March Wrap Up & April TBR.

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I read a lot more in March than I did in February. I was actually falling behind on my reading challenge in February but I’ve managed to be ahead of schedule now. So yay. Anyway, onto my wrap up…

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★/5
The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold – ★★★/5
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★/5
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng – ★★★★/5
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley – ★★★/5
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – ★★★/5
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – ★★★★/5
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil – ★★★/5
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott – ★★★★/5
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – ★★★★★/5

My favourites were definitely The Hate U Give and Allegedly. Which I didn’t think I’d finish in March so I put it on my April TBR. I couldn’t be bothered taking another photo though.

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So Allegedly doesn’t count and I’ve already read The Roanoke Girls. That was disturbing but really good. I couldn’t put it down.

I’m actually reading a book that’s not in this photo because I didn’t have it at the time I took it. I started the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling this morning. It’s got a forward by the author, Newt Scamander, which was the best! I can’t wait to find the six new beasts in the book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be a re-read. I wanted to re-read the series after seeing the Fantastic Beasts movie last year.

What’s on your April TBR?

– Aimee.

 

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Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.

Title – King’s Cage
Series – Red Queen #3
Author – Victoria Aveyard
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 507 pages
Publication Date – February 9th 2017 by Orion Publishing
ISBN – 9781409151197
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Mare is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning and tormented by the mistakes she’s made. Mare is now at the mercy of a boy she thought she loved, a boy full of lies and betrayal.

Now, King Maven continues to weave his web, attempting to maintain his control over Norta and his people.

While Mare is trapped in Maven’s cage, the Scarlet Guard continue to expand and strategise. As they prepare for war, Cal is no longer able to hide in the shadows. He’ll stop at nothing to get Mare back. C58ib7WUwAAlX95

I received a copy of King’s Cage from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the third book in the Red Queen series.

I loved King’s Cage but at the same time I did get a little bored with how long Mare was imprisoned by Maven. There was a lot going on at court and with the Scarlet Guard so that I wasn’t bored all the time. I think if Cameron didn’t have her own chapters in this book while Mare was with Maven I would have gone a little crazy. Then Evangeline had chapters later on in the book which I enjoyed. I liked getting to know both Cameron and Evangeline more and seeing a different side to both of them.

There were a few things revealed about Maven during King’s Cage. I thought Elara was an evil bitch before but now I’m even more happy that she fried. I can’t believe the things she did to Maven when he was a child. But I still can’t find myself feeling anything for him. Yes, Elara may have controlled him for years but he’s able to make his own decisions now and he’s still a twisted, cruel boy king.

King’s Cage was another amazing installment in the Red Queen series with another unforgettable ending. I have to say Victoria is a genius at cliffhangers. I can’t believe it’ll be a year until the next book comes out!

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and the next book is definitely on my most anticipated list for 2018. It’s the first one on the list. The Red Queen series is one of my favourite series and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [March 8th 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 – C6RFXgWU8AAsTkR
I started The Hate U Give yesterday and it was so good I didn’t want to put it down.

This book follows Starr as she witnesses a policeman shoot and kill her best friend, Khalil. Starr is the only witness to what happened and the only one that could get justice for her friend. But what she has to say could tear her community apart. It could also get her killed.

The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and, even though I haven’t finished it yet, I think this is definitely a book that everyone needs to read. It’s an important message that needs to be heard.

Recently Finished – C58ib7WUwAAlX95
I’ve finally read King’s Cage and I loved it. I did get a little bored with how long Mare was stuck with Maven but at the same time there was a lot going on in the court and with the Scarlet Guard that it distracted me, sometimes, with how long she was a prisoner.

I’ll hopefully be reviewing this soon. King’s Cage was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and the next book in the series is definitely one of my anticipated books of 2018. Maybe I should start making that list now… That might be a good idea. C53gVLuVAAEriOm

I was sent a copy of The Song from Somewhere Else from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this but the title should have given me a pretty big clue. Which I completely missed… Anyway, I liked this. It was full of illustrations and was a fast read too. Yay for my Goodreads challenge!!

