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Book Tag: Mid Year Freak Out Tag

I think we can all agree this has been an awful year. I for one feel like it’s going so fast but there are some weeks where it feels like it never ends.

I want to check in on a few goals I had at the start of the year and see how I am going.

My Goodreads Goal:

My Physical TBR:

I wanted to keep my TBR to around 300, at the end of July it was 337 so that’s been a fail but honestly it is what it is. I own them so I will get to them eventually but I do want to focus on getting that number down if I can. I don’t want to unhaul any of these because I only by books I have an interest in reading.

Aside from that I didn’t have any other goals so we can move onto the tag.
Originators of this tag: Chami → https://youtu.be/EB8OrYHBvM8 Ely → https://youtu.be/X_Wh0rPGfRg

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children Book 4) by Seanan McGuire

  • I can’t stop thinking about this. I really enjoyed this. In An Absent Dream could have also been my biggest surprise because I haven’t been that impressed by this series but this is definitely my favourite book so far this year.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

Heartstopper Volume Three by Alice Oseman

  • This graphic novel series is one of my favs. They bring me so much joy.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

  • This was in my most recent FairyLoot and it is so so pretty. I can’t wait to read it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

  • This is one that I don’t hear many people talk about
  • The synopsis: “At sixteen, Honora ‘Nora’ Holtzfall is the daughter of the most powerful heiress in Gammamix; her family controls all the money – and all the magic – in the entire country. But when her mother is found murdered in an alley, the family throne and fortune are up for grabs, which means Nora will be pitted against her cousins in the deadly Veritaz trials to determine the rightful inheritor. But there’s a surprise rival in the form of Ottoline, aka Lotte, the illegitimate daughter of Nora’s aunt, who left her with nuns as a baby. Thrown into the Veritaz, she is suddenly surrounded by a hostile family she never knew she had.But as the Holtzfalls wage their battles of privilege, something bigger and more sinister bubbles beneath the surface, and revolution is in the air. Could the balance of power about to be overturned?

5. Biggest disappointment.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

  • I had such high expectations for this. i thought I was going to love it but was so disappointed. I love Xander but the main protagonist really rubbed me the wrong way.

6. Biggest surprise.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • Look I generally don’t like classics because I find the language hard to get into. However these 2 were quite easy to follow and I genuinely liked the plot line

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Unfortunately I don’t have any new favourites. There are books from authors that I’ve never read before that I like but I wouldn’t call them a new favourite.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t really do book crushes but I like Xander from The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody he has really good qualities that I enjoy in a partner.

9. Newest favourite character.

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  • I love Kate. She is super sassy, super smart and very admirable.

10. Book that made you cry.

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

  • I don’t really cry when i’m reading books but this was a very emotional and had a lot of depth.

11. Book that made you happy.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

  • I was so happy being back in this world. I love The Lunar Chronicles so much. These graphic novels were great.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

There have been some STUNNING covers this year. So I couldn’t pick just one.

Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal, The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu, The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of them. Seriously. I’ll link my Owned TBR Shelf on Goodreads. Feel free to have a gander.

Let me know your favourite book so far this year.

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Wrap Up: March 2020

Monthly Stats

Middle Grade 1
YA3
Children1
Where I Sourced My Books No. of Books
Hauled this year1
Owned TBR2
Scibd2

Total pages read: 1211 pages

Total hours listened: 15.55 hours

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: Similar to the first book this is very cute. These stories are very nonsensical and I’ve noticed the pattern within these stories. With that said I’m still finding it very enjoyable to read.

I love Pooh I think he is hilarious. In this book we get introduced to Tigger and now understand why Tigger and Roo as so close despite not being the “same age”. One thing I did not expect was Eeyore. He acted like a whiny old man whereas in the films he’s more of a “dopey” character and I love him in the movies (its probably the voice haha). So it was odd reading his characters because I’m so used to the animated version of him. Which I personally find hilarious.

Genre: Classic, Short Stories

Age Group: Children

Representation: N/A

Trigger Warning: Bullying

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: I love the overall plot of this novel. This book is about friendship, family and books with a bit of a mystery tied in. There was a twist at the end which lifted this rating to a 4. While reading I was thinking of giving this 3.5 stars but that end was interesting. It was left unfinished so I’m wondering if that will be resolved in the second book or if the second books follows a different character.

My favourite aspect of this novel was Tilly’s grandparents. I don’t have any grandparents. The only grandparent I knew died over 5 years ago and he lived in Mauritius so I didn’t really know him but I can imagine or at least I hope that most grandparents would be like Tilly’s. They were supportive, and encouraging and just seemed like nice people. While they kept a few secrets from Tilly she’s 11 so I can understand why. But when it came to information about her missing mother they were honest. So I appreciated that.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grade

Representation: Dyslexia

Trigger Warning: Absent/Loss of a parent

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this. At one point I thought I was going to give this 5 stars but for some reason I struggle to give these books 5 stars.

I like the quest/journey aspect of this instalment and I’m happy we got to explore more of the worlds. I’m slowly understanding the logic vs nonsense and wickedness vs virtue. And I can’t wait to explore more of the worlds.

Despite the size of these books Seanan McGuire still manages to get a lot of descriptions into her stories.

Genre: Portal Fantasy, Paranormal

Age Group: YA

Representation: Plus Size, POC, Physical Disability, Transgender

Trigger Warning: A bit of gore

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: I thought this was super cute. Haley was super nerdy. I’m nerdy but Haley takes nerdy to a whole new level. She is super smart, loves super heroes and sci-fi. I could definitely relate to her as an introvert myself.

This audiobook was very short and because it was written in text while I could get a feel of the characters’ personality the reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because that deeper connection to the characters wasn’t there. I liked the characters and it went fast but there was something missing.

But I liked the banter and the characters built a really strong friendship which I really enjoyed.

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Age Group: YA

Representation: Biracial, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Bisexual, Demisexual

Trigger Warning: Divorced parents

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thoughts: No surprises I’m giving this a 5 stars. Honestly at this point I don’t think there is any reason I would give these anything less than 5 stars. Something would have to be really wrong or offensive for me to give this less than 5 stars.

Like in the other volumes Nick and Charlie are absolutely adorable. This volume explores some important topics such as eating disorder and homophobia. I feel like the friendship aspect in this volume was very strong. I love Charlie’s friend group. They are so supportive and loving.

This also took me back to my Europe trip last year. I could picture Paris so clearly. I know it’s a graphic novel and it is visual but I just mean that as they were travelling around I felt like I was with them. I’m so happy to have these graphic novels in my life! They are pure joy.

