack where Cillian was the only survivor. Now he and Tess are trying to figure out what happened and they find a link to his father. That’s pretty much all I remember. I don’t know how that sounds like fans of The Maze Runner would like it but I guess I’ll find out when I read it. It was one of the reasons that I requested a copy to review.

The next four books were surprise book mail from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d been 9looking at two of them online but didn’t know they’d been sent to me.

The first one I pulled out of the parcel was Unrivaled by Alyson Noel. I’ve never read a book by her before but I’d read that fans of Pretty Little Liars will like this and I love that show so I was interested to see what this is about.

I think this is the first book in a series but I’m not really sure. I’m sure if it’s anything like Pretty Little Liars that I’ll love it. I’m not going to go into it with expectations though because that will end badly.

I love this cover, it’s so simple but so pretty. 11

The second book I received was Queen of Hearts. I’d been looking at this, not only because of the beautiful cover, but because it’s about the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and how she came to be the way she is. At least, that’s what I think it’s about. There’s also something about her father, the King of Hearts but I can’t remember what.

It’s been a long time since I last read Alice in Wonderland but I loved it  when I did. I’m not sure if it matters though. I’m sure it takes place years before Alice’s adventures. But isn’t the cover of this amazing? I feel like I keep saying that.

The other book that HarperCollins New Zealand sent me I’d never heard of. When I read 10the synopsis of Disruption (I think that’s the first one) it reminded me of Slated by Teri Terry and I loved that trilogy so I’m sure I’ll like this too.

It’s a little different but there is some kind of microchip involved, like Slated, but I think it does something different in these books.

I think these have been re-released with new covers. Someone on Twitter said that she loved these covers better than the ones she has but as I’ve never heard of them before so I have no idea. But I do like these covers, especially Disruption. 12

Raymie Nightingale was sent to me last month from Walker Books Australia but only turned up recently because someone forgot to put New Zealand on my address so it has been on an adventure.

This book takes place over a summer and is about friendship. I think Raymie enters a competition but can’t remember why. I’ve never read one of Kate DiCamillo’s books before but I am looking forward to this one. I don’t know when I’ll get to it but it’s not very long so I think I’ll be able to squeeze it in too.

The next two books I received from Hachette New Zealand to review. The Crystal Run is 13Sheila O’Flanagan’s first YA book. I’ve never read any of her other books but this seemed interesting. And my photos does not do the cover justice.

Smoke sounds really good too. I think it said on the press release that it’s the missing link between J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman. I’ve only read one book by Philip Pullman but have two more on my shelves to read. And if you didn’t already know I love J.K. Rowling. So I couldn’t resist this. I think it’s about sin, the more you’ve sinned the more you’re coverd in ash or something and the higher up are, apparently, sin free. I doubt that’s possible but I’ll find out when I read the book. I know there’s something about a school and a trip to London where some pupils discover something to so with the ash. I think. 14

The last books I received from publishers this month were from Scholastic New Zealand. These are both the third books in a series I read and reviewed last year.

Thatchthorpe is the third book in the Bloodtree Chronicles. I reviewed the first two books Sanspell and Bragonsthyme on here last year. You can click the links to read them. I’m not sure if this will be the last book in the series or not.

The Towers of Illica is the third book in the Star of Deltora series. I’ve also read and reviewed the first two books, Shadows of the Master and Two Moons. You can click the links to read my reviews.

I’m hoping to read both of these soon. They aren’t very long so I’m sure I’ll fly through them.

The last books I got at a Red Cross book sale. I have lasted over a month on my book buying 15ban and broke it for these. But, they only cost $24 for all seven. Not bad when one book in New Zealand can cost that much.

I was so surprised to see the collector’s edition of Insurgent there but I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. It’s so pretty and has deckled pages!

I’ve slowly been collecting the Bloodlines series and now all I need are Bloodlines and Silver Shadows.

I’ve never heard of Dark Alchemy, which is full of short stories, and The Replacement, which is a different take on changelings I think, but they both sounded really good and for that price I couldn’t say no.