I’ll also be posting a review of this soon. Hopefully anyway. I write my reviews by hand first and I still have to write a few of them.

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to read. I had the same problems with this that I did with Passenger. But I’ll talk about them and the book more when I post my review.

Wayfarer is the conclusion to Passenger. I’m glad this wasn’t a trilogy because I’m not sure I can handle another book. I did like this better than Passenger though, even though it doesn’t sound like it…

I hope to post my review of this soon. But I still have a few others to post first.

Reading Next –  c5ydlcfvmaakpks
I had a poll on my twitter account on the weekend to see what my next read will be. It was between The Hate U Give and See You in the Cosmos. Obviously The Hate U Give won so I’ll be reading See You in the Cosmos next.

I think this book follows Alex as he goes on a trip to launch his iPod, which has some recordings he’s made for other beings in the universe, into space. But Alex gets a lot more than he anticipated.

I’m really looking forward to reading this. It sounds pretty good.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

February Book Haul.

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I didn’t get photos of every book I got in February. I received 16 books from publishers and I bought two for myself. So, I’ll just jump right in.

The first five books I got while I was staying at a friend of the family while we were waiting to move into our new place. The first book I got was Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom. I don’t have a photo of this yet. With all the moving and unpacking I fell behind with my book haul last month on my bookstagram. I haven’t read Cruelty yet but I hope to get to it soon.c4k-6xrucaav53l

The next two books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. Wayfarer is the sequel and conclusion to Passenger. I read Passenger last year and I thought it was okay, not the best. But the cliffhanger at the end of the book made me want to read the sequel.

I’ve actually read this. I still had the same problems with Wayfarer that I had with Passenger but I think because I was expecting them that I was able to ignore and skip over the parts that had too much detail. Like the friggen ending. I’ll talk about all that in my review though. Which I hope to have up soon. I’ve fallen behind on a lot of this with the move but I’m hoping to catch up soon. c40ckgevcaajvd

The other book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Aerie. This is the sequel to Magonia. This is another one where I wasn’t really sure about the first book but I still wanted to see what the sequel was like. It’s not that I didn’t like Magonia, it was just different. But not in a bad way.

Amway, Aerie is on my March TBR so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon. I don’t know what to expect with Aerie but I’m looking forward to reading it. I don’t know if this is going to be a duology or a trilogy/series.. c5js__vumaadwcx

I received Defender from Hachette New Zealand to review.

When this arrived I didn’t remember what it was about but I must have requested it for a reason. I think it’s about voices… I’m not really sure.

I don’t know when I’ll get to read this. My reading has slowed down so much in the last couple of months. I hope now that we’re settled into the new house that things will get back to normal but who knows..

I received a copy of The Edge of Everything from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. c5edcoyukae99bbThis is actually the first book mail I received in my now house.

I haven’t read this yet but it is on my March TBR so I’m hoping to get to it soon.

If you’ve read my book hauls before then you know I suck at remembering what books are about and I’m just too lazy to look them all up. It takes long enough to do a book haul post. I cannot be bothered looking up every book too. I don’t have time for that.

Anyway, I love the orange pages. The photo doesn’t do them justice because they’re so bright. c45b1mrvmaak19c

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of King’s Cage. Yes, I know it wasn’t in my book haul photo. That’s because I forgot where I put it and by the time I found it I couldn’t be bothered taking a new photo. Lazy, right?

Anyway, this is the third book in the Red Queen series and I’m actually reading this at the moment. I’ll be finished today because I need to know how this ends but at the same time I really don’t. Victoria’s cliffhangers are normally kind of shocking and painful. And then there’s a really long wait until the next book is released.

I love this series. King’s Cage was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

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Walker Books Australia surprised me with a copy of The Light Fantastic. I’d never heard of this until I opened the box it came in.