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Age Group: YA

Representation: POC, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

Trigger Warning: Self Harm, Bullying, Homophobia, Eating Disorder

Movies I Watched

  • Pitch Perfect 3 – 5 ⭐️
  • Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey – 5 ⭐️

Series I’m Watching

  • Married at first sight (Australia) – Season 7
  • Survivor (Australia) – Season 5
  • Survivor (US) – Season 40
  • The Flash – Season 6
  • DC Legend’s of Tomorrow – Season 5
  • Supergirl – Season 5
  • My Kitchen Rules – Season 11
  • Batwoman – Season 1
  • You – Season 2
  • Fuller House – Season 4
  • Pinocchio (k-drama) – Available on Netflix
  • Motherland: Fort Salem – Season 1

How did your reading go in March?

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Anticipated Releases for 2020 (June-Dec)

If you missed My Anticipated Release for Jan-May, click the link here to see books coming out in the first half of the year.

June

2nd – My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows – I already have mine pre-ordered. I haven’t read the first or second but I hear these books are hilarious so I’m excited.

9th – The Boundless (The Beholder #2) by Anna Bright – This is the sequel to The Beholder. I haven’t heard much about this but I love the covers and these are described as a fairy tale which I love. So I think I would like to read this series.

9th – Hood by Jenny Elder Moke – Isabelle has only known a quiet life. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf.

9th – Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – I keep seeing this all over twitter. This is a paranormal, queer fantasy surrounding Latinx culture. So basically this is diverse as hell.

23rd – Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross – This a stand alone fantasy about an unbreakable bond between sisters.

23rd – Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee – Our main character comes from nothing, but she trains hard in order to become the Queen’s next spy. However when her best friends dies her plans are derailed.

July

7th July – Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars #2) by Elizabeth Lim – The sequel to Spin the Dawn, it’s taken some time but the covers are really growing on me. The first book was Mulan retelling but I’m assuming the second book will start veering away from that.

7th – The Princess Will Save You (The Princess Will Save You #1) by Sarah Henning – When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

14th – Liberté (Enchantée #2) by Gita Trelease – The first book was talked about for a hot minute then disappeared. But this series involves dark magic and Paris.

21st – Shielded (Shielded #1) by KayLynn Flanders – This is a YA fantasy set in a kingdom where our protagonist is the key to saving the kingdom.

August

1st – Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas #3) by Zoraida Córdova – The first book wast quite popular when it firs came out but since then I haven’t heard too much about it. Its a series about magic which is one of my buzzwords.

18th – Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho – The first book (The Wicked Fox) set in Seoul got some amazing reviews so I’m excited to explore this world

20th – Master Artificer (The Silent Gods #2) by Justin Travis Call – Annev struggles with the burden of forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity. He is caught between the warring ideologies of his mentor and the Academy’s masters. He must choose between his future at the Academy or betraying his friends.

20th – Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss – Who knows if this is actually coming out but we can only hope. This series(along with Games or Thrones) is the reason I like to wait till all books in the series are out before reading them. i can’t believe it has been 10 years since the second book was first published. I hope for the people who have read the first and second book that this date is real. Or even if it just comes out sometime this year.

September

1st – Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove, #2) by Shelby Mahurin – This is the second book in this duology. This has had some seriously polarising reviews which intrigues me.

22nd – The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi – The Gilded Wolves (the first book in this series) came out this year and in all honestly I think I heard more negative reviews than positive nonetheless I am still very interested in this series.

29th – The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5) by Rick Riordan – This is the fifth and final book in The Trials of Apollo series. I’m not even up to date with The Heroes of Olympus but the covers for this series have been absolutely gorgeous so I’ve been slowly been collecting the US hardcovers.

October

6th – Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) by Mara Rutherford – In the first Nor dreamed of seeing Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village. But a childhood accident left her with a scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

6th – The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab – It’s a love story between a French girl and the devil over 300 years. She sells her soul for the ability to live forever, and the devil curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

13th – Lightbringer (Empirium #3) by Claire Legrand – The final book in this trilogy two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

December

7th – The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician #3) by Lisa Maxwell – Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

Date Unknown

Untitled (The Witchlands, #4) by Susan Dennard – This is predicted to come out sometime in 2020 however title, cover and release date have yet to be revealed. I haven’t actually started reading this series but I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

Untitled (Legacy of Orïsha, #3) by Tomi Adeyemi – The second book only came out this December and it was tiny compared to the first book. If I’m not mistaken this is a trilogy so this will be another series finale.

Untitled (Camelot Rising #2) by Kiersten White – The Guinevere Deception recently came out so I assume this won’t be out until sometime next year.


I know this is a very thorough list and I am not under the impression that I will get to all of these however I thought it would be good as something I can refer back to in the future.


Are you excited for the New Year? Let me know an goals you have.

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Anticipated Releases for 2020 (Jan-May)

This is basically a list of books I will be buying over the next year. Haha. Some of these are books in a series which I haven’t read. However because I’m planning to eventually read the series I’ve added it to this list.

January

7th – A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer – This was initially going to be a duology so I was considering starting it this year but I think because it did so well it’s now being turned into a series so I’ll hold off on reading this but I’m excited for it anyway.

7th – Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez – This cover speaks to me! And with a line like this “A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history” how could you not want to read this?

7th – A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison – We love a hate to love romance.

7th – Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin – The is a stand alone fantasy where one girl must make a name for herself, or die trying. This is a royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler.

7th – Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – This book follows Jack who is one of my favourite characters in this series. I’m up to the third in this series but I’m happy taking my time to read through these.

20th – The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson – This is the finally book in The Truly Devious series. Then ending of the second book left me wanting more. I only read the second book a couple months ago which I’m glad about because otherwise he break between the second and third would be too long.

21st – Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – This sounds like it is going to be an adorable romance about finding love where you least expect it.

February

4th – Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller – Emilie is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

6th – Heartstopper: Volume Three (Heartstopper #3) by Alice Oseman – This is a 5 out of 5 graphic novel. The art style is so cute and the story is even more adorable. If you’re looking for a sickly sweet romance. I would highly recommend this.

11th – Cloak of Night (Circle of Shadows #2) by Evelyn Skye – I got the first book from Fairyloot because I loved the sprayed edges. Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back.

20th – Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett – This is the sequel to Foundryside about a thief set in a world where objects have power.

25th – The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – I read her Daughter of the Pirate King Duology and really enjoyed her writing. This seems like its going to be an interesting tale full of betrayal.

25th – We Unleash the Merciless Storm (We Set the Dark on Fire #2) by Tehlor Kay Mejia – This the final book in this duology. This is a YA fantasy set in a girls’ school in a dystopian world where the students are being trained for lives as political consorts to powerful men.

March

3rd – House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas – This is a story of half-Fae and half-human as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

5th – Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Córdova – I found this while doing research for this post. This is a tale of love and revenge set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain pits the magical Moria against royal authority bent on their destruction.