Then there’s One Day. I’m sure I’ve seen the movie but I can’t remember much about it. I’ll get to it one day.

So, that’s my May book haul. How many books did you get this month?

– Aimee.

March 2016 Book Haul.

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I didn’t get as much books this month as February but it was close. I tried not to buy any and failed. I really want to get through my TBR before I buy anymore though.

So I’ll just get straight into my March book haul.

The first book I bought for myself. I saw this last year on NetGalley last year when I still 1had time to use it and I think I requested a copy but wasn’t approved.

What sold me on Firstlife, other than the synopsis, was the quote from Sarah J. Maas on the cover. I love her books (the ones I’ve read) and she said she couldn’t put it down so I definitely wanted to give it a go.

Firstlife sounds so unique, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it before. I haven’t managed to read it this month but I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

Plus this cover is so pretty. My photo doesn’t do it justice.

The next book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I’ve had Passenger on my TBR for months and was really excited when 2I got the opportunity to review it.

I read this the other week and for the most part I loved it but there were a few things that I didn’t like or that annoyed me. I’ll be going into it all when I post my review.

I’ll be posting my review of this next week so if you want to see what I thought of it keep an eye out 🙂

I love the cover of Passenger. It’s gorgeous.

I gave the book four stars on Goodreads.

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I won a giveaway last December on Instagram and the book finally turned up earlier this month.

I was so excited to win a signed copy of Winter. Now I can re-read Cress and jump straight into Winter.

I also received some Lunar Chronicles temporary tattoos. I haven’t used any yet and I’m not sure if I will.

I love The Lunar Chronicles and I’m excited to finish the series.

This is another beautiful cover and I couldn’t stop looking at it when it arrived.

The next book I received from Walker Books Australia to review. I saw this on their website and thought it sounded interesting. 4

I’ve already read Magrit and will be reviewing it soon. This is a junior book and it a little over 140 pages.

It is a bit weird/strange but sad too. It has some cute illustrations through the book.

Magrit is a girl living in a forgotten cemetery and one day a bundle falls out of the sky that will forever change her world.

I love how the cover is little illustrations that make up a skull.

The next three books were a surprise from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve already read 5and reviewed Allegiant last year and I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie.

I read Radio Silence last weekend and loved it. It’s full of diverse characters and friendship.

I’ll be posting my review soon but to give you a little hint of what I thought of it I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

The last book, Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane is an arc, the cover doesn’t actually look like this. I haven’t read it yet but I think it’s coming up on my TBR soon. It sounds really interesting so I’m looking forward to it.

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I’ve slowly been buying The Lunar Chronicles ever since I won Winter last December.

I saw Scarlet for $14 on Book Depository and I couldn’t pass that up. I won a hardback of Winter so I had to get the rest of the series in hardback too. I hate having a series with both paperback and hardback.

All I need now is Cinder and I will have the complete series. Well, complete for me anyway. I don’t plan on getting Fairest because I didn’t like that when I read that last year. Not because I didn’t like Levana (obviously) but because of the things she did to her “husband.” If you want to read all of my ranting on that I did review it.

I received the next three books from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. So far I’ve 7read two and am currently reading the third.

I read Maestra first and I have to say if I’d done any kind of research on it I probably wouldn’t have read it. I liked the story but some parts were just too much. Too graphic. There was a “to be continued” at the end of this but I don’t think I’ll be reading the next book.

I read Follow Me Back last weekend in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a YA contemporary/thriller and it was so good!

I’ll be reviewing both Maestra and Follow Me Back soon.

I’m currently reading Dreaming the Enemy and so far it’s just okay. I have one problem with it. The author keeps using two names for his main character. It wouldn’t be that bad if he used “Johnny” in the present and his nickname “Shoey” in the flashbacks but having both names in the same paragraph is just too much. Just pick one already! But I’ll probably talk more about that in my review if it continues. It’s really distracting me from the story though.