Again, I’m not sure what it’s about but I hope to read it soon. I made quite a big March TBR considering I didn’t read much in January and February. If I get through the books that I plan to read in March early then hopefully I can squeeze this on. Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t even know what this is about…

Also, you’ll have to excuse the really crappy photos in this post. I don’t have a lot to work with here, flowers and tree wise. There’s two tiny trees in the backyard. c5ydlcfvmaakpks

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of See You in the Cosmos to review. I thought this sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis.

It’s about Alex, who’s made recordings on his iPod to send into space for other forms of life to see what it’s like on Earth. Then he goes on a road trip with his dog, Carl Sagan, to launch it into space but gets a lot more than he expected.

See You in the Cosmos is on my March TBR. I actually held a poll on my twitter to see what my next read should be. I can’t wait to read the book that won but I also wanted to read this too. I’ll read it after the book that won so it’s okay. c5tbbnyucaaxaab

Another surprise from Walker Books Australia. I’d seen this on bookstagram but didn’t really know what it was about. Then it appeared one day and I was really excited to read it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it though. And, yes, since receiving a copy I have forgotten what it’s about. I’m sure it has somethings to do with running though.

I love getting surprise book mail. Who am I kidding.. I love getting book mail. It’s the best part of my day sometimes. Does that make me a really boring/sad person?c5oj3gxukaepmvq

Hachette New Zealand sent me both He Said/She Said and The Girl Before to review. These both sound really good. I think they’re both psychological thrillers but I’m not 100% sure.

My mother took The Girl Before the day I got it and has already read it. She said she really liked it. I think it’s been picked up for a movie but I could be wrong.

He Said/She Said is about a couple witnessing a crime, I think, and then not reporting it? And then whatever happens in the book picks up a year last? I don’t know. It sounds familiar but I could be completely wrong. c5jr9o-vmaajubd

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Traitor to the Throne to review. This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands. I read Rebel of the Sands last year and I loved it. I can’t remember what happened in it and I don’t want to re-read it so I might have to look up a recap somewhere. If anyone knows a good site please let me know!

I have Traitor to the Throne on my March TBR and I cannot wait to read it. But it’ll have to wait until I find a good recap site. I did have one last year but it sucked. I needed a recap of An Ember in the Ashes and it said something like “blah blah person reveals secret to another person” but not what the freaking secret was. What kind of half assed and completely unhelpful recap is that? Anyway, if you know a good site what actually recaps books properly please let me know!c5o3sy3uoaavvim

Penguin Random House sent me a copy of Into the Water to review. I loved Paula Hawkins’ first book, The Girl on the Train so when I saw she’d written another psychological thriller I had to read it.

I’m assuming this has something to do with water because again, I can’t remember what it’s about. I mean, it doesn’t actually matter. I loved The Girl on the Train so I don’t need to know what this is about to know I want to read it.

This doesn’t come out here till May so I will be reading it closer to the release date. c5ixfvbu0aaivm3

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of The Hate U Give. This has been one of the books I’ve wanted to read for so long and it’ll be my next read after I finish King’s Cage.

I think this was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the song Thug Life by Tupac. But don’t hold me to that.

The Hate U Give follows Starr as she witnesses a policeman shoot and kill her unarmed best friend, Khalil. As the only witness to the crime what Starr does next could tear her community apart. It could also get her killed. I think this sounds like a book everyone needs to read and I can’t wait to pick it up. c5tvjy-uyaqkcfe

The last book I have a photo of was sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I have read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and wasn’t a fan. But Strange the Dreamer sounds interesting so I can’t wait to read it.

This is on my March TBR so I’m hoping to read it before the release date so I can have my review done in time. That hasn’t happened for a looong time now.

Like I said at the start of my post there are a few books I didn’t manage to take photos of. I’m just going to list them here.

Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom,
Caraval by Stephanie Garber,
Heartless by Marissa Meyer,
The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg,
This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton.