9th – The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1) by Kaitlyn Davis – A princess longing to be free. A bastard aching to belong. Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart. This sounds like there is going to be a lot of angst. A lot of drama. I’m ready!

10th – Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1) by Tara Sim – This gender swapped he Count of Monte Cristo retelling. Sounds cool right?

10th – Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie – Bone ​Criers can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power comes from sacrifice. That is the promise of sacrificing their one true love.

10th – Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats – This follows Elen, who lives a lie in order to survive among the medieval Welsh warband that killed her family.

April

2nd – Crown of Smoke (Shadowscent #2) by P.M. Freestone – In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It’s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince’s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote.

7th – Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan – In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints.

21st – Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka – This is being compared to Fangirl and Emergency Contact. I’ve loved the past to book covers written by this duo. And though this cover isn’t my favourite. I like the premise. It’s a college romance which I think will tackle a few hard hitting topics.

21st – The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray #2) by Christine Lynn Herman – On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening.

28th – Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This another series I have not read but am interested in and will get to once all the books are out.

May

5th – The Notorious Virtues (The Notorious Virtues #1) by Alwyn Hamilton – Not gonna lie the cover is what reeled me in. But then I saw magical competition. Colour me sold.

12th – By the Book by Amanda Sellet – This just has the most adorable cover. This is a YA romance following writer who gives advice for a living but learns the advice she gives is harder to follow herself.

12th – Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – Here we have another stunning cover. This is described as a fairy tale about a girl who is poisonous to touch. She makes some choices which make her question who she really is.

12th – House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess – A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

18th – The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty – I already have this pre-ordered. I’m excited to binge this series. A con-woman and an idealistic prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

18th – Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – Hindu mythology and celestial intrigue in this sparkling YA fantasy debut.

19th – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins – I can’t say I’m super excited for this one, because I hate when a series ends the years later the author decides to bring out other books books. But I loved The Hunger Games so I am curious. But this cover…not a fan.

I’ve made a very extensive list. This is not only for me to look back on but also to shout out some books.

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What are some books you’re anticipating?

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Book Haul: November 2019 – Part 2

And onto Part 2, similar to Part 1 I have affliate links for Book Depository while will take you to the website. You can use the links as you see fit. Thank you in advance if you do.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Price: $15.99

Where: 
Dymocks

Synopsis: Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.”

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

Price: $12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This is the 3rd and final book in The Folk of the Air Series. This series was overall pretty good. If you’re interested in a political Fae series featuring a determined and power hungry human, then this is the series for you. I think the best way to digest this is reading them back to back to back because the books flow seamlessly from one to the other.

Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer

Price: $25.71

Where: 
Book Depository

Synopsis: This is the last book in the Renegades Trilogy and I can finally binge this series. I’m so excited. “Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.”

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Price: $25.95

Where: 
Booktopia

Synopsis: This is a signed edition with extra content which is exciting. “Galaxy ‘Alex’ Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?”

Steel Crow Saga (Steel Crow Saga #1) by Paul Krueger

Price: $25.90

Where: 
Booktopia

Synopsis: Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.”

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Price: $16

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.”

Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Price: $16

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.”

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

Price: $12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: The first book is about “A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.”

We Are Blood and Thunder (We Are Blood and Thunder #1) by Kesia Lupo

Price: $13.59

Where: 
Dymocks

Synopsis: In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.”

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman

Price: $16

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.”

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Price: $14.92

Where: 
Book Depository

Synopsis: This is actually a present for my friend who absolutely loved The Raven Boys. “The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.”

And this is the last book haul for 2019. I will have a book haul for December but that won’t be posted until next year.

Are you hoping to get any for Christmas?

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Book Haul: November 2019 – Part 1 (Amazon)

I did it again and made multiple Amazon orders. Books are so expensive in Australia unless you get them from Big W but as I may have mentioned previously they don’t get all books. So I rely heavily on Sales and online shopping.

But I digress…onto the haul.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Price: $13.56

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.”

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore

Price: $11.18

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.”

Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Price: $10.57

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.”

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Price: $15.14

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.”

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Price: $20.94

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in an Own Voices, richly imagined epic fantasy duology about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.”

Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by P M Freestone

Price: $7.84

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: In the empire of Aramtesh, there is power in scent. Seventeen-year-old Rakel has a talent for fragrances, but her scentlore skills aren’t good enough to save her dying father. She travels from her desert village to the city in a desperate gamble to raise funds, but instead finds herself indentured to the head priestess at the temple. Not long after, the temple’s precious scented flowers are set ablaze, and the imperial prince is found poisoned. Rakel and the prince’s bodyguard, Ash, realize they are the prime suspects, and the unlikely pair go on the run, racing across the empire to save themselves, the prince, and the empire itself.”

Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

Price: $21.95

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.”

Wires and Nerve: Volume 2 by Marissa Meyer

Price: $19.46

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The second graphic novel, and sequel to Wires and Nerve, Volume 1,”

Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Price: $22.06

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.” This is the second book in the Dance of Thieves Duology.

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Price: $12.27

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.”

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Price: $12.52

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.”

Obviously all these books are from Amazon, hence the title, but if you click ‘Amazon’ it will take you to the page. These are affiliate links so feel free to use them or not.

Did you find any good bargains this month?

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Wrap Up: November 2019 (Believathon)

This month I “participated” in the Believathon hosted by Gavin Hetherington. The main goal of this ReadAThon was to read as many middle grade books as possible throughout the month of November. And I failed miserably.
I have a good reason though! I had a lot of library books come all at once and and obviously there is time limit with library holds so I only managed to get to 2 middle grades but I loved both of them. So quantity wise Believathon was a fail but the quality of the books I read were fabulous.

Total Pages Read: 1310 pages

Total Minutes Listened to: 12 hours and 41 minutes

Middle Grade 2
YA 5
Where I Sourced My Books No. of Books
Library2
Digital Library2
Purchased This Year3

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thoughts: This is a graphic novel set in a pumpkin patch following 2 characters and their last year working at the pumpkin patch. We follow them as they explore the pumpkin patch and see the different foods around the park. This book explores friendship and adventure and that’s all you need to know going into it.

Graphic novels are usually shorter in terms of their plots. When people described this I wish they went into less detail. I knew too much about what was going to happen, so I was waiting for certain things to happen. But the thing I was waiting for didn’t happen till the last quarter of the novel. It’s reasons like this why I prefer going into my books blind. And there was build up but it wasn’t enough for me to care about the ending. So unfortunately a disappointing read for me. But if you do want to read it try to avoid detailed descriptions of the synopsis.

The art style though…phenomenal!