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The next three books are from Hachette New Zealand for me to review. I have only read one of these.

Cruel Crown was good, I liked it, and I’ll be talking about it more in my review so I won’t go into it here.

Book of Lies will be the fifth book I’ve read by Teri Terry. I read her Slated trilogy a few years ago and Mind Games last year and enjoyed all of them. I think I only have a review for Mind Games though. I think I’ll be reading that next.

I cant’t remember anything about Beloved Poison so hopefully I’ll like it when I read it. I don’t know if I should read the synopsis before I start the book or go into it blind.

Walker Books Australia sent me these to review. I haven’t read any yet but two of them are 9coming up on my April TBR. Hopefully I can squeeze the third on in too.

MARTians and Twenty Questions for Gloria are two more books I can’t remember much about but I thought they sounded good when I requested a copy of them to review.

I do remember a little about Hour of the Bees. It’s about a girl that has to stay at her families farm with her granddad, who has dementia, and is being followed by bees. She thinks she’s going crazy but her grandfather tells her stories and one of them is the reason why the bees follow her. Or, something like that. That was all off the top of my head.

10 I received these three books from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read any of these yet. I’ve been falling behind on my review books due to personal reasons but I hope to be able to catch up soon.

I’ve heard good things about The Yearbook Committee so I hope I’ll like it too.

I don’t know of anyone that have read Storm Siren or Curio but I think they both sound like something I’ll enjoy. Both of these are coming up on my April TBR.

I really love the cover of Storm Siren!!! It’s so pretty!

I purchased The Heart of Betrayal from Book Depository. I got the first book last year 11through their site as a gift and it’s a hardback so I had to get the sequel in hardback too.

I haven’t read Kiss of Deception yet. I want to read both of them closer to when the third book is released. I think it comes out later in the year.

I keep hearing good things about these books and I know this one ends on a cliffhanger which is why I’m waiting for the third book to come out before reading them.

So far I haven’t seen any spoilers so I hope it will stay that way.

I won this edition of The Hunger Games trilogy from Scholastic Australia. They held a 12giveaway on their Instagram page. I already have two other editions of this trilogy but I loved these covers so I thought I’d enter. I never though I’d win because their were so many entries.

I don’t know where to put these because I’m running out of shelf space so they’re sitting on my bedside table with my current TBR.

The Mockingjay pocket watch wasn’t part of the giveaway. I bought that when I was in Sydney three years ago because it reminded me of Catching Fire (with the arena being a clock) and it’s my favourite book in the trilogy. I don’t use it though. It just sits on my bookcase with my books.

This is another sequel I thought it was about time I bought. I know the third book has been 13released but I think I’m going to wait until I get my TBR down before I buy that one.

I haven’t read this or The Winner’s Curse. I got the first book last year because it was $5 and who could pass that up but I just haven’t read it yet.

I think I’ll read both of them when I get The Winner’s Kiss and just marathon them all. I like doing that because I don’t have to wait for the next book or are left with cliffhangers.

I love the covers of these books. I have the paperback editions which have different coloured dresses on them.

I bought a copy of Nowhere But Here last weekend because it was $3. I’ve heard good 14things about this and I know the sequel is already out.  I didn’t know if I wanted to read this when I first heard of it because I don’t normally read about gangs but I don’t want to judge a book because it has a gang in it.

I read the synopsis and it does kind of sound a little cheesy, girl falls for guy in her dad’s gang and blah blah but I hope it’s more than that.

Although, even if I don’t end up liking it I only paid $3 for it so I’m not going to complain about it. I’m not going to read this any time soon because my TBR is crazy, I think there are 24 books on my immediate TBR so I have to get through those first. Which is why I don’t plan on buying any books in April. But I don’t know if that will actually happen.

Scholastic New Zealand sent me these five books to review. I’ve heard good things about 15all these books so I am looking forward to reading them.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get to these because I have all the review books that I’ve talked about in this post to read before these so I’m thinking probably next month. *Sigh* Too many books, too little time.