Cruelty was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. I bought Caraval and Heartless for myself. The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective was surprise book mail from Allen and Unwin New Zealand and is a middle grade retelling of Sherlock Holmes. And I won a copy of This Beats Perfect from Hachette New Zealand.

So that’s my book haul for another month. How many books did you get in February?

– Aimee.

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.

WWW Wednesday [March 1st 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 –  c4k-6xrucaav53l
I’ve been reading Wayfarer for the last few days. I’m having the same problems with this as I did with Passenger, which was too much detail. Like there’s so much information that I don’t need to know, food and clothing wise. For me, these are just unnecessary.

The story is good though. I’m enjoying this a lot more than Passenger, even with the problems I have with other parts of the book. Nicholas is still annoying me. I just think he’s one of those characters I’m not ever going to like. I’m trying to ignore the negatives and just concentrate on the story and the characters I do like.

I think I’ll be finished with this today. Finally. At least this is the last book and it’s not a trilogy.c5egmrhueaan8q3

Recently Finished –
I haven’t read a lot this week so the last book I read was Glass Sword. Wayfarer is just so slow for me and I’ve been trying to finish a cross stitch for a friend. Which has taken longer than I thought.

Anyway, I finished my re-read of Glass Sword and I’m so glad I did decide to read both Red Queen and Glass Sword before I picked up King’s Cage. I didn’t forget much from both books but it was good to have a refresher before I read the latest book.

I’m hoping to read King’s Cage soon. I don’t think I can wait much longer.

Reading Next –  9
I received The Song From Somewhere Else from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I think I requested this a few months ago but I can’t remember what it’s about.

It’s not a long book so I don’t think it will take me long to read. I’m looking forward to finding out what it’s about though.

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

 

WWW Wednesday [February 22nd 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 – c5egmrhueaan8q3
I started my re-read of Glass Sword earlier this week. I remembered the ending of this but I also re-read Red Queen earlier this month so I thought I’d continue with the series as a refresher so I’m reading when I finally read King’s Cage.

I’m almost halfway through Glass Sword and I’m enjoying it as much as the first time I read it.

Hopefully I can get to King’s Cage next month. I won’t be able to fit it in the end of February.

Recently Finished – c406ymxumaabrvf
I have finally read the last book in the Lone City trilogy. I’ve really enjoyed all three books in this trilogy and the last book didn’t disappoint.

I don’t want to give too much away here because I’ll be doing a review on this soon-ish. I have so many reviews to catch up on it’s crazy. But that’s what happens when you don’t have access to WiFi for a month. I’m so glad everything is almost back to normal now.

Anyway, I’ll hopefully be posting my review on The Black Key soon but if you haven’t read this trilogy yet then I definitely recommend giving it a try. c4f2o9nvyaij9tv

I’ve also recently read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. This is the first book I’ve read by Gaiman. I was drawn to this because it’s about the Norse gods which I don’t really know much about. I’ve only seen the Marvel movies and read the Magnus Chase books by Rick Riordan but I have two other books about the Norse gods on my shelves so I can hopefully read them soon.

I really enjoyed this and had heard some of these stories in the Riordan books but it was good to read another version of them.

I’ll also be reviewing this on my blog soon. If anyone wants to recommend me some more Gaiman books to read (one day) then leave them in the comments.

Reading Next – c4k-6xrucaav53l
I wasn’t really too fussed with Passenger. I did eventually like it and the cliffhanger had me wanting to read the sequel.

I don’t have any expectations for this book. I think my biggest problem with Passenger was Nicholas and all the unnecessary descriptions of clothes or food. I didn’t need all of that but I’m sure I’ll have to read it again in this one. But I do want to know how the story ends because it’s a duology.

That’s my WWW Wednesday. The last time I did one of these was back in December so there’s a lot of books that’s been left out but I don’t really want to list them all here.

What are you currently reading?

– Aimee.