Representation: Bisexual, Plus Size, Disability, Bi-Racial couple

Trigger Warning: Fat shaming

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: *3.75 Stars. This is the third and final book in the Folk of the Air series. I’m sad to say I was a little disappointed. I still gave this 3.75 stars. Which is not bad by any means I just was expecting more. Expecially after the ending of the second book.

The pacing of this book was a lot better than the first 2. As we are already familiar with the world, Holly Black gets straight into the story. There were no dull moments. But I just feel like the book was really rushed. There was a lot going on in 300 pages.

Overall, I think this instalment had a good balance of romance and politics (maybe slightly heavier on the romance haha). Again this book was more political than action driven so if that’s something you prefer I think you‘ll enjoy this series.
Now the romance, honestly frustrated me. In the first 2 books there was a dash of passion brewing between Jude and Cardan. But this 3rd book I feel took a 180 and because of this I just wasn’t invested in their romance. If Holly Black included the letter’s Cardan wrote I think for me that would have helped me believe their “union” more. But as it is, the direction their relationship went was unrealistic in my opinion.
In summary, I think the best way consume this series is back to back to back. The flow between each instalment works really well. And I think the whole Jude and Cardan situation would be easier to believe but I would have to binge the series to see if that’s true.

Representation: POC, Lesbian

Trigger Warning: Violence, Manipulative Parents

Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: This is the 3rd instalment in the Spellslinger Series and overall it was pretty good. The ending was epic. Loved the twists and turns. But the middle was a bit boring. Hence the 4 stars.

The world is gradually expanding with each instalment and the political environment is becoming more more interesting. I can feel the plot building to something big and only time will tell what that is. But a lot happened mainly in the second half of the book and I am enjoying where this series is going.

If you like interesting magic systems, character development, politics and can cope with animal cruelty then I would recommend this series.

Representation: Lesbian

Trigger Warning: Animal Abuse, General Abuse/Violence

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. I didn’t get that 5 star feeling but this is a solid 4/4.5 stars. This is a middle grade fantasy about twins, Rose and Arthur and they’re highly vivid imagination.

Arthur and Rose are now 11 and they’ve grown apart. Rose is into her phone and Arthur is still wanting to have adventures. When they were younger Arthur and Rose made up a game called Roar, but is it just a game?

Arthur and Rose’s grandparents both came from Mauritius and when I saw that I got so excited. My parents are Mauritian, and just went there this year. It is incredible there would recommend for your next holiday. Anyway it is super rare to see any mention of Mauritius in books so that was a really special moment for me.

Regardless of this the story itself was really well done. It was easy to read. Very descriptive. I could picture myself in the story. I liked the journey these characters took not only where they went but also within themselves.

Representation: Asthma, POC

Trigger Warning: Scarecrows, Kidnapping, Minor Bullying

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Winnie the Pooh is one of my favourite Disney characters but shockingly I’ve never read the books.

I recently found the box set for $20 in Big W and with the Believathon happening it was the perfect time to pick it up.

This first book is made up of short stories about Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Part of this is written in second person. Which I honestly like because it gives the story a playful element.
The stories were really cute. I love Winne the Pooh as a character. He is so funny.

One thing I didn’t like was that Christopher Robin has a gun. It’s mentioned twice, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s inappropriate for children’s book and is completely unnecessary. There is also a bit of name calling, sometimes its self depreciating sometimes its about someone else. Personally I wished there was less of that. But despite these flaws this was just fun to read.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thoughts: Boy is this series heating up! This series follows two plot lines. The first we follow Stevie in current day. Stevie is obsessed with a kidnapping that took place in the early 1900s. And the second plot line is said kidnapping. The second book continues to explore and expand on the mystery from the 1900s. But weird things are happening at Ellingham Academy and I’m excited for the conclusion of this series. This instalment left on quite the cliffhanger. Call me intrigued.

I will say the beginning was a little slow nothing really happened and there is an unnecessary romance inserted in the story but the second half was so good. I couldn’t not give this 5 stars.

Representation: Queer, Anxiety, Non-Binary, Physical Disability (Crutches)

Trigger Warning: Murder, Brutality, Panic Attack

Birthday by Meredith Russo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thoughts: Oh My Goodness. I went through so many emotions reading this. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Birthday is about 2 best friends and their relationship with each other, their relationship with themselves and their relationship with their friends and family. One of our main characters is trans gender and this story follows her journey of self discovery.

We start on their 13th birthday. Throughout the novel we learn who these characters are and explore different aspects of their lives. And I enjoyed getting to know them.

In the middle I felt so frustrated with Morgan (trans character) I don’t want to say why because it would spoil the book but I realised while reading, the reason I felt so frustrated was because I care about her so much. Meredith Russo did an amazing job at creating 2 gorgeous characters whom I loved. And I just wanted them to be happy.

I’m not usually into hard hitting/emotional contemporaries but this is the type I think I will come to love. The reason I liked this so much (I hope this doesn’t offend anyone) is because Morgan’s experience is so different from mine and I’m someone who always likes to understand all people. I’m so thankful I read this and wish I had a physical copy to add to my collection so I could lend it to other people to read

Rep: Transgender

Trigger Warning: These triggers include spoilers for the book so I’ve hidden them in case people don’t want to be spoiled. If you’d like to see the trigger warnings click’Trigger Warning’ and the trigger warnings will pop up

What was your favourite book you read in November?

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Scavenger Hunt Tag ⚜ The Bookie Trials: Winter Quest

This tag was created by Rachael Marie’s Book Journey as part of her Bookie Trials which is a ReadAThon featuring 4 teams. This tag is all about the covers.

In this tag the prompts feature a word (in bold and capital) and that word/object needs to be featured on the cover.

You will be crossing the Eastern Sea, you’ll need a 𝐁𝐎𝐀𝐓

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – This is a middle grade adventure series. And when I saw this in Big W I was very attracted to the cover. It has a rose gold spin which is beautiful. But in terms of the plot I have no idea what this is about.

You can’t see in the picture but there are a bunch of boats at a dock in the bottom corner.

To be under-dressed in Orc Eaves is an offence, wear something 𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐘 𝐃𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐆𝐍𝐄𝐃

Circe by Madeline Miller – This cover is super pretty. I would definitely call it elaborately designed. I also have the UK hard cover which has a GORGEOUS hardback underneath.

Circe is fantasy based on Greek Mythology about a badass witch who was left stranded on an Island.

You need 𝗪𝐎𝐎𝐃 to keep The Beacon of Hope lit

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Trees are wood, right? Well wood is made from trees so I’m counting it.

Finally one I’ve read! This is the second book in the Wayward Children series. This book follows Jack and Jill.

The first book is Every Heart A Doorway but if I were to reread this series I would read Down Among the Stick and Bones first as we get the background of Jack and Jill and actually see into the different worlds children can travel to.