The Marvels will definitely be a unique read because the first story in the book is told in pictures. I’ve never read a book with one story just told in pictures. The second story, apparently unrelated to the first, is one I can read. The cover is also gorgeous.

The last books I received in March were from Hachette New Zealand. Both of these sound 16really good. I’m looking forward to them for different reasons but I think that Fellside has my interest more.

Again, I don’t know when I’ll be able to read these. I think they’re both released in April so I’ll have to squeeze them onto my TBR somehow.

What books did you get in March? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (March 22nd): Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While.

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I find it hard to talk about books unless it’s on here or my Instagram. Not many people I know read so I talk about books online. These are the ones that I think I’ve been neglecting a bit lately.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.the-hunger-games-trilogyI love The Hunger Games trilogy. Okay, I have a love/hate thing with Mockingjay (it always takes me longer to read than the first two) but I still like the story. I still haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 2 but I’m hoping to soon.

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. divergent-trilogy
I think this will change soon because Alliegent will be released next month here in New Zealand and thanks to HarperCollins NZ I have tickets. I’m counting down the days till I can go and see it!

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas.
coverbattlethroneofglass_2.jpgThere is a reason I haven’t talked about these books recently and that’s because I haven’t caught up on the series yet. I started re-reading the books last year and only ended up reading Throne of Glass. Now my TBR is too big and I’ve been putting them off. But I need to get to them before I see any spoilers.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
Untitled-3.pngThis is for the same reason as the Throne of Glass series. I started re-reading these too before Winter was released and am up to Cress now. I hope to read Cress and Winter when I’ve caught up on my TBR.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu.Legend+TrilogyI loved this trilogy and finally finished it last year. I didn’t really like the ending of Champion but I can’t have everything. I thought, with the ending of Prodigy, that it would have a completely different ending so I can’t complain.

Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan.could-the-percy-jackson-book-series-become-a-tv-show-564102I love these books! I wish I knew more people that had read them. I haven’t talked about these since I finished The Blood of Olympus last year. Which is so sad. These books are so good. I’m looking forward to reading The Sword of Summer.

Like I said I talk a lot about books online so these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. I should have looked this up last week and prepared it but oh well. If you want to talk to me about any of these just leave a comment or tweet me 🙂

Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (March 1st): Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood To Cry Yourself To Sleep.

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I didn’t know what to do for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday but I thought why not do books that will make you cry buckets. Pass on the sadness and tears. These are some books that have made me cry in the last year or every time I read them.

9781408855713_309030Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  by J.K. Rowling
It’s like J.K Rowling looked into my head, saw which characters I loved and killed them. From the first few chapters until the last I remember being in shock every time I read about another character’s death the first time I read the book.

9780670077526The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I’ve cried every time I’ve read TFIOS but it’s also funny and there are parts where I laugh through my tears.

CoverImageMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
This is the first book I ever read of Jodi Picoult’s because it was recommended in a bookstore I go to. It had me in tears and shock at the ending. But it was the start of my love for her books.

hunger-gamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I cried when Katniss volunteered as tribute, taking Prim’s place and when Rue died. I still cry in those places when I re-read the book.

mebeforeyou21Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
There was one specific part in the book I remember crying at. I can’t really remember crying more than once though. It was more funny until it wasn’t.

hp-5Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J.K. Rowling
I’m just going to say one name – Sirius.

Mockingjay_novelMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
There are two deaths in this book that I hate. I still haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 2 and I’m  dreading seeing them die but at the same time I really want to see it.

Offical-Allegiant-CoverAllegiant by Veronica Roth
I know a lot of people don’t like this book but the ending makes me cry every damn time I’ve read it.

9781408855706_309035Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Looks like J.K. Rowling likes making her readers cry.

a-dance-with-dragons-coverA Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
This is another author who keeps killing off my favourite characters. I’ve now learned not to get attached to any new ones and only have two or three left. This book left me in tears because Jon Snow!

None of these were in any kind of order. That would be way too difficult for me to do.

What books make you cry?

Aimee.