To work with The Serpentine Allegiance you first need to master the language, speak with our own 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒/𝗪𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍𝐒

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan – I recently read this and loved it. My thoughts will be in my November wrap up but if you follow me on Goodreads I have a more detailed review there. This was a fun middle grade fantasy and if you like middle grade would definitely give this a read.

Tell the dears at Rural Haven that you are thankful – with a gift of 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – This is a YA sci-fi series the second book Starsight recently came out however that cover doesn’t have any stars on it. If only it did because stars on Starsight would have been chef kiss for this prompt.

In order to gain entry, show Eastern Escape that you are an ally to 𝐏𝐎𝐂𝐬

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Is this cover stunning or what? And under the dust jacket…omg stunning. This is a YA contemporary about a teen mum. I believe she likes to cook because there are recipes throughout the book which I think is an interesting touch.

Lay 𝐅𝐋𝐎𝗪𝐄𝐑𝐒 at Graves End of those already passed

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – There are so many books with flowers on the cover. Which is completely my aesthetic. I chose this book because there are flowers on her skirt which I thought was unique. Probably isn’t unique but I’ve picked it anyway.

This is a contemporary where our main character uses k-drama formulas to try and get herself a boyfriend.

Whilst hiding from the Frost Giants keep warm with 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh – So I’m pretty sure that is a phoenix on the cover but I’m counting it as fire because the wings and tail look like flames.

Rebuild some of the Desolate Ruins with 𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is one of my favourite covers of the year. It is stunning! This and her first book An Enchantment of Ravens are some of the most gorgeous covers. The illustrator (Charlie Bowater) did an amazing job.

Gather the 𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒 of Daemonic Residue – we will bury our Daemons on our own lands.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This is the collector’s edition cover which went out of stock very fast when it was first announced but it looks like there are still a few floating around (click here).

This was initially a standalone but according to Goodreads there will be a 3rd book. This series follows Eli and Victor who conduct experiments in order to obtain superpowers. However they may not have the most heroic intentions.

For the dark shard, you will have to sneak. Cloak yourselves in a 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 robe

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell – There are a lot of black books out there but Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney films and I’m so excited to see what happens with this twisted tale. I can’t wait to get stuck into these Twisted Tales I really think I’m going to enjoy them.

This was such a fun tag. I love book covers but really had to think about some of the prompts. The boat one was probably the hardest one for me.

If you do this tag please link it below. I’d love to check it out.

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Book Haul: October 2019 – Part 1

i don’t know what happened this month. I told myself I was going to cut down on the book buying. And for the most part I did. But… I still got quite a few. I got some really good deals on books. If you live in Australia give Big W a try. They don’t have all the new releases but they get a few. For Part 1 I’ve mostly hauled the middle grade books, Part 2 will include everything else.

Excuse the upside down books down the bottom. This is why I’m not a bookstagramer haha.

The Magic Misfits: The Third Minor by Neil Patrick Harris

Price: $12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This is the third book in the Magic Misfits series. I love the cover of these. This is a middle grade series which look like they are going to be a fun read.

In the first book, “Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.”

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Price: $13.99

Where: 
Dymock

Synopsis: This is the second book in the Wtches Series within the Discworld. I love these covers in the Discworld series but man are they expensive. So when I saw this in the damaged section of Dymocks I couldn’t pass up this price.

In the first book, “on Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins! Reissue. “

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Price: $11.95

Where: 
World of Books

Synopsis: Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.”

Honestly I was disappointed when I got this in the mail. I was hoping to get the cover that matched my other copies but alas no luck.

Let It Go by Jen Calonita

Price: $10

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other?

Winnie the Pooh Box Set by A.A. Milne

Price: $20

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This box set includes:

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When We Were Very Young
  • Now We Are Six
  • Return To Hundred Acre Wood
  • The Best Bear in all the World

Twisted Tales Box Set by Liz Braswell & Jen Calonita

Price: $20

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: This box set includes:

  • Part of Your World (Little Mermaid Twisted Tale)
  • A Whole New World (Aladdin Twisted Tale)
  • Mirror Mirror (Snow White Twisted Tale)

*I just wanted to add a disclaimer, Just in case you were wondering the synopsis come from Goodreads. I don’t like knowing much when I go into books so I copy the synopsis from Goodreads so I don’t spoil myself and secondly so you guys can know more about the books. Hope you don’t mind

Have you hauled anything recently?

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Book Haul: September 2019 – Part 1

Sooooo…I bought a few books 🙃


Title:
The Silver Mask (Paperback)

Author:
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Price:
$13.18

Where:
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 4 in the Magisterium Series


Title: The Golden Tower (Paperback)

Author:
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Price:
$10.71

Where:
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 5 in the Magisterium Series

Title: The Magic Misfits & The Magic Misfits – The Second Story Paperback)

Author: 
Neil Patrick Harris

Price: 
$
6 Each

Where: 
The Book Grocer

Synopsis: When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.”

Title: The Lost Tide Warriors (Paperback)

Author: 
Catherine Doyle

Price: 
$
10

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: In the brilliant sequel to The Storm Keeper’s Island, winner of the Books are My Bag Readers Award, Fionn Boyle finds himself at the heart of the fight for the island’s survival.”


Title: The Land of Roar (Paperback)

Author: 
Jenny McLachlan

Price: 
$
12

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: ” When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)”

Title: Lady Helen Trilogy (including The Dark Days Club, The Dark Days Pact & The Dark Days Deceit)

Author: Alison Goodman

Price: 
$
10 Each

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?”


Title: The Ship of the Dead (Hardback)

Author: 
Rick Riordan

Price: 
$1
3.20

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series


Title: Ever the Brave & Once a King (Hardback)

Author: Erin Summerill

Price: 
$1
2.09 & $13.04

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Book 2 and 3 in the Clash of Kingdoms Series/Trilogy? The first book is about Britta and her journey to discover her father’s murderer.

Title: Echo North (Hardback)

Author: 
Joanna Ruth Meyer

Price: 
$
13.71

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: If she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.”


Title: Capturing the Devil

Author: 
Kerri Maniscalco

Price: 
$2
1.87

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: 4th and I believe final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series. Which is about Audrey and her obsession studying gruesome murder victims.

Title: Darkdawn (Hardcover)

Author: 
Jay Kristoff

Price: 
$33.39

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: The third and final book in The Nevernight Chronicle. In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Tall paperback you know the floppy ones. Love them)

Author: 
Alix E. Harrow

Price: 
$16

Where:
Big W

Synopsis: “In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.”

This ends part 1 of my September Haul. It’s a lot I know. But I found so many good deals and there was a couple pre-orders in there so I’m not going to punish myself too hard for the spending. Have you found any good deals on books lately? I feel like in the US books are a lot cheaper so when I see a good deal I grab it.

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Unboxing: FairyLoot July 2020

This is very very late but I wanted to post it regardless. The theme for June was Resilient Royals. I read this month’s book and loved it. So if you haven’t already consider adding it to your TBR and if you have read it let me know your thoughts.

Food Tray

Inspired by Winter by Marissa Meyer by @eviebookish

Ash Princess Candle

Hand poured by inthewickoftime. This is a fruity scent. I really like it however there was no wick in my candle. I contacted FairyLoot and they sent me a replacement straight away which I really appreciate.

Crescent City Cushion Cover

Designed by @chattynora

Art Print

Left: Inspired by The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden designed by @dominiquewesson

Right: Shielded Character Art designed by @faeriereverie

Royal Card Holder

Inspired by The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross, designed by @jezhawk

Magnetic Bookmark

Inspired by Woven in Moonlight, designed by @isabelwriter09

Tarot Cards

Inspired by Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab, designed by Katherine Britt

Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Quality of products: 4⭐️

  • I’m knock it a star because unfortunately my candle I can’t use. They are sending a replacement which I am grateful for however it still came faulty
  • The food tray is something you would find at a $2 store so unfortunately another reason this is a 4 star

Usefulness: 3⭐️

  • While the pillow case is a nice decorative piece it’s not my style. I’ve already put this item up for sale as it is just not for me
  • I love the card holder, I’m planning to use it when I can travel again haha
  • The other items were meh. Nothing special

Cover change: 3⭐️

  • This is not bad by any means but I prefer the original blue cover. But if you love green I’m sure you’d love this.

Overall: 3.25⭐️

  • I’m so so on this box. I really do like the card holder but nothing else jumps out at me. But the book was good. So at least I enjoyed the book

What is your favourite bookish box?

Six For Sunday: Brave main characters

SixForSunday is hosted by ALITTLEBUTALOT. If you would like a list of the prompts for July, August and September please check the link here. This month’s theme is Characters/Types of Characters. Today we are looking at brave main characters! This weeks top is hard because there are so many. I don’t know how to narrow this down.

  • Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    • Queen Levana is terrifying to me. Cinder was discriminated against, she was hated by most of the world but regardless she pushed past the adversity to save her people.
  • Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller
    • Alosa gets herself captured on purpose by an enemy pirate ship. The way she carries herself throughout both books is very brave. She is determined and sassy. Great female protagonist.
  • Jenna from Shielded by KayLynn Flanders
    • Jenna shows a lot of bravery throughout this novel. She is sent to another Kingdom to marry a Prince she has never met. And she agrees to this for the sake of protecting her people. She proves how brave she is time after time when she is met with challenge after challenge.
  • Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J. Maas
    • I feel like Feyre’s character is hit or miss with people. I am a Feyre fan. I think the way she supports her family and how she copes with adversity was both brave and realistic. The second book she suffers from PTSD however she gets through it and I thought that was very brave.
  • August from Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab
    • There are many facets of being brave. There is brave by throwing yourself into battle. There is being brave and standing up for yourself and/or other people. I think August is brave for being himself. August in this world is a monster however he refuses to accept his inner nature and chooses to be good. That takes a lot of inner strength to go against your true nature.
  • Lyra from His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman
    • It has been a longggg time since I read these books but I watched the HBO adaption this year and was reminded of what a strong character Lyra is. She had a friend in trouble and didn’t think twice about wanting to help him. Such a badass child/teenager.

Who are some of your favourite brave characters?

Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What would you do if you inherited billions of dollars from a stranger?

Rating: ★★★★★

Links: Amazon|Book Depository|Goodreads

Publication: 3rd September 2020

Number of Pages: 384

Acquired: eARC from NetGalley hosted by TheWriteReads

Content Warning: Absent Parent, Death of a Loved One, Domestic Violence

Representation: POC, Bisexual

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Dave from TheWriteReads for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this blog tour. The planning behind this blog tour was phenomenal. This is my first blog tour and what an incredible book for my first tour.

Synopsis

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

My Thoughts

I just want to make a disclaimer that I am new to the YA mystery genre. I’ve read books that contain mysteries but not many which are solely a mystery. The only series I’ve read in this genre is The Truly Devious series which I loved. So if you enjoyed that series I would highly recommend giving this a try.

Setting

The 2 main settings in this book are The Hawthorne House and Avery’s High School (Heights Country Day School). Hawthorne House sounds incredible. There are too many rooms to count. The land is huge and sectioned into areas including a forestry/woods type area. This is where the plot really begins. The house also has secret tunnels. Seriously this house is no joke! Avery’s school isn’t a prominent setting but we do meet a few characters there that a important to the plot.

Characters

Avery is our main character who we follow throughout the book. I liked the way Avery was written. She was written to be strong and clever but she had her flaws. She could be selfish at times but when she confronted she took on board the criticism and acknowledged her flaws. There were parts in the book where I thought her reactions were quite realistic and relatable. So I liked following her POV.

Then we have the 4 brothers. They were all very different and unique and balanced the story well in my opinion. Nash; the oldest brother. Imagine a filthy rich cowboy. He was protective of the females but not in a possessive way which I loved. He floats in and out of the story, which is what he also does in Hawthorne house. Grayson; is an arrogant, know it all type with a sensitive side. He has a hard exterior but once he trusts you he’s a bit more giving. Jameson; Is really out there and confident and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He also LOVES games and puzzles, perfect for this story right? Finally Xander; the underrated younger brother who is obsessed with scones! He was quirky and by the end probably my favourite. But I liked them all.

The last character I want to touch on is our master manipulator/puzzle man, Mr Hawthorne himself, who was present even beyond the grave. Even though we don’t meet him I imagine him to be the type of man who whenever he entered a room heads would turn, people would go silent. The type of man that exudes power. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for book 2.

There were many more characters but no one else that really stands out.

Pacing

There were ups and downs from beginning to end. I thought the pacing was brilliant. It wasn’t too slow. When things started to feel comfortable we’d get a puzzle or we’d get new information which is why it was so quick to read. I didn’t want to put it down.

Writing

This novel is written in first person from Avery’s perspective. The writing was simple, easy to understand and clever in the way clues were presented. The clues were obvious but with a twist. Without having the whole story, as a reader I could only guess parts of the puzzle. Which I personally liked because the puzzles weren’t super difficult, some were but there was some I got an idea of what was coming/the direction of the clue. This kept me engaged because I wanted to see if I was right.

Overall

I liked the characters. The story was engaging. And I can’t wait for the next book. If you hate cliffhangers maybe wait till the second book is closer to being out because that ending…if you know you know!

I think I’ve found a new favourite genre

Six For Sunday: Good Role Models

SixForSunday is hosted by ALITTLEBUTALOT. If you would like a list of the prompts for July, August and September please check the link here. This month’s theme is Characters/Types of Characters. Today we are looking at Good Role Models! This was a hard topic I have to admit. But I love a challenge.

  • Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • I mean it’s the Iroh I couldn’t not put him on this list. His character arc is amazing start to finish! Love him.
  • Emoni from With the Fire on High
    • She is this bad ass teen mum, who follows her dreams while remaining true to her daughter. She truely is an inspiration.
  • Raoden from Elantris
    • The dude caught a disease and still managed to lead his people. No one knew who he was but it was his leadership and passion that enabled him to lead this city where most people had given up on themselves.
  • Sarene from Elantris
    • Women in this world weren’t seen or respected as leaders but despite the adversity she endured, Sarene became and inspiration to many
  • Morgan from Birthday by Meredith Russo
    • Morgan is a trans woman who went through a lot of of difficulty but in the end she became a role model to many.
  • Piper from Charmed
    • I couldn’t think of another bookish character and I’m currently in a Charmed binge phase so Piper was at the front of my mind. She was always my favourite character in the series. Spoiler alert (PROCEED WITH CAUTION)
    • She goes from being the middle sister to being the oldest sister and she transitions between the roles so well. She’s also a mother and a loving wife. Love her!

Who are some characters you think make good role models?

Six For Sunday: ‘Clever’ characters

How on Earth is it September? Even though I’m in lock down I feel like time is flying.

SixForSunday is hosted by ALITTLEBUTALOT. If you would like a list of the prompts for July, August and September please check the link here. This month’s theme is Characters/Types of Characters. Today we are looking at clever characters.

  • Kate from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • I know I’ve mentioned her a lot but I mean the girl can hack a ship. How much more clever can you get. Along with that she is sassy and caring. I really like her character.
  • Leo from Love Sugar Magic series by Anna Meriano
    • Leo may be young (11 years old) but because she is young she thinks different from her older sisters and parents. She comes up with some very clever solutions except for the first book haha,
  • Alessandra from The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
    • Alessandra does not like society norms when it comes to how women are expected to behave. She has a system in place that allows her to do the things she likes while protecting her reputation.
  • Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    • Cress lived in outer space and hacked Earth I mean come on…
  • Stevie from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
    • I could pick any character from this series and they would be considered “clever” characters. I like that she’s not the typical brainiac she got picked to go to this school for a different kind of smart.
  • Hermione from Harry Potter
    • Hermione in my opinion is one of the foundational characters when it comes to smart characters/people being cool.

I would like to apologise that there are no males on this list, I predominately read books with female leads but if you have any suggestions of any clever male characters please let me know. I would love to diversify my reading.

Who are some of your favourite clever characters?

Wrap Up: Disney Readathon/August 2020

This month I participated in the Disney-A-Thon. I had every intention of finishing my newts but when I saw the prompts for my career I was put off so I thought why not this readathon. It is one I’ve been wanting to participate in for a while as well. I’m a bit fan of month long team/group readathons. I can get a little competitive. But I’m a gracious loser because I never win 😂.

On to my wrap up…

Middle Grade 1
YA 3
Where I Sourced My Books No. of Books
Library1
Owned TBR2
Scibd1

Total pages read: 1261 pages

Total hours listened: 6.62 Hours

Grave Doubts / Heaven Sent (The Mediator #5-6) by Meg Cabot

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thoughts: I picked this for the Disney-a-Thon for the challenge “read a book with a hard-working character”. When I picked this I was thinking of Suze, the main character. Who in the first 3 books I thought was hard working. I mean she was a mediator, a student and at one point even had a summer job. But these last 2 books were focused heavily on the romance.

In book 4 we got introduced to a new character who forms part of a love triangle so if that’s a trope you don’t like I would not recommend this.

The love triangle wasn’t even my problem. These last 2 books made me so mad (mainly the 5th). Suze’s actions were so confusing the girl didn’t know what she wanted. While we can all relate to that I’m sure. She took it to a whole new level and I feel like she was leading people on. She also is dishonest and hides things from people she cares about. So I was not happy with this book and I’m sad about it because I read this for nostalgia. I feel this reread has tainted my feeling about Meg Cabot as an author because she was my childhood favourite.

I still want to reread 1800-Missing-You Series by Meg Cabot but I’m scared if I’m being honest. Fingers crossed that reread goes better 🤞🏽

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Age Group: YA

Representation: POC, Albino

Content Warning: Violence, Consent (?) – you’ll get the question mark if you’ve read the book

Challenge: Tiana – Read a book with a hard-working character

Once A King (Clash of Kingdoms #3) by Erin Summerill

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thoughts: This is the final book in Clash of Kingdoms series. The first two books follow Britta, Cohen and Aodren. This final book is set after the events of the second book but follows Aodren and Lirra (who we met in the second book). I have very meh feelings about this series.

It was very average. I didn’t connect with any of the characters so I found myself not caring which in turn made me less interested in the plot. We get a decent amount of time with both characters but I just found myself being bored. I’m glad I finished the series but it is not one I would reread.

I will say I liked more Lirra in this installment. I’m glad we got to see more of her. She is strong, mischievous, loyal, smart and also stubborn. She dreams big and I liked that.

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: YA

Representation: POC

Trigger Warning: Death, PTSD, Panic Attack, Drug Use

Challenge: Prince Naveen – Read a book with royalty

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts: I have a real soft spot for this series. I love the characters. I love the plot. But for me my favourite part is the family and friendship relationships. Leo has matured since the first book. While she has her moments of jealously and sneakiness she is still young. And learns from her mistakes. While magic as a concept comes to her quite easily there are still things she struggles with and has to work on to perfect which I appreciate and makes more realistic.

If you liked the first 2 books, you will find the same themes throughout. But the author manages to make each installment interesting and engaging.

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grade

Representation: POC, LGBTQI+ Rep (I don’t want to label the character but there was definitely male/male attraction), Diabetic

Challenge: Dr. Faciliar – Read a book where magic is used

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thoughts: This was book was stunning! On the inside and the outside.

This story follows Emoni who became a mum at 15. We follow her when she is 17 and in her final year of high school. Which means she has a lot of important decisions to make about her future.

If I’d read this book before my mid year book freak out tag is would have answered this book for the question a book that made me cry. I cried twice. Not once. Twice! And I don’t cry in books. They were happy tears but regardless I cried.

I feel like I also learned a bit about POC and how hard they have to work to survive. I think no matter who you are you can learn something from this book.

I think I will do a review for this because I have too much to say. But my favourite aspect about this book was the relationships. And my favourite relationship this book explored was Emoni and Angelica friendship. I love a good female friendship. These girls had each other’s back. Which is key for me when it comes to a good friendship.

The line “I let go of a breath I didn’t know I was holding” was a bit overdone. And the beginning was a little clunky. But those are the only criticisms I have.

If you like contemporaries that are more hard hitting then I would highly recommend giving this a go.

Genre: Contemporary

Age Group: YA

Representation: POC, Lesbian

Trigger Warning: Absent Parent, Death of a Loved One, Bullying

Challenge: Ray – Read a book with a bright cover

Movies I Watched:

  • Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow – 4⭐️
  • John Tucker Must Die – 5⭐️
  • White House Down – 4.5⭐️
  • Work It – 4.5⭐️
  • The Kissing Booth 1 & 2 – 5⭐️
  • Upside Down Magic – 3.75⭐️
  • Klaus – 5⭐️ (So good!)

Series I’ve Been Watching:

  • The Musketeers – Season 3
  • The Bachelor (US) – Season 18
  • Bachelor in Paradise (Australia) – Season 3
  • The King: Eternal Monarch
  • The Simpsons – Season 2
  • America’s Got Talent – Season 15
  • Masked Singer (Aus) – Season 2
  • Greenhouse Academy – Season 4
  • Riverdale – Season 3
  • Charmed – Season 1 & 2

What was your favourite book this month?

Unboxing: FairyLoot June 2020

We know the drill by now, the box was late. Covid is a thing lets move on and get to the unboxing.

This month’s theme was A Different Kind of Magic

The Shadows Between Us Enamel Pin

I love the colours of this pin, it’s beautiful. I’m assuming these colours were chosen because it matches the FairyLoot edition of this book which had a colour change from Red to Purple. This was designed by @jezhawk

Bone Season Socks

Designed by FairyLoot

Alice in Wonderland Tea Strainer

This is adorable! It doesn’t say who this was designed by so I’m going to assume FairyLoot.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Elemental Coasters

These are brilliant and practical. Designed by @noverantale

Starless Sea Patch

I won’t get any use from this as I’m not a patch person but I have someone in mind I might give this too. Designed by @dustandpages

Blood Heir Artwork

This print is beautiful! The colour palette 100% my aesthetic. Illustrated by @arz28

Throne of Glass Tarot Cards

Again I don’t know anyone from this series. Also the guys face creeps me out so not my design. Designed by @gabriella.bujdoso

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

This is just stunning I’m so excited to read this. I apologise for not getting a picture of the sprayed edges but it is this beautiful teal colour. Love it.

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee

So far every book I’ve received has been one my anticipated releases. I’m so glad I made the decision to purchase this box. Artwork under the dust jacket was by @arz28

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo. And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Quality of products: 4⭐️

  • I don’t have much to say in terms of the quality. At first glance they seem to be good quality but only time will tell.

Usefulness: 3.5⭐️

  • Like I said before I have no use for the patch
  • I’ll use the socks but it’s not my favourite colour
  • And pins are neither here nor there

Cover change: 3⭐️

  • There was very little change from the original Forest of Souls cover so hence it’s getting an average score.
  • But the sprayed edges on The Gilded Ones, I love!

Overall: 3.5⭐️

  • I like both books in this box
  • The items themselves are okay
  • My favourite items are the coasters and the tea strainer. And that art print was stunning.

Are you subscribed to any book boxes? What is your favourite book box?

Six For Sunday: Your favourite colour!

SixForSunday is hosted by ALITTLEBUTALOT. If you would like a list of the prompts for July, August and September please check the link here. This month we are celebrating colour. Today’s colour is your favourite colour. And I have to say I love this theme. My favourite colour is Purple.

  1. Teen Titans: Raven (Teen Titans #1) by Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author), Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator)
    • I need more of Raven, there is more of her story to discover. If you can’t tell I really liked this story. Definitely give this a read if you are into super hero graphic novels.
  2. The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
    • This wasn’t my favourite finale but overall I thought this was a fun quick series. So if you want to read something that is quick doesn’t require too much brain power. Would recommend.
  3. Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
    • I didn’t mind this first book but the series goes downhill from there at least for me. But I quite liked their first book.
  4. Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1) by Ashley Poston
    • If you aren’t yet sick of Cinderella retellings. I would recommend giving this one a go. Also if you love sci-fi fandoms you’ll have something in common with the main characters.
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
    • Lastly for recommendations one of my favourite books of all time. I LOVE Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s whimsical, there’s banter, there’s magic. Highly recommend this for any age.
  6. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1) by Nic Stone
    • This last one is on my TBR. I didn’t have any other purple books to recommend. But I haven’t head too many people talk about this. I also didn’t even know this one was coming out this year.

If you have any purple book recommendations I would love to know so I can add them to my collection.

Six For Sunday: Autumnal colours

SixForSunday is hosted by ALITTLEBUTALOT. If you would like a list of the prompts for July, August and September please check the link here. This month we are celebrating colour. Today’s colour is Autumnal Colours: burgundy, deep red, browns etc.

  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
    • Now this wasn’t my favourite however I see the merit and how good this would be for a younger audience because it explores a lot important values.
  2. The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
    • I pretty much binged this series I love it. It is a dark fae novel with killing and romance. I love it.
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • I am surprised by how much I liked this. I thought it was going to be hard to get into but it was quite whimsical and reminded me of a bedtime story.
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (Illustrator)
    • These graphic novels are a great addition if you’ve just finished binging the animation and need more Avatar haha.
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    • I like this. The friendship annoyed me a but overall it was a good book that I would like to reread one day.
  6. Snow: A Retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (Once Upon a Time) by Tracy Lynn
    • I quite enjoyed this retelling. I believe this is one of the first Snow White retellings I read and it was good.

What are some Autumnal books you recommend?

Book Haul: July 2020

In July I spent $190.71 so again under budget. Pat on the back for me. My TBR is now 337. So not too bad. I knew this month would be a smaller book haul month. Because I will need to be on a budget from now on.

Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1) by Rosaria Munda

Price: $20.54

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) by Sara B. Larson

Price: $21.67

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world–including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out–leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess

Price: $14

Where: 
Big W

Synopsis: THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.”

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Price: $21.51

Where:
 Amazon

Synopsis: Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross

Price: $21.84

Where:
 Amazon

Synopsis: When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake. Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon. But promises are all too easily broken.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Price: £26 plus shipping

Where: 
FairyLoot

Synopsis: There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

Avatar: The Last Air Bender – The Rift Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (Illustrations)

Price: $11.68

Where: 
Amazon

Synopsis: Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders–they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind!”

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty

Price: $23.80

Where: 
Book Depository

Synopsis: Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

What books have you purchased recently?